Dyslexia: the most common learning disability that no one has been able to decipher

November 29, 2016

Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It


  • Dyslexia is the most common learning disability in the United States. It touches the lives of millions of people. Yet it's still hard to answer the question: What is it? An NPR reporter who has dyslexia talks with other people — young and old — in search of answers.

The Tried-And-Trued Model of Personalized Learning that’s Been Around for 100 Years

The Hechinger Report

  • Our world is rapidly changing, and students need a broader set of skills to lead the future, but many of our schools are stuck in an antiquated “factory model” mindset. Fortunately, a tried-and-trued model of personalized learning has been around for more than 100 years: the Montessori Method is actually a fresh and innovative answer to many of the questions being asked in the modern educational sphere.

What Does Betsy DeVos Have in Mind for Higher Ed?

The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • By selecting Betsy DeVos to become the next secretary of education, President-elect Donald J. Trump has signaled his commitment to an ambitious plan to reform elementary and secondary education. But virtually no track record on higher education. Friends and observers say her support for school choice may provide clues to her vision.

All Learning is an Active Process: Rethinking Active/Passive Learning Debate

The Scholarly Teacher

  • Much learning happens without any effort at all and often without you even realizing it. Within academe, experts have long differentiated between “passive” learning and “active/engaged” learning under the belief that engaged learning is much more effective than passive learning. But making this distinction misdirects the focus away from learning. It is time to pause and examine this cornerstone of pedagogy in a new light.

3 Ways Tech Can Help Expand Creativity in Higher Ed

EdTech Magazine

  • For the next generation of college students — or Generation Z — technology in the classroom and creativity are essential for their career preparedness and future success. A new survey found that “Gen Z students see tech and creativity as important and intersecting aspects of their identities.” Some higher education institutions are already prepared to meet these intersecting needs.

How Do Teachers Know If they Are Getting Personalized Learning Right?

The Hechinger Report

  • With myriad definitions of personalized learning and little agreement on which one is the best, leaders and teachers struggle to know if they are doing personalized learning “right.” Education Elements identified four core elements that should exist in every personalized learning environment.

Professors Aren’t Good at Sharing Their Classroom Practices. Teaching Portfolios Might Help


  • Teaching portfolios aren’t a new idea. Still, publishing a teaching portfolio which document evidence of teaching success is an exception rather than the norm for professors. The California State University system has built the largest portfolio initiative for teaching eportfolios in higher education that’s focused on what teachers are doing to improve student learning.

Disrupting the World of Science Publishing


  • Every scientist wants their paper to appear in Cell, Nature or Science. Being associated with such publications is synonymous with prestige and excellence. Nonetheless, these journals are typically known to have an acceptance rate of 5-10 percent. ScienceMatters is trying to pave the way to a more democratized system by offering an open-source publishing platform.

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How to Create a Transformative Learning Experience for Students by Managing Hot Moments and Difficult Discussions in the Classroom (Nov. 29)
The 2016 ECAR Students and Technology Study: Engagement, Efficacy, and Enrichment (Nov. 30)
NMC Next > Virtual Town Hall Meeting (Dec. 1)

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