What is the Difference Between an IEP and a 504 Plan?

Parents who are seeking out additional support for their child are often confused about the difference between an IEP (Individualized Education Program) and a 504 plan. Both plans provide support and often accommodations for a student with a disability. However, there are some key differences that may help you to …

How Do I Find Out if My Child is Eligible for Special Education Services?

I frequently speak to parents whose children have been struggling in school for years. Many times they suspect that this is due to learning or attention issues. Often they have brought this up to a teacher at school and have not received any clear direction on what to do or …

Should I Take the SAT or the ACT?

Almost every college accepts both the SAT and the ACT. So, most students should choose the test that suits them best and prepare for that test exclusively. The best way to determine which test is best for you is by taking a released practice test. The conditions for taking the …

Do I Need to Take Both the SAT and the ACT?

This is one of the most common questions that parents and students ask when I talk with them about college admissions. Often, they have been advised by a school counselor or peer to take both tests. The SAT and ACT are both college entrance exams, but they are not the …

Not Sure How to Accomplish that Big Task? Just Get Started!

Do you spend a lot of time and energy preparing for a test only to feel like your mind goes blank once you start the assessment? This is a common experience. It happens because of the way our brain takes in, stores, and then recovers learned information. There are three phases to learning and remembering…

How to Get More Done By Making One Simple Change in Your Routine

Do you spend a lot of time and energy preparing for a test only to feel like your mind goes blank once you start the assessment? This is a common experience. It happens because of the way our brain takes in, stores, and then recovers learned information. There are three phases to learning and remembering…

I Studied, So Why Does My Mind Go Blank When I Take a Test?

Do you spend a lot of time and energy preparing for a test only to feel like your mind goes blank once you start the assessment? This is a common experience. It happens because of the way our brain takes in, stores, and then recovers learned information. There are three …

3 Research-Based Strategies for Supporting Children with ADHD

A quick search of the internet will turn up many “suggestions” for helping students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) succeed in the classroom. However, frustratingly few of these strategies are actually supported by research. Here are three research-based supports proven to maximize academic outcomes for students with ADHD: Teach …

5 Ways Teachers Can Encourage Reluctant Readers

We all know that reading is critically important to school success. Previous studies have found reading proficiency by third grade to be the most significant predictor of high school graduation and career advancement. However, in 2014, two-thirds of U.S. third graders lacked competent reading skills. By the time these students …