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 …

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 …

We Already Know How to Fix Education

Just imagine if all teachers were given a break from constant new programs introduced from above and allowed to teach this way. Imagine the growth we could see. One of the most frustrating experiences as a public school teacher is being forced to start a new fancy program each year, …

3 Ways Switching to Google Keep Can Help You Stay Organized

I used to love writing on sticky notes. A few years ago, if you walked into my office you would have seen an array of rainbow notes with everything from grocery lists to the details of a recent phone call with a customer. As an entrepreneur and also a parent, …

Do You Wonder if Your Child Has Dyslexia?

  Do you wonder if your child has dyslexia? Maybe you wonder if you have dyslexia. You are definitely not alone. As a special education teacher and reading tutor, one of the most common questions that I am asked by parents is, “Do you think my student has dyslexia?” I …