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It's that time of year when everyone is on the hunt for the school supply list, the teacher wish list; and, that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle backpack that Target had online but can't locate in the store (oh wait, that's MY challenge at the moment).
Seriously, this time of year for many is filled with excitement but for children who learn differently and their parents--there is often very little to be excited about as the fights about homework resume.
According to a 2010 report from the National Center for Learning Disabilities, nearly 2.4 million students are diagnoised with LD and receive special education services in schools.
For parents trying to navigate this educational maze to obtain help for their child, it is often described as the equivilent of attempting to climb Mt. Everest in flipflops.
What do you need to know to advocate effectively for your child? What is an IEP? Who is eligible for a 504 plan? Is there really a difference between a 504 Plan and an IEP? What are the first steps in the IEP process? Does it really speed up the process to get your child tested outside of the school system? What are some types of things you as a parent or guardian can ask to have included in the IEP? We're going to cover all of this and more!
If you have a child that you believe may need extra help in school to thrive then this show is for you!
We will have Licensed Psychologist Dr. Arcella Trimble as our guest to help navigate the waters on Educational Advocacy 101 for Parents and Guardians as well as blogger Karen Wesley Weaver.
Karen's blog, Confessions of An Asperger's Mom (http://confessionsofanaspergersmom.blogspot.com/) has been featured on Mamapedia and is listed on the Top Mommy Blogs http://www.topmommyblogs.com (yes, please go vote for Confessions of An Asperger's Mom).
Join The Gist of Freedom as we talk with Lak, Hip Hop at it's best!
Larry “LAK” Henderson is the founder of Smart Music Entertainment, and the creator of a new sound of hip-hop music that is used as a tool to educate and awaken the consciousness of youth and people in our communities. His album, Lesson One: Hip-Hop & Education, has hit Amazon bestseller lists (#1 in Hot New Releases and #8 in Educational Music), and has received airplay on major radio stations around the world, due to his combination of deep, historical insights and authentic hip-hop sound.
The album features songs about African and African-American history, politics, geography, money management, and commentary on the social war raging in our urban communities. CBS calls Lesson One “creative, innovative, and informative.” Dominion of New York Magazine says, “Most people who use hip-hop to educate do so badly. Lak does it so well.”
Lak is a social critic, history and religion intellectual, and an innovative education advocate. Through his company’s Smart Music Insights initiative, he offers free performances and educational workshops for urban youth; guidance for parents and youth educators on ways to foster learning; and original songwriting to support awareness campaigns for positive community organizations. Lak holds degrees in Africana Studies, Communications, and Labor Studies from Rutgers University, and studied studio engineering at the Institute of Audio Research.
Lak has been featured as a guest on a host of radio and television programs, including London UK’s BANG 103.6 FM, CBS, KMOJ 89.9 FM Minneapolis, WVON 1690 AM Chicago, WPRB 103.3 FM Princeton University, WRSU 88.7 FM Rutgers University, WMNF 88.5 Tampa, BET, LA Talk Radio, and many more.
THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PUBLISHERS K-12 DIVISION IS OUR GUEST WITH SUSAN FLETCHER, THE K-12 SENIOR DIRECTOR, MYRON CIZDYN OF BLPS CONTENT AND MICHAEL JAY OF EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMICS.....GREAT GUESTS TALKING ABOUT A GREAT CONFERENCE FOR THE INDUSTRY
Is the White House Educational Policy impacting your child's ability to get a quality education?
Before, it was Bush with No Child Left Behind; now, it is Obama with Race to the Top.
How is the White House Education policy driving Quality Education and Student Progress / Success? Are we really closing the 'GAP'? Do we understand Common Core, School Ratings, the Charter School Movement and Teacher Evaluation?
What do we really think about the National Education Policy?
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NCEBC 2015 Annual Convention is in Indianapolis, IN on April 15-18, 2015. Reserve your hotel room now:
Educational Inequality and America’s Future: What Must Be Done?
Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond is one of the world's most eloquent, authoritative, compassionate, and prolific voices for equity, social justice, and the transformation of schools and teacher education.
Dr. Hammond's indisputable and chilling statistics document the extent to which the United States faces a national crisis because students on other nations such as South Korea, Finland, Japan and the United Kingdom are outperforming US students in math and science achievement.
As we are striving to prepare African American students for a global world market, how do they compare? What policies for Quality and Equality toward genuine School Reform do we consider?
HOW PROJECT BASED LEARNING TRANSFORMS THE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE
The return of educator Oliver Schinkten of Oshkosh (by Gosh) Wisconsin, founder of Communities, the interdisciplinary program teaching science and leadership with Compassion based Learning
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Episode 23 of Building Your Law Practice with Jim Thompson and Nick Augustine
Hosting educational events and social mixers is a great way to build your circle of people who know, like and trust you. There are ways to pull off great events without spending a fortune. Combine efforts with other groups and people who complement one another so everyone finds value in attending.
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Referrals are the lifeblood of any business and especially for lawyers, so why is it that lawyers are not getting the referrals they need to grow their practice? Listen and learn to tips you can use today!
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About Jim and Nick:
Jim Thompson is a retired lawyer who is well-known for helping attorneys get on track to earning more clients through simple cost-effective activities. Jim is the author of "Why Lawyers Fail To Get Referrals and What They Can Do About It"
Nick Augustine helps lawyers share tips and stories about their practice areas by writing their blog content, managing social media and producing Internet radio podcasts.
This week on "School Struggles" host by Dr. Richard Selznick is guest Dr. Jackie Hoffman.
Over the past 25 years, Dr. Hoffman has worked in over 30 school districts in seven counties in New Jersey and several in Pennsylvania. She has helped over 1000 families develop successful educational interventions and advocate for school based change. With her colleagues at Concentrics, Dr. Hoffman developed the script and text for the nationally acclaimed video and curriculum In Real Life: Sexual Harassment in Schools. Her writings on the topic of respect in classroom settings have been published in professional journals. In her capacity as an educator and trainer, Dr. Hoffman has been on staff at Temple University and provided in-service programs for public and private schools. Given her expertise in parenting. Dr. Hoffman has been called on by corporations and community agencies to provide workshops and educational programs.
Recent surveys indicate that students in the U.S. are falling behind other countries in critical education areas including reading, science, and math. According to a recent study, out of 34 countries, the United States ranks 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math.
As a parent, I’m sure we’ve all had the highest hopes for our children when it comes to education, and where that education will take them in successful careers.
However, with billions of dollars being piped into our school systems through our federal and local taxes, our children are still failing. With lack of supplies, less books, increased class sizes, failed or cut after-school programs, where is this money going? And why aren’t our children excelling in the areas that are crucial for seeking higher education and obtain decent paying jobs or careers?
On this episode, we will discuss the ever increasing failure of the educational system in the United States.
With the assistance of special guest, Dr. Chris L. Hickey, PhD., we will explore the solutions to the problems when it comes to the education of our children.
Please join us live on-air by calling (646) 200-3148. Or listen live from your computer and join the chat room conversation.
For information on past and up-coming show, and more, visit our website at: www.hottopicstalkradio.com.
Long Island City, NY – Christopher Santora had only been a firefighter with Engine 54, Ladder 4 for two months when he died tragically on September 11th.
“It devastated us, but my husband and I both understood we couldn’t change what happened,” recalls his mother Maureen Santora. “We wanted to do something that would benefit the future generations and help them remember 9/11.”
In his memory, Maureen and Al Santora established the Christopher Santora Educational Scholarship Fund, which awards $50,000 in scholarships each year to New York City’s elementary, middle school and high school students. Scholarships awarded based on an essay competition. The essays are evaluated based on the student’s response to the topic, grammar and spelling, originality and their ability to relate the topic to their personal experience.
“It’s always a topic that’s related to current events because Christopher loved history,” says Maureen. “It’s something we hope the kids give some thought to. We’re looking for essays that reveal the integrity of the student’s character.”
In light of the recent passing of Nelson Mandela, this year’s question asked students to differentiate between heroes and legends.
“I wanted them to give me their definition of what a hero and a legend is and to write about a legend in our world history, why they chose that person and why that person was significant to them personally based on their definition,” says Maureen.
According to Maureen, heroes do something extraordinary in the moment. A legend is somebody who, for good or bad, has changed the course of history.
“By the end of April I will have had a chance to read the essays and I’ll be able to share with the audience the kinds of people the students chose to write about,” says Maureen.
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