News from the Blog — Monday, August 31, 2015

In this blog we include items on giftedness, exceptionalities, parenting, education, and child development.

2e SCHOOL RESOURCE IN CONNECTICUT. An article in the Greenwich Free Press profiles a teacher who has created three different day schools plus an educational consulting business. Each successive school opened by Vicky Newman is dedicated to serving students of a particular profile who wouldn'thave been served well by predecessor schools. The 2e-oriented school is Beacon School, which, according to the Free Press, serves 38 students in grades 3-12.Find out more

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NAGC RESOURCE. On September 9, NAGC presents a Webinar on Wednesday on the topic of parent-to-teacher communication and parent advocacy. From the blurb: "This webinar will focus on the first steps that parents need to take when trying to establish collaborative partnerships with classroom teachers." WOWs are free for NAGC members, $29 for others. Find out more

TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION has been suggested and used as a potential therapy for depression. Now, UK scientists believe they understand something about how the therapy works -- by causing biochemical and connectivity changes in the brain observable with MRI and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Read more at Science Daily. 

FOUR-DAY SCHOOL WEEKS -- no ill effects, maybe a boost in math. To see whether a four-day school week would have negative effects on academic accomplishment, researchers compared test scores from students in a four-day and a five-day program, Teachers were reportedly enthusiastic about the four-day schedule, even though it entailed longer days. So is it real? Or the Hawthorne effect? Find out more

LD AND SUCCESS. The Seattle Times reported on the results of the survey by the National Center for Learning Disabilities on what matters most in preparing for jobs and college. The answers are apparently the amount of self-confidence held by the young people involved along with the amount of support received from family, friends, and community. Read more

AIR POLLUTION: BAD FOR GRADES. A University of Texas study indicates that exposure to toxic air pollution at home (from traffic exhaust, for example) is linked to lower grade point averages, even when factors such as family income and parental education level are taken into account. Read more.

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