Unfortunately, parents often leave parent-teacher conferences feeling bombarded with jargon and statistics and understanding nothing. This serves no purpose. Successful parent-teacher conferences need to be practical and should give parents a positive message that the...

It is not unusual for teachers to have concerns about children’s emotional well-being, especially when they struggle academically. Often, though, these concerns cannot be fully alleviated. It is not a matter of “if” their children will be affected emotionally, but “in...

Although the federal government’s definition of learning disabilities (LD) fails to mention social and emotional difficulties, both parents and school personnel recognize that some students with LD have such difficulties. Fortunately, the research community has documen...

March 2, 2008

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has reported on an important study that compared the short- and long-term developmental effects of different types of childcare. The study, called the NICHD Study of Early Child Care (NICHD SECC, http...

March 2, 2008

In a previous column I discussed the rationale for revising and some of the typical behaviors of skilled writers as they revise. In this column, I will discuss how less skilled writers approach revising.

Revision is an intricate part of the writing process that requires...

March 2, 2008


Sixth grade students rated grade retention as the single most stressful life event, higher than both the loss of a parent and going blind (Jimerson & Kaufman, 2003, p. 627)


Teachers often debate whether to retain children who struggle with reading.

Those who support re...


“Strategy instruction” is a promising intervention for helping students with learning disabilities (LD) improve their ability to solve mathematical problems. Strategies for problem solving strategies may range from specific heuristics (methods used by solvers to prese...

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