Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Live with Christopher Stephen

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Melinda talks with Christopher Stephen Australian founder of Read How You Want. Stephen has degrees in Mathematics, Physics, Economics and Law from the University of Sydney. Starting as an interest in finding ways to help his sister continue to enjoy reading as the effects of her MS progressed, Read How You Want as developed into a unique company that offers the capability to print documents and books in individualized formats, including large and atypical print formats, braille, audio and e-books.

Live with Ed in 08

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Melinda is Live with Ed in 08's Liz Snyder and Rachel Bird, Policy Analyst
The broadcast was Wednesday March 26 9 am PST

eSN TechWatch: Two Million Minutes -- February 18, 2008

How do we make sure that ALL students receive a quality education? How do we determine what that means, especially for students with learning disabilities?

Listen in and bring your questions to our discussion as we find out more about the non profit Ed in 08 and their views on how to raise the level of excellence in schools across the nation.

ED in '08: The State of America's Schools

Interview: Benna Golubtchik Talks About The Teachers Network March Conference

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Jack Olmsted
, multimedia journalist, talks with Benna Golubtchik, Senior Faculty Adviser for the Teachers Network, about the 7th Annual Curriculum, Community, Collaboration & Celebration Conference that was held on Saturday, March 15, 2008 in a downtown Brooklyn elementary school.

Keynote by Walter Dean Myers, critically acclaimed author of more than 85 books and newest publication Sunrise Over Falluja.

For the last 35 years, Benna's teaching experience has spanned the grades, from kindergarten through high school. She has taught general education and special education classes. Benna's Bio

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Live with Kevin Bushweller

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Friday March 21st 9:30 PST

Join host Melinda Pongrey and guest Kevin Bushweller, award winning executive editor of Education Week's Digital Directions who tackles the question, What works, and what doesn't work, to motivate students to do better in school? in his edweek blog with Katie Ash, Motivation Matters. A father of four children—ages 3, 8, 11, and 14, Kevin has been reporting on education issues for over twenty years, and led panel discussion at the Teaching & Learning Celebration in New York March 7-2, 2008 Tough Choices for Tough Times, with William Brock, Henry Schacht, Marc Tucker and Brenda Welburn.
Open House - March 26 - April 7 Next week you can check out their publications online FREE as well as the Technology Counts 2008: STEM: The Push to Improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Report.

Live with Cyd Imel and Ron Hume:Juvenile Justice, ADHD & LD

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Join host Melinda Pongrey and special guests, Cyd Imel, Executive Director of LDA of Washington, and Ron Hume, Executive Director NCO Youth and Family Services, Naperville, IL as we discuss the relationships between ADHD, LD and Juvenile Justice. Ron and Cyd were both instrumental in developing Social Skills curriculum for adults and youth with ADHD and LD.

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Ron mentions Rick LaVoie's book
The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets for Turning On the Tuned-Out Child

If you'd like a copy of Delinquency or Disability? Learning Disabilities and the Juvenile Justice System you can
e-mail Ron or access the document from links in the LD Live! Yahoo Group Calendar!

Wednesday March 18 at 9 am (PST) As we were talking, Steve Scher host of Seattle's KUOW Weekday was interviewing Silja Talvi author, Women Behind Bars and Paul Wright, former prison inmate and editor of Prison Legal News. Listen to Steve's podcast Incarcerated in America

One in 100: Behind Bars in America 2008 Pew Report

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Interview: Benna Golubtchik, Senior Faculty Advisor Teachers Network

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Melinda Pongrey, LD Live, talks with Benna Golubtchik, Senior Faculty Advisor Teachers Network.

For the last 35 years, Benna's teaching experience has spanned the grades, from kindergarten through high school. She has taught general education and special education classes. Benna's Bio

Saturday, March 8, 2008

The ASCD Annual Conference Will Be Blogged

Next week, The ASCD Annual Conference in New Orleans will be blogged on site by Dina Strasser, a former Fulbright Scholar to South Korea and ESL teacher now teaching 7th grade mainstream English at Rush-Henrietta Elementary in upstate NY.
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ASCD Bloggers

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Interview: Deborah Meier, Educational Reformer, Writer and Activist

March 7: Check out Will Richardson's Live Blog post of the Deborah Meier/Diane Ravitch talk at the Teaching and Learning Celebration this morning.

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Deborah W. Meier, a presenter at the 2008 Teaching and Learning Celebration March 7 in New York City, talks with Melinda Pongrey about how she views education and what is needed for students today. Deborah is currently on the faculty of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, as senior scholar and adjunct professor as well as Board member and director of New Ventures at Mission Hill, director and advisor to Forum for Democracy and Education, and on the Board of The Coalition of Essential Schools.

Meier has spent more than four decades working in public education as a teacher, writer and public advocate. She began her teaching career as a kindergarten and headstart teacher in Chicago, Philadelphia and New York City schools. She was the founder and teacher-director of a network of highly successful public elementary schools in East Harlem. In 1985 she founded Central Park East Secondary School, a New York City public high school in which more than 90% of the entering students went on to college, mostly to 4-year schools. During this period she founded a local Coalition center, which networked approximately fifty small Coalition-style K-12 schools in the city. Deborah Meier Bio

Deborah also writes a "point-counter-point" blog for Educational Week called Bridging Differences with Diane Ravitch.

Deborah talks at The Forum for Education and Democracy Educational System conference in Chicago. November 2006.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Interview: Ronald Thorpe, Vice President Thirteen/WNET

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Melinda Pongrey talks with Ronald Thorpe, Vice President and Director of the Educational Resources Center at Thirteen/WNET, about the Teaching and Learning Celebration, an annual educational conference hosted by public broadcasters Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21. The two day educational conference theme is “Science and Global Awareness” and begins March 7 in New York City.

Thirteen/WNET New York is one of the key program providers for public television, bringing such acclaimed series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Charlie Rose, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Wide Angle, Secrets of the Dead, NOW with David Brancaccio, and Cyberchase – as well as the work of Bill Moyers – to audiences nationwide. As the flagship public broadcaster in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metro area, Thirteen reaches millions of viewers each week, airing the best of American public television along with its own local productions such as The Thirteen Walking Tours, New York Voices, Sunday Arts and Reel 13. Thirteen extends the impact of its television productions through educational and community outreach projects – including the Teaching and Learning Celebration – as well as Web sites and other digital media platforms.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Join the LD Live! Discussion!

Join host Melinda Pongrey, MSEd and others on the LD Live! Discussion Board and let us know what you think! Share your experiences, concerns, interests

Connecting Ideas, Innovators and Individuals in the field of Education and Learning Disabilities!
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Interview with Anne Ford

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Melinda Pongrey speaks with Anne Ford and John-Richard Thompson about living with and advocating for children who have learning disabilities. Anne Ford served as Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities from 1989 to 2001, and is currently Chairman Emeritus. As with many parents, her interest in the subject was greatly heightened when her daughter was diagnosed with a learning disability. During her term as Chair, Ms. Ford has led the organization and broad expansion of NCLD, including establishing a Washington, D.C. office, presenting educational summits on learning disabilities in several regions of the United States, and effectively collaborating with national service organizations outside of the learning disabilities field, representing issues including literacy, school dropout, cultural diversity, and early childhood development (Head Start).

In 1994, Ms. Ford was appointed to the Department of Health and Human Services, Commission on Childhood Disabilities, as the representative for learning disabilities.

Ms. Ford was also a member of the New York State Board of Regents Select Committee on Disabilities. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Board of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America; the Board of Women's Committee of the Central Park Conservancy; and the Board of The Riverview School in East Sandwich, Massachusetts.

In May 1999, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine presented Ms. Ford with the Lizette H. Sarnoff Award for Volunteer Service. In 2001, she was honored by the Lenox Hill Hospital's Center for Attention and Learning Disorders for her many years as a leader in the field of learning disabilities. In 2002 she received a volunteer service award from the Connecticut Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities (CACLD).

Her story has been featured in Newsweek and Newsday and on ABC, Lifetime, the Oxygen Network, and more. She lives in New York City. Her daughter, Allegra Ford, is now 30 years old and lives in upstate New York.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Interview with Glen Eden Institute Directors

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Dr. Rick Brennan, Director of Glen Eden Institute in Vancouver, Canada, started this unique therapeutic educational program in 1984 after observing a need for highly complex students to have a scientifically based program that could offer education within a physiologically monitored context. Impressed with the results of the program developed by Dr. Brennan, Dr. Ron Seifert, collaborated to open another school in Poulsbo, Washington in January 2000.

Frederick (Rick) Vincent Brennan, Ph.D., earned his degree in developmental psychology from University of British Columbia and Alvin Ronald (Ron) Seifert, Ph.D., earned his degree in physiological psychology from University of Tennessee (Knoxville campus March 1975)

The mission of the Glen Eden Institute is to maximize the potential of Youth With Complex Needs by providing individualized, comprehensive programs that combine clinical and educational services for each student and their family. The school serves students in small groups who may have multiple diagnosis, including ADHD, anxiety, depression, etc. Students with more severe diagnosis who may have multiple diagnosis, including Pervasive Developmental Disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tourettes, epilepsy or a genetic disorder, may be served in one-on-one settings.

LDA: Learning Disabilities & Juvenile Justice

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Learning Disabilities & the Justice System: Practice to Policy

From the LDA Conference! Checking in with Ron Hume, LDA Board of DIrectors, NCO Youth and Family Services, Naperville, IL who introduces Dave Parr, from the North Aurora Police Department, North Aurora, Il, and Bradley Bitten, Attorney-At-Law, Denver CO. Highlighting the interconnection between LD, ADHD, and youth in the juvenile justice system.

LDA Interview: Ron Hume, NCO Executive Director

Press Release:

NCO Executive Director Hume Speaks at LDA Conference in Chicago

Naperville - Ron Hume, Executive Director of NCO Youth & Family Services will be presenting at the 45th Annual International Conference of the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA of America) on February 27 – March 1, 2008 in Chicago. The annual conference is attended by over 3000 individuals including; professionals, educators, researchers and parents from across the United States and fifteen foreign countries.

Hume will be presenting workshops on the topics of Learning Disabilities and the Juvenile Justice System: Practice to Policy, presented with Detective Dave Parr of the North Aurora Police Department, Bradley Bittan, an attorney from Denver, CO and David Admire, J.D. from Bethany College in Lindsborg KS. This session will cover from the street to the courtroom and beyond addressing the unique features of the individuals with learning and attention disabilities in the justice system.

Hume will also present a session entitled “It’s not Just an Academic Problem” addressing how individuals who struggle with learning and attention difficulties often experience a complex array of social, emotional and behavioral problems. They session will explore this complicated and confusing puzzle that is often so problematic in the family, school or work and community.

Hume serves on the LDA of America Board of Directors and as its chair for the Justice System/Mental Health Committee.

NCO Youth & Family Services is a private, not-for-profit human service agency supported, in part, by United Way. Services include sliding-fee counseling for youth, adults and families, 24-hour crisis intervention for runaways/lockouts, temporary and long-term shelter for boys 13-17 years as well as transitional housing programs for young adults 18-21 years. Also provided are prevention education programs serving children k-12 and families as well as parent mentoring and youth leadership programs. NCO has offered services to youth & families in DuPage and Kane Counties as well as surrounding communities for more than 37years. (More)

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Interview: Dr. Daniel Amen, MD - Amen Clinics

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Update February 1: The interview with Dr. Daniel Amen

Dr. Amen is a leader and innovator in the field of psychiatry who has helped to pioneer the use of SPECT imaging to diagnose and treat ADHD and other brain disorders.

With 25 years of clinical experience, Dr. Amen is an outspoken proponent of how to keep brains healthy. He has appeared on multiple television shows, including PBS Special, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life. He is the author of many books, including his most recent, Sex on the Brain: 12 Lessons to Enhance Your Love Life (Jan 2008)

Photo: A Healthy Brain Scan

Article: Healing The Hardware Of The Soul Nine Principles of the Amen Clinic