Archive for July, 2010

School Boards and Special Education: Making the Connection by Kathryn Burke

Posted in Kathryn's Column on July 27th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – 7 Comments

I had lunch with a colleague yesterday, who is, to put it mildly, a sophisticated political operative. He has amazing insight into matters pertaining to the political process. I thoroughly enjoy speaking with him about democracy, citizen engagement, and the evolving nature of our society. Both of us commented on how many people feel disenfranchised. […]

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Myth-Busters! Blasting Apart the Dyslexia Myth by Michele Pentyliuk

Posted in Articles, Experts Speak on July 26th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – 4 Comments

Put up your hand if think that people with dyslexia have difficulties with letter and word reversals.  From where I am sitting, it looks to me like most of you have your hand raised.  I can’t really see you of course, but my experience tells me that the majority of people, even teachers, believe that […]

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The Deadly Implications of Not Keeping up with Research by Kathryn Burke

Posted in Kathryn's Column on July 24th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – 2 Comments

I recently attended a conference on Brain Development and Learning.  I often describe myself as a “sociologist gone bad!” I am not a clinician nor am I an educator. My interest in the conference was to learn more about emerging research on learning, and brain physiology associated with learning disabilities. While at the conference, I […]

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Labels, Boxes and People with Learning Disabilities – Labels Have Their Uses, but Also Their Abuses by Dr. Peter Flom

Posted in Articles, Peter's Journey on July 16th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

Peter Flom has his Ph.D in Psychometrics from Fordham University and an MA in Special Education from New York University. He has his own consulting firm where he specializes in helping graduate students and researchers in psychology, education, economics and the social sciences with all aspects of statistical analysis. He is also a parent, husband, […]

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The Role of School Trustees and Special Education: Ostriches that hide their head in the sand don’t get the big picture by Kathryn Burke

Posted in Kathryn's Column on July 16th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – 4 Comments

I helped organize a panel discussion on special education that took place this week. The target audience was people in our city running in the fall election as school trustees. I am one of a small group of active parent special education advocates within our local school district. With the impending election, we all had […]

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Questions I want my School Board to Answer: Inquiring Minds want to Know by Kathryn Burke

Posted in Kathryn's Column on July 15th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – 1 Comment

It seems like Einstein really was onto something with the theory of relativity. Time really is relative. Our son, affected by learning disabilities and ADHD, has been in the school system for a decade. Sometimes that decade feels like it has gone by in a heartbeat. At other times, I feel like time is stretched […]

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