These resources were created and/or collected by Outreach staff to assist you in better understanding how to teach students with LBLD.

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    Building Reading Comprehension

    This article from Edutopia outlines strategies to use in the classroom to improve reading comprehension and build reading skills in any subject.

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    Training your Brain

    This Khan Academy video outlines research that asserts that the brain is a muscle, and like muscles, the more you use it the stronger it gets.   This video encourages students to think of challenges not as something insurmountable but as something that can help them improve their skills.

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    Unlocking Dyslexia: Part 1

    This NPRed article, part 1 in the series titles Unlocking Dyslexia, defines what dyslexia is and debunks the many myths that surround it.  The author recounts her own challenges with reading and interviews a student with similar struggles.  

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    Unlocking Dyslexia: Part 2

    This second part in the series, Unlocking Dyslexia, explains the research done by Guinevere Eden, director of Georgetown University’s Center for the Study of Learning.  She used brain scans to understand how the dyslexic brain operates, and her research showed that with intense remediation the brain can train itself to unlock the code of reading,

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    The Role of Technology in Cognitive Load Theory

    In this year’s first edition of the Free Landmark Teaching Strategies (previously called “Spotlight”), research into technology and its role in the Universal Design for Learning classroom was reviewed. This new strategy will look at how technology can alleviate time demands, particularly for students with slow processing speed and impaired working memory. In order to

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    Digital Screens and Reading

    WNYC interviews neuroscientists about how reading on digital screens is changing the way we read.  They assert that when we read on a digital screen, we do not focus as deeply as when we read on paper as our eyes and jump around the page limiting our understanding of the content.

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    100 Useful Repetitions

    Notable alternative educator, Jeffrey Benson, writes about the idea of 100 useful repetitions in working with students with special needs.  He says that teachers should recognize that it is the relationships that they build with their students and their ability “to hang in there with the failures” that can make all the difference in success.

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    Assistive Technology in the Classroom

    This KQED article interviews 5th grade teacher and Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity educational editor, Kyle Redford’s experiences with using technology in the classroom to help students with learning differences. The interview highlights the power of speech to text software to help students who struggle to write.  As well the article covers technology tools

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    Caring Adults and Student Success

    Ryan Griffin, a barber in, Ann Arbor, MI, encourages kids to read while they have their hair cut. The overwhelming response from the story inspired writers from nprED to write a companion piece that highlights the importance of caring and involved adults from all parts of the community in student success

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The Role of Technology in Cognitive Load Theory

This new strategy will look at how technology can alleviate time demands, particularly for students with slow processing speed and impaired working memory.