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February 2016

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My Teacher Shamed Me

Make School Less Scary

Our Kids Are So Brave

3 Technology Must Do's

The Starfish Story
 
New Research
 
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My Teacher Shamed Me

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My teacher shamed me when I couldn't read
by Anthony Hamilton

This is a powerful piece about what some teachers still do to students with dyslexia.

If we could just get teachers to STOP doing this, it would help a great deal.

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Make School Less Scary

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Parents, please educate teachers about dyslexia so that school will be less cruel and scary for children with dyslexia.

Watch this 3-minute video to see what school feels like for a second grader with dyslexia.

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Our Kids Are So Brave

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Brave means being afraid but doing it anyway.

Going to school each day is an act of bravery for our kids.

Their parents must also be brave, and fight like crazy to help their kids survive school.

Parents, if you are in a state with a law that students who do not pass the state standards tests will be retained, or your child has extreme test anxiety, then opt your child out of that test.

Retention is an awful thing to do to a child emotionally, and research proves it does NOT improve academic performance.

Here is a much better option than retention.

3 Technology Must Do's

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3 Technology Must Do's for Dyslexia at School
from Dyslexic Advantage

Technology tools allow a student to access the curriculum, and prove his knowledge, even though the student does not yet read, write, or spell at grade level.

Parents should not have to fight so hard to get schools to allow their child with dyslexia to use these 3 critical tools.

According to The Advocacy Institute, fewer than 5% of students with disabilities are assistive technology users. Yet federal law requires consideration of assistive technology when developing an IEP or a 504 Plan.

If a school official says, "We have considered your child's need for assistive technology and have determined that s/he will not benefit . . ."

You should say, "I would like to review the documentation that supports your decision. In particular, I would like to see the data regarding performance with assistive technology, and performance without."

Click here to learn many other effective ways to advocate for assistive technology.

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The Starfish Story

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This well-known story should inspire us all.

If we waited until we could save every child with dyslexia, we would never start.

Even if all you do is save just one child, it is worth it as his mom shares:

I just wanted to share my excitement! My 10 year old daughter, who is in Level 4 of the Barton System,  wanted some quiet time on the porch. I peeked out to find her reading The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  

Last summer, my daughter tested at late kindergarten level in reading.  I attended the lecture you gave in Des Moines last year and borrowed Level 1 from a friend by 10 a.m. the next day. I viewed the training videos and started tutoring my kids within a few days.

Since I homeschool, I do Barton every day as our language arts curriculum.

Thank you so much for your program. It's been a life-changer for us!

Gina Conrad
Colfax, IA

Many teachers, who have seen the skills of their struggling readers increase rapidly due to private Barton tutoring after school, want to help other students in their class.  They have asked for advice on how convince their school to start a pilot program using the Barton System.  So we created a step-by-step guide called "How to Convince Your Principal."  

Click here to see those steps.

Administrators also like the research and evidence that is on this webpage.

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New Research

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This is Your Brain on Phonics fMRI and Dyslexia
from Dyslexic Advantage

One of the greatest neuro-myths about dyslexia is that it's just about reading.

Kudos to the Gabrieli lab (and many others) who are unraveling the differences that exist between dyslexic and non-dyslexic children because the science can inform us about what we may need to do as teachers and tutors.

Pure listening tasks (no reading) show:

1. Dyslexic children 'hear' or process sounds differently from non-dyslexic children.

2. Dyslexic children show greater activation of the right temporoparietal cortex.

Click here to read the entire article.

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For Barton Tutors

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Spelling Success has released a NEW card deck game. This one helps Barton students read and spell all

43 sight words in Level 5.

Spelling Success now offers 17 card deck games for the Barton Reading & Spelling System. To view all of them, or to watch videos of their games, click here.

Our fluency drills are now available as Quizlet flashcards because Barton students often find anything done on a computer more fun than on paper.  You can access through free Barton fluency drills, and many other free Barton Tools, on our Tutor Support Webpage.

Parents, reading specialists, and professional tutors are welcome to join our on-line Barton Tutors chat group, or our brand-new, by invitation-only chat group for owners of tutoring clinics who use the Barton System and those who want to open a tutoring clinic soon.  

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Keep Up With The Latest

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Watch How To Spot Dyslexia In A Writing Sample, Susan Barton's latest webinar that was hosted by Learning Ally, by clicking here.

Susan Barton's Screening for Dyslexia course will be held twice this summer:

June 13 to 18, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ

July 25 to 30, 2016 in Chicago, IL

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