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MA professors protest high-stake tests

The Washington Post - February 22, 2013

A coalition of more than 130 Masachusetts professors and research are urging officials not to overuse high-stakes standardized tests to assess students, teacher and schools, according to this February 22, 2013 article in The Washington Post.

The coalition issues a statement that is reported to be "the latest effort in a revolt against high-stakes testing that has spread from coast to coast."

As part of that revolt, students are said to be opting out of standardized tests, teachers refusing to administer them, and superintendents criticizing the standardized test-based accountability systems.

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10 helpful ADHD resources

NCLD - March 2011

This article from The National Center for Learning Disabilitiies lists 10 helpful AD/HD resources.

Among them are the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Dissemination Center for Children and Disabilities (NICHY), Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) and the Child Mind Institute (CMI).

The article also lists some Learning Disability (LD) resources but notes that while AD/HD and LD are not the same thing,  AD/HD can interfere with learning and impact behavior.

 

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Video games to help kids learn

USA Today - March 4, 2013

An alliance of educators and innovators is aiming to use video games to help put kids on the path to a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) career, reports this March 4, 2013 article in USA Today.

The alliance, called GlassLab, this week is launching a free online community based on the world-building game SimCity, along with free lesson plans and an online teachers' network.

Glasslab reportedly intends to develop materials based on off-the-shelf video games that will help get kids ready for "college and career success."

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Teen employment in Massachusetts plunges

Boston Globe - February 21, 2013

Teen employment has fallen to a 45-year low, according to this February 21, 2013 article in The Boston Globe.

The report by the Youth Jobs Coalition says that teens are being crowded out by young adults who are looking for any kind of work in a spotty recovery.

The reports says that many companies are now not hiring teens for summer jobs.

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3 tips for parenting a child with ADHD

about.com - February 21, 2013

This February 21, 2013 article on About.com provides three tips for parenting a child with ADHD.

The tips for parents of children with ADHD include: put external structures in place; give immediate and frequent feedback about behavior; and provide powerful, positive reinforcement and incentives.

The article maintains that educating oneself about ADHD can make a huge difference in reducing stress at home and guide one toward effective parenting strategies.

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