Category: Seeing Stars

 

Fort Smith Students Make Gains with Seeing Stars® Instruction

Fort Smith School District in Arkansas is seeing promising results from its partnership with Lindamood-Bell during the 2017-18 school year. The partnership was initiated to address the needs of struggling readers including those with dyslexia. In an intensive intervention focused on the needs of students previously diagnosed with dyslexia, students receiving Seeing Stars® instruction made […]

 
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New Dyslexia Research on Seeing Stars Intervention Published in Nature Communications

New Dyslexia Research on Seeing Stars Intervention Published in Nature Communications

Exciting new dyslexia research, titled “Rapid and Widespread White Matter Plasticity During an Intensive Reading Intervention,” was published this month in the scientific journal Nature Communications. The study, from the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at University of Washington (UW), examined growth in reading skills and white matter in school-aged, struggling readers. Diffusion MRI […]

 
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A Student Sees the Stars

A Student Sees the Stars

This story was shared by Sonya Bledsoe, a Special Education teacher in Tennessee who was trained in the Seeing Stars program. I started working with Sydney when she was a first grader. She was a quiet, solemn child. Nothing came easy for her. The alphabet and sight words seemed to be a foreign language. I […]

 
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Learning Leap

Learning Leap

My daughter struggled with identifying letters and matching them to sounds. She repeated Kindergarten twice to help her catch up on both reading and writing. During a parent/teacher conference, her teacher showed me her rendition of the alphabet. My daughter had stopped at the letter B and just drew faces in the boxes where each […]

 
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Special Education: Revolving Door or Trap Door?

Special Education: Revolving Door or Trap Door?

HIGH FLYER SPOTLIGHT – SAN LUIS VALLEY, COLORADO, BOCES Special Education: Revolving Door or Trap Door? By Kellyn Ross I once heard former Assistant Secretary of Education Dr. Robert Pasternack talk about how special education services had become a trap door for students. Rather than a revolving door, where they could come in, get remediated, […]

 
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Early Literacy Program Sees Success with Seeing Stars and Visualizing and Verbalizing (V/V) Programs

Through an Early Literacy Grant, Cañon City Schools in Colorado trained teachers in Seeing Stars and V/V to improve reading and comprehension skills. Results after only one semester show that students are progressing faster than expected. Lucky Us! to have Cañon City Schools as a partner in our mission to make a difference for ALL […]

 
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7 Best Practices to Improve Reading and Comprehension for Your English Learners

7 Best Practices to Improve Reading and Comprehension for Your English Learners

Visualizing and Verbalizing (V/V) Our sensory-cognitive programs are often a critical missing piece in English Language Development. By adding the overlooked component of explicit sensory-cognitive instruction, we have seen evidence of an acceleration of language and literacy skills for many English Learners. Here’s how our programs work: Oral Language Development Learning a language is a […]

 
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NPR Dyslexia Series Highlights Lindamood-Bell, Seeing Stars® Intensive Intervention

NPR Dyslexia Series Highlights Lindamood-Bell, Seeing Stars® Intensive Intervention

Late last year, National Public Radio (NPR) premiered a five-part radio and blog post series titled “Unlocking Dyslexia” which highlighted new research and provided insights on dyslexia, the most common learning disability in the United States. In Part 1 of the series “Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It,” reporter Gabrielle Emanuel shares her own experience of living […]

 
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Are You Developing the Skills and Habits Students Need for Comprehension, Critical Thinking, and Success with Rigorous Standards?

The Common Core State Standards, as well as independent state standards, significantly raise the bar for all students regarding the demands of literacy and critical thinking. Teachers are expected to cover more complex material, more in depth, and with a focus on deep understanding and critical thinking. Students must be able to cite evidence from […]

 
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How to Deliver an Effective Seeing Stars® Lesson: 3 Tips for Dynamic Instruction

How to Deliver an Effective Seeing Stars® Lesson: 3 Tips for Dynamic Instruction

Tip 1: DRIVE THE SENSORY BUS. Use language to directly and explicitly stimulate the sensory input of symbol imagery. For example, the language “What letters do you picture for the word ‘thought’?” stimulates imagery, whereas the language, “How do you spell ‘thought’?” does not. Tip 2: EMPHASIZE ORTHOGRAPHIC PROCESSING. In Seeing Stars, only a few […]

 
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