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Our Newsletter: "Food for Thought"

Our Newsletter: "Food for Thought"

Food for Thought is the newsletter that Stevenson Learning Skills publishes twice a year. Below you will find the major articles from some of our recent issues. Click on any article to view it. There are a few small items from the newsletters that we do not include here on the web site. Click Links below for information or mail coupon, call, fax or e-mail info@stevensonlearning.com for the information.

Articles from "Food for Thought":

New website in the works

Our website  is slowly but steadily being rebuilt so that we will have more capabilities in the future.  Although the site may not look very different, in 2017 you will find new materials and new features rolling out one by one.  If you are reading this newsletter, but not on our email list, you may wish to give us your email information so we can keep you up to date.  (click here)   

         

New website in the works

Our website  is slowly but steadily being rebuilt so that we will have more capabilities in the future.  Although the site may not look very different, in 2017 you will find new materials and new features rolling out one by one.  If you are reading this newsletter, but not on our email list, you may wish to give us your email information so we can keep you up to date.  (click here)            

Fax trouble

Our fax number was possessed by techno-ghosts this fall, and apparently was not working at random times.  It should be fine now, but, of course, we have no way of knowing if a fax was sent that we did not receive.  If you have been waiting for an order from us for more than two weeks, it would be wise to call us (800) 343-1211 and make sure we received it. 

Ohio, Texas, Florida and More

Managing Editor Bill Stevenson is holding a free introductory session in Columbus on December 14 while he is visiting schools in central and western Ohio.  Senior Trainer Nancy Ziehme will give two separate days of training at the Region 10 ESC near Dallas this winter and two more in the summer.  We are going to set up at least one workshop in Broward County Florida for February, but the details will not be set until mid December.  There will probably be some activities in New Jersey and again in Ohio in the spring.  Check out the “Events and Workshops” section on our website (www.stevensonlearning.com) from time to time for more information.  (Or just click here.)

Have you noticed a difference? (2)

We have seen an increased willingness amongst school systems to try new approaches to help their struggling students.  We can’t be sure why this is the case, but we think it is related to the fact that the “Every Child Succeeds Act” replaced “No Child Left Behind.”  Although the official jargon out of Washington is hard to follow, policymakers now seem to believe that being flexible is helpful, and rigid adherence to detailed standards is not everything.  Since we work with struggling students, we value flexibility.  Every child does NOT learn the same things in the same way at the same time, and the standards – particularly at the elementary level – were excessively limiting.  If your school system is not considering a variety of alternative approaches for struggling students, perhaps you could mention to your bosses that policy is changing.           

Have you noticed a difference? (1)

This is an important time of year, and not just because of the holidays.  It is a good time to step back and look at the progress (or lack thereof) that your students have made since the school year began.  You do not need formal assessments - just your gut reaction.  Here are two important points to consider:

  • If your students have NOT made much progress in reading, and you have not tried the Stevenson Program, you should consider trying it now.  There is still a significant amount of time left to turn things around in 2017.
  • If you ARE using the Stevenson Program already, and you feel that your student’s progress is too slow, CALL US (800-343-1211).  We have helped many different types of students, and we probably have some hints that will help you move forward more quickly.    

New Laws - ESSA Takes Over for NCLB

 

Do you know your ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)?  Or do you not even want to know what the latest from Washington is?  Either way, some important educational practices are going to change.  ESSA replaces

Testing Season

 

Spring is testing season in public schools, and seldom do either teachers or students enjoy the process. However, since the process is out of our hands right now, let us focus on the possibilities ahead and not the

Spring and Reading Instruction

 

Spring and hope go well together, as many writers have observed.  So it seems appropriate to say a few words that might help lift the spirits of educators out there working with struggling readers:  Whatever difficulties you or your students are experiencing, there is hope.

Winter Workshops - Columbus, Dallas and More

We are currently updating the "Events and Workshops" section of our website to reflect workshops scheduled for January 7, 2016 in Columbus, OH and February 11, 2016 in Dallas.  In late February, Bill Stevenson will go to Florida (as you might, if you lived in Massachusetts), and he is making arrangements for school visits now.  Other training and support activities are scheduled for March, April and May, but may not be finalized until the first of the year.  E-mail announcements will be sent to the local areas.

 

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