The Voices of Students Like Me

By Natalie Tamburello When you think about social movements that you learned about growing up, what do you remember? What do you see in your mind’s eye? For a moment, reflect on your experience when you learned about the civil rights movement. Were you sitting at your desk in a darkened history classroom, watching Dr. King…

The Importance of Purposeful Play in Early Education

By Melissa Davidson Every time you see a child playing superheroes, digging in the sand, or chasing a classmate at recess, they are playing with purpose. To a casual observer, it may seem like they are just having fun and being kids. But it all has value and meaning to a child. “Purposeful play” can…

Beyond Gold Stars: Fostering Intrinsic Motivation in Struggling Readers

By Abigail McFee Every summer, struggling readers in first through fourth grade participate in Tufts University’s Summer Reading Program for a month of remediation—and empowerment. Some skip through the door, seemingly filled with mirth at the idea of their alternative “summer camp.” Others are hesitant. They have just been told that the skill that presents them…

Writing the College Essay

By Suzanne Crossman Writing the college essay is a demanding and often overwhelming task for students. Summer is a great time for students to begin the essay-writing process, when they aren’t juggling academics, extracurriculars, and college applications. Parents can help guide students through this process by providing some direct instruction. What is the purpose of…

Prevent Summer Learning Loss Before It Happens

Submitted by Joanna A. Christodoulou Reading activities during the summer can play an important role in helping students maintain their reading skills. Summer slump, or the potential for academic skills to regress during school vacation, is a concern for many students. Children with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, may be at a higher risk of…

Making the Most of Your Summer

By Kerri Coen Tips for Rising Seniors & Their Parents Rising seniors will be busy this fall exploring many different post-secondary options. Students and parents can work together over the summer to prepare for this process—and make it less stressful once school starts. Take a look at these tips that will give your student a jump-start on post-graduation…

Empower Students with Innovative Learning

By Melissa Davidson Students staring off into space, sleeping at their desks, fidgeting in their chairs… These behaviors are as common as old-school styles of teaching, and finding ways to engage students remains an age-old dilemma. Now more than ever, teachers are being challenged to step up their game. The rub comes when many schools…

Dyslexia: Learning Disability or Entrepreneurial Advantage?

Submitted by Elliot S. Weissbluth I was first diagnosed with dyslexia as a child, and then again 20 years later as an adult law school student. Dyslexia affects each individual a little differently, but generally creates difficulties for processing written language. It is often characterized as a “learning disability.” Early on, I struggled to keep up in…

Why We Need More Girls in STEM

Submitted by Melissa Davidson “One of the things that I really strongly believe in is that we need to have more girls interested in math, science, and engineering. We’ve got half the population that is way underrepresented in those fields and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of talent…not being encouraged the way they…

Tips for Parents: Working with your LBLD student, Part 3

Homework: Importance and Procedures for Success Submitted by Gail Kent Ever have difficulty figuring out how to help your child with homework? Why is homework so important anyway? Homework is used to reinforce skills and information learned during class time. It is important for students because it allows them to further interact with material and…

Successful Online Learning

Submitted by Danika McClure Distance learning is a trend that has rapidly expanded in recent years. Reports by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System indicate that nearly 5.5 million had enrolled in at least one online course in 2012, and an additional 2.6 million students were enrolled in fully online programs–and there’s significant evidence that…