Wednesday, September 11, 2013

School training that you do not want to have, but must.

My organization has started the hard conversations and planning, it isn't about test scores !

Please watch.

My piece on school psychologists and mental health in the schools.

 Do you ever write something a while back and ask, "I really wrote that?"  For better or worse!

Oh Well!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

PBS Video - "Neurotypical"

What are people's thoughts on this PBS video?

Do you have a video, book, or reference on Autism Spectrum Disorders that you recommend?

Watch Neurotypical on PBS. See more from POV.


Friday, July 26, 2013

Article - When Bad Things Happen to Good NAEP Data

Link: When Bad Things Happen to Good NAEP Data

Although I am a data nerd myself, I find myself using my own cliche quite often.

Half of understanding what data says, is understanding what it does not say.

However, whenever political agendas and personal bias and research or data collide... which would be always... I think a better subtitle is...

Data and evidence are psychological projectives.


Friday, March 8, 2013

Link - California Learning Resources Network

Link - California Learning Resources Network

California Learning Resource Network, a state-funded project that reviews online courses, free web resources, and supplemental electronic learning resources

There is a ton of "stuff" on the internet.
Of course, the quality and my opinion of "stuff" varies.
It is always nice to have a resource that is from an official source and vets content.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Article - Being Young for Grade Increases Odds of ADHD Diagnosis

Article - Being Young for Grade Increases Odds of ADHD Diagnosis

This is another article that I am seeing a lot of in my current job.

I used to work primarily in high schools and a few middle schools.

Now that I am working in the K-8 world, I am a lot more involved in discussion of developmental maturity and chronological age as it relates to grade retention.

Grade retention is a very emotionally charged subject, and it probably would be a great discussion for a future post.

On a side-note, Malcolm Gladwell writes pretty convincingly on the impact of month of birth in competitive athletics in his book Outliers.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Fact-Checking Websites

This has been quite a year of politics.

With politics, come lies - damn lies - and statistics!

Most automatically think of the presidential election, but I am thinking mostly of my change from a traditional district to Charter Schools when it comes to politics and lies.

With discretion being the better part of valor, I will choose not to share the specifics about the worst year in blatant lies that I have ever experienced in my career.

However, feel free to read:

Nor will I make this a session of making fun of Fox News, mostly because it is too easy to do!
Besides I think that The Daily Show and Huff Post have that market cornered.

Instead, here is a copy of fact check websites.
As always, never rely on one source for anything!


Article - New Study shows Teens with ADHD helped by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Monday, January 7, 2013

Article - Why California must close underperforming charter schools

Article - Why California must lead the way in closing underperforming charter schools

I agree with this commentary, but I do have one parting shot.

In an underperforming charter school, the parents chose for their children to be there.
In an underperforming traditional school, the parents are held hostage by the zip code that they can afford to live in... regardless of the limited NCLB choice options.


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Article - Beliefs about Medication Treatment & Concerns about Loss of Self

Here is a review of a research article called  Beliefs about Medication Treatment & Concerns about Loss of Self.

This is an article of both personal and professional interest for me.

For those of you new to my blog, my first posts (links are available in the right column) were about my personal ADHD story.

The post most relevant to this article discusses how I joke about my two selves - unmedicated Eric versus medicated Dr. Beam.

Professionally, I have experienced the fact that most educators, professionals, and parents are ignorant of this side-effect of ADHD medication. I think that this is related to a lot of inadvertently negative comments to people with ADHD.


Article - Tumultuous Year in School Choice Signals Changes Ahead in K-12