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Oct 27 | Section 504

Section 504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which is a federal statute, not a state statute. Basically, Section 504 is an anti-discrimination, civil rights statute which insures the needs of students with disabilities are met as adequately as the needs of all students in educational system.

Section 504 (29 U. S. C. 794(a), 34 C. F. R. 104.4(a) ?No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States, as defined in section 706(8) of this title, shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance?.

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Oct 10 | Applying For A Scholarshp

Prime Minister Winston Churchill visited his old school, Harrow School, on October 29, 1941. He wanted to hear the old songs that he enjoyed while attending the school. The School, however, wanted to hear Churchill speak. He reluctantly approached the podium and said "Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give up. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up." Then he quietly sat down.

He gave what has to be the best advice ever for the young person who is applying for a scholarship. Try, try, and try some more. Never give up. Applying for scholarships is difficult, time consuming, and very tedious. All scholarship applicants will face stiff competition. But, it's true, the profits are worthwhile. By writing and rewriting applications, one will begin to recognize the certain methods to be used on the application process, and the practice greatly increases the chances of scoring a scholarship. No one is saying that scholarships are impossible. They aren't. They do require practice and commitment to acquire one. With this in mind, review a few practical words of wisdom.

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Oct 04 | Sports and the Dyslexic Child

There is an old sayings that states: "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." Even though it is an old saying, it's a true statement. Everyone must have some fun each and everyday. To the dyslexia student this often seems like a dream. Much of his day is spent spending time after class while the others go out to play, or staying after school is out for the day for extra tutoring. Life can be overwhelming at this point to a young, energetic youngster who needs to let off steam. While a physical activity, such as individual or team sports is important for any child, it is especially helpful for those students with dyslexia. Playing sports, being in the band, hobbies, or any team effort allows the dyslexia child to achieve normalcy.

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Sep 25 | State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness STARR

From:  TEA The STARR The Next Generation Information

Beginniing in spring 2011, students will start a new voyage with the launch of the next testing program called the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness or STARR.

What is STAAR?

STARR is a more rigorous standardized testing program that will replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) for elementary, middle and high school students.  The new STAAR program will emphazie "readiness" standards, which are considered most important for success in the grade or subject that follows for college and career.

What tests must you take in high school?

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Sep 15 | EOG End of Grade Exams

Here is the link to learn more about STARR Resources.

As we hear more news about the deails on STARR we will certainly share it with you!

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Facebook in the Classroom and the Home

Using Facebook in the classroom seems to be a preposterous idea to some. However, if careful consideration is given to the means of communication that Facebook can offer, one will find that the "good" far out weighs all of the "bad" connotations for Facebook in the classroom/home.

To use Facebook effectively and professionally in the classroom, the educator/parent will need to set certain procedures.

1. A separate account just for the classroom or a separate account for the child at home should be in place. This keeps your Facebook for students at school on a professional level or your Facebook for your child at home on an educational level.
2. Definitely manage privacy settings. Your Facebook page will lead you through the steps needed.
3. Mentor students carefully. As an educator, the utmost care must be given to a professional attitude. Only school related materials may be posted on this Facebook page. Keep a professional distance on Facebook just as you would in the classroom. On the Facebook page, the teacher is not a friend but is a mentor. Parents must remember that this page belongs to the student and respect the student's input and sharing
4. Place students and your child on limited access to their pages. This allows only the information that you are sending and receiving.

Okay! Now that all of the preliminary work has been done, how is the Facebook going to help? Facebook resources are growing everyday at an amazing rate. Therefore, exploring resources is going to be the first step in applying Facebook to education at school and at home.

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More Benefits of Facebook

In the last blog, the necessary guidelines for using Facebook properly in the classroom were discussed as well as a preview of the plentiful teaching materials to be found by both the educator and the parent.

Here are some of the benefits that may be obtained by using Facebook as a teaching tool in the classroom and at home.

Facebook gives such an imitating atmosphere totally opposite of the formal atmosphere of the classroom or the necessary feeling a student has when doing homework. The student realizes that they are an active participate on a level playing field. There is no judgment, censorship, or preconceived ideas. Facebook isn't owned by any one person but belongs to the group collectively.

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Jan Van Blarcum

Meet Jan Van Blarcum | Founder

In 1999, Jan Van Blarcum, Ph.D. founded Creative Tutors. As an educator, Dr. Van Blarcum understood the importance of personalized attention in a child?s educational growth. Her passion for learning grew into a business endeavor that provides customized, one-on-one, in-home tutoring to children with a variety of learning needs. Every child receives personalized attention from certified/degreed educators.