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To help you through this uncertain time, we have compiled a list of educational resources and hope that you find them to be useful. We will be posting updates on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LearningAssociates/) to keep you abreast of the latest news and developments.

Free Apps or Apps with free trials:

Facebook group: Education App Talk (E.A.T.) www.myplayhomeapp.com www.ablenetinc.com/soundingboard www.letterschool.org From Apple: Tales2Go and Epic! – Kids’ Books and Videos

Paid Apps:

From Apple: Busy Shapes, Math Drills, Phonics Genius, Sentence Builder. Conversation Builder Teen, Word Wizard, Anti-Coloring Book Collection montessori.edokiacademy.com/en/about-us/

Digital Modifications:

Aside from apps, digital modifications are critical for online home learning for special needs students. Text to speech (TTS) is a type of assistive technology that reads digital text aloud and works with almost all digital devices—phone, iPad, computer. Many types of text files and most web pages can be converted into audio with TTS software.

Educational resources and activities:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/eight-digital-education-resources-around-smithsonian-180974430/ https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-kids-activities.html https://www.educatingalllearners.org/

Early Childhood and Intermediate Grades:

www.circletimefun.com https://www.getepic.com/ https://fiveinarow.com/

Middle School, High School, and College:

https://www.alchem.ie/ https://deltamath.com/ https://www.dwight.edu/dwight-global-online-school

All Age Groups:

https://www.brainpop.com/ https://www.checkmath.eu/ https://conjuguemos.com/

Gifted/Twice Exceptional Students:


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College application season is in full swing. Larry is busy with his seniors as they work to complete their applications and essays. They must also decide which application tracks to choose in this process. Students and parents should understand all of the options, including the implications and deadlines, in order to determine which plan is most suitable. Here is a general guide to the types of application plans that are now offered at many colleges and universities. Parents and students should always check with each school, and with their college counselor, to understand specific school requirements.

Early Decision: The submission deadline is often November 1st. This is an option to use only when the school is the student’s definitive first choice as this creates a binding agreement to attend if accepted. Students can apply to only one school under an Early Decision plan. Acceptance decisions for “ED” are typically sent in December. If accepted under an Early Decision program, students must withdraw all other applications.

Early Action: The submission deadline is typically from November 1st until December 15th. This plan is used when a student has identified a school as a frontrunner, but not the clear cut top choice. This application type does not create a binding agreement to attend if accepted, so students can apply under Early Action to more than one school. Notifications are sent by mid to late December and accepted candidates have until May 1st to let the school know whether they will attend.

Restricted Early Action (also known as Single Choice Early Action): This is a non-binding early action option with submission deadlines usually in November. Under this plan, applicants may not apply to any other private college or university’s early admission program. They may, however, apply to a public school’s early application program or apply to a foreign college or university at any time, as long as those programs are non-binding. Applicants should check with colleges for their specific Restricted Early Action guidelines.

Early Decision II: This is a relatively new option that is being used by more and more colleges each year. The deadlines for ED II applications are typically between January 1st and February 15th. As with ED I, the student is bound to attend if accepted.

Regular Decision: The submission deadline is typically between December 15th and February 1st (but may be even later) and decision notices are sent in late March and early April.

Rolling Admissions: This application process typically begins in the fall and remains open for many months. Within five to six weeks of applying, students are notified of acceptance or rejection. Deadlines vary widely.

Students need to carefully consider a number of factors when deciding which application track is most suitable. It may be tempting to apply under an Early Decision plan to expedite the process. For those applicants who are sure of where they want to go, this option can be very advantageous. However, some families will want to compare financial aid packages from different schools. Certain applicants may want to include more of their Senior year course work in their application. When formulating a college admissions strategy, it’s never too early to start thinking about the variety of application plans.

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The recent college admissions scandal revealed how some individuals took advantage of the extra time accommodation on the SAT and ACT exams meant for students with certain disabilities. By doing so, they cast doubt on the necessity and importance of such accommodations and, ultimately, hurt the students who truly need them.

Since 1981 Learning Associates has conducted comprehensive educational evaluations. Like the majority of educational consultants, our testing is honest, objective, and unbiased. The families who bring their children to us are not trying to “game the system”, but rather determine why they struggle academically. We do not start with a pre-determined diagnosis and then test to support it.

Our evaluation process begins with an interview with the student and parent. We collect information to understand the child’s academic, social/emotional, and medical history. We review report cards and standardized test results in addition to any previous relevant testing. Each evaluation consists of 8 to 9 hours of testing over several sessions. The test findings and data are explained in a detailed report which includes specific recommendations to be implemented at home and in school. If accommodations are appropriate based on the testing, they will also be outlined in the report. Although the extra time accommodation has been in the recent news cycle, it is only one of many accommodations available to students. Other accommodations can include assistive technology, alternative teaching methods, and study strategies. Our evaluations also identify suitable educational programs and materials.

As a society, we have made significant progress in raising awareness and removing the stigma historically associated with learning disabilities and mental illness. Students are less likely to feel ashamed to say they have dyslexia, ADHD, anxiety, or depression. We encourage our older clients to attend the post-testing conferences, so we can explain their strengths and weaknesses and provide them with the tools they need to advocate for themselves.

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