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Easy Peasy Assessments – either Benchmark or Norm Based

You asked for easy assessments. You don’t want to think through the issues of validity and reliability. Hiring a professional would be great. Well will talk about that later. But what is a TEACHER to do, who has no time but wants to start doing assessments?

I have the answer! Easy assessments for 18 months, 2 years old, 3 year olds, and 4 year olds. Better than others because they include social & character items as well as gross and fine motor skills and other academic readiness items. Only $20.00 for each age, and you may reproduce them for your entire class.

Either mail $20 for each one you select, along with your address and $5.00 for shipping or pay by Paypal.

for toddlers

for 2 year olds

for 3 year olds

for 4 year olds

Now, if you want a norm based assessment, then I can come out to give you Kauffman Kindergarten Readiness assessment for only $30.00 a student. This is a great deal: a scientifically strong test, tailored exactly to the needs of rising 4 year olds, and a fraction of the cost of what a psychologist would charge. Call me to set up a schedule for your graduating 4 year olds or all your school! 512/249-7629 Call now — or email me at info@orgstrat.net

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April 14, 2015 at 5:59 pm Leave a comment

See you at the AAEYC Conference April 10 & 11

I will be speaking on Assessments at the upcoming AEYC Conference, April 10 & 11 at the ACC Eastview campus. Even experienced directors will find it worthwhile to come to hear what I have to say; I won’t say what you have heard over and over from others. Ever wondered  what the difference was between norm based and criterion based? Ever wonder how assessments could be used positively?  Every wonder what all the confusion was around testing? I can answer your questions.  Imagine having a real benefit, head and shoulders above the other centers around for your assessment. Imagine having no worries about your children’s transition to their next school. Imagine having no worries about how you will speak to their parents about this. You do not have to be an AEYC member to come. I will look for you!

March 26, 2015 at 2:02 pm Leave a comment

Lower SES Students do Better in Private Schools

“Students in the lowest SES quartile who attended a private school in 8th grade were nearly four times more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree than students from the same quartile who attended a public school.” — Council for American Private Education

This is a significant statement. Students in private school outperform public school — and NOT merely because their parents have higher incomes. It is true that parents’ income correlates with higher grades, but that is not the primary predictive factor. Something else about private school is predictive. Coleman 88 pointed to the expectations of the parents and educators. When one looks further, one sees that religious schools outperform — a counter-intuitive finding. Researchers think this is because all religious schools, regardless of class or mission, all aim at character formation. When adults care about students, expect them to do well, and train them in good character habits, then students excel.

Everyone one of us can implement this in our school. What are your plans this year to include character formation in your curricula or school culture?

August 12, 2014 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment

New Summer School-Aged Program

Vacation Liberty School, a new program for your elementary aged summer program. It teaches the history of the founding of our nation in an interactive and fun way for ages 5-10, and runs about 20 hours. Founders visit. Games abound. Inspiring and well researched.

This is about 20 hours. Cast normally present every morning in the Austin metro area. They can make flexible arrangements outside the Austin metro area.

Ronda McAuley, from Georgetown, developed this program. 972-467-0516 (apologies, will post URL soon) Suitable for Licensed Centers, for churches, or civic groups.

May 9, 2014 at 2:13 pm 1 comment

Detox! Hydrate!

Detoxing, drainage, off loading toxicity is all the rage among the health-interested adults. I am not going to urge you try some de-toxing protocol on children, but I am going to remind that you pay how important it is to allow children enough water. Cutting edge science is pointing to toxicity as a major problem for children! As the weather gets warmer, children need even more hydration, just as we do. Remember that orange juice, pop. and tea do not hydrate. Be sure that the drinks are not heavily loaded with sugar, either. Off-loading too much sugar from a little system puts hydration and detoxifying off balance too. Water is always great. Well, test the water. Be sure it tastes good. Purified, cold water is always good.

April 30, 2014 at 3:39 am 1 comment

Promised list of resources for children’s learning problems in Austin now posted.

Here is the promised to post resources in Austin for children with special learning needs .   This is not necessarily an exhaustive list, just the ones I know about. Please be invited to post your favorites too.  I do think every director ought to have a list.

Autism Spectrum Disorder
Johnson Center The Johnson Center for Child Health & Development :
http://www.johnson-center.org/site/contact The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development 1700 Rio Grande Street, Suite 200 Austin, TX 78701 Telephone 512.732.8400 Fax 512.732.8353 (Expensive and have been snooty to me, but I still think they are the best such resource in town for autism.)

ABA – Today there is more than one provider. CARD was the first one.
CARD 9390 Research Blvd. Suite 100 Austin, TX 78759 New inquiries: (855) 345-2273   Phone: (512) 330-9520 Fax: (512) 330-9505 Email: info@centerforautism.com   It is clear that some have been helped a great deal by this.

Dr. J. Cunningham – in San Marcos, closed his center.

The Dan Center for Autism Wellness and Recovery http://www.thedancenterforautism.com One MUST read CAN! Book. It includes scores of refercnes to scientific peer reviewed journals, has fairly precise protocols, and a summary on the back cover that will open your eyes. Your child does not have to have autism. Many children have improved so much that it is possible to say that “they used to have autism.”

I do not recommend “autismspeaks” because I think it is unduly negative, not scientifically informed, and while I do not know for sure about this organization, I do know that some groups that appear to be parent support groups are really marketing arms for large corporations. DAN! has parent training that is scientifically based.

Sensory Integration and Clumsy Child Syndrome (yes that is actually the technical name)

Kathy Nicholson, From the Heart Therapy Center Phone: (512)-306-1707 Fax: (512)-306-7380
Nicki Branch OT moved.
There are other OT s in town.  There is a debate about what discipline should be “treating” SI or even exactly what the problem is, but the OT’s seem to be helping in lots of cases.

Dyslexia

Scottish Rite – free and time tested “language retraining”
Fast4Word, (from Scientific Learning) unduly expensive, phonemic awareness training via computer.  Will help those for whom it is meant. Brain HQ has a similar program out meant for seniors.  Please let me know about competitors.
Pat Sekel is Austin’s top teacher trainer for dyslexia, has a doctorate from UT.
Dr. Swank has a tutoring center and experts say she does voodoo, but if she has good results, you might check out her center.

ADD/ADHD
Oy vey – stop the red dye!!  More than 80 % of people exhibit ADD  symptoms when consuming red dye. There are many more substances that might cause similar problems, but each individual is different.  They work like allergies.

Austin Holistic Healing Center | Natural Hormone Replacement …
http://www.centerforhealthandhealing.org › … › Detox › Gluten intolerance (Run by Dr. Ted Edwards MD and Dr. Teri Beim, ND)
If you need a very knowledgeable pharmacist, see Tom Schnorr, Apothecary Shoppe, Duval

Autism; ADD/ADHD; G.I.Issues For Kids; … Why should I consider alternative health medicine? … Wellness clinic Services at our Austin location include:

Linda Classen is the educator’s most educated about the field. She knows about the real, if possibly rare, brain dysfunction and how to train teachers and how to deal with public school teachers.

Feingold diet, although much poo-poo-ed does work form many people and has the advantage of a scientific trial for each person. There is no harm in trying and perhaps a great deal of help, so I do not understand the poo-poo.

(There is a lot of disinformation out there.  I urge you to consider  1) the poo-ppo-er’s pecuniary interest 2) real claims of real science rather than standard practice of traditional medicine and 3) a reasonable protocol which should always start with basic health and wellness, and thus education. Anyway, a book is cheaper than a drug.  Start there.)
There are educational resources at People’s Pharmacy

August 8, 2013 at 10:08 pm 1 comment

Reading for Better Brains

Thought you would like this article.  Some good ideas how to apply a good theoretical insight.

braininsights Deborah McNelis @ @Teach_Preschool ~ Sorry.. Try it now! http://goo.gl/fb/pgj6Z Hope you had a fun day! 3 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

March 3, 2011 at 4:22 am Leave a comment

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