Empower Difference Making / Special Needs Heroes / Retrieval Practice

Practice Good
The Case For Contribution: Why Schools Should Empower Difference Making. Will more young people grow up outside communities of caring adults? How will young people be exposed to role models of contribution? @tvanderark @forbes @akrebecca

Ten Kids’ Books That Star Protagonists with Special Needs – These books feature kids with special needs–and their siblings–fighting crime, solving mysteries, navigating school, loving each other, making friends, and just being awesome. @NYMetroParents @pragmaticmom @jamiesumner_

Retrieval Practice: The Most Powerful Learning Strategy You’re Not Using. Retrieval practice is the act of trying to recall information without having it in front of you. @PoojaAgarwal @cultofpedagogy @mamabooch1 @RetrieveLearn

Social/Mobile Media Education

Great Tools for Making Mind Maps and Flowcharts – Creating a mind map is an excellent way to generate and write down ideas connected to a central topic. @rmbyrne @prtaylorca

Reading to Dogs


Dogs in school … to improve reading performance? Getting children (in this instance, lower-performing secondary students) to read to a dog was better than reading to a teacher. @ArwenNugteren @DisneyDream717 @sci_bloggers


An Educator’s Guide To Mental Health and Well Being – Mental illnesses are exactly that, illnesses, and should be viewed as such without the fear of stigma and discrimination. @MrPranPatel @hollinsley

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Learners are not disabled@KatieNovakUDL @gcouros @burgessdave

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Why Do You Always Seem To Have Room For Dessert?
Turns out there’s a phenomenon called “sensory-specific satiety.” Here’s how it works. @Maddie_Marshall @voxdotcom

Recent Book Summaries, Original Work, and Guest Posts

Inside the Box

Innovate Inside the Box: Empowering Learners Through UDL and the Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros with Katie Novak

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

You Are Awesome: 9 Secrets to Getting Stronger and Living an Intentional Life by Neil Pasricha

Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning by Scott McLeod and Julie Graber

The Happy Mind: A Simple Guide to Living a Happier Life Starting Today by Kevin Horsley and Louis Fourie

The Leadership Mind Switch: Rethinking How We Lead In the New World of Work by D. A. Benton and Kylie Wright-Ford

The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success by Albert-László Barabási

All Children, Including Those with Learning Disabilities, Benefit from the Arts by Lillian Brooks

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