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Cognitive Skills are Major Factors in Reading Ability

While many educators still see reading as a matter of decoding and fluency practice, the reading process is far more complex. A new report from Digital Promise report cites cognitive skills, social-emotional learning, and student background information, in addition to traditional language and literacy skills, as essential for reading.

Closing the Achievement Gaps: The Need for a Cognitive Intervention

The remediation statistics are sobering. Over half of students who enroll in 2-year colleges take remedial courses in English and/or math. Almost 20% of those enrolling in 4-year colleges do

What are Cognitve Skills?

We hear the term “cognitive skills” more frequently these days as we all become more aware that our brains perform a variety of functions critical to helping us navigate school,

Helping Homework-Trapped Students

An article in the Washington Post newspaper caught my attention recently.  It talked about “homework-trapped students.”  In the article, Dr. Kenneth Goldberg, a clinical psychologist and author, describes students who

The Case of the Accidental Control Group

If you Google “Accidental Control Group” or look it up in Wikipedia, you will not find a definition. But the “Accidental Control Group” exists. And it can actually be very useful.

Tips for Getting the Most from Your Child’s IEP Meeting

You’ve pressed your child’s school for testing and some learning issues have been uncovered. Your child’s school has put a plan, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), in place and you’re going to the IEP meeting. What should you expect?

Impact of BrainWare SAFARI Use on Cognitive and Academic Measures in Grades 2-8

All students at Glenwood Academy, a residential program for 2nd- through 8th-grade students from impoverished backgrounds with troubled family situations, used BrainWare SAFARI. Average improvement from the pre-test to the post-test, following 10 weeks of BrainWare SAFARI use, ranged from 0.5 grade equivalents (GE) in 2nd grade to 2.9 GE in 8th grade. Average improvement on the cognitive tests ranged from 1.5 GE in 2nd grade to a high of 3.0 GE in 7th grade. The results showed a clear relationship between the improvement in underlying attention, memory and other cognitive processes and performance on academic tests.