Articles from "Food for Thought":
The Stevenson Program is much more imaginative than your standard phonics instruction, but our lessons still need to center on reading text, spelling words and learning vocabulary. Although some games and activities are suggested in our manuals, PAL (Partners in Associational Learning) provides even more activities with a hands-on emphasis. If you are not familiar with their products, visit www.quesstconsulting.com, and click on “PAL” under the banner. While you are there, check out all the other great resources that our senior consultant, Nancy Ziehme (pronounced ZEE-mee) offers. Consider hiring Nancy as well. She presents wonderful workshops.
Free Interactive Practice and Instruction Added to www.StevensonLearning.com
In this time of shrinking asset values, a valuable new asset has been added to our web site. And it’s free!
All of you who have used the Stevenson Language Skills Program know the story of the oa friends, and any of you interested in trying Stevenson will soon learn about it. The oa friends are the first vowel pattern that Stevenson students learn, and the way they master this pattern embodies many of the important teaching methods applied in Stevenson.
Stimulus Package Includes Major Funding for Title 1 and Special Ed.
There is no doubt that our economy is in bad shape, but do not assume that educational services for struggling students will have to be cut back. Teachers, administrators and parents alike should know that the economic recovery package passed this winter will provide funds - increased, new money - to certain key programs.
Will NCLB continue? Will policies change? Or just the name?
No public educational initiative of the last generation has had more impact than No Child Left Behind. Many may question the value of this impact, but few will question the extent of it. Although the law was originally intended to serve several purposes, the one purpose that has stood out has been to increase accountability for educational performance.
The best things in life, like a child’s smile or the sun in the spring, may indeed be free. Just like the song says. However, in the current economy, it is difficult not to think about money. Those of us connected to Stevenson Learning Skills are doing our best to strike a balance between making a living and making important educational options accessible. Some things are indeed free.