TECA Insights | Vol. 98 | June25, 2019
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Hi Folks,

Well, it is official. The school year is finally over.  Hooray!

For many years, I felt deeply sad at the end of the school year. I was sad because of all that had gone unrealized over the previous 10 months.

I was often sad that my son didn’t make any real friends. I was sad that he didn’t have many projects displayed on the classroom walls. I was sad that there had been no play dates or invitations to birthday parties. I was sad that I had not been able to make friends with the other parents. I was sad that no one was interested in what we were doing for the summer. And I was dreading September because, in all honesty, I had very little hope that things would be any better. The end of the school year highlighted for me all the disappointments and lost opportunities. And I felt utterly heartbroken. Read the rest of the post at TECA2e.org.
Please note, now that it is summer, we are changing our publishing schedule to once a month for July and August. When the school year resumes in September, we will publish the newsletter every other week.

Have a wonderful summer!


Maratea Cantarella
TECA Executive Director
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Dyscalculia Fact Sheet

What is dyscalculia? Is it really “dyslexia for numbers”? Use this one-page fact sheet to get essential information about this math learning issue. You can read the fact sheet below or print it out and give it to teachers, family members and anyone else who wants to understand why some students struggle so much with math. Read more and download the dyscalculia fact sheet from Understood.

The Difference Between Accommodations and Modifications

If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plan, you’ll likely hear the word accommodation. You may also hear school staff say modification. While the two words sound similar, they mean different things. An accommodation changes howa student learns the material. A modification changes what a student is taught or expected to learn. Here is a chart that explains the differences. Read more from Understood.

Ghost Networks of Psychiatrists Make Money for Insurance Companies but Hinder Patients’ Access to Care
In a recent study, researchers called 360 psychiatrists on Blue Cross Blue Shield’s in-network provider lists in Houston, Chicago, and Boston. Some of the phone numbers on the list were for McDonald’s locations, others were for jewelry stores. When the researchers actually reached psychiatrists’ offices, many of the doctors didn’t take Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance or weren’t taking new patients. After calling every number twice, the researchers were unable to make appointments with 74% of providers on the list. In a similar study among pediatric psychiatrists, researchers were unable to make appointments with 83% of the providers listed as in-network by Blue Cross Blue Shield. Find the complete article at STAT.
Why Laziness Is Not Why You Procrastinate (Your Emotions Are)

What project are you putting off right now? Is there an important task you could be doing now, but are unnecessarily saving for later? Find out more from Inc.

Offices Can Be Hell for People Whose Brains Work Differently

Around two or three times a week, in a small open-plan office in London, Lilith* worked with a computer in her lap, crouching underneath her desk—a rectangular table that six people shared, with short dividers between each station. Continue reading at Vice.

‘Horns’ are growing on young people’s skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests.

New research in biomechanics suggests that young people are developing hornlike spikes at the back of their skulls — bone spurs caused by the forward tilt of the head, which shifts weight from the spine to the muscles at the back of the head, causing bone growth in the connecting tendons and ligaments. The weight transfer that causes the buildup can be compared to the way the skin thickens into a callus as a response to pressure or abrasion. Read the article in its entirety from The Washington Post.

The Dangers of Distracted Parenting

Smartphones have by now been implicated in so many crummy outcomes—car fatalities, sleep disturbances, empathy loss, relationship problems, failure to notice a clown on a unicycle—that it almost seems easier to list the things they don’t mess up than the things they do. Our society may be reaching peak criticism of digital devices. Find out more from The Atlantic.


Community Partnerships Set Students Up for Success in College and Careers

It’s graduation season, and as high school seniors make their way down the aisle to receive their diploma, we all wonder what the future holds for them. As educators, we continue to make great strides, and graduation rates at our high schools are on the rise across the country. But we still must wonder if students are truly prepared for their future. What skills are truly necessary to be equipped for the future of work? Learn more from Education Dive.

3 Ways Educators Nationwide are Working to Disrupt Dyslexia

Arkansas is working to provide support for students with dyslexia through efforts to retrain teachers and change the way reading instruction is delivered, with a focus on methods based on the science of how students learn to read. Keep reading at Education Dive.


GAO Report Demands Action on Underreported Restraint and Seclusion Numbers

A recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) says that data collected by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on the number of school restraint and seclusion incidents is incorrect. Find out more from Education Dive.


Sex Isn’t Binary, and We Should Stop Acting Like It Is

The way the US thinks about sex is wrong. Many people believe that biological sex is binary: Either you’re male or you’re female. But as with many binaries, things are more complicated than they seem. Keep reading at Massive Science.

Suicide Rate Among Adolescents at Highest Point Since 2000

Adolescents and young adults have seen the highest rate of deaths due to suicide in nearly two decades, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today. Read more at Education Week.


Medication Management in College

The first year of college is not a good time for kids to go off medication that’s been working—because they’re careless or they’re experimenting. Making sure your child has the knowledge and preparation to maintain her own medication regimen can mean the difference between a strong start and a hard landing. Learn more from Child Mind Institute.


The Systematic Exclusion of Students With Disabilities at End-of-School-Year Events

This month, as students across the nation finish up their school year, we’ve heard another round of reminders of the challenges and outright discrimination students with disabilities face at school, places that claim on the surface to provide opportunities for all young people. Continue reading at The Mighty.

Explaining ADHD to Children. Your Brain Is a Ferrari! (with Bicycle Brakes)

Jeremy, age 12, sits in my office flanked by his mother and father. We have concluded our intake stage of his attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) evaluation — meaning that we have pinpointed Jeremy’s symptoms, struggles, and triumphs through his words, and we have noted the observations of his parents and teachers; all that’s left is for me to explain ADHD to him and his parents. We are gathered for the all-important diagnostic feedback session, in which I will tell them what my team and I have gleaned from our “history lessons.” Read the full article from Sentinel News.

Why Standardized Tests Aren’t Working for Teachers or Students

Many of us in education have deep misgivings about the role standardized tests play in our schools. As a principal, I’ve had a front-row seat to incidents that illustrate why we should be seriously concerned. Let me tell you about one of them. Read more at Education Week.

Why Every Student Needs Caring Adults in Their Life

Being a public school counselor can feel like barely contained chaos. In the large urban school where I worked, I was constantly interrupted by students in distress, lock-down drills, teachers who needed support, and parents seeking guidance. I often joked that the position was giving me Attention Deficit Disorder. Keep reading at Greater Good.


Processed Foods May Hold Key to Rise in Autism

With the number of children diagnosed with autism on the rise, the need to find what causes the disorder becomes more urgent every day. UCF researchers are now a step closer to showing the link between the food pregnant women consume and the effects on a fetus’ developing brain. Learn more from Medical Xpress.


Network Pledges to Give Disabled Actors a Chance to Audition for Every New CBS Series

On Wednesday, the Hollywood Reporter announced CBS Entertainment’s pledge to give actors with disabilities more opportunities to audition for roles. In addition to auditions for the network’s TV programs, CBS said it will increase disability representation across its networks and platforms. Continue reading at The Mighty.

Thanks for joining us again this week. We hope you enjoyed this edition of TECA Insights. Please let us know what you think.  If you come across an article or resource that you think our community would benefit from, please share it with us. We look forward to hearing from you!