Scholarship Announcement

Congratulations to the recipients of LDA-IA 2017-18 scholarships!

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Remembering Marvin Van Sickle

Long-time LDA-IA supporter Marvin “Marv” Van Sickle passed away on May 4, 2017. Services were held May 9th in Indianola. He is survived by his wife, Barb, four children and their families, and a host of friends.

LDA-IA would like to recognize Marv for his many years of involvement with the organization. He will be missed.         Obituary

The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of A Special Education Student

School districts must give students with disabilities the chance to make meaningful, “appropriately ambitious” progress, the Supreme Court said Wednesday in an 8-0 ruling…The decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District could have far-reaching implications for the 6.5 million students with disabilities in the United States. Read more

ASK Resource Center’s 2017 Iowa Summer Camp List

Summer is all about having FUN, and ASK Resource Center wants to make it easier for Iowa kids with disabilities to access all the summer fun their hearts desire! Whether your family is planning a “stay-cation,” a sight-seeing road trip, or a vacation to Disneyland, planning is an essential component for a smooth-sailing summer. The annual list of Iowa Summer Camps is here to help by offering travel planning tools and information about the various summer programs and activities available across the state!

Iowa touts early warning literacy system, but questions remain

In a press conference on Thursday, March 9th, officials from the Iowa Department of Education released new information on Iowa’s statewide “early warning” literacy system, drawing attention to the improved reading skills of nearly 9,000 kindergarten through third grade students. In the newly published report for 2015-2016, however, proficiency rates in a large percentage of schools showed a decline.  State and education leaders say they remain committed to early literacy efforts. Read more here.

Summer Camps for Kids with LD/ADHD

ADDitude magazine online has just publicized its annual guide to camps and schools for children with learning differences. Several topics are highlighted, including how to pick the best program for your child, easing the transition to summer camp, finding the best learning environment, and a checklist of things every parent should know before choosing a summer camp for their child with ADHD — from how to choose a program that will highlight strengths to how to ensure consistent treatment and discipline.

ADDitude’s Annual Summer Camp Guide

 

Each And Every Child Newsletter-March 2017

Iowa Department of Education’s March issue of Each and Every Child:

Read how this school incorporates technology designed to give hands-on experience at a wealth of different career options. The goal? To ensure hard-to-fill, good-paying jobs have a ready supply of job candidates who in the past were often overlooked.

For a printable PDF or text-only version, click here.