The Saint Brigid of Kildare School community provides Catholic faith formation and strong academic foundations to inspire life long learners and leaders in the twenty first century.
Belief Statements: 1. Catholic faith formation through student learning is the priority of our school. 2. Our school’s culture respects the diversity of all God’s people and creation. 3. Each student is a valued individual with unique spiritual, intellectual, physical, social, cultural, and emotional needs. 4. Each student is provided with a variety of instructional approaches and meaningful experiences in order to reach his or her greatest potential as a Catholic citizen. 5. Administrators, teachers, students, parents, and the parish community share the responsibility of living out our Catholic school’s mission.
Beyond Multisensory: Integrating Movement, Language and Meaning
Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Approach To Learning
America is enduring an epidemic right now that causes its victims lifelong pain and misery. It’s called the high school dropout crisis. Each year, approximately 1 million students do not finish school in time to graduate with their peers. First, we need to recognize that this is not just a high school problem. It’s a kindergarten-Grade 12 problem. It starts in the elementary years, when standards and expectations are set. Children who do not learn to read or do basic math in the early grades find it very difficult to catch up in the faster-moving middle and high school years. SO. . .WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? FACT SHEETS, OP-EDS National Epidemic, Economic Necessity This op-ed by Secretary Margaret Spellings and Senator Edward M. Kennedy appeared in The Politico on May 12, 2007.
Math Scores Rise, but Reading Is Mixed By Sam Dillion America’s public school students are doing significantly better in math since the federal No Child Left Behind law took effect in 2002, but gains in reading achievement have been marginal, with performance declining among eighth graders, according to results of nationwide reading and math tests released Tuesday. The results also showed that the nation had made only incremental progress in narrowing historic gaps in achievement between white and minority students, a fundamental goal of the federal law. The New York Times
Given that 90% of what we know about the brain has been learned in the past ten years, it is time that we as educators move past simple "right brain-left brain" theories to embrace new ideas to accommodate for learning differences in our students. -Eric Jensen
We now have the opportunity to identify-and even localize-the essential brain processes and “neurodevelopmental functions” that must be activated in a student for optimal learning and productivity to be realized.” -Dr. Mel Levine
Dr. Mel Levine All Kinds of Minds www.allkindsofminds.org
“ As we continue to understand more about how the brain functions and its essential role in learning , we adjust and amend the material we provide to teachers and administrators,” says Mary-Dean Barringer, CEO, All Kinds of Minds. “ This program equips teachers to make the best instructional decisions to ensure that each student can find academic and social success. When implemented within schools, this program enriches the way all children are educated.” Schools Attuned Program: provides a focused study of eight neurodevelopmental constructs that affect learning and building successes in school:
SoundSmart® consists of three modules: A. ATTENTION COACH (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced): Spoken instructions become increasingly complex as you progress through these alphabet games. You must remember what to do even when the instructor gives multi-step instructions, then changes her mind. B. MATH & MEMORY COACH (Levels A, 1, 2, 3, and 4): Improve working memory by learning to do math in your head. When set up for a child, each of these five programs addresses the corresponding grade level of the elementary school math curriculum, grades K through 4. Adult users are presented with more challenging problems. C. SOUND DISCRIMINATION COACH (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced): These challenging phonemic awareness drills train the player to listen well under all types of conditions. Captain's Log®... builds attention, reasoning, memory, listening skills, impulse control, processing speed...the basic skills you need for academic and life success. Provides over 1000 hours of challenging, exciting training exercises for ages 5 to 105. Ranges from very simple tasks all the way up to programs that challenge normal adults. BrainTrain Changing The Way People Think Since 1989 www.braintrain.com
SmartDriver ® Visual Attention Builder Trains visual attention and perception, visual tracking, & self-control; 90 progressive levels of difficulty with detailed record-keeping. BrainTrain Changing The Way People Think Since 1989 www.braintrain.com
SmartMind Neurofeedback System with Captain's Log and Evaluator $5,995.00
Captain's Log Complete $3,595.00
Captain's Log Complete with Evaluator $3,995.00
The Critical Thinking Co. www.CriticalThinking.com Mind Benders ® $9.99 Deductive thinking puzzles, develop the logic, reading comprehension, and mental organization skills vital to achieving high grades and top test scores in all subjects. They're also great for developing real-life problem-solving skills. Methods: Students carefully analyze each Mind Benders® story and its clues, identifying logical associations between people, places, and things. The key is to start with the most obvious associations, then deduce less obvious associations until everything finally fits together. Memory Challenge! $64.99 Program for developing and testing visual memory skills. Its beginning through advanced levels of challenge make it useful for students of all ages and abilities.
Pay Attention! Attention Training for Children Ages 4-10
Cognitive Remediation on attention and memory for children with traumatic brain injury, ADD, ADHD, brain tumors. By Jennifer Thomson and Kimberly Kerns.
Attention Process Training APT-II for Persons with Mild Cognitive Dysfunction Cognitive rehabilitation training for adults with attention and memory disorders and mild cognitive dysfunction from post-concussion syndrome or traumatic brain injury. By McKay Moore Sohlberg and Catherine Mateer Price: $450.00