• Supporting SPED students during remote learning
    Case Studies,  Remote Learning

    Supporting students with special needs during remote learning

    Special education has to be one of the most challenging jobs in the teaching sector. SPED professionals must deliver highly specialized teaching methods to help a huge range of different learning conditions, balance social and emotional growth with solid learning progress, and ultimately equip their students for a world that poses many real challenges.  With all of these expectations to juggle, remote learning has understandably been a monumental challenge. Disrupting carefully scaffolded structures and physically separating special needs students from their committed educators, the situation appears bleak. But it’s far from stopping the dedicated educators who are fighting to help their students regardless of the circumstances.  Here’s how one determined…

  • Does Tech offer improvements for special ed?
    Special education

    Does technology offer improvements for special ed?

    In 2017–18, 7 million students aged 3–21 received special education services, according to the National Centre for Educational Statistics. That’s 14% of all public school students. We are increasingly, and quite correctly, becoming ever more aware of the cognitive diversity present in the classroom (and the population at large). But catering to this vast array of learning needs remains a significant challenge for educators. Fortunately, we live in an age where a huge range of technological possibility exists. But do digital tools offer tangible improvements to education access, or are they just yet another fad? Let’s explore how technology can improve special education and whether the advantages outweigh the potential…

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    Pomona School of Extended Educational Options (SEEO) Uses Kami to Increase Engagement in Independent Studies

    Late last year the Kami team visited Deborah Leance, a dedicated teacher at Pomona School of Extended Educational Options (SEEO) High School. Having used Kami for almost two years, Kami has been an essential tool for her in her own study, but also the study of her students at SEEO. Pomona School of Extended Educational Options (SEEO) High School is a dependent charter school offered through Pomona Unified School District and has a dedicated group of teachers and support staff who work hard as a team to help their students realise their talents and experience success in school using a modified independent study model. At SEEO, the staff embrace the…

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    Banning HS Uses Kami for Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) and Williams Compliance

    Currently, the schools in the United States are wasting around 2 billion dollars a year on paper. A study by David Wees on paper use in schools looked at just how much is being spent by schools on paper in the United States. Wees came to an educated conclusion that schools are using an estimated 34 billion sheets of paper each year, with an annual cost of 2 billion dollars. This year, more schools are doing their best to cut down on paper usage than ever, and many are going completely paperless! We met with a High School teacher Brittney Goodwin who is helping her school go paperless, and we discussed how…

  • Case Studies,  Case study

    Star Academy Students are Reaching Their Writing Goals for National Novel Writing Month

    November is National Novel Writing Month, which has people from all over the United States feverishly writing to complete a novel by the end of the month. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun new approach to creative writing. The project started in July 1999 with 21 participants, and by 2010, over 200,000 people had taken part and written over 2.8 billion words. Starting November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Star Academy in San Rafael is one of the many schools working hard to get their novels completed by the end of November! Star Academy is…