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18 years of publication, 17,000+ subscribers                 Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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  • Teaching Tip: Use Virtual Lectures During Class Period
  • Still time to register!:  Real-Time, Virtual Layered Curriculum Course Starts Aug 3
  • Hot Topic: Depression Affects Hippocampal Neurogenesis
  • Quote of the Week
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Teaching Tip:  Use Virtual Lectures During Class Period

Most teachers are taking advantage of technology to offer online or virtual whole-class instruction.  However, rather than trying to "flip" your classroom and ask students to watch the lectures at home, include them inside the class time.  Create a student-centered classroom where students choose from a variety of assignment options which would include watching online lectures.  These can be pre-recorded by you or use commercially available lessons.  Students can use their own devices or those provided by the school.    

 

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Virtual (real time) Layered Curriculum Courses Begin August 3rd

 

There is still room in our first Layered Curriculum course which starts Aug 3.  Join me for this 6 hour class, which meets over 3 different days, virtually.   "Creating a Student-Centered, Technology-Driven Classroom w/ Layered Curriculum"

I'll take you through an introduction to Layered Curriculum - with an emphasis on integrating technology -  in our first class, then give you several weeks to design your own unit(s). 

We'll meet again for the 2nd class and discuss logistic issues. 

Finally our 3rd class will focus on improving students' critical thinking skills.  

 

Two sessions to choose from

Dates for Session 1:  Aug 3 @ 10am EDT, Sept 13 @ 4pm EDT, Sept 29 @ 6pm EDT. 

Dates for Session 2: Sept 1 @ 4pm EDT,  Sept 23 @ 6pm EDT, Oct 13 @ 6pm EDT

 

 

 

Course Requires high speed internet access, headset w/ microphone, Layered Curriculum, 2nd edition text

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Hot Topic: Depression Affects Hippocampal Neurogenesis

Hippocampal Neurogenesis involves the development of new neurons in the region of the brain responsible for memory.    This process of neurogenesis may help clear out old memories as well as stabilize new memories for long term retention.  Researchers are now looking at the effects of chronic stress and depression on this process.  Both appear to interfere with normal hippocampus function and in particular cloud long term retrieval.  Citation available at the website

 


Quote of the Week

 

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” 

                                                                             - Aristotle 

                                                                                                                                    


Misc Chatter & Workshop News

 

Greetings to you all on this mid-summer day.  I hope you are enjoying the respite and are generating exciting ideas for the upcoming new school year.  If you want to learn how to create student-centered Layered Curriculum lessons, make sure to join us on August 3rd for our first virtual class!  

 

As usual, I too am taking a holiday for the month of July, but then look forward to jumping back into things with several conferences in August.  

 

I know many of you are now planning for your 2015-16 professional development days and I still have a few fall dates available and many through the spring.  For information, just email me for a brochure of  2015-16 Workshop Offerings and Costs

 

 

As always, my best to you and yours,

Kathie

 

Dr Kathie F Nunley

Layered Curriculum(R) . . . because every child deserves a special education (tm)

 


 

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18 years of publication, 17,000+ subscribers                 Monday, May 4, 2015
News and updates to Kathie Nunley's Layered Curriculum Sites for Educatiors:  

  • School-Wide Tip: Use the back of the bathroom stall doors to provide emergency / help information for students
  • Hot Topic: Student Autonomy is Strongest Predictor of Homework Benefits
  • Article:  Why Teachers Fear Cell Phones and How to Overcome the Fear 
  • Quote of the Week
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School-Wide Tip:  Use the back of bathroom stall doors to provide emergency/ help information for students
I found this sign attached to the inside back of the stalls in the student's restroom at Erin High School in Erin, Ontario last week. The sign provides emergency shelter information along with help hotlines for a variety of issues pertaining to adolescents.  I particularly like the last phrase, "Please do not deface or remove this poster;  someone you know might need it!" 
 
 
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HOT TOPIC: Student Autonomy is Strongest Predictor of Homework Benefit
Education research has long provided evidence to support homework to improve students’ academic performance.  However, researchers are now digging deeper on the details surrounding when, how much and what types of homework are beneficial.  What they found is that student autonomy in homework is the largest predictor of academic benefit.  When students are allowed to choose if, when and how much, homework is more beneficial than other factors such as effort and duration.  The optimum time spent on homework was one hour. Citation at the website.  
 
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 Why Teachers Fear Cell Phones in School and How to Overcome the Fear
A lifetime ago, I remember math teachers who were frightened by the thought of allowing us to use calculators in math class. They fought them for years and years. I seriously remember them saying, "what would happen if you find yourself on a desert island with no calculator?" Of course none of us ever brought up the fact that if we were stranded on a remote island, not having a calculator would be the least of our problems. And of course, there was the obvious question of why exclude a very wonderful learning aid simply for the sake of preparing for a highly doubtful future scenario.
We see a similar story being played out in schools today with cell phone use. Teachers are scared to death of what they see as their biggest competition in the classroom. I've met more than one teacher recently who was thinking of retiring out of teaching simply because of student cell phones. How can a person seriously consider leaving a profession because of one small (but I'll admit, very powerful) addition? There are several reasons for the fear:  Keep Reading Article....
 

 
Quote of the Week
 
Spring is nature's way of saying 'Let's Party!'
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Greetings on this beautiful May day in New England.  Winter has finally released its grip on us and let us breathe.  The flowering trees are giving a sneak peak of their colors today and the puffy skies show summer is coming.  
 
I must thank the wonderful teachers and staff at Upper Grand District School Board for the wonderful day at Erin High School last week.  The high school is unusual in that it is combined with the town into a community center.  So while the high school utilizes one end of the complex, the town utilized the other end with a senior center, preschool and arena.  The town and the high school then share the middle part of the complex including the library, a clinic and a dental office.  Great use of resources!  
 
We spent the morning on "What's Best for the Brain at Any Age" and Layered Curriculum.  I always enjoy my visits to Ontario and look forward to hearing follow-up from the teachers there.  I'm home for a couple of weeks before heading out for a district-wide conference at Antelope Valley Union High School in Lancaster, CA.  I'll be doing multiple presentations there titled "Don’t just Flip your Classroom, Tip It Sideways Instead:  Blended learning WITHIN the room, using Layered Curriculum.
 
And, it's time to get your 2015-16 professional development days booked!  I still have a couple of August dates open if someone needs a kick-off event.  Dates are still open for late fall and spring 2016.  For information, just email me for a brochure of  2015-16 Workshop Offerings and Costs
 
 
As always, my best to you and yours,
Kathie
 
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18 years of publication, 17,000+ subscribers                 Thursday, February 26, 2015

News and updates to Kathie Nunley's Layered Curriculum Sites for Educatiors:  

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  • Teaching Tip: Include Learning Objectives on Layered Curriculum Units
  • Hot Topic: Teachers - Use Your Fancy Words to Help Improve Reading Skills
  • Layered Curriculum Teachers Beta-Testing Lesson Builder for SmartBall  
  • Misc Chatter & Workshop News

Teaching Tip:  Include Learning Objectives on Layered Curriculum Units

Just a reminder to include the student learning objectives along with the assignment choices when constructing Layered Curriculum Units.  The objective lets students know "WHY" they are doing a particular assignment.  For example:  "You need to be able to list 5 significant events leading up to the Civil Rights Act".  Then list 2 or 3 suggested ways (assignments) for students to learn that objective.  

 

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HOT TOPIC: Teachers - Use Your Fancy Words! 

A new study out this month compares reading comprehension progress with teacher vocabulary use in middle school.  The researchers compared beginning of year scores to end of year, from a variety of classrooms.  They also recorded and analyzed the classroom teachers' speech. Students whose teachers used more sophisticated vocabulary in class had more significant improvements in reading comprehension as the year progressed.   

Citations and more Hot Topics at the Brains.org Website 

 


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Layered Curriculum Teachers Beta-Testing Lesson Builder app for SmartBall

Several Layered Curriculum teachers around the US have been having a ball - literally - this month!  Physical Apps, maker of TheO SmartBall agreed to build an app for the ball that could be used by middle and high school teachers.   Their SmartBall holds a smartphone with an app to teach lessons as the ball is tossed or bounced.  But the apps for the ball were focused on preschool and elementary students.  So I approached them and asked if they could build something we could use at the secondary level.  And they did!  So, we now have Lesson Builder and I'm excited that we get to be beta-testers for it!  It has great engagement possibilities for Layered Curriculum classrooms.  

 

As of this week, the public beta version is available for Android users here. The IOS version will be out shortly. So, we'd love more beta-tester this school year.  You design "flashcard" style lessons on their website, download onto your smartphone (or I prefer to use an old smartphone rather than my own) and it snaps into a ball.  Each time it's tossed the card changes.  I built lessons this week for Insect Orders, genetics vocabulary, and one for shapes and arrangements of bacteria.  The app is free.  The ball can be purchased direct from the company through this link, or you can also get TheO SmartBall from Amazon.  We're just starting to construct a library of lessons -so let me know if you make any.  

 


 

Misc Chatter & Workshop News

Thank you again to the great staff at Woodruff Career and Technical High School in Peoria.  We had another great day there yesterday - this time working on some classroom management strategies along with continued work on Layered Curriculum.  Can't wait to see more units from you all!  

 

This winter has made travel challenging to say the least - but I know spring will arrive soon.  (Of course, here in New England, I still have a 4-foot blanket of snow in my yard, so I'm not expecting spring flowers anytime soon).  But at least I can see "March" on the calendar next week, so that makes me feel warmer anyway. 

 

 
I have several new workshops and conferences on the calendar for the rest of this school year and I'm now starting to fill the fall calendar as well.  If you are interested in hosting a Layered Curriculum / Differentiation workshop at your school in 2015, email me for a brochure of  2015 Workshop Offerings and Costs

 

 

As always, my best to you and yours,

Kathie

 

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18 years of publication, 17,000+ subscribers                 Tuesday, January 6, 2015

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  • January Tip: Use a Full-Spectrum Light in the Classroom During Dark Months
  • Hot Topic: Children With Dyslexia Struggle with Writing Due to Spelling Issues
  • Article:  Children With Autism Need Accommodation for Reading Material 
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January Tip:  Use a Full-Spectrum Light in the Classroom During Dark Months

January is often a time for "seasonal affective depression" or SAD - caused by lack of sunlight.  In children this often manifests itself as increased restlessness, aggression or hyperactivity. Have a Full Spectrum Desk Lamp in the classroom and make it available to students on either an "as-needed" basis or rotation.  Ten minutes within 2 feet of full-spectrum light each day can alleviate SAD and the associated behaviors. 

 

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HOT TOPIC: Children with Dyslexia Struggle With Writing Due To Spelling Issues

Children with dyslexia can write at the same speed as children without dyslexia.  However, on writing tasks, they write less overall and pause more frequently while writing.  In particular they pause within words due to poor spelling ability.  The majority of writing deficits in children with dyslexia result from non-automated spelling and within-word pausing.  Citation at the website.  

 

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New Article: Children with Autism Need Accommodation for Reading Material

Children (and adults) with autism will rarely read, understand or relate to fictional literature. People with autism have a different human interaction experience, so these novels will be challenging. If you parent a child with autism, consider asking for a modification on their IEP that they be offered non-fiction books instead of fiction novels assigned in class. This will also be the case if watching videos or films that are relationship-based. Documentaries will be better understood.  Read Entire Article....

 


 

Quote of the Week

 

 “You can't get too much winter in the winter."   

                                                                             - Robert Frost. 

                                                                                                                                     

 


Misc Chatter & Workshop News

Happy New Year to all of you.  My best wishes for a wonderful, fulfilling and healthy 2015.  

As you read this I'm already out on the road enjoying a day of introducing Layered Curriculum to the staff and faculty at the Woodruff Career and Technical Center in the Peoria School District in Illinois.  And next week, it's off to Ohio!  I guess it goes without saying that I'm hoping for a mild January to keep road and airports open.  

 

I want to thank the teachers and community in Chapel Hill, North Carolina for another wonderful two days with teachers and parents last month.  I look forward to hearing about your continued good work.  

 

And as you all start planning your 2015, let me know if you are interested in hosting a Layered Curriculum / Differentiation workshop at your school.  For information, just email me for a brochure of  2015 Workshop Offerings and Costs

 

 

As always, my best to you and yours,

Kathie

 

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18 years of publication, 17,000+ subscribers                 Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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  • Teaching Tip: Use Pre-Test for C Layer Activities
  • Hot Topic: Math & Science Achievement Gender Gap Continues through 12th Grade 
  • Kathie's Tweets for November
  • Quote of the Week
  • Misc Chatter & Workshop News

Teaching Tip:  Use Pre-Test for C Layer Activities

From Facing History High School in NYC:  Before starting your Layered Curriculum Unit, give a pretest to the students over all C layer Objectives. Explain that they will receive a very similar C layer post-test at the end of the unit.  They can then use the results of the pre-test to wisely choose assignments in the C layer that target their personal weak areas of knowledge.   Make sure you have the objectives listed on the unit sheet along with which assignment choices go with them.   

 

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HOT TOPIC: Math and Science Achievement Gender Gap Continues through 12th Grade

The latest statistical analysis shows that gender gaps continue for math and science literacy in the US.  The data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress shows that in terms of math and science achievement, boys are still favored over girls right through 12th grade.  And when we compare high achievers in math and science, the statistics show an even wider margin.  High achieving males outnumber females two to one.   Citation at the website.  

 

More Hot Topics & Tips at the Brains.org Website and via my Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/kathienunley

 


Kathie's Tweets for November

  • Reminder when starting Layered Curriculum, make something "due" in some form, every day. Save them and you from procrastination panic.
  • We’re trying to organize a share / support group for NYC Layered Curriculum teachers.
  • RT:  This #IceBucketChallenge sends out all the wrong messages to those in the world who have no access to clean water. 
  • Awesome new app allows students to check math HW by pic w/ phone.  Helps remind students they must “learn” not just “do”.  Google can “do” HW.
 

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 ""Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."   

                                                                                                  - George S Patton, Jr. 

                                                                                                                                     

 


Misc Chatter & Workshop News

Good morning all and welcome to what is a fairly short week for most of us.  It has definitely turned Fall now - the trees are bare, the remains of the garden are frost-covered each morning and the air spells of the approaching winter.  I hope you have found a warm place to snuggle into for the season. 

 

I've had a wonderful month working with high schools in New York City.  We have quite a few schools there now using Layered Curriculum and we're trying to organize a support group for those teachers.  I'll be contacting principals soon to help coordinate communication, but if you're in the NYC are and using Layered Curriculum or interested in visiting with other teachers who do, please send me an email. 

 

I've got one last Layered Curriculum workshop in North Carolina in a couple of weeks and that will finish out 2014.  New workshops are on the calendar starting early in 2015 in Ohio and Illinois.  The January 5th full day workshop in Peoria is open to outside participants.  Contact information is on the calendar page.  If you are interested in bringing a Layered Curriculum workshop to your school sometime this school year, or are in need of follow-up work, just  email me for a brochure of 2014 - 2015  Workshop Offerings available for your school.    

 

 

As always, my best to you and yours,

Kathie

 

Dr Kathie F Nunley

Layered Curriculum(R) . . . because every child deserves a special education (tm)

 

 

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18 years of publication, 17,000+ subscribers                 Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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  • Teaching Tip: Use Microphone Key on Smartphone for Spelling
  • Hot Topic: High Emotional Intelligence Also Associated with Delinquency in Girls 
  • Kathie's Email - Comments on School to Prison Pipeline 
  • Quote of the Week
  • Misc Chatter & Workshop News

Teaching Tip:  Use Microphone Key on Smartphone for Spelling

As an adult I still struggle with spelling due to dyslexia.  One thing that really helps me out is the microphone key on my smartphone, Whenever I'm writing and stumped for how to spell a work (sometimes I don't even know what it starts with, so auto-correct won't work), I just hit the microphone button on my smartphone and say the word.  It's amazing how accurate the voice recognition is these days.  I really wish I had this when I was a student!  - emailed tip,  name withheld by request. 

 

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HOT TOPIC: High Emotional Intelligence Also Associated with Delinquency in Girls

We generally think of someone with high levels of Emotional Intelligence (EI) in a positive way.  EI is associated with empathy, understanding and positive responses.   But some new research shows that female adolescents and young adults who score high for EI also can have greater sensation seeking needs and thus delinquency.  In fact, high EI scores directly correlated to higher self-reports of truancy from school, taking drugs and violence.   Citation at the website.  

 

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Hi Kathie,  I have seen you present multiple times over the years and I have shared material from those workshops as well as from your website with hundreds of colleagues.  High School teachers have especially appreciated your approach to differentiating.  I appreciate that you keep current on research and try to share it in a practical and teacher friendly way.  I was interested to read your recent posting [last month's newsletter] about stopping the school to prison pipeline.  You have your facts straight on the impact on students of color, with IEPs, etc.  My concern is with your third solution: Black male students need training in how to appropriately respond to unfair treatment. Before (or concurrently) we ask students who are victims of unconscious or conscious bias in disciple to learn how to respond to unfair treatment perhaps we should be asking the adults who are perpetrating the unfair treatment should be asked to do some learning of their own. After all they are the ones with supposedly fully developed prefrontal cortexes.  I agree that students should learn and practice ways of engaging with others when they feel they have been unfairly treated but if you stats about students of color being disproportionally disciplined for insubordination then I’m afraid their efforts to address unfair actions will be perceived as more insubordination from unconscious adults...

Kc Nelson-Oliveria, SERC Consultant, CT.

 

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KC,  Thanks for your note.  Points well taken.  Obviously in an ideal world, adults who perpetrate unfair treatment of children would be trained to do otherwise. However, this situation is similar to how we have to teach small children what to do if an adult touches them inappropriately, because we seem unable to fix the adults who have a sick mindset that allows it.  The point the researchers were making is that of course, training of adults is a better solution, but the reality is that we need to prepare our children to be resilient in the face of adult failing.  And yes, I agree that due to culture ignorance, many behaviors exhibited by black male students can be misinterpreted as insubordination.  In fact, that's considered the number one factor in the high numbers of expulsions and suspension in that population.

 

Coincidentally, the most recent issue of "Monitor on Psychology", published by the APA has a cover story this month (Oct Issue)  on this exact topic.  The article is entitled, Building Resilience among Black Boys:  Psychologists are helping black boys capitalize on their strengths, in part by giving them strategies to recognize and respond to racism.    It is a great overview of this problem and offers solution strategies for Schools, Parents and Communities.  

 

Keep up the good work on this important topic, 

 

Kathie

 

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Quote of the Week

 

 "We must shift the focus of our classrooms from obedience to understanding."  

                                                                                                  - Robert John Meehan

                                                                                                                                     

 


Misc Chatter & Workshop News

Greetings all on this lovely October day.  Fall has been busy for me on the road.  I very much enjoyed meeting so many of you at the ALDI symposium in Montreal earlier this month.  And I just returned from New York City were our Layered Curriculum work continues at the Facing History High School in Manhattan.  I spent 2 days with some very creative Layered Curriculum teachers who are all putting their unique spin on Layered Curriculum and getting some great results with students. This time we focused on A Layer questions and better ways to weave all the

layers into the classroom.  In particular, we're assembling A Layer questions for Math, as the teachers are looking for input there.  If anyone has some great A Layer suggestions for math (especially Algebra) please share, and I'll post the whole list when we get it compiled. 

 

If you are interested in bringing a Layered Curriculum workshop to your school sometime this school year, or are in need of follow-up work, just email me for a brochure of 2014 - 2015  Workshop Offerings available for your school.    

 

 

As always, my best to you and yours,

Kathie

 

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Teaching Tip:  Paint the walls with chalkboard paint

 

Paint the walls of your classroom with chalkboard paint. (or large framed sections on the walls). Leave colored chalk around for students to create artwork and demonstrate learning.  - Workshop Participant, NYC.  

 
 

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HOT TOPIC: Math Practice Problems Can be Modified to Improve Understanding

Presenting math practice problems in a variety of formats can help students' computational fluency.  A new study compared teaching basic addition problems using 2 different workbooks.  The traditional workbook had problems presented in the traditional (2 +3 = __ ) format using a random assortment of problems.  The modified workbook had some traditional presentations, some with the operation on the right side (as in ___ = 2+3) and grouped similar solution problems together.  Children using the modified format had a better understanding of the math and the postivie results continued even 6 months after the learning.   Citation at the website.  

 

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New Articles at the Websites This Week

 

The Standard American Diet Negatively Impacts Learning and Memory

Americans have increased their daily consumption of calories by more than 25% over the past 50 years. We are now beginning to see the deleterious effect this diet change is having on our brains, particularly in how it impacts learning and memory. .....read more

 

 
Decades of research have shown that exclusionary discipline is not the best way for schools to handle misbehavior. Suspensions and expulsions do not lead to improved student behavior. In fact, these exclusionary discipline approaches tend to make behaviors worse and tremendously increase the likelihood that the student will end up in the criminal justice system.  .....read more
 

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Quote of the Week

 

 "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."  

                                                                                                  - Thomas Edison 

                                                                                                                                     

 


Misc Chatter & Workshop News

Happy Autumn everyone!  Here come those fall colors once again - the time of year everyone wishes they lived in New England.  I never tire of it.  Happy to be here this week.  But as soon as October hits, I'm back out on the road.  I'm looking forward to my trip to Montreal for the ALDI Symposium on October 8.  From there I'm heading back to NYC to continue our work at the Facing History High School.  New workshops are in the making this fall for North Carolina and Ohio and Illinois.  

 

If you are interested in bringing a Layered Curriculum workshop to your school sometime this school year, or are in need of follow-up work, just email me for a brochure of 2014 - 2015  Workshop Offerings available for your school.    

 

 

As always, my best to you and yours,

Kathie

 

Dr Kathie F Nunley

Layered Curriculum(R) . . . because every child deserves a special education (tm)

 


 

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