Tuesday, October 30, 2012

National Family Literacy Day: Nov 1

National Family Literacy Day
November 1
National Center for Family Literacy

Cultivating Readers is a parent guide to building reading skills in children ages birth to eight. The guide gives tangible tips for parents to implement and also includes a calendar of monthly language activities to stimulate learning throughout the year.
Available: November 12.
Can download or be ordered free of charge for a limited time (in English and Spanish).

Create. Laugh. Imagine. Explore. Learn. Smile.
A place where wonder and learning are nurtured through the power of discovery, creativity and imagination. Learning is happening everywhere, all the time! Learn something new, try out an idea, create a masterpiece, imagine possibilities. It’s easy. It’s fun.

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia
James Redford, Director
Oct 29 @ 7pm on HBO

By conservative estimates, one in five people are dyslexic. Although very bright and often highly creative, they have a difficult time making sense of written language. I know a little about this. My son, Dylan, is dyslexic.

Like many dyslexics, Dylan is intelligent, thoughtful and intellectually curious – a “big picture” thinker. But at the age of ten, he was barely able to read and write. To say that school was difficult for him is beyond understatement. Now that he is grown and thriving, there are many things that I wish I had known about dyslexia at that time – things that would have helped me understand that his struggle in lower and middle school was not the final verdict on his academic or intellectual ability or ambition. When I was given the extraordinary opportunity to make a film about understanding dyslexia, the mission was simple: make the movie I wish my family could have seen when Dylan was functionally illiterate in 4th grade.

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The film also shares some of the more practical – and occasionally humorous – tips on how to deal with dyslexia on a daily basis. Hopefully, this film will help dyslexics and their families realize that the challenges of early education will be behind them one day, and that the future can – and should – be brighter for dyslexics.

Drs. Salley and Bennett Shaywitz, co-directors of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, discuss how scientific advances illuminate the diagnosis and treatment of dyslexia. Dr. Bennett Shaywitz explains how advances in functional magnetic resonance imaging has made visible what previously was a hidden disability. Dr. Sally Shaywitz explains the "Sea of Strengths" model of dyslexia which emphasizes a sea of strengths of higher critical thinking and creativity surrounding the encapsulated weakness found in children and adults who are dyslexic.

Super-achieving dyslexics revered in their fields – from Sir Richard Branson and financier Charles Schwab to politician Gavin Newsom and attorney David Boies – confirm what the children, experts and families suggest: dyslexia carries with it as many rewards as frustrations. READ MORE !

Other HBO Dates:
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm
Nov 8 @ 10:00 am
Nov 13 @ 3:30 pm

Oct 31 @ 4:30 pm
Nov 7 @ 8:30 pm
Nov 11 @ 6:00 am

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Health Literacy Month - Digital Health Literacy

Digital Health Literacy: Separating Fact From Fiction
Health Ed: 10.2012

Do people with limited literacy skills use the Web and/or other electronic means to access health information? Even if they want to, do they have the skills to do so? And can anything be done to help improve their experience?

Some of the following statements* are factual, and others are fictional. See if you know which are which. You may be surprised by what you learn.

Fact or fiction:
~ People with limited literacy skills are generally unwilling to use the Web to access health information.
~ People with limited literacy skills avoid searching.
~ People with limited literacy skills tend to view screen content in a random, erratic pattern.
~ Many Web users with limited literacy skills prefer reading from printouts of pages from a Web site to reading text on a computer screen.
~ Offering information in multiple formats—such as audio clips, video clips, and slide shows—often overwhelms Web users with limited literacy skills.
~ People with limited literacy skills will probably be intimidated by new media such as text messaging, blogs, Twitter, and webcasts.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

National Book Month: October

October: National Book Month
National Book Foundation

Book a trip this October

Embark on the journey of a lifetime, travel to exotic places, mythical lands and experience adventure beyond imagination. Or escape to another era altogether. All without luggage, tickets, a passport or leaving home. All you need is an open mind. And an open book.

You've already discovered the ultimate book lover's destination for great ideas on how to bring the power of reading into your life.

Simply click on the categories below and our on-line National Book Month brochure will provide suggestions for enjoying a memorable month and making books part of your life all year long.





Monday, October 1, 2012

October: Health Literacy Month

Health Literacy Month

To mark Health Literacy Month in October, many of the nation’s top health literacy experts will be blogging to share their thoughts on how health literacy impacts and influences shared decision making — a relevant and timely topic in a new era of accountable care. This is the third consecutive year, Engaging the Patient has marked Health Literacy Month by inviting a panel of experts to share their insights around a topic related to health literacy.

Low literacy and communication breakdown have been linked to poor health outcomes such as higher rates of hospitalization and less frequent use of preventative services – as patients with poor health literacy more often use services designed to treat complications of disease instead. Both of these outcomes are associated with higher healthcare costs.

Engaging the Patient is a blog sponsored by Emmi Solutions that connects healthcare leaders with peers who are making patient engagement a reality. This blog is also a source for news and insight on the pressing issues of communication in healthcare. Throughout October, Engaging the Patient will feature experts.  READ MORE !

Health Literacy: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Accurate, Accessible and Actionable Health Information for All
Resources are for organizations that interact and communicate with people about health, including public health departments, healthcare providers and facilities, health plans, government agencies, non-profit/community and advocacy organizations, childcare and schools, the media, and health-related industries.
Learn about Health Literacy
Get Training
Plan and Act
Steps to Developing an Organizational Plan
Develop Materials
Research and Evaluate
Share and Interact
Health Literacy Activities by Region
Health Literacy Activities by State
Health Literacy Blog: Bridging the Health Literacy Gap