Research to Practice

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THE DRUMMER'S GUIDE TO THE BRAIN: THE NEUROLOGIC CASE FOR THE EFFICACY OF MUSIC INSTRUCTION FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES

PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH NOTES | May 2017

by Tim Simmons
English and Music Teacher
(click here for bio)

After researching the neurologic components of both language and music, I have begun to better understand how music instruction can benefit students …

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Four Steps to Better Spelling Instruction

By Bill Keeney, PhD, CALP
Director of Pedagogical Research and Faculty Development, and English Dept. Chair, Delaware Valley Friends School

Spelling is something most teachers get wrong—even reading specialists. When we train to be reading teachers …

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ACHIEVING MILESTONES IN MIDDLE SCHOOL WITH MULTISENSORY MATH

PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH NOTES | January 2017

by Kelly McHugh
Middle School Math Teacher
(click here for bio)


These are the comments that teachers dream of hearing. These are the comments that echoed through my classroom once I changed my thinking about …

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DVFS Faculty Present at Fall Conferences

There is no shortage of research in the field of education, however, there is often a disconnect between this research and its implementation in classrooms. Fortunately, here at Delaware Valley Friends School, the teachers are passionate …

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Middle School Science Teacher Joy Paul Presenting at Middle School Conference

Middle School Science Teacher Joy Paul has been invited to speak at the Annual Conference for Middle Level Education, sponsored by AMLE (Association for Middle Level Education), October 9-12, 2016, in Austin, Texas.

Joy will be presenting "Mission to…

Posted by kelly in Professionals, Research-to-Practice, STEAM on Monday September 26, 2016 at 02:57PM
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DVFS Faculty Presenting at Annual International Dyslexia Association Conference


We are pleased to share that two Delaware Valley Friends School faculty members will be speaking at the International Dyslexia Association Annual Reading, Literacy, and Learning Conference in Orlando, Florida on October 26-29.

IDA’s Annual …

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New Study from the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology

When Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, leading researchers on dyslexia, visited Delaware Valley Friends School as part of the DVFS Speaker Series in 2012, they shared a bit of research about pharmaceutical approaches to treating dyslexia that was in …

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DVFS Faculty Members Presenting at 2016 PBIDA

Join Delaware Valley Friends School Faculty Members Bill Keeney, PhD., CALP, and Susan Mayes, M.A., CALP, at the PBIDA 38th Conference on Literacy and Learning, October 10th at St. Joseph's University.

Bill Keeney, English Department Chair, Director …

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DVFS ADOLESCENT LITERACY PROGRAM O-G TEACHER TRAINING

Spreading our expertise with the greater community and bringing research into practice, our teacher training staff is wrapping-up our 8-day Orton-Gillingham training.

Katrina Sutton from The Friends' School, Hobart, Tasmania Teachers from as far as Australia have sought out our training and will bring our …

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Can Changing Fonts Help A Dyslexic Read Better?

This past week, I got an inquiry from a parent about an app called BeeLine Reader, which “makes reading faster and easier by using a color gradient that guides your eyes from the end of one line to the beginning of the next. With BeeLine …

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Effective and Efficient Learning: The Science of Successful Learning as Applied to Learning Differences (part 2)

Professional Research Notes | MAY 2016
(part 2 of 2; see part 1 here)

by Bill Keeney, PhD, CALP,
Director of Pedagogical Research and Faculty Development,
English Department Chair

In my last research note, I discussed ways to make learning more …

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Unlocking Learning Through Technology: Cutting Edge Applications of Technology for Students Who Have Learning Differences


Professional Lunch & Learn event held at Delaware Valley Friends on Friday, April 8, 2016.

On April 8th, from 12-2:30 pm, 32 professionals joined us for an opportunity to learn first-hand about how our teachers and students make use of technology …

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Interesting Article on Mindfulness

Our Director of Pedagogical Research and Faculty Development, Bill Keeney, recently shared this article that may be of interest to educators working with students to cultivate a practice of mindfulness int he classroom. Several of the longer-term …

Posted by Elizabeth in Research-to-Practice, Teaching on Wednesday April 6, 2016
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THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE: USING IMPROVISATION TO CREATE MEANINGFUL MUSIC CURRICULA FOR ADOLESCENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES

Professional Research NOTES |

by Timothy Simmons, Music Teacher
Delaware Valley Friends School

In many ways, a spirit of adventure and experimentation has always been the driving force behind everything we do in the Music program at Delaware Valley …

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Effective and Efficient Learning: The Science of Successful Learning as Applied to Learning Differences (part 1)

Professional Research Notes | September 2015
(Part 1 - part 2 will follow in Spring 2016)

by Bill Keeney, PhD, CALP,
Director of Pedagogical Research and Faculty Development,
English Department Chair

The brain is a very complex organ, capable of …

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Auditory Comprehension: Can You Hear and Understand Me?

PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH NOTES |

by Helen Mannion, M. Ed., CALT
Director of Language and Literacy Remediation
and Director of Teacher Training at Delaware Valley Friends School.

Many children who have learning disabilities struggle to read and comprehend,…

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Content Area Reading: Can Audio Books Help LD Students Access the Curriculum?

PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH NOTES |

by Helen Mannion, M. Ed., CALT
Director of Language and Literacy Remediation
and Director of Teacher Training at Delaware Valley Friends School.

“Content literacy refers to the ability to use reading, writing, talking, …

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The Benefit of Mindfulness Training for Students with Learning and Attentional Challenges


Professional Research Notes |

by Elizabeth Kriynovich, MA,CALP
English and Language Arts Teacher

Mindfulness can be defined as living fully in the present moment, with intention and without judgment. It involves the acknowledgement and immediate …

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Language Structure: A Key to Content Comprehension

PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH NOTES |

by Helen Mannion, M. Ed., CALT
Director of Language and Literacy Remediation
and Director of Teacher Training at Delaware Valley Friends School.

Do you have students who can read but struggle to comprehend their science …

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