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Kyle Redford
Kyle Redford has been an educator for over twenty-five years. She currently teaches at Marin Country Day School and is the Education Editor for the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity.

Entries by Kyle Redford

An Open Letter to the Secretary of Education

(35) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 3:10 PM

Dear Secretary Duncan,

I recently watched some footage from a senate committee debate related to a possible dyslexia amendment to The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing. Frankly, I was nothing short of stunned by your lack of understanding of the policies...

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Dyslexia Action: Denied and Delayed

(11) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 12:11 PM

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When my family joined in the effort to raise awareness about dyslexia through the film, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, we were primarily motivated by the desire to help deshame and demystify the condition. My husband and...

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A Teacher's Unlikely Crush (on an eReader)

(6) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 11:38 AM

Photo by Clara Greisman

You know when you fall in love, that feeling that you want to tell everyone you know about it? You figure out ways fit the crush's name into every conversation and find yourself making obscure references and connections...

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Time to Dethrone the Standardized Test

(4) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 2:52 PM

Sometimes a study is published that has the promise of being a cultural game-changer. It carries the potential to reset the way a significant portion of the population thinks or behaves regarding an issue. Last week a study that raises questions about the value of standardized test scores as a...

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Student Leaders Offer Simple Solutions to School Challenges

(3) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 12:11 PM

The Atlantic recently published an article entitled Ninth Grade: The Most Important Year of High School.The article's focus on ninth grade as a "make or break year" is based on research reported in the journal, Education, identifying ninth graders as having the lowest grade point averages,...

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The Dangers of Over-Celebrating Our Children

(3) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 8:22 PM

Many argue today that our overzealous embrace of the positive self-esteem movement has created a generation of attention junkies addicted to excessive and unearned positive feedback. As a teacher I see some of this, but I am also struck by additional concerns. Certainly, many adults are engaged in the "empty...

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5 Things Teachers Want Parents to Know

(10) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 1:24 PM

Every year, when I drive to work on the first day of school, I cross paths with families on their way to new beginnings. Most are not heading to my classroom, but they could be. I see the emotion and expectation on their faces -- kids who are anxious about...

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When You Want To Fire Your Child's Teacher

(14) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 1:12 PM

As the mother of a dyslexic son, I cannot count the number of times I've found myself crazy upset when my child would report feeling hurt or shamed or unfairly treated by a teacher. When teachers speak damaging words or make unfair decisions about our children, it can spur us...

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Decoding Dyslexia: How a New Jersey Parents' Group Started a Movement

(4) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 4:34 PM

Parenting a school-aged child with dyslexia requires strategy, savvy and time. Frankly, not all of us possess these attributes in equal measure and the job often seems beyond our means and abilities. The screenings and evaluations, planning and homework support, emotional pep-talks, talking to teachers and administrators, identifying best supports...

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Navigating School With a Dyslexic Child: One Mom's Story

(28) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 10:02 AM

It is often said that behind every successful dyslexic is an invested and persistent mother (or parent). Not only do I fit the description, but I taught at my son's school until he was in eighth grade. Yet despite these and other unique advantages, my son's educational journey was still...

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