Monthly Archives: January 2014

Learn How BrainCore Therapy with ADD/ADHD/Autism…

“Neurofeedback should play a major therapeutic role in many difficult areas.
In my opinion, if any medication had demonstrated such a wide spectrum
of efficacy it would be universally accepted and widely used.”

– Dr. Frank H. Duffy, Professor and Pediatric Neurologist at Harvard Medical School.

How Does Neurofeedback Work?

Picture of brainwave patterns and neurofeedback.The theory of neurofeedback is based on a simple concept – When you have information on what your brainwaves are doing, your brain can use that information to change how it works BrainCore Neurofeedback is also known as EEG Biofeedback. Neurofeedback is guided exercise for the brain. It is actually a learning modality designed to retrain dysregulated brainwave patterns. The goal of all neurofeedback is to transform an unhealthy, dysregulated brainwave pattern into a normal, healthy, organized pattern. By doing this, the brain becomes more stable and is able to operate optimally and efficiently. It is completely noninvasive and is considered by the Food and Drug Administration to be safe. In fact the Food and Drug Administration recognizes that neurofeedback has NEVER produced a serious side effect since it was first discovered over 40 years ago. Published scientific research has demonstrated neurofeedback’s efficacy in managing many neurological conditions such as ADHD, Migraine and Tension Headache, Insomnia, Chronic Pain, Post Stroke Syndrome, Anxiety and Panic Attacks as well as many others.

BrainCore Neurofeedback Training

Drugless Alternative TreatmentsBefore training sessions begin, a comprehensive assessment is performed. This assessment procedure allows the doctor to determine, in a scientifically objective manner whether a client’s brainwave patterns are different from normal. The assessment provides the doctor with the neurofeedback training protocols that will be used during the training sessions. These protocols are designed to retrain the brainwave patterns toward normal. As the brainwave patterns normalize, the brain is able to operate more optimally and efficiently. Once the protocols are determined the individual is hooked up to a computer using wires and sensors and the computer records their brainwave activity. These sensors are noninvasive, as no electrical current is put into the brain. The sensors simply record the brainwaves coming from the brain. Information about these brainwaves is displayed on the doctor’s monitor.

The software automatically detects when the brainwaves are properly ordered and it feeds that information back to the patient. This feedback appears in the form of a game, movie, or sound which signals the patient that the brainwaves are becoming more ordered. For example, in the image above, the patient is watching a puzzle of a picture that is being filled in piece by piece. As long as the patient’s brain waves are moving in an orderly direction, the puzzle pieces are filled in and the patient hears a tone. If the brainwave patterns move away from an orderly pattern, then the puzzle does not get filled in and no tone is produced. The patient is actually controlling the completion of the puzzle with their brain and by doing so; the brain is learning how to regulate itself.

how does neurofeedback work?In another design, the patient performs the training while watching a movie. In this case the patient may watch a DVD movie that is being controlled by their ability to regulate their brainwaves. The movie will get brighter as the brain waves normalize and become darker when they become dysregulated. The brain’s natural desire to watch the movie clearly will drive those neurological circuits that normalize the brainwaves and allow the picture to be visualized. The more those circuits are driven and used – the more neuroplastic changes take hold. The patient learns how to use those new circuits during the demands of everyday life.

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Needing Money for College – FAFSA!

 

7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the FAFSA

If you need financial aid to help you pay for college, it’s important that you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The good news? The FAFSA is simpler than ever! Did you know that, on average, it only takes 23 minutes complete? That equates to roughly one episode of your favorite TV program, so no excuses about not having the time. Record that TV show and watch it later.  Click here for an alternate version of the video with an accessible player.

The 2014­­–15 FAFSA becomes available on January 1, 2014, at 12 a.m. Central Time. You can fill it out for FREE on the official government site, www.fafsa.gov. To speed up the FAFSA process, get prepared early. Here is what you’ll need to fill out the FAFSA:

  1. Your Federal Student Aid PIN* — In order to sign your FAFSA electronically, you’ll need a Federal Student Aid PIN. You can help to prevent processing delays by getting a PIN before you begin the FAFSA. Find out how to get a PIN and what to do if you forgot your PIN. It only takes a minute.
  2. Your social security number* — If you don’t know it, it can be found on your social security card. If you don’t have access to that, it may be on your birth certificate or permanent resident card. If you don’t have one of those, or don’t know where it is, ask your parent or legal guardian. If you’re a dependent student, you’ll need their help with portions of the FAFSA anyway. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you’ll also need your Alien Registration Number.
  3. Your driver’s license number — If you don’t have a driver’s license, then don’t worry about this step.
  4. Your tax records* — Use income records for the tax year prior to the academic year for which you are applying: so if you are filling out the 2014–15 FAFSA, you will need 2013 tax information. If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, you can always estimate the amounts using your 2012 tax return, just make sure to update your FAFSA once you file your 2013 taxes. If you have filed your taxes already, you may be able to automatically import your tax information into the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
  5. Records of your untaxed income* — This includes a whole bunch of variables that may or may not apply to you, like child support received, interest income and veterans non-education benefits.
  6. Records of all your assets (money)* — This includes savings and checking account balances, as well as investments like stocks and bonds and real estate.
  7. List of the school(s) you are interested in attending — The schools you list on your FAFSA will automatically receive your FAFSA results electronically. They will use your FAFSA information to determine the types and amounts of financial aid you may receive. You can list up to 10 schools on your FAFSA. If you’re applying to more than 10 schools, you can add more later. Be sure to list any school you’re considering, even if you’re not sure yet.

*If you’re a dependent student, you will need this information for your parent(s) as well.

Still have questions?

We’re here to help. Connect with us: StudentAid.gov/social.

Nicole Callahan is a new media analyst at the Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid.

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Mathematics Adoption Announcement!

REL#14-6 CONTACT: Tina Jung
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PHONE: 916-319-0818
January 15, 2014 E-MAIL: communications@cde.ca.gov

 

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Adoption
of First Mathematics Materials Aligned to the Common Core

 

SACRAMENTO—School districts now have a list of more than 30 instructional materials to choose from that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for mathematics, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.

This comes after the State Board of Education completed the 2014 adoption of kindergarten through grade eight mathematics materials for California students. The list is attached.

“Today’s step keeps u­­s on track toward our goal of providing students the real- world skills they will need for college and career, in part through the Common Core,” Torlakson said. “These quality materials will help students achieve the proficiency in mathematics that California’s employers are looking for from this future workforce.”

Of the 35 instructional materials programs submitted for consideration from 17 publishers, the State Board of Education approved 31. Of these, 20 were Basic Grade-level programs, 10 were Algebra 1 programs, and one was an Integrated Mathematics 1 program.

Local school districts can now begin their own process of reviewing the materials to determine which of the adopted programs best meet the needs of their students. With such a wide variety of choices, including a number of technology-based programs, districts can tailor an instructional program that will help their students achieve academically. Districts may use some of the $1.25 billion in Common Core State Standards Implementation Funds to purchase the materials.

The adopted programs are on display for public review at Learning Resources Display Centers across the state. For more information about the 2014 Mathematics Adoption process, visit the California Department of Education Mathematics Instructional Materials Web page.

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2014 Mathematics Instructional Materials Adoption

Basic Grade-Level Programs 

Publisher

Program Title

Grade Level(s)

1.      Agile Mind Common Core Middle School Mathematics

6–8

2.      Big Ideas Learning Big Ideas Math

6–8

3.      Center for Mathematics and Teaching Math Links

8

4.      College Preparatory Mathematics Core Connections, Courses 1-3

6–8

5.      Edgenuity, Inc. Edgenuity California Common Core Mathematics

6–8

6.      Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Go Math!

K–6

7.      Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Go Math!

6–8

8.      Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Math Expressions

K–6

9.      Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Math in Focus

K–8

10.   McGraw-Hill California Math, Courses 1-3

6–8

11.   McGraw-Hill Glencoe Math Accelerated

7

12.   McGraw-Hill McGraw-Hill My Math

K–5

13.   Pearson Common Core System of Courses

K–8

14.   Pearson CA Digits

6–8

15.   Pearson Scott Foresman enVision Math

K–6

16.   Perfection Learning Kinetic Pre-Algebra

8

17.   Reasoning Mind Reasoning Mind Algebra Readiness Program

2–6

18.   The College Board SpringBoard Mathematics

6–8

19.   TPS Publishing, Inc. Creative Core Curriculum for Mathematics with STEM, Literacy and Arts

K–8

20.   Triumph Learning Common Core Math Curriculum

6–8

 

Algebra 1 Programs

Publisher

Program Title

Grade Level(s)

1.     Agile Mind Common Core Algebra 1 Mathematics

Algebra 1

2.     Aleks Corporation CA Algebra 1

Algebra 1

3.     Big Ideas Learning Big Ideas Algebra 1

Algebra 1

4.     College Preparatory Mathematics Core Connections Algebra 1

Algebra 1

5.     Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Algebra 1: Analyze, Connect, Explore California

Algebra 1

6.     JRL Enterprises I CAN Learn Algebra 1

Algebra 1

7.     McGraw-Hill Glencoe Algebra 1

Algebra 1

8.     Pearson CA Common Core Algebra 1

Algebra 1

9.     Perfection Learning Kinetic Algebra 1

Algebra 1

10.  The College Board SpringBoard Mathematics Algebra 1

Algebra 1

 

Integrated Mathematics 1 Programs

Publisher

Program Title

Grade Level(s)

1.     Pearson Common Core Integrated Math 1

Math 1

 

Instructional Materials Not Adopted 

Basic Grade-Level Programs

Publisher

Program Title

Grade Level(s)

1.     JRL Enterprises I CAN Learn Basic Math

5–8

2.     Marshall Cavendish Primary Mathematics Common Core Edition

1–3

3.     McGraw-Hill Connecting Math Concepts

K–4

Algebra I Programs

Publisher

Program Title

Grade Level(s)

1.     Revolution K12 Algebra 1

Algebra I

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The California Department of Education (CDE) is a state agency led by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. For more information, please visithttp://www.cde.ca.gov or by mobile device at http://m.cde.ca.gov/. You may also follow Superintendent Torlakson on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorlaksonSSPI.

 

Check California College Courses that will transfer – Great Tool!

Assist.org

ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California’s public colleges and universities and provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California.

There are two ways to look up information in ASSIST.

 

Explore Transfer Information

If you have already chosen a major or know what kind of information you want to see, select the transfer information you want to display by choosing an institution below. You can select the institution you are transferring from or to.

 

Explore Majors

If you want to find out about a specific major, search for majors that interest you, or explore majors available at university campuses in California, click Explore Majors below.

Click to explore majors

ASSIST does not take the place of a counselor on your campus. It is intended to help students and counselors work together to establish an appropriate path toward transferring from a public California community college to a public California university.

 

ASCD’s “2014: WHAT’S IN, WHAT’S OUT”

 

ASCD logo VIEW MOBILE/WEB VERSION HERE   | January 6, 2014
Capitol Connection
2014: What’s In, What’s OutAs we begin the new year, Capitol Connection bids adieu to the compelling people, policies, and activities of 2013, and predicts their likely successors that will command our attention in 2014.

IN OUT
A-F AYP
[insert state name here] College and Career Ready Standards Common Core
Tablets Textbooks
White suburban moms Top-down reform
Carmen Farina John Deasy
Concussion protocol Getting your bell rung
Smarter Balanced PARCC
Primary challengers General election
Student privacy Data mining
Sassy Sunny Big Brother Bo
Shanghai Finland
Coding Keyboarding
Waiver waivers Waivers
Locally sourced Organic
Early education Higher education
Bipartisan Budget Act Sequestration cuts
John White Tony Bennett
Snow in Sochi Snow in the Meadowlands
Flipped learning Stand and deliver
A functioning Congress (fingers crossed!) Government shutdowns

ASCD’s public policy team wishes you a very happy new year!

 

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