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Learning disAbilities 
Newsletter
 
Vol. 18 No. 1                                        November 2000  

Center for Alternative Learning

6 East Eagle Road

Havertown, PA 19083

610-446-6126

Serving Those Who Learn Differently

www.learningdifferences.com

  

C-SIP  Cooper Screening of Information Processing 

                After months of work, the Spanish translation of the C-SIP (Cooper Screening of Information Processing) is complete.  Dr. Cooper has sent the new short form of the screening to the U.S. Department of Education that plans to field test the Spanish version in a number of states.  The C-SIP is one of four screening instruments that will be tested on Spanish speaking adults to determine the effectiveness of each of the screenings in determining who should be referred for formal testing to diagnose a learning disability. 

                In the process of preparing the C-SIP for this study, Dr. Cooper has made some minor changes in content and major changes in format.  In response to requests for a shortened instrument, one that can be administered in 10 or 15 minutes, he has redesigned the C-SIP so that the short version of the screening is incorporated into the regular Cooper Screening.  This provides practitioners with the option of completing the short version at an initial meeting with a person and administrating the rest of the screening at a later time.  The other option that practitioners may employ is to use the short version for those sections that do not appear to be problematic for the individual being screened.  For example, a teacher might use the short form of the reading list if the personís primary problem is math.  The short form of the progressive reading list contains 50 words while the long version contains 150 words.  

                The short version of the screening differs from the long version in that a numeric score is calculated to determine if the person is likely to have a learning disability.  The long version continues to rely on a teacherís or clinicianís expertise, rather than a numeric score, to make that determination. 

                The Cooper Screening is a favorite screening of many teachers and learning specialists because it provides information about how the person processes information and samples the studentís basic academic skills.  This information is very useful in developing an instructional prescription for individuals with learning differences not just for those who have a significant learning disability. 

                We have included a copy of the C-SIP with this newsletter for your review.  We would appreciate any comments you might have about the instrument, especially if you have used it in the past.  

                Single copies of both the English and Spanish version of the C-SIP are available free of charge from Learning disAbilities Resources.  Copying the C-SIP is permitted; however, since the new edition is 16 pages and printed in two colors, many find it cheaper to purchase multiple copies from Learning disAbilities Resources.  Copies of the C-SIP, in English or Spanish, are available for .0.50 per copy.  For more information about the C-SIP instrument or to obtain single or multiple copies, contact our office at 800-204-7667.

 

Tic Tac Toe Math

                Regular readers of this newsletter have frequently heard about Tic Tac Toe Math developed by Dr. Cooper in 1986.  From the beginning Tic Tac Toe Math as met with both hot and cold reception from both teachers and students.  Some students find Tic Tac Toe Math to be their answer to years of frustration with math and others find it confusing and useless.  Comments from some teachers are glowing and these teachers report that Tic Tac Toe Math has not just helped students with math but also helped them change their self-perception from a slow learner to a capable, although different, learner.  Other teachers find Tic Tac Toe Math confusing and useless.  These extremes in opinions about this very alternative instructional technique suggests that something significant underlies the different ways that individuals learn the basic functions of multiplication and division. 

                Here at the Center for Alternative Learning, ground zero for the methods creation and continued development, we want to know more about the use of Tic Tac Toe Math.  We have heard from teachers that they know how to teach the Single Digit Grids but are not proficient themselves with Double and Multi-digit Grids.  Many teachers are not even aware that, in the past couple of years, Dr. Cooper has developed Tic Tac Toe Math techniques for teaching the concepts and operations of fractions and percentages or that Advanced Tic Tac Toe Math - the Cube uses 30 positions rather than the basic 9.  

                If you of anyone you know is either using Tic Tac Toe Math or has tried it and rejected it (teachers or students), we want to hear from you and them.  Please contact us by e-mail (rcooper642@aol.com) and let us know how and when we can contact you.  We will get back to you to conduct a short survey about your experience with Tic Tac Toe Math

                Also, as reported in the last edition of this newsletter, we are now issuing certification for teachers who want the recognition that they know and use the method. 

 

Pennsylvaniaís Act 48

                 Pennsylvaniaís teachers must earn six college credits or attend 180 hours of staff development over the next five years to maintain their teaching certificate active.  Dr. Cooper has teamed up with Harcum College to become an approved provider of Act 48 training.  He and faculty members of the college are available to contract with school districts and other education organizations to provide staff development on learning differences and a number of other topics.  Another service will be provided to teachers who are currently not working in a school district that is providing Act 48 activities.  Examples of individuals who use this service would include teachers who are taking time off to raise children, teachers working as substitutes for different districts and teachers working in early childhood programs.  Although this program is still in its initial planning stage, we anticipate that teachers who are not working for a particular school district would use this program to make a staff development plan and keep track of their staff development hours. 

                Additional details will be available in up-coming newsletters and will also be posted on our website:  www.learningdifferences.com.  If you would like to receive periodic updates about this program and the training which will be offered, contact Dr. Cooper by e-mail at rcooper642@aol.com.  

 

Presentations

 by Dr. Richard Cooper

             Many readers like to know where Dr. Cooper will be presenting and many like to know where he has been recently.  Since it has been a while since the last newsletter was published we have included a synopsis of his activities that were not mentioned in the last newsletter and a listing of up-coming presentations. 

             Learning Disabilities in the Workplace has been a popular topic this summer and fall.  Dr. Cooper conducted this training at the PA Correctionís Education Conference in August and in Long Island in October and November.  His presentation about the Characteristics of Learning Differences continues to be the most popular.  He presented this topic this summer and fall at: 1) a community college in New Jersey 2) a community College in Ohio, 3) a parent group in Ohio, 4) adult educators in Manhattan, New York, 5) employee trainers at Hershey Foods in Pennsylvania, 6) parents of children enrolled in Title I Reading in Oil City, PA  7) YouthBuild Charter School, in Philadelphia 8) the Learning Disabilities Association in Austin, TX. 9) Adult educators in Syracuse and 10) Laubach Literacy Volunteers of Camden, NJ.

            Dr. Cooper conducted three one credit in-service courses to the K - 12 teachers in Delaware County.  During the summer he offered a course on teaching math and another on teaching reading and writing.  This fall he taught a course on inclusion of children with learning disabilities. 

            A new training that he has developed and offered this year is Planning and Organization Tips for Teachers and Their Students.  The three times he offered it, this training was very well received with teachers reporting that they can use the tips to better organize their own lives, but, even more importantly, the tips and organization tools that were provided in the training will be very helpful for students who have difficulties with organization.  

 

NAASLN

The National Association for Adults with Special Learning Needs is moving again.  Until operations are formalized, anyone needing to communicate with the leadership of the association should visit the associationís web site.  NAASLN.org.  If you need additional information or has specific questions, you can contact Dr. Cooper at 610-446-6126.  If he cannot answer your question or address your concern, he will refer you to one of the other board members. 

 

LDR Catalog 

                We plan to have a new Learning disAbilities Resources Catalog ready in January 2001.  The Catalog will have a few new items including a Double Take Assignment Books using carbonless duplicating paper.  These assignment books are designed for students at different age and educational levels.

    

Pennsylvaniaís Learning Disabilities Center

             The Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education has funded the Learning Disability Center that will coordinate the Staff development project operated by Dr. Cooper, the Learning Disabilities modules, and the Bridges to Practice training, along with additional new staff development activities.  More details of about the Learning Disabilities Center will be provided in up-coming newsletters.   

            Adult educators and volunteer tutors will notice some changes in the administration of the training provided by Dr. Cooper.  A master schedule of the training that he provides across the state is being developed by the staff at the Northwest Professional Development Center.  

Learning Differences Staff Development Training Sessions

Nov. 2 Horizon House Philadelphia
Teaching Reading and Writing Skills to Adults 10:00 - 3:00
Nov. 6   Mt. Lebanon Library Mt. Lebanon
Teaching Adults with Learning Differences 6:30 - 8:00
Nov. 7 Venango Co. Literacy Council Oil City
Teaching Adults with Learning Differences 9:00 - 3:00

 Dec. 4                

Crawford Co. Read Titusville
Practical Applications for Teaching Adults with Differences   9:00 - 12:00
Crawford Co. Read Meadville
Teaching Technique for Volunteer Tutors 2:00 - 4:00

 Dec. 5               

West End School      Elwood City
Screening for Learning Differences and  Tic Tac Toe Math 9:30 - 3:00
Lawrence Co. Literacy Choices  New Castle
Screening Demonstrations 3:00 - 5:00
Tic Tac Toe Math 6:00 - 8:00

Dec 6 

Crawford Co. Read Meadville
Practical Applications for Teaching Adults with Differences 9:00 - 12:00
Dec. 7 Alle-Kiski Learning Center Arnold
Teaching Math to Adults with Learning Differences 9:00 - 12:00, 1:00 - 4:00, 6:00 - 9:00

Dec. 8

Southwest Professional Development Center Pittsburgh
Screening Demonstrations 9:00 - 3:00
Dec. 9 Western PA Tutor Conference Arnold
Teaching Low Level Literacy and Numeracy Skills 9:00 - 12:00

Dec. 12

Mansfield Adult Education M ansfield
Alternative Math Techniques 5:30 - 9:30
Dec. 13 Midstate Literacy Council  DuBois
Teaching Adults with Learning Differences  5:30 - 9:00
Dec. 14 Midstate Literacy Council State College
 Teaching Low Level Literacy and Numeracy Skills 5:00 - 8:00

     

            As part of the Centerís effort to improve the dissemination of information about learning differences, the Center is beginning to disseminate this newsletter via e-mail.  It will be sent by e-mail to all the adult education and literacy programs in Pennsylvania and to adult educators and volunteer tutors who request the newsletter.  If you would like to receive the newsletter by e-mail, please send us a message at rcooper642@aol.com

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