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Glen Herbert
Editor/Writer, Our Kids Media

October, 2020

Learning Differently with Dyslexia

Dyslexia is the most common learning difference affecting students in educational environments, yet many educators feel unsure and unprepared to meet the needs of these students. The goal behind Microsoft’s three-part series, Dyslexia DecodEd, is to help change that, and to put the right information, tools, and resources required to support students with dyslexia into action in every classroom.

This webinar series is intended as a starting point, to help educators decode and demystify dyslexia. Learning about dyslexia provides an opportunity for educators and community members to positively shift the entire curve and support the 17-20% who identify as dyslexic. Dyslexia is not only served by educators in the classroom setting. The community of supporters—advocates, parents, organizations—plays a critical role in ensuring that students with dyslexia are empowered to reach their full potential.

To register for the series, and to view past webinars, click here. For free workshops for parents on how to leverage free assistive technology, click here.


Dressing the future

For a quarter century, Kirsten Broatch has been dressing students for learning and for life

We know intuitively that companies are made up of people, not buildings and banks, though we may be prone to forget that sometimes. Should you ever need one, Kirsten Broatch is a particularly good reminder. Owner and CEO of InSchoolwear, I met with her recently at her office in Oakville, Ontario, in a complex that includes operations, distribution, and a regional store. As anyone, she’d been responding to the pandemic. The store, which would normally be bustling at this time of year, was admitting customers one at a time by appointment.

Despite it all, Broatch’s spirits were undimmed. “I always say never waste a disaster!” she says, partly joking and partly not. An ability to weather challenges gracefully has been one of the things that has gotten her to where she is. She founded InSchoolwear after attending a sales party for a children’s clothing brand—the sales model was similar to Tupperware—and came away thinking, “I can do better than that.” She’s spent the last 25 years doing precisely that.

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