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A Fun Way to Practice Listening Skills

Listening comprehension is more than just listening to what is being said. Basically, it involves basically three skills: the ability to take in information the ability to respond to instruction the ability to share ideas, thoughts and opinions   Listening comprehension is the ability to understand the meaning of words an individual hears, and the

August 6th, 2019|

Summer Classes Teach Executive Function Skills

ARK instructors Marni Graveline and April Reid decided to turn the topic of study skills on its head. Instead of thinking of study skills as just a collection of strategies and specific tools to be taught one by one, they approached this year’s study skill classes as ”a study in how to master executive functioning skills.”

August 1st, 2019|

ARK Institute of Learning: Summer Classes 2019

ARK Institute of Learning Summer Classes 2019 Join ARK Institute of Learning this summer for some small group classes, designed by ARK instructors to give students a head start on the new school year, keep their skills fresh, and learn ARK strategies to help during a lifetime of learning. REGISTER HERE Harry Potter Book Club

April 12th, 2019|

Homeschool Classes Coming This Fall

ARK Institute of Learning recently hosted an information meeting for homeschool families. ARK staff shared with them the possible upcoming opportunities available for K-12 students in small groups in the areas of reading, math, writing, and study skills. ARK Lead Educational Therapist Sheri Hamlow highlighted ARK's mission, current services, future services, the model for integrated

March 13th, 2019|

ARK Presents at the National Learning Disabilities Association Conference

Sheri Hamlow and Marni Graveline attended the LDA (Learning Disabilities Association) Conference in Fort Worth, Texas the week of February 18-21, 2019. Besides attending phenomenal educational sessions, Sheri and Marni presented one of ARK’s products – Word Shapes. Their presentation was in a Table Talk format, which provided opportunities for the presenters to share and

March 7th, 2019|

Educators Understanding Their Racial Identities

In January, Caroline Swinehart, ARK Instructional Specialist and Project Coordinator, attended a one-day workshop on Racial Literacy and Antiracist Teaching: A Workshop for Educators, through NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools). ARK has presented at NWAIS workshops in the past. This workshop was held by a small group of team members with CARLE (Critical Analysis

March 1st, 2019|

The Truth About Dyslexia: Myth or Fact?

1.      Children with dyslexia reverse their letters False: All children reverse letters when they are young. It is not a predictor of dyslexia. 2.      Dyslexia is linked with IQ and intellectual disabilities False. Children with dyslexia are more likely to have an average to above average IQ. 3.      Dyslexia is neurobiological in origin True. Dyslexia is neurobiological and tends to run

February 1st, 2019|

ARK Attends Q&A Session About New State Dyslexia Bill

     Did you know dyslexia screenings in the public schools will be required in Washington State starting in the 2021-22 school year?      Historically, schools have not screened for or even mentioned dyslexia as a disability category for special education. Students were not considered for a learning disability in reading and other academic areas until the age of

February 1st, 2019|

ARK Attends WABIDA Conference

Three ARK instructional staff (Sheri Hamlow, April Reid and Marni Graveline) attended the Washington State Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (WABIDA) conference in Bellevue on November 3, 2018. The presenter, Dr. Carol Connor, is currently on staff at University of California – Irvine.. She has many years of experience both in the field of speech and

December 3rd, 2018|

ARK Building is Home to Local Counseling Practice

Ivey West from IV Insights is a mental health counselor who continues to be excited by the detective work of diagnosing learning issues. She recently moved her counseling practice, IV Insights, to an office in the ARK Institute of Learning building where she sees clients two days a week. Ivey also occasionally administers educational evaluations at ARK.

November 19th, 2018|