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Paying Parents to Read to Their Children Boosts Literacy Skills

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers have found a surprising way to help boost the skills of children with language impairment: Pay their parents to read to them.  A new study tested four techniques to get parents or other caregivers to complete a 15-week literacy intervention for their children with language impairment.  Only one of those techniques – paying parents 50 cents for each reading session – led to children showing significant gains in reading test scores, findings showed.  “We were somewhat stunned to find that paying parents had this strong effect. We didn’t anticipate this,” said Laura Justice, lead author of the study and professor of educational psychology at The Ohio State University.  The other three techniques tried in the study were offering positive feedback to the parents, offering encouragement, and modeling to parents how to read in a way that improved children’s literacy skills.  None of these three was helpful, and offering feedback actually had a slight…

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President Obama Appoints Three New Members and One Returning Member to the National Council on Disability

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014 / The National Council on Disability (NCD) – an independent federal agency that recommends disability policy to the Administration, Congress and other federal agencies – welcomed President Barack Obama's announcement that three new members have been appointed to the agency. In addition, Councilmember Janice Lehrer-Stein was reappointed for a second term. New members are expected to begin work with NCD immediately.
NCD's new members Benro T. Ogunyipe, Dr. Katherine D. Seelman and Royal P. Walker, Jr. will join Janice Lehrer-Stein who is returning to the Council, NCD Chairperson Jeff Rosen, and Council members Clyde Terry, Gary Blumenthal, Chester Finn, Sara Gelser, Ari Ne'eman, Kamilah Oni Martin-Proctor, Stephanie Orlando, Captain Jonathan F. Kuniholm, USMC (Retired), Lynnae M. Ruttledge and Alice Wong all previously appointed by the President, to round out NCD's roster. Biographies for the new Council members are at the end of this release.
 
 
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LGBTQutie.com Sponsors GayDays Orlando 2014, Announces National Rollout of All-Inclusive Dating and Social Networking Site for the LGBTQ Community

NEW YORK, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Every year, GayDays draws more than 150,000 people to central Florida for a week of celebration and community. Among this year's event sponsors is LGBTQutie.com, the online dating and networking portal that's taking the country by storm.
For more than twenty years, GayDays Orlando has provided an opportunity for people from around the world to meet and greet other members of the LGBTQ community. GayDays festivities fall into three main categories: theme park visits, hotel events, and city events. Organizers rightly describe the seven-day party as an "all-over-town, something-for-everyone extravaganza. Reade more


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Michael Jackson's "Love Never Felt So Good" First Single From XSCAPE Premieres Tonight at the iHeart Radio Music Awards

NEW YORK, May 1, 2014 / -- On May 2, Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release Michael Jackson's "Love Never Felt So Good," produced by Michael Jackson, John McClain, Giorgio Tuinfort and Paul Anka, the first single from XSCAPE (May 13), the album of new music by the internationally beloved music icon and King of Pop. XSCAPE features 8 songs originally recorded between 1983 and 1999, and showcases why Michael Jackson remains an indelible influence on contemporary artists today. Reade more




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