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April 18, 2018
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Ideas on supporting students with dyslexia
Ideas on supporting students with dyslexia
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Educator Elizabeth Stein in this blog post shares how many teachers in her New York school district struggle to accommodate the needs of students with dyslexia. She offers six strategies and links to resources on working with students with reading and writing challenges.
MiddleWeb (4/17) 
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Drug abuse prevention program targets students with special needs
An Ohio school district has worked with LifeTown Columbus, which provides hands-on life-skills lessons, to create a substance-abuse prevention program that targets students with special needs. Studies show people with special needs are at higher risk of substance abuse because they may experience higher rates of trauma and depression and often take prescription medications.
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (tiered subscription model) (4/16) 
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Educational Leadership
Tips to help teachers model compassion
Tips to help teachers model compassion
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Teachers can play an important role in modeling compassion for their students, writes teacher Alyssa Nucaro. In this blog post, she shares tips, such as allowing a pet in the classroom and leading students in community service projects.
Edutopia online (4/16) 
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Technology Trends
How Alexa assists people with visual impairments
How Alexa assists people with visual impairments
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Alexa and other voice assistants can change internet exploration for people who have visual impairments, Ian Bogost writes. Bogost, whose father has been legally blind since age 18, details the value of these devices for people with disabilities, noting they offer hands-free operation and new accessibility for individuals with limited dexterity or mobility.
The Atlantic (5/2018) 
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Policy News
Report examines Title I spending
Report examines Title I spending
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School leaders may not be making the most of Title I funding, according to a report by the National Center for Education Statistics and the American Institutes for Research. Researchers found that a need for more school-leader training may be one reason for the trend.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (4/16) 
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Eye on Exceptionalities
Study examines cerebral palsy prevalence in preemies
Researchers found that the overall rate of preterm infants with cerebral palsy dropped from 16% in 2011 to 12% in 2015, with mild CP prevalence rising from 39% to 43% but severe CP prevalence dropping from 26% to 16% during the same period. However, the findings in Pediatrics, based on data involving 2,113 premature babies followed for 3.75 years, didn't show any significant changes in overall moderate to severe neurodevelopmental impairment rates.
2 Minute Medicine (4/17) 
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