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December 11, 2017
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S.C. schools test robot for students with autism
S.C. schools test robot for students with autism
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Seventeen schools in South Carolina are participating in a three-year pilot program that seeks to study the effectiveness of robots in teaching students with autism. The robot used in the study is designed to offer social, emotional and behavioral lessons.
The Item (Sumter, S.C.) (12/10) 
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Higher-ed officials work to improve access
Some colleges and universities are working with instructors, professors and textbook publishers to improve the accessibility of learning materials. Kelly Hermann, University of Phoenix vice president of accessibility and disability strategy, says officials should focus on cultural changes, rather than legal requirements, when guiding the shift to accessibility.
EdSurge (12/8) 
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Demand continues to surge for practitioners with the specialized training to produce meaningful behavioral changes in children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. How can you help meet the need? Earn an advanced degree in behavior analysis from the University of Cincinnati. Learn more.
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Educational Leadership
Tips for school safety, emergency preparedness
Tips for school safety, emergency preparedness
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School safety planning can present challenges in the current landscape, asserts Ken Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services. In this commentary, he offers guiding principles for planning, such as "don't lose sight of the big picture."
District Administration magazine online (12/11) 
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Unleash students’ creativity with coding & STEAM
We can't prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow, but we can ensure they are future-ready. In an increasingly automated world, learning code won't be enough — what students are able to DO with code will be what matters. Learn more on how to use STEAM & coding to turn students into creative problem-solvers.
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Technology Trends
Mass. district expands exposure to coding
Mass. district expands exposure to coding
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The journey to coding in a Massachusetts school district began with the Hour of Code, and since has expanded to include a range of activities, asserts technology specialist Joli Boucher. In this commentary, she shares four pillars that can serve as the foundation for expanding coding.
The Hechinger Report (12/11) 
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Policy News
CHIP program for low-income children could end
CHIP program for low-income children could end
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Lawmakers in Congress have proposed some short-term fixes to provide funding to the Children's Health Insurance Program. Without a long-term solution in place, some state leaders are considering whether they should notify families that the services will end.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (12/11) 
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Eye on Exceptionalities
Depression in late adolescence may increase high-school dropout risk
A study in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that older adolescents with depression had a more than twofold higher likelihood of dropping out of high school, compared with those who recovered from earlier depression or those without depression. The findings also showed higher rates of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and conduct disorder among dropouts and at-risk peers, compared with average students.
Reuters (12/8) 
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Editor's Note
Cast your vote today for educator voice
Cast your vote today for educator voice
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Voting for the annual Educators' Choice Content Award is still open. Select the one original content piece from the list that inspires you. The top 10 will move on to the next round of judging and will be in the running for the 2017 Educators' Choice Content Award. Vote by Dec. 15.
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