Mass. district, YMCA offer inclusive summer camp | Ky. district uses grant to offer co-teaching | Ohio school uses flexible seating to engage students
August 13, 2018
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Mass. district, YMCA offer inclusive summer camp
Mass. district, YMCA offer inclusive summer camp
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A Massachusetts school district partnered with a local YMCA to offer an inclusive summer camp experience for students with special needs as part of the students' extended-year supports. The program helped students build social skills while interacting with peers in swimming, sports and other activities.
The Enterprise Newspapers (Mass.) (8/12) 
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Ky. district uses grant to offer co-teaching
A Kentucky school district plans to continue a co-teaching pilot this school year, citing the growth of students taught under the model. The district received a grant to launch the program last year.
WTVG-TV (Toledo, Ohio) (8/10) 
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Educational Leadership
N.Y. districts scramble to fill teacher slots
Some New York state districts are still searching to fill teacher positions as the new school year begins. Some district leaders say they're sharing teachers with other districts and relying on long-term substitutes until they can fill the open slots.
Watertown Daily Times (N.Y.) (8/12) 
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Technology Trends
Tips to help districts draft social media policies
Tips to help districts draft social media policies
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Crafting social media policy can help schools support proper use of social networks and guard against potential privacy violations, writes Common Sense Media's Jeff Knutson in this commentary. Knutson outlines four keys to include when drafting a policy, such as parent opt-out forms and tying use to learning outcomes.
T.H.E. Journal (8/9) 
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Study: Do vouchers affect math scores?
Study: Do vouchers affect math scores?
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A new study shows that math scores declined for low-income Indiana students who used vouchers to transfer to private schools. Study co-author R. Joseph Waddington from the University of Kentucky said that even four years later, these voucher students still had lower math scores than peers in public schools.
Chalkbeat (8/9),  Indiana Public Media (8/10) 
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Eye on Exceptionalities
No link found between prenatal Tdap vaccination, autism
A study in Pediatrics showed that autism spectrum disorder incidence was 3.78 per 1,000 person-years among children whose mothers received the Tdap vaccine during pregnancy, compared with 4.05 per 1,000 person-years among those whose mothers weren't vaccinated during pregnancy. Prenatal Tdap vaccination was more likely among Asian-Americans or Pacific Islanders, those who were nulliparous, those with at least a bachelor's degree and those who gave birth at 37 or more weeks' gestation.
MedPage Today (free registration) (8/13) 
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