The ASD Nest program, the New York City Education Department's integrated support model for students with autism, is set to expand throughout the city and beyond. No formal evaluations have been conducted on the program's outcomes, but anecdotal evidence supports it.
There is national interest in social and emotional learning, but some experts say more information is needed about how best to teach such skills and measure results. Some states have joined a multistate collaborative to develop SEL guidelines.
The pipeline for producing more minority teachers isn't broken, it just needs modification, writes Andre Perry, former founding dean of urban education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich. While the grow-your-own movement is good, Perry writes in this commentary that many minority children are still overlooked as potential teachers.
Some schools and communities are using mobile makerspaces to connect students to science, technology, engineering and math. Nonprofit SASTEMIC operates the Geekbus, based in San Antonio, and an Atlanta-based initiative offers lessons via the STE(A)M Truck.
A group of lawmakers this week introduced the IDEA Full Funding Act. Under the measure, the federal government would support 40% of the added costs of educating students with special needs -- up from the current 15.3%.
A study in Molecular Psychiatry found that children whose mothers experienced fever during the second trimester of pregnancy were 40% more likely to develop autism spectrum disorders, compared with those whose mothers didn't have fever. The findings, based on data involving 95,754 Norwegian children born from 1999 to 2009 and their mothers, also showed a more than 300% higher ASD risk among those whose mothers had three or more fever episodes after 12 weeks of gestation.