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December 4, 2017
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Advice on addressing challenging student behavior
Advice on addressing challenging student behavior
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Educators can best tackle challenging student behavior by finding the reason behind it, Margaret Shafer, a classroom teacher with special-education experience, writes in this blog post. She shares advice, resources and links for teachers to collect data and find solutions, including tips for students with autism and those affected by trauma.
Teaching Channel (11/30) 
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Interested in Behavior Analysis?
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
Colo. releases plan to stem teacher shortage
Colorado state education leaders released a report with 30 recommendations to stem a teacher shortage in the state, including a proposal to tie minimum salaries to the cost of living. Lawmakers will consider the proposals, which will need state funding.
Chalkbeat/Colorado (12/1) 
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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
Schools celebrate Computer Science Education Week
Schools celebrate Computer Science Education Week
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Today marks the first day of Computer Science Education Week. Students at an Iowa school this week will build robots and computers, and about 600 students at a Florida school will participate in the Hour of Code, an online coding event.
WHO-TV (Des Moines, Iowa) (12/4),  WWSB-TV (Sarasota, Fla.) (12/4) 
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Policy News
Do alternative diplomas meet students' needs?
Louisiana is one of 23 states that offers an alternative diploma for students with special needs that often disqualifies them from college or many jobs. Parent Julie Comeaux is working to educate other parents about the difference between alternative and traditional diplomas to combat the state's low ranking in graduation rates for students with disabilities.
The Hechinger Report (12/2) 
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GAO report focuses on school voucher programs
GAO report focuses on school voucher programs
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School voucher programs may need to do more to inform parents of students of children with disabilities about potential changes to federal special-education rights when parents consider such programs, according to the Government Accountability Office. The study considered 27 private school-choice programs in 15 states.
National Public Radio (12/4),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (12/2) 
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Eye on Exceptionalities
Neonatal vitamin D deficiency tied to increased ASD risk in childhood
Chinese researchers found that infants in the lowest quartile of vitamin D levels at birth were 260% more likely to develop autism spectrum disorders by age 3, while those in the second and third quartiles had a 150% and 90% increased ASD risk, respectively, compared with those in the highest quartile. The findings in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research were based on data involving 27,940 Chinese newborns.
Business Standard (India) (tiered subscription model)/Asian News International (11/30) 
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Help us honor educator voice -- cast your vote today!
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Voting for the annual Educators' Choice Content Award is now open. Each year, SmartBrief Education recognizes two outstanding educator-bloggers. Vote for your favorite article by Dec. 15.
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