Pilot program promotes accessible makerspaces | Calif. agencies unite to improve workforce transition | Unified Soccer brings together students with special needs, peers
September 17, 2018
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Pilot program promotes accessible makerspaces
Pilot program promotes accessible makerspaces
Educators should ensure they are building makerspaces that also are accessible to students with physical disabilities, write Johanna Prince and Kevin Good, both of the University of Maine at Farmington. In this blog post, they share how a pilot program at their university is helping students who are training to be special-education teachers learn to adapt makerspaces to make them more inclusive.
Edutopia online (9/14) 
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Calif. agencies unite to improve workforce transition
Five California school districts are participating in a statewide pilot program that has the state departments of Education and Rehabilitation working together to help students with special needs transition to the workforce. The pilot unites five programs run by the agencies to unite funding and teach students jobs skills through classes, paid work experiences, teacher training and other initiatives.
Lodi News-Sentinel (Calif.) (9/14) 
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Educational Leadership
Okla. task force focuses on teacher retention
An Oklahoma task force is focusing on initiatives to retain teachers and principals as school districts face a shortage of both. The state's board of education has, so far, received 2,153 requests for emergency certification for teachers, state Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said.
KFOR-TV (Oklahoma City) (9/14) 
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Online Degrees and Certs in Special Education
Drexel University offers an array of online degrees and certificate programs for those seeking new tools and methodologies to instruct students with autism spectrum disorders and related learning disabilities. Programs include the MS in Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education Certification. Learn more.
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Technology Trends
Tools target districts' tech interoperability
Tools target districts' tech interoperability
School districts with fully interoperable computer systems will be better able to use technology to improve student learning, according to the Consortium for School Networking. The group released two tools to help assess and support more interoperability, including an online self-assessment and a maturity model.
EdScoop (9/14) 
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Policy News
Advocates ask NYC to make more schools accessible
Advocates for students with special needs are calling on the New York City Education Department to spend $850 million to make at least a third of the city's schools accessible. About 80% of the schools are inaccessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the city released school accessibility information online last year to help parents with school selections.
Chalkbeat/New York (9/12) 
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Eye on Exceptionalities
OIG finds psychiatric drug safeguards insufficient for foster youths
Nearly 4,500 youths in foster care across five states who were given psychiatric medications didn't receive treatment plans or follow-up monitoring between 2014 and 2015, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. The HHS OIG recommended the HHS Administration for Children and Families create a strategy to help states adhere to existing requirements for prescribing psychiatric medications to children in foster care.
U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (9/17) 
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