Wyo. students gain job skills as interns | Special-ed teacher makes a case for collaboration | Theater tech class provides skills, inclusion for some students
October 13, 2017
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Wyo. students gain job skills as interns
Wyo. students gain job skills as interns
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High-school students with special needs are learning work skills as interns at a Wyoming hospital through Project SEARCH. The program began in August with three students who spend part of the day in a classroom learning life skills and the other part at their jobs around the hospital.
Laramie Boomerang (Wyo.) (10/12) 
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Special-ed teacher makes a case for collaboration
Consultant and former special-education teacher Sasha Long writes that she, along with her students, sometimes feel misunderstood by peers. She shares eight misconceptions about special-education teachers and advocates for teachers in special and general education to work together more for the benefit of all students.
Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (10/11) 
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
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Educational Leadership
Cal State aims to train more Hispanic teachers
The California State University system has received an $8.1 million federal grant to attract more Latinos into the teaching profession. The money will pay for outreach efforts, and social and professional supports to students at three Cal State campuses.
EdSource (10/11) 
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Technology Trends
3 ways to encourage teachers to use tech
School leaders in a California district successfully encouraged instructors to want to use technology, according to teacher and instructional coach Sarah Cruz and writer Dennis Pierce. In this blog post, they share three tips, including avoiding mandates and working directly with education-technology providers.
SmartBrief/Education (10/12) 
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Policy News
Colo. compromises on ESSA plan over opt-outs
In a compromise with the federal government over its Every Student Succeeds Act accountability plan, the Colorado Board of Education has created two measures of school quality to account for students who opt out of tests. The state will continue to use a system that doesn't penalize schools for high opt-outs but will maintain a different list of schools that meet the federal requirement to count opt-out students as not proficient.
Chalkbeat/Colorado (10/11) 
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Eye on Exceptionalities
Study examines autism coverage mandates
Use of autism support services has increased in 46 states and Washington, D.C., where insurance companies are required to cover these costs, a study finds. Insurance spending on autism services rose by 3.4 percentage points from 2008 to 2012, when many states passed laws mandating coverage, the data show.
Disability Scoop (10/12) 
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