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1. How poverty can affect gifted education

SmartBrief on Special Education | May 20, 2015

Educators and researchers are reviewing testing profiles and programs to better meet the unique needs of students with intellectual gifts who also live in poverty. This article highlights some of the challenges and programs aimed at serving such students. Education Week (tiered subscription model) (05/20)

2. Tips for using UDL during instructional design

SmartBrief on Special Education | May 20, 2015

Universal Design for Learning can help educators add personalized learning to a lesson during the instructional design phase, writes David Gordon with the Center for Applied Special Technology, which created the UDL framework. In this commentary, he defines UDL and offers tips for using it in the classroom. eSchool News (free registration) (05/19)

3. NYC school incorporates "making" into special education

SmartBrief on Special Education | May 22, 2015

Students at a New York City public school serving students with disabilities recently put their skills to work to build furniture for the school library. The project was part of the school's overall mission to incorporate the concept of "making" in student learning. School Library Journal (05/20)

4. Is "complex trauma" a disability under federal law?

SmartBrief on Special Education | May 20, 2015

A group of students and educators in a California district recently filed a federal lawsuit alleging the district is not doing enough to ensure students with "complex trauma" have access to an appropriate education. The lawsuit is being billed as the first of its kind and could set a precedent about the role schools play in students' mental health. The Atlantic (5/19)

5. What are some ideas for teaching students who fidget?

SmartBrief on Special Education | May 20, 2015 (05/19)

6. More U.S. children with mental health problems receiving treatment

SmartBrief on Special Education | May 22, 2015

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the number of U.S. children and teens who were treated for mental health problems annually increased from just over 9% in 1996 to 1998 to more than 13% in 2012. Researchers also found that almost 44% of children with more severe mental health problems were receiving some kind of therapy in 2012, compared with 26% in the late 1990s, and that the use of both talk therapy and medication increased over the years. (05/20)

7. Draft policy promotes preschool inclusion

SmartBrief on Special Education | May 20, 2015

The U.S. departments of Education and Health and Human Services have published a draft policy aimed at increasing inclusion for preschoolers with disabilities. Proposed changes include the creation of state task forces and special funding allocations. The draft is open for public comment this week. Disability Scoop (05/19)

8. Survey: Parents, teachers place high value on music education

SmartBrief on Special Education | May 22, 2015

Teachers and parents want to expand music programs in schools, according to a recent survey. The survey included input from 1,000 teachers and 800 parents. Respondents said music education benefits students' social and emotional education, and they called for more professional development and resources. Education Week (tiered subscription model) (05/20)

9. Feedback sparks changes to PARCC exams

SmartBrief on Special Education | May 22, 2015

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exams will be 90 minutes shorter next year and administered during one 30-day testing window, according to a recent announcement by the PARCC governing board. Feedback from teachers and parents led to the changes, PARCC officials said. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (05/21)

10. "SuperSensory" area supports Ore. school's students with disabilities

SmartBrief on Special Education | May 22, 2015

KOIN-TV (Portland, Ore.) (05/19)

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