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1. U.S. schools get creative amid shortage of psychologists

SmartBrief on Special Education | Jan 26, 2015

Schools nationwide are reporting shortages of psychologists, increasing caseloads and limited services. Some districts, however, are finding creative solutions, including a Massachusetts district that launched a Response to Intervention program that focuses on prevention, services for at-risk students and intensive treatment. District Administration magazine online (01/26)

2. Study explores gene similarities among siblings with autism

SmartBrief on Special Education | Jan 28, 2015

About 30% of siblings with autism share the same genetic mutations associated with the developmental disorder, according to a recent study. Researchers -- who mapped the entire genome of 85 families with at least two children with an autism diagnosis -- say their findings highlight the genetic diversity and complexity of the disorder. New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (01/26) Disability Scoop (01/27)

3. Some states use SWIFT to help boost inclusion

SmartBrief on Special Education | Jan 28, 2015

A dozen Vermont schools are using data-based instruction and intense interventions to integrate more students with disabilities into general-education classrooms. The SWIFT system -- schoolwide integrated framework for transformation -- is coordinated by the University of Kansas. Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire and Oregon also are using the program. WCAX-TV (Burlington, Vt.) (01/26)

4. School suicide-prevention program shown effective for teens

SmartBrief on Special Education | Jan 26, 2015

Adopting a school-based prevention program may help curb suicide rates and suicidal ideation in teens, a study in The Lancet showed. Researchers examined more than 11,000 students in 10 European countries and found those in the intervention arm with the Youth Aware of Mental Health program had half the suicide rates and suicidal thoughts, compared with the students who had no intervention. Reuters (01/23)

5. How AIMs can make learning more accessible

SmartBrief on Special Education | Jan 30, 2015

Accessible instruction materials -- digital textbooks and printed materials designed for individuals with print disabilities -- can help make learning more accessible to students. In one Texas district, a student with dyslexia has found success with digital textbooks. EdSurge (01/27)

6. Former NFL quarterback funds 45 proms for teens with disabilities

SmartBrief on Special Education | Jan 28, 2015

Disability Scoop (01/27)

7. La. district seeks to close minority gap in gifted education

SmartBrief on Special Education | Jan 28, 2015

Black and Hispanic students often are underrepresented in gifted and talented programs, according to U.S. Department of Education data. A Louisiana school district is taking steps to bridge the gap by addressing two potential reasons for underrepresentation -- test bias and teacher bias. Hechinger Report, The (01/26)

8. How to develop teachers as leaders

SmartBrief on Special Education | Jan 26, 2015

Fostering teacher leadership is an essential part of retaining top teachers, but it does not happen on its own, Pamela Roggeman, academic dean for the College of Education at University of Phoenix, writes in this commentary. She shares guiding teacher-leadership principles. District Administration magazine online (01/26)

9. Proposed changes to NCLB draw criticism from some disability advocates

SmartBrief on Special Education | Jan 26, 2015

Disability Scoop (01/23)

10. Organization disputes report about lack of rigor in teacher prep

SmartBrief on Special Education | Jan 28, 2015

A recent report from the National Council on Teaching Quality concluded that teacher-preparation programs lack rigor. Linda Houser, incoming president of the Association of Teacher Educators, is disputing the findings, saying the report was flawed. District Administration magazine online (01/28)

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