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1. How flipped instruction benefits students with special needs

SmartBrief on Special Education | Jun 29, 2015

Technology has been a "game changer" for the estimated 2.5 million children in the U.S. with learning disabilities, asserts Kim Hines, associate director for the National Center for Learning Disabilities. This article explores how flipped instruction helps students with learning difficulties and can benefit others, too. eSchool News (free registration) (06/29)


2. RtI model helps Mich. school raise achievement of Hispanic students

SmartBrief on Special Education | Jul 01, 2015

An intense focus on early reading and language development through a response-to-intervention model has helped a Michigan elementary school close the achievement gap between white and Hispanic students. Students are administered reading tests three times a year and receive extra support for literacy and language skills based on those results. Bridge Magazine (Lansing, Mich.) (06/30)


3. Texas law mandates classroom cameras

SmartBrief on Special Education | Jun 29, 2015

A new law will require Texas school districts to install cameras in areas where a majority of students receive special-education services. The cameras -- opposed by some school districts and educator groups -- may be requested by a parent, trustee or staff member and are intended to protect students and staff from abuse or allegations of misbehavior. Disability Scoop (06/29)


4. New federal center will support college students with disabilities

SmartBrief on Special Education | Jul 01, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education is establishing a new center to assist college students with disabilities. The National Center for Information and Technical Support for Postsecondary Students With Disabilities will help students understand their rights as they transition to higher education, and institutions better understand their legal obligations to these students. Disability Scoop (06/30)


5. Emotional-support animals stoke debate

SmartBrief on Special Education | Jun 29, 2015

The Americans with Disabilities Act does not recognize emotional-support animals, but increasingly Americans are showing up at businesses with animals they say they rely on for comfort. Websites offer emotional-support animal registrations, evaluations and letters, but there's no sweeping standard validating them. Some observers worry that the proliferation of emotional-support animals casts skepticism on those who have a true need for the support. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (06/28)


6. How to use tech, data to improve teachers' PD

SmartBrief on Special Education | Jun 29, 2015

Data and technology can help build strong, effective professional-development programs, suggests Kenneth Wilson, director of staff development and teacher evaluation at Dorchester County School District Two in Summerville, S.C. In this blog post, he asserts that educators should use survey, recertification and registration data to get insights on how to boost their PD offerings. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (06/29)


7. Children with autism benefit from small, fuzzy friend

SmartBrief on Special Education | Jul 01, 2015

Children with autism who played with guinea pigs registered lower stress levels than when the animals weren't with them, according to research published in Developmental Psychobiology. It's part of work that Marguerite O'Haire of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University began in 2009 to explore the effects of animals in classrooms. Parent and teacher studies found social improvements among children of all abilities. By reducing anxiety, guinea pigs may help foster social skills and allow children to develop responsibility and empathy, autism expert Deborah Fein said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (06/29)


8. Pilot program will have students teach music to peers with disabilities

SmartBrief on Special Education | Jun 29, 2015

The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (06/25)


9. Are teachers standing in the way of tech integration?

SmartBrief on Special Education | Jul 01, 2015

It's important not to let technology integration stall, asserts Kristina Peters, the e-learning specialist and school library liaison for the Nebraska Department of Education. In this blog post, she suggests educators let go and get out of the way to foster technology integration in the classroom. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (06/30)


10. Report: Blended learning, STEAM drive ed-tech adoption

SmartBrief on Special Education | Jul 01, 2015

Blended learning and STEAM -- or science, technology, engineering, arts and math -- are expected to accelerate the use of education technology in classrooms worldwide, according to a New Media Consortium Horizon Report released Monday. The report features education trends identified by 56 experts from 22 countries. The Hechinger Report (06/29)




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