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1. Can a font help students with dyslexia?

SmartBrief on Special Education | Feb 23, 2015

A Mississippi school is testing a special font -- created by a graphic designer with dyslexia -- on assignments for students with the disorder. Teachers say the font has made reading easier for some students. Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) (tiered subscription model), The (02/22)


2. Educator: Focus on "giftedness" in all students

SmartBrief on Special Education | Feb 20, 2015

Teachers should strive to find "giftedness" in all students, educator Cheryl Mizerny writes in this blog post. She calls for the use of instructional strategies often used in gifted-education classrooms to be used with all students, especially those who may be struggling. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (02/19)


3. Ill. district adds online option for students with special needs

SmartBrief on Special Education | Feb 25, 2015

An Illinois high school is using an online program to help reduce learning barriers for students with disabilities and health impairments. The Learning, Emotional and Academic Fundamentals, or LEAF, program seeks to offer students a more personalized learning experience. Daily Chronicle (DeKalb, Ill.) (02/23)


4. Experiment: Will students choose Teacher A or B?

SmartBrief on Special Education | Feb 23, 2015

Educators should tap into students' individual learning styles and involve students in designing lessons that are right for them, Alan November, veteran educator and senior partner and founder of November Learning, writes. In this commentary, he shares an experiment he has used to learn more about students' learning styles. eSchool News (free registration) (02/23)


5. Report suggests ways to improve Calif. special education

SmartBrief on Special Education | Feb 20, 2015

A California task force has published recommendations for special education. Proposed changes include allowing special-education teachers to teach general-education classes and increased transparency about school districts' steps to improve education for students with disabilities. EdSource (02/19)


6. Will the Common Core mean the end of gifted programs?

SmartBrief on Special Education | Feb 25, 2015

Some U.S. schools are using the adoption of the Common Core State Standards as a reason to scale back or eliminate gifted-education programs, according to a study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Jonathan Plucker, a professor of education who wrote the study, says the Common Core was intended to be "a floor, not a ceiling," and that teachers need more training "devoted to curricular and instructional differentiation by ability level." T.H.E. Journal (02/23)


7. Principal says his job is to create a positive work climate

SmartBrief on Special Education | Feb 23, 2015

John Guiggio believes his job as principal of Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton, Mass., is to "provide a positive climate and culture in which to work." By doing that, he says in this Q&A, he can provide the kind of guidance, support and encouragement teachers and students need to succeed. "One of the most important things to do -- is simply to listen," he notes. Enterprise (Brockton, Mass.), The (02/23)


8. States take action to restrict restraint, seclusion

SmartBrief on Special Education | Feb 20, 2015

State lawmakers -- from Hawaii to Ohio to Washington state to Alaska, and beyond -- are taking steps to pass legislation that limits restraint and seclusion practices. "In varying levels, there's probably some group in every single state working on [restraint and seclusion]," Eric Buehlmann, deputy executive director for public policy for the National Disability Rights Network in Washington, said. Education Week (tiered subscription model) (02/18)


9. How to use filmmaking in special education, beyond

SmartBrief on Special Education | Feb 25, 2015

Filmmaking allows students with disabilities to develop problem-solving, critical-thinking and collaboration skills in an inclusive setting, former educator and study-skills coach Merle Huerta writes in this blog post. She shares steps in the classroom-filmmaking process and offers links to online resources and videos. Edutopia.org (02/24)


10. Spotlight: Early intervention in one Md. school district

SmartBrief on Special Education | Feb 20, 2015

Maryland Gazette (02/17)




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