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February 18, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • NYC schools' rules for gifted programs create debate
    New York City education officials have changed admissions tests for the city's gifted programs to help account for various factors that can affect scores, including excessive test preparation, school officials say. The change has sparked a debate among test-prep companies, parents and educators about the effect tutoring can have on student scores and strategies schools can use to improve the identification process for gifted and talented programs. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Perkins eLearning: Online Professional Development
Perkins is a leading source of online training for educators whose students are blind and deafblind. Be a part of our teacher community. Earn professional development credits online via: 1) participating in a variety of online learning activities OR 2) contributing instructional strategies and activities to our interactive websites! Learn More
  Educational Leadership 
  • What are the characteristics of great teachers?
    Great teachers love children, have mastered classroom management and are knowledgeable about their subject matter, suggests Annette Breaux, an internationally renowned author and speaker. In this blog post, Breaux writes that most great teachers are not born, but rather develop over time as a result of hard work. Always humble, top teachers also are patient, have a sense of humor, are problem-solvers and always work hard to ensure learning is fun. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy News 
  • Are charter schools' admissions policies inclusive?
    While it's not the case across the board, some say charter schools' admissions policies have come under fire for potentially screening out students with disabilities, students who speak English as a second language and others. Specifically, policies such as requiring multiple student essays with an application, submission of birth certificates and social security cards or disclosure of all medications a child takes have been called into question. Reuters (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 13 states to get federal money for disability housing project
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is giving almost $98 million to 13 states to pay for approximately 3,530 rental housing units for people with disabilities who need help living independently. State housing officials are working with the Department of Health and Human Services and Medicaid to identify eligible individuals, many of whom may be moving from institutional settings. Disability Scoop (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Math Tools in Action is an exciting new DVD series that shows teachers in grades 1-5 how to use anchor charts, journals, and manipulatives to deepen and improve math instruction. Each DVD chronicles a complete lesson in a real classroom, with expert commentary and teaching tips before and during the lesson. Click here to view clips and download the viewing guides!

Two brand-new national professional development conferences from SDE! Conference for Extraordinary Educators, July 20-24, and PreK-1 Educators Common Core State Standards Academy, July 20-22—both in Chicago. Take a look now at the extraordinary selection of 21st century session topics and distinguished presenters that these new conferences offer. 1-800-462-1478.

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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Peer mentor program gives students support
    A peer mentoring program that pairs older and younger students at Brattleboro Union High School in Vermont gives students who have disabilities or who simply need more social interaction with peers a chance to have a support network at school. Mentors are trained and matched with their new friend by compatibility and common interests. Brattleboro Reformer (Vt.) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEC Spotlight 
  • Last chance to register: CEC Webinar on using tiered instruction to teaching students with ASD
    Tiered instruction can be a very effective strategy in teaching students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) when general and special-education teachers collaborate in an inclusive classroom. This webinar will walk you through the planning, implementation and evaluation processes involved in differentiating in this way. Participate in this webinar to learn how to identify the sequence of steps involved in tiered instruction. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Your career success begins right here
    Whether you are actively looking for a job or just want to know what's out there, posting your resume on CEC's Career Center is a step in the right direction. Formerly, the CEC Career Center is an online resource developed to help you find all the best job opportunities in special and gifted education. Browse among a dedicated list of top-notch opportunities and find your dream job using custom search options. Find your next opportunity. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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