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November 1, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • NYC gifted programs no longer offer sibling-preference rule
    New York City schools are ending a policy of offering preference in gifted-education programs where there are more eligible applicants than seats to siblings of students already enrolled. The change -- part of a plan to overhaul the programs' admissions process -- is being met with mixed reactions. Some support the old policy, which aimed to keep siblings in the same schools, while others say the new policy is more equitable. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • L.A. schools receive mixed progress report on special education
    Los Angeles schools are making some progress in the way they serve students with disabilities, but more work is needed, according to a recent report. The report, by an independent monitor, found the schools largely are meeting a target of providing services for students with disabilities but are falling short on providing them with the frequency and duration outlined in their individual education plans. The district also has made progress in hiring adequate numbers of special educators and reducing the number of African-American students identified as having emotional disturbances, the report found. Education Week/On Special Education blog (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Make Complex Informational Text Accessible
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  Educational Leadership 
  • Counselors who are deaf provide essential services to others
    All three caseworkers who are members of the Deaf Services Team at BJC Behavioral Health in Kirkwood, Mo., are either deaf or hearing impaired. The team -- the only one of its kind in the state -- was created in response to requests from those seeking services who felt that interpreters altered the dynamic of the counseling sessions. "It's also not as intimate and the trust is harder to get," caseworker Irvine Stewart said. "They don't trust the third person. It's awkward." St. Louis Post-Dispatch (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Seattle to model teacher training after hospitals
    Seattle Public Schools is partnering with several groups, including the city's teachers union, to launch a new program to train teachers. Under the program, to begin next summer, the city is expected to begin an apprenticeship program for teachers similar to those at hospitals. Teachers will be paired with mentors, and the program will focus on training teachers through on-the-job experience. The Seattle Times (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Teachers: Technology changes classroom teaching, learning
    Two surveys being released today show that educators believe technology is changing the way students learn. Among other things, teachers said they have to entertain students with more flexible teaching styles -- as well as be educators. While many teachers who were surveyed said technology has led to more distracted students, other teachers added that they believe technology can be harnessed as an educational tool. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • 5 states seek federal grants for early-learning programs
    The five states eligible to compete in the second round of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge all have applied for a share of $133 million in federal grants. Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin have applied for the funding, which is to be spent on reforms tied to improving early learning. The program, which launched last year, awarded funding to nine states in its first round. T.H.E. Journal (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Autism therapy may lead to changes in brain activity
    An early-intervention approach used with children who have autism may be altering their brain development, according to a new study. Brain scans of children with autism participating in the Early Start Denver Model, which incorporates applied behavioral analysis as well as play and relationship-building, more closely resembled those of children without autism than those of children not participating in the therapy. The study also found the approach led to improved social skills, plus language and cognition. Disability Scoop (10/30), CNN (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

What Are You Thinking? showcases nine reading conferences—each with a different instructional focus—between author Patrick Allen and his fourth-grade students. Viewers will see how to connect with kids, monitor progress, and differentiate instruction. Includes a viewing guide. Click here to watch one of the conferences!

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  CEC Spotlight 
  • Not sure where your polling place is? CEC's voter education guide can help
    CEC's "I Educate, I Participate: 2012 Presidential Election Voter Education Guide" is your one-stop shop for education issues in this election -- with everything from classroom resources to candidates' positions to information on voter registration deadlines and polling places. Use this guide for yourself, your students, and your schools. Then, head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6! Remember, as special educators and citizens, it's our job to educate and participate! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Get your work published in DDEL's journal
    Get published in Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners, the official publication of the Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (DDEL), which publishes information addressing the interrelationships between culture, language and exceptionality in educational systems, policy, research and/or practice. Submit your work today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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