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December 6, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • La. therapists use microphones to give students with autism a voice
    Speech therapists Bridget Seals and Millie Mayeux are having students with autism and other communication disorders at Grace King High School in Metairie, La., use a microphone to read from a television screen the morning announcements and current events to the school twice a week. The exercises help the students improve their overall communication skills because many need a prompt to talk or don't know what to say. "It does magical things," Seals said. "It allows our students to have their voices heard." The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ariz. agency offers free dyslexia screenings for students in grades 1-3
    The Arizona Literacy and Learning Center offers free screenings for reading issues, including dyslexia, for children in first through third grades once a month at Phoenix's Burton Barr Central Library. The social-services organization looks for early reading problems to improve the 25% failure rate of Arizona third-graders on state reading tests. "You have to advocate for your child," Christine Zahn, the center's client-services manager, said. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Educational Leadership 
  • Facilitation tools for teacher teams
    In this blog post, transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar shares three steps she and several fellow coaches use to facilitate and guide teams of teachers and administrators. For example, Aguilar writes that facilitators need to structure meetings to counter any power dynamics that could hinder participation from everyone on the team. "We want to ensure that all voices will be heard and will have equal access to decision-making and input," Aguilar writes. Edutopia.org/Elena Aguilar's blog (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • National Federation of the Blind protests Amazon's Kindle
    The National Federation of the Blind is launching a protest against Amazon over its Kindle tablet and its proprietary book formats, saying those products are inaccessible to most people who cannot see or who cannot see and hear, Sean Cavanagh writes in this blog post. Amazon offers its own text-to-speech software for its products, but it does not allow the use of other software that offers features beyond reading the text aloud, such as text-to-Braille conversion. Education Week/Digital Education blog (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • S.D. schools spend less on gifted programs after NCLB
    South Dakota schools have spent less money on educating students who are gifted since the passage of No Child Left Behind. Funding for gifted programs has dropped 21% since 2001, and the number of teachers for gifted programs declined by 38%, according to the state's education department. Some educators argue that students who are gifted are forgotten, as school districts focus more on improving low-performing schools, while others say differentiated instruction in inclusive classrooms is meeting the needs of students who are gifted. Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (tiered subscription model) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Md. county trains first-responders on helping people with autism
    The 1,200 firefighters and paramedics serving Howard County, Md., are undergoing training on how to handle emergency situations involving people with autism. "There's a need for this because we do have a high population of people with special needs, and this does allow us to do our job better," Howard County Fire and Rescue Services Capt. Tony Concha said. First-responders will learn behavioral clues for identifying a person who may have autism, along with ideas for handling situations more sensitively, such as not immediately touching an injury. The Baltimore Sun (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEC Spotlight 
  • CEC in San Antonio: Artsy events
    The CEC Convention & Expo will be in San Antonio, April 3 to 6, and our new blog is the place for attendees and exhibitors to get up-to-date information, fun facts and recommendations on all things convention and San Antonio. This week, learn the go-to arts scenes in San Antonio, as well as the can't-miss special events at CEC 2013. Subscribe to CEC's new blog today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • You've got a second chance! CEC webinar on self-determination, UDL, curriculum access and inclusion rescheduled for Dec. 11
    The third generation of inclusion involves moving from a focus on where a student receives an educational program to what the student is taught and providing access for all students to the general education curriculum. The CEC webinar, "Self-Determination, UDL, Access to the General Education Curriculum, and the Third Generation of the Inclusion Movement," at 4 p.m. ET on Dec. 11, will introduce a model for educational planning that incorporates strategies and instruction to provide all students with access to the general education curriculum and to address each student's unique educational needs. Sign up today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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