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March 1, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Study: Video games could be useful tool in dyslexia instruction
    Action-based video games may help children with dyslexia increase reading speeds and test scores, according to recent research. Researchers found that students who played a Wii action video game for 12 hours over several days had higher reading speeds, compared with children who did not play an action game. Study author Andrea Facoetti noted that these findings offer another possible tool for educators to use in a comprehensive approach to teaching students with dyslexia. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The new Strategies That Work Classroom Library Collections give you high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books for grades K-5 curated by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis, incorporating the reading comprehension strategies from their bestselling book. Includes great options for read-alouds and independent reading. Get details now!
  Educational Leadership 
  • Understanding the difference between school climate, culture
    There are differences between school climate, which is the immediate condition, and school culture, the ongoing beliefs and traditions developed over time in the school community, writes longtime educator David Jakes, coordinator of instructional technology at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Ill. The climate must be changed to improve the culture, he writes in this blog post. "Over time, elements of a school's climate can become part of its culture. Truly successful schools create the conditions that enable this to occur," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy News 
  • Ill. may scrap class-size caps for students with disabilities
    Illinois lawmakers are seeking to lift class-size limits for students with disabilities. They say the move would offer more inclusive offerings for students, but opponents fear the changes will increase class sizes in special-education classrooms. The state Board of Education gave preliminary approval to the plan, but is now seeking public comment before moving forward. Catalyst Chicago (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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"Teachers discouraged by the lack of original thought and creativity in student writing will value [this] insightful book" (MiddleWeb). Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay explains the pitfalls of this approach, and gives you practical strategies for reclaiming the literary essay and encouraging thoughtful writing in response to literature. Preview the entire book online!

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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • New program seeks to include dyslexia in literacy initiatives
    Two advocacy groups -- The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading -- have come together for an initiative called "Don't 'Dys' Our Kids," which seeks to include dyslexia screening and interventions in broader literacy efforts, reporter Christina Samuels writes in this blog post. The groups are advocating for early screenings to identify the learning disability and more training for teachers to reach struggling readers. Education Week/On Special Education blog (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CEC Spotlight 
  • CEC Webinar: Using collaborative strategic reading to teach content literacy and CCSS in diverse middle schools
    Learn how Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR), a validated approach aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS), supports reading comprehension, content learning and language acquisition in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. The presenters will demonstrate how CSR helps all students, as well as the ways in which it can be particularly effective for students with learning disabilities, typically low-achieving students and English-language learners (ELLs). Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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