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November 27, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Exercise balls improve student behavior in Ind. class
    Fifth-grade teacher Sara Wright is using exercise balls instead of chairs to improve students' attention spans and cooperation during class. Studies show using exercise balls improves behavior and "legible word productivity" of students with attention-deficient/hyperactivity disorder. "I've noticed a big difference," Wright said. "There's not many fifth-graders that love to come to school, but they come in and sit right down. They're excited to be here in the morning." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Ind.) (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ariz. program helps students meet vocational goals
    Students with disabilities, ages 19 to 22, are gaining job skills as part of a transition program at Highland High School in Gilbert, Ariz. Students in the program attend class, where they learn how to complete employment applications and go on job interviews. They also participate in job shadowing and volunteer opportunities. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Educational Leadership 
  • Free special-ed credential program helps laid-off Calif. teachers
    Some laid-off Long Beach, Calif., teachers are working to obtain special-education credentials through a free accelerated program from California State University, Long Beach. The program, paid for with $140,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, is only available this year to help teachers find jobs in the growing special-education field. "With that additional [special-education] credential, a teacher is much more marketable," said Kristin Stout, an instructor in the program. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Student engagement, communication improve after laptop rollout
    A Minnesota school distributed 235 MacBook Airs to seventh- and eighth-grade students in September, and educators say the technology already has improved instruction. Students say they use the devices daily and use digital copies of their textbooks. The laptop program, which is expected to be expanded, has improved communication among teachers and students, and helped keep students more engaged. St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Court agrees districts must reimburse for private testing
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in Atlanta, has upheld an earlier ruling that said federal special-education law compels schools to pay for private evaluations when parents disagree with a public agency's assessment. "Under the re-enactment doctrine, Congress is presumed to be aware of an administrative or judicial interpretation of a statute and to adopt that interpretation when it re-enacts a statute without change," the court said. "Accordingly, Congress has clearly evinced its intent that parents have the right to obtain an IEE at public expense." Education Week/On Special Education blog (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Conn. gifted school to serve as model for more campuses
    The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented at the University of Connecticut has received a $500,000 grant to replicate the Renzulli Gifted and Talented Academy in Hartford, Conn. Renzulli applies research from the university in its full-day program for students in grades four to nine, where 70% of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEC Spotlight 
  • 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
  • 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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