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February 4, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Memoir writing encourages self-awareness among students
    The most meaningful writing students can do is to write their memoirs, notes Greg Graham, who teaches writing at the University of Central Arkansas. "Putting a narrative frame on our past -- especially our struggles -- promotes perspective and self-awareness that are otherwise out of reach for most people," he writes. The benefits of memoir writing are demonstrated through the movie "Precious," Graham writes, in which an abused teenage girl is able to make headway in life through writing. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of (1/29) 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 
  • How PLCs can improve instruction schoolwide
    Principal Jonathan VanderEls writes in this blog post how his school used professional learning communities to improve students' literacy skills. Staff implemented a K-8 continuum for assessing writing and learned how to provide targeted interventions. "The key was getting all staff to understand what this focus was, include them as participants in the process of determining our needs as we moved forward as a school, and make the commitment to assess our work and respond in a timely manner," VanderEls writes. Connected Principals blog (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Online Academy for Educators of Students with Autism
"Preparing Educators of Students with Autism" is a fully online graduate academy of Indiana University's School of Education. Five courses focus on supporting social, communication, and behavioral competency. Become an expert on learning patterns, family and individual perspectives, research-based assessment, and intervention approaches! Learn More
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  Technology Trends 
  • Mitsubishi adds classroom projector that doesn't need a PC
    Mitsubishi has introduced the WD390U-EST projector, which has a built-in thin client, enabling it to access content in the computing cloud or on nearby servers. "Teachers have a unique set of issues when they present in the classroom and shouldn't have to worry about technical problems when uploading their lessons or run late because of technical difficulties," said Mitsubishi's Wayne Kozuki. The projector is expected to go on sale in March; pricing has not yet been stated. T.H.E. Journal (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • School safety depends on mental-health services -- not guns
    As debate continues on matters of school safety following the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., Patrick Larkin, assistant superintendent for learning for Burlington Public Schools in Massachusetts, writes in this blog post that the focus should be on mental-health services -- not guns. "If we orchestrated a plan where our children and their communities had access to the comprehensive support they need to deal with their particular social problems, we would be in a different position," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Ga. district seeks to provide equal opportunity in athletics
    School officials in Richmond County, Ga., say their district is "on target" for meeting nondiscrimination requirements in school athletics. Adejah Nesbitt, 15, who has autism, offers one example. While she does not perform the more acrobatic moves as a junior-varsity cheerleader at T.W. Josey Comprehensive High School in Augusta, she has a place on the squad where she enhances the routines performed by the other girls. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEC Spotlight 
  • CEC Webinar: IEP development and coordination with transition plans for youth with EBD
    Part two of a three-part webinar series, this session will cover IEP decision making and strategies focused on social/emotional goal development, behavior intervention plans and the articulation of transition-specific experiences that support linkages across systems. Participate in this webinar to learn how to improve the transition programming at your school and to better meet the needs of youth with EBD. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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