Reading this on a mobile device? Try our optimized mobile version here:

December 19, 2012
Sign upForwardArchiveAdvertise
News for special education professionals

  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Smaller class size offers right fit for some students with disabilities
    Some students with disabilities in Florida are finding success at a group of private Christian schools that provide a 10-to-1 student-teacher ratio, therapists in the classrooms and a focus on character traits, such as integrity and compassion. "We reinvent the wheel with every kid, every day," said Chris Pello, who runs Bay Life Academy. "We have students with skills on many levels, both socially and academically." Florida provides private-school tuition to eligible students with disabilities via the McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Educational Leadership 
  • Teachers' unions collaborate on common core resources
    The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association and their teachers are working to develop tools to help implement Common Core State Standards, education reporter Catherine Gewertz writes in this blog post. Those tools will be posted online on the Student Achievement Partners' website. The three-year project is funded through an $11 million charitable grant. While there are few specifics about the type of tools that will be made available, organizers say teachers have requested help in building "coherent text sets." Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • 4 award-winning Android apps for individuals with disabilities
    Four developers of Android apps have won the 2012 Vodaphone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards for creating mobile software to improve smartphone accessibility for individuals with disabilities. For example, Jaccede, a French-language application, offers information about accessibility for 26,000 businesses and public venues. Winners received cash prizes. The Guardian (London)/Apps Blog (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Auditors: More oversight needed for N.Y. preschool providers
    The New York State Education Department has not reviewed contractors who provide special-education preschool to more than 60,000 children since 2007, according to state auditors. Abuses uncovered include excessive salaries, people hired for no-show jobs and illegal billing practices. "A new and more effective system of oversight is urgently needed, including the regular review and independent audit of these entities on a routine basis," State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said. An Education Department spokesman said recently adopted changes provide a good start, but more changes are needed. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Portable tool measures comprehension in children with autism
    A technique called portable intermodal preferential looking assessment, developed by psychologist Letitia Naigles, is showing promise as a way to help parents and physicians identify language understanding among children with autism. In a recent study that presented children with two videos side-by-side and audio that corresponded with one of the videos, researchers found that those with autism were less likely to watch the video that matched the audio. (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

"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!

Interested in learning more about advertising in CEC SmartBrief? Contact Joe Riddle at (202) 407-7857 or  

Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Director of SPED & Psychological ServicesGreen Dot Public SchoolsLos Angeles, CA
Director of Children's ServicesCommunity GatepathBurlingame, CA
Assistant Professor of Elementary Education and Special EducationMillikin UniversityDecatur, IL
Executive Director of Special EducationRay & Associate, Inc.Seattle, WA
Inclusive Early Childhood (IEC) Program CoordinatorBowling Green State UniversityBowling Green, OH
Director of SPED & Psychological ServicesGreen Dot Public SchoolsUS - CA - Los Angeles
Click here to view more job listings.

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness."
--Bertrand Russell,
British philosopher, mathematician and historian

LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Subscriber Tools
Print friendly format | Web version | Search past news | Archive | Privacy policy

Publisher, Education Group:  Joe Riddle 202-407-7857
Job Board:  Jackie Basso (202) 407-7871
 Recent CEC SmartBrief Issues:   Lead Editor:  Melissa Greenwood
Contributing Editor:  Katharine Haber
Mailing Address:
SmartBrief, Inc.®, 555 11th ST NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20004
© 1999-2012 SmartBrief, Inc.® Legal Information