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November 9, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Educators focus on early social-emotional development
    Early-childhood educators in a Minn. district are bringing new skills to their classrooms and students' homes this year thanks to a partnership with the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children. Educators will use evidence-based strategies to cultivate positive behavior traits, and they will focus on getting children to think about their behavior and whether it follows one of the program's three main rules: be safe, be a friend and be responsible. Austin Post-Bulletin (Minn.) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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"Offers teachers practical advice to take their teaching of conventions to the next level."Jennifer Serravallo. In Patterns of Power, Jeff Anderson gives you 70+ lessons for meaningful grammar instruction in grades 1-5 that build students' understanding of how language works for readers and writers. Free study guide. Get details now!
  Educational Leadership 
  • How to be an effective teacher leader
    Teacher leaders discover how to speak to all teacher leaders but not spend time in the teachers lounge, writes José Vilson, a middle-school math teacher and coach. Vilson writes in this blog post that transformative teacher leadership means spending time in the classroom with students but not become isolated. He also suggests teacher leaders show others how to become leaders, but he advises against pushing them too hard.é Vilson's blog (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • School uses robots to teach students with autism
    An elementary school in Birmingham, England, is piloting a project with the University of Birmingham to use robots to teach students with autism basic skills, such as memory. The knee-high robots work with children ages 5 to 10 and are considered easier for the students to interact with than their human teachers. "It is amazing to see how engaged and focused they can be when they are working with the robot," Karen Guldberg, director of the university's Autism Centre for Education and Research said. BBC (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Local ballot measures raise funds for special-education programs
    Students in special education will benefit from the outcomes of some local elections held throughout the country on Tuesday, education reporter Nirvi Shah writes. For example, voters in St. Louis approved a property tax increase to fund a special school district serving 25,000 students with disabilities. Other school systems in places such as Houston and Portland, Ore., approved tax boosts to fund school renovations, which will include making facilities more accessible to students with disabilities. Education Week/On Special Education blog (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Mo. adaptive-sports league helps build strength, confidence
    Adults and children with physical disabilities in St. Peters, Mo., play and train for sports ranging from swimming to soccer at The Disabled Athlete Sports Association and Paralympic Sport Club. Besides doubling as a therapy tool, the rigorous athletic training builds strength and agility, and promotes independence, players and coaches said. "I learned more in three days of playing adaptive sports than in months of clinical rehab," said the programs director, Josh Pennington, who has played rugby in his wheelchair. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

Poetry Mentor Texts shows you how to leverage students' natural love of poetry to strengthen reading as well as writing. Each chapter features 5 mentor poems that focus on student-friendly forms such as the list poem, acrostic poem, and poem for two voices. Student samples and mini-lessons help translate the ideas into your classroom. Click here now to preview the entire book!

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