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February 19, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
 
  • Refocused alternative school helps reduce expulsions in S.C. district
    School officials in the Aiken County School District in South Carolina committed two years ago to overhauling the district's alternative school -- Center of Innovative Learning at Pinecrest. Since then, the school has added counselors, instructional coaches, teachers and more accommodations for students with disabilities. The school received recognition recently during a school board meeting for helping to reduce the district's expulsion rate by 50%. Aiken Standard (S.C.) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Do you teach reading in grades 3-6? Still Learning to Read is your guide for meeting the unique needs of upper-elementary readers in all aspects of reading instruction: classroom design, read-aloud, digital tools, fiction, nonfiction, notebooks, close reading, and more. Includes online videos from real classrooms. Preview the entire book!
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  Educational Leadership 
  • Shared leadership is at the heart of common core in Ky.
    Leadership teams in Kentucky are responsible for ensuring that school-based educators are prepared to implement the Common Core State Standards, writes Saundra Hamon, assistant director of the Division of Program Standards at the Kentucky Department of Education. She writes in this blog post that each of the state's 16 networks, which include teacher leaders, have formed "a community" with the goal of "shared leadership" -- considered essential as teachers transition to the common core. Education Week Teacher/Learning Forward's PD Watch blog (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Wristwatch allows caregivers to track individuals with disabilities
    Canada-based iLoc Technologies has developed a wristwatch that helps caregivers track individuals whose disabilities, such as autism, cause them to wander off. The TriLoc Personal Locator Device has a built-in GPS, wireless internet and Bluetooth capabilities that communicate with mobile-device applications, computers and house alarms for tracking at close range and in public places. Other features include a lockable strap and alarms to help the wearer remember tasks. eWeek (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Is zero-tolerance school discipline justified?
    Zero-tolerance school discipline policies are under increased scrutiny following December's tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Such policies, in which students are suspended for what some say is age-appropriate imaginative play, such as using their fingers to mimic guns while on the playground or building weapons out of Legos. However, while some say the policies go too far, others say school safety is paramount. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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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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  CEC Spotlight 
  • Last chance to register! CEC webinar on developing and implementing effective transition programs for youth with EBD
    In this webinar, which takes place on Feb. 21, the elements of the RENEW (Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural supports, Education and Work) model will be presented. The presentation will include a description of the RENEW service process, including a case example and a description of implementation contexts, data collection and support features. 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
  • Register now for the CEC Institute on Physical Restraint & Seclusion
    This institute will provide special educators with the most current information on restraint and seclusion. Presenters will provide an overview of the current status of federal and state polices, discuss ethical and practice issues, propose preventative and alternative procedures and suggest policy guidelines for schools and districts. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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