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November 8, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Coffee shop teaches students work, social skills
    Students with disabilities at Rapid City Central High School in Rapid City, S.D., are learning real-world job and social skills as operators of an on-site coffee shop. Students are tasked with making the drinks, working the register and making deliveries to school staff members. "The experiences and the skills that they've gotten, I couldn't have possibly taught them in my classroom," special-education teacher Amy Heuston said. KELO-TV (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Educational Leadership 
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  Technology Trends 
  • Best practices for one-to-one iPad classrooms
    Schools should provide true one-to-one iPad environments, not circulate a cart among classrooms, writes Jennie Magiera, who has worked with 20 one-to-one iPad classrooms this year. A member of the Teacher Leaders Network, Magiera shares tips about what she's learned, including the importance of teacher buy-in and supporting teachers through professional learning communities. She also writes about the need for a contingency plan -- for added expenses and unexpected failures. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
SmartReport on EdTech
SmartReport on EdTech is your guide for all things education technology. Read about the highlights and takeaways from this year's ISTE Conference; find out what's keeping educators up at night; 5 tips for developing VR content creators; plus all of the latest innovative edtech products. Read it here.
  Policy News 
  • Utah Medicaid mulls higher pay for ABA therapists in autism pilot
    Utah Medicaid officials are considering increasing the pay or reducing the number of hours for therapists to provide free applied behavioral analysis therapy to children ages 2 to 6 with autism. The pay rate is $21.52 per hour for 20 hours of in-home therapy each week, but no therapists have applied to be part of the program, which is designed to cover 250 children through June 2014. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Common core, NCLB expected to dominate Duncan's second term
    If he serves as education secretary during President Barack Obama's second term, Arne Duncan is likely to tackle five main issues, according to the writers of this blog post. The issues include the implementation of plans agreed to under No Child Left Behind waivers, the anticipated end of Race to the Top funding, the challenge of reaching bipartisan agreement on a reauthorized No Child Left Behind law and the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • AAP president elect: Doctors need more time to screen for autism
    James Perrin, president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is calling autism and other developmental disorders one of the major epidemics facing U.S. children. "I think what we really want to be working on is recognizing that all of these conditions have grown tremendously in their prevalence over the last decade or so -- things like obesity, asthma, mental health conditions like depression and ADHD, and things like autism and other neurodevelopment disorders," Perrin said. "We want to make sure we're much better able to provide the kind of care that these children and their families need." Disability Scoop (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

It's essential that we explicitly teach kids how visual information works—how to comprehend it and how to communicate with it. I See What You Mean is a practical guide to incorporating visual literacy—maps, diagrams, tables, graphs, and charts—throughout your K-8 curriculum. Preview the entire book online!

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  CEC Spotlight 
  • Registration and housing now open for the CEC 2013 Convention & Expo
    Join us April 3-6, 2013, in San Antonio for the CEC 2013 Convention & Expo, the largest professional development event dedicated to special and gifted education. Educators from around the world will discuss the most pressing issues in special and gifted education and share information in areas such as Common Core State Standards, autism spectrum disorders, policy, technology and response to intervention. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEC seeks assistant executive director for professional development
    CEC is seeking an individual to direct the Professional Development Services team in the areas of continuing education publications, and the annual convention. Candidates should have an advanced degree and experience in special education. View the full job description or learn more about CEC and its professional development activities. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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