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February 8, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Educators: Use real-world situations to boost student engagement
    Schoolwork must be presented in a way that is understandable, relevant and interesting to engage students, educators said at a recent conference for more than 200 administrators and teachers from Aiken County School District in South Carolina. Such an approach will mean a change in culture and assessments, which primarily measure knowledge. "What we need to be teaching and assessing is how knowledge can be applied to the real world," said King Laurence, an administrator. Aiken Standard (S.C.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Educational Leadership 
  • What it takes to be a teaching coach
    Coaching is not a place for teachers who want a "break from the classroom," transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes in this blog post. Like teaching students, coaches must analyze what teachers need and then recommend the appropriate path, whether taking a different instructional approach, engaging in role-play or reviewing student data. "Coaching is a complex form of teaching, of professional development, of guiding another person in a learning journey," writes Aguilar, who notes the demanding job is worth the struggles that accompany it. Education Week Teacher/The Art of Coaching Teachers blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Survey: Teachers understand benefits of classroom technology
    Technology benefits classroom instruction, according to 74% of teachers who responded to a recent PBS LearningMedia survey. Among the benefits cited by teachers are the ability to expand content, motivate students and provide more individualized instruction, Katrina Schwartz writes in this blog post, which includes links to other articles on technology and education. About 65% of teachers say technology allows them to present information in ways that otherwise would be impossible. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Federal legislation would speed adoption of classroom technology
    On Tuesday, the day before Digital Learning Day, Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., introduced the Transforming Education Through Technology Act. The bill is intended to "help speed adoption of innovative digital tools to improve student outcomes, close achievement gaps, boost educator skills and improve efficiency and productivity." If the legislation passes, states and school districts would be required to draft plans and policies that make the best use of technology in the classroom. The Huffington Post/The Blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Policy News 
  • Advocates are concerned about NCLB waivers' effect on students
    Some advocate groups such as the National Down Syndrome Society and the Autism Society have published a letter criticizing the No Child Left Behind waivers many states have received from the U.S. Department of Education. One issue is the use of "super subgroups" that combine test results of several groups of students, reporter Christina A. Samuels notes in this blog post. The Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination also expressed concerns about the lack of clarity in transitioning some students with disabilities to the Common Core State Standards. Education Week/On Special Education blog (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEC Spotlight 
  • Tell Congress to protect education funding. Take part in CEC's National Action Day Feb. 11!
    Show Congress that the needs of children and youth with disabilities are important by flooding Capitol Hill with messages asking Congress to stop cuts to education and other programs that children and families need. Find out more information and view CEC's resources. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEC Webinar: Differentiate using tiered instruction: Teaching students with ASD
    Tiered instruction can be a very effective strategy in teaching students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) when general and special-education teachers collaborate in an inclusive classroom. This webinar will walk you through the planning, implementation and evaluation processes involved in differentiating in this way. Participate in this webinar to learn how to identify the sequence of steps involved in tiered instruction. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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