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January 14, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • NYC aims to improve diversity in gifted programs with assessment
    The New York City Department of Education is changing how it assesses students for its gifted and talented programs in an effort to make the program reflect the more diverse neighborhoods they serve. This year, the system plans to substitute one of two of the previously required exams with the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, which officials say has a better track record of showing performance across multiple student populations. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Utah district helps students plan for life after high school
    The Davis School District in Utah holds an annual career fair to help students with disabilities learn about post-secondary opportunities. Agencies gather to tell students what they qualify for or what is expected from certain career paths. "There are so many services and support groups out there, and it's hard to know about them, so we provide a one-stop shopping atmosphere to reach out to all levels of disabilities since there is such a wide spectrum," said Adam King, district special-education coordinator. Standard-Examiner (Ogden, Utah) (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Educational Leadership 
  • Going for quality over quantity on Twitter
    Twitter can help you create a professional learning network, but it's important to focus on the quality of the educators you follow, not the quantity, writes Tom Whitby, an adjunct professor at St. Joseph's College in New York. Try separating your most useful contacts from the main list of people you follow on Twitter, he suggests. "I have a list of what I call my 'Stalwart List.' It is made up of all of the people I most frequently get information from," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • OSU app shows availability of parking for individuals with disabilities
    Oregon State University is offering a free smartphone application that allows users to determine which of the school's 75 parking spaces reserved for individuals with disabilities are available. The university installed sensors, costing $300 each, to detect whether a car is in the space. The app, called Parker, also gives general parking information, such as which spaces are reserved for faculty or metered. Corvallis Gazette-Times (Ore.) (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Schools in 5 states test longer school years
    Supporter of longer school years, including Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and year-round school models say most students tend to lose some of what they have learned during the school year over summer vacation. Now, schools in Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee are adding 300 instructional hours to the school year as part of a three-year pilot program. However, critics say students need the mental reprieve of summer break and cite other benefits to the vacation. National Public Radio/The Associated Press (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Cyclist with disabilities raises funds for multiple sclerosis
    Harvey Dawkins, 44, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, has made it his mission to raise funds for multiple sclerosis by riding his bike in fundraisers in New Jersey, Florida, Georgia and Texas, and he plans to start a nonprofit to allow him to participate in fundraisers in all states. Dawkins, who rides his bicycle 70 miles a week, became interested in raising funds for the disease because of a co-worker who has multiple sclerosis. "The way I see it, if one person can help another person, we can get pretty far," Dawkins said. Burlington County Times (Willingboro, N.J.) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Here's your Tool of the Week
    This week's tool, "Technology Tips and E-mail Etiquette," comes from "What School Counselors Need to Know About Special Education and Students With Disabilities," and provides teachers with technology tips and e-mail etiquette for communicating with coworkers and parents. Subscribe to Tool of the Week, and you'll find a free tool in your inbox every Monday morning. Get your Tool of the Week. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    This three-part series will provide special-education teachers, administrators and transition specialists with information and practice tools to improve the transition from secondary schools for students with emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD). The series will emphasize effective planning and assessments, including the development of transition plans and developing and implementing successful transition programs. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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