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January 9, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Nev. district tailors new campus for life after school
    The Clark County School District in Las Vegas has opened a new campus that will serve students with the most severe disabilities. The campus is designed to help the students have access to more academic and vocational opportunities, such as an apartment to teach life skills. Other features of The Variety School include lights that do not make a buzzing sound for students with sensory issues and color-coded hallways. "We wanted to design a campus that would prepare students to respond to the world outside of the classroom and teach them how to live on their own," architect Jim Lord said. Las Vegas Sun (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Educational Leadership 
  • Connected approach is used to help develop teacher leaders
    One teacher trainer is looking to change the way teachers learn by helping them connect and collaborate with each another. Digital-learning advocate and teacher trainer Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach says the transformation of professional development in her approach involves connected educators collaborating in professional learning communities -- often online. However, Nussbaum-Beach says she prefers more meaningful connections, as opposed to Twitter. T.H.E. Journal (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • U.S. makes strides in having text-to-9-1-1 available
    The U.S. is moving closer to having nationwide 9-1-1 texting capability as the FCC has issued proposed rules requiring carriers to offer the service and states have launched pilot projects to test the technology. Another major step came in December when AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile formed a pact with the National Emergency Number Association and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials to have nationwide text-to-9-1-1 capabilities by May 15, 2014. While the changes come largely in response to increased calls from cellular users, individuals with speech and hearing impairments also would benefit from no longer needing to use special equipment when communicating with emergency services. Government Computer News (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Advocates fear cuts to disability programs
    Disability programs remain targets for cuts even after Congress delayed sequestration until March. Officials say programs for individuals with disabilities -- from special education to transportation to health care -- could be in jeopardy. "One of the major concerns is that these cuts are indiscriminate and across-the-board," said Lindsay Jones, senior director for policy and advocacy at the Council for Exceptional Children. "I think we have these two months to re-energize our membership and get them focused on how they can best explain their concerns to Congress." Disability Scoop (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Mont. teen aims to be first Miss America with autism
    Alexis Wineman, the reigning Miss Montana, hopes to be the first Miss America with autism when she competes in the televised pageant this weekend. Diagnosed at age 11, Wineman, now 18, has spent the past six months promoting autism awareness in her current role and hopes to do that on a national scale by becoming a finalist. Disability Scoop (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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I See What You Mean is a practical guide to incorporating visual literacy—maps, diagrams, tables, graphs, and charts—throughout your curriculum. Author and visual literacy expert Steve Moline guides teachers with activities and scores of examples that naturally progress from simple to complex and concrete to abstract. Click here now for details!

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  CEC Spotlight 
  • New life skills curriculum from CEC available now
    The new Life Centered Education (LCE) equips special-education teachers with the most comprehensive and in-depth life skills transition curriculum and assessment program for students with disabilities. And now, it's entirely online! For more information and to view a sample of the LCE Curriculum Matrix, visit our website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ethical principles and practice standards for special educators
    CEC members are committed to upholding and advancing the CEC Professional Ethical Principles and Practice Standards, including protecting and supporting the physical and psychological safety of individuals with exceptionalities. Get a copy of What Every Special Educator Must Know. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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