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November 7, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Club creates social opportunities for students with disabilities
    The Friendship Group -- a club in Bonner Springs, Kan., schools -- brings student athletes and students with disabilities together each week. The club offers students with social, behavioral or emotional disorders an opportunity to practice communication skills and make new friends. About 60 student athletes across three schools participate in the club, and the district soon will make it available as an elective. Basehor Sentinel (Kan.) (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Houston district brings education to hospital-bound students
    Houston Independent School District is taking steps to ensure students admitted to Texas Children's Hospital for more than four weeks still have access to their schoolwork. One solution has been to allow onsite teachers to work with students in their hospital rooms or in special classrooms. Online learning also is playing a role, as some hospitalized high-school students have continued with core courses though the education provider Connections Academy. The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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.
  Educational Leadership 
  • Mich. to pilot program that takes "holistic" view of education
    The Michigan Department of Education will pilot the "think.respect" campaign in 23 schools, in part, to help support students who may be struggling academically because of other issues. Funded by a $24 million U.S. Department of Education grant, the schools will spend the next three years creating programs to engage parents and students, prevent bullying and support students who exhibit behavioral issues. (Michigan) (free registration) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Teachers blend fun, education with tech-based games
    Teachers in a West Virginia school district say they are using more technology and games to engage students in academic lessons. Educators say schools must adapt and compete for students' attention with technology, including social media and smartphones. Students at Emerson Elementary School use the online program "Study Island," in which students answer questions and play games that involve math, reading, science and social studies. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel (W.Va.) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy News 

In her new DVD Talk to Me English teacher Cris Tovani invites your staff into her classroom to observe 14 individual and 5 group conferences where she differentiates instruction by listening to, learning about, and connecting with her students. Click here now to view two conferences from the DVD!

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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • School hosts annual screening event for developmental disabilities
    West Yellowstone School in rural West Yellowstone, Mont., and partner groups have been screening children 5 years and younger at an annual event for the past seven years. School officials say the goal is to identify children who exhibit developmental delays before they enter kindergarten, because early intervention can help some children avoid needing further assistance once they begin school. West Yellowstone News (Mont.) (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CEC Spotlight 
  • Register today for CEC webinar on co-teaching
    "Leading in Co-Teaching: Observation and Data Collection for Co-Teaching" is a can't-miss webinar for all leaders interested in building and improving the co-teaching capabilities in their schools. In the last webinar in this series, which takes place on Nov. 13, Wendy Murawski and Lisa Dieker clarify the approaches to co-instruction and help school leaders identify potential problem areas and work with conflict situations. Register for the co-teaching webinar and receive a 10% discount on CEC's new publication "Leading the Co-Teaching Dance: Leadership Strategies to Enhance Team Outcomes." Enter the promo code COTEACH10 at checkout. Sign up today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • John on Reality 101: Teacher Evaluation Systems -- The South Carolina Model
    John writes about his concerns with the proposed South Carolina teacher evaluation system and how it will affect special educators and students with disabilities. Read all about it at Reality 101, CEC's blog for new teachers. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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