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December 20, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • 3 reasons why students may resist collaboration
    There are many reasons students may be reluctant to collaborate with their peers, writes Robin Newton, an English education student at East Carolina University. There may be cultural differences or a lack of understanding, or the students may be shy or introverted. Newton writes that collaboration among students will not happen by chance. "Rather, a teacher must know his or her students well enough to understand the ways in which collaboration might be a struggle," Newton writes in this blog post. Newton's blog (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Educational Leadership 
  • Take stock of resources to improve professional practice
    Professional-resource audits allow educators to examine what in-district resources they have access to, virtually or in-person, writes Mike Fisher, an educational consultant and instructional coach. As educators begin the transition to Common core State Standards, taking stock of such resources will help teachers improve "professional practice and engage students," Fisher writes in this blog post. He notes that teachers can develop a digital learning network after they conduct an audit of their resources. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Student's prosthesis invention claims national prize
    An engineering student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was recognized during the National Collegiate Inventors competition for an idea he says he dreamed up as a freshman. Eric Ronning's printable prosthetic hand made from the image of a patient's existing hand isn't just winning him awards. The device, called reHand, is also the genesis for his startup company Re, which he is in the process of launching with help from UW's Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic. Wisconsin State Journal (Madison)/On Campus blog (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • 25 states to reform teacher-prep programs
    Teacher preparation is likely to be a major focus for policymakers in the new year, observers say following an announcement that school chiefs in 25 states intend to make changes to the way new teachers are trained and licensed. Participating states will work to implement recommendations contained in a report released by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Among other things, the group suggests teacher-certification standards be aligned with "college- and career-ready standards." Education Week (premium article access compliments of (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Some advocates fear backlash against individuals with autism
    Some disability advocates are concerned about media speculation that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter may have had a form of autism spectrum disorder or a mental health disorder, education reporter Nirvi Shah writes in this blog post. Advocates such as Kristine Melloy, president of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, fear more emphasis on separation instead of inclusion for individuals with autism and other disabilities. "The main message to get out to the community is that all children and youth with disabilities, even children and youth who are prone to demonstrate violent behavior, are not likely to demonstrate the level that was demonstrated last Friday," she said. "That's a rare kind of behavior." Education Week/On Special Education blog (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hispanic children with autism more likely to have learning, speech problems
    Hispanic children diagnosed with autism had an almost twofold increased risk of having a learning disability or speech disorder than other patients, a study showed. Researchers noted that anxiety disorders were more prevalent among white children compared with blacks. The findings were presented at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry meeting. Family Practice News (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  CEC Spotlight 
  • CEC signs statement on Sandy Hook shooting: the priority is to keep our children safe
    CEC has signed onto a statement sent to Congress on Dec. 19. This statement, written by researchers and expert practitioners, emphasizes the priority of keeping children safe by focusing on balance, communication connectedness and support. Read the statement. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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