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November 19, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Educator advocates "mining" over acceleration in gifted education
    Classes for students who are gifted should not be driven by accelerated learning, but rather a slower process of discovery, says Sarah Wheeler, who teaches language arts and social studies for the gifted at Randolph Middle School in Charlotte, N.C. In her middle-school classroom, she creates a "collaborative academic community" by grouping students by skill level rather than grade level and asks students to review each other's work and collaborate before going to her for the answer. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Educational Leadership 
  • A new frontier in school integration
    As more white students move into urban -- traditionally non-white -- neighborhoods and attend nearby public schools, the longtime goal of successful school integration looms as a possibility, according to Jennifer Burns Stillman, an author and research analyst at the Office of Innovation in the New York City Department of Education. However, she writes, the challenge is to effectively manage the different needs of families from different backgrounds and weave together "extremely different groups of people." Education Next (Winter 2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Federal director of educational technology to step down
    Karen Cator announced Wednesday that she will step down from her role as director of educational technology for the U.S. Department of Education. It is still unclear who will replace Cator, whose tenure with the department will end in 2013. During her tenure, Cator advocated for education technology and professional development to help teachers master classroom technology. Her office also released the first national education-technology plan. Education Week/Digital Education blog (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Ohio disability-services agency to bill school districts
    The Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Ohio will begin charging school districts for students with disabilities who access the board's preschool or school-age programs next school year. About half of the services the board provides to students with disabilities are covered by state special-education funds, but the fee is intended to make up some of the difference. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Toronto police learn how to interact with individuals with autism
    Toronto's 5,700-officer police force will receive an hourlong training on handling calls involving individuals with autism spectrum disorders. The program will help officers learn how to talk to such individuals, including using a mellow tone and concrete language, and how typical police behaviors, such as touching and blaring sirens, can affect a person with autism. The Toronto Star (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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