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February 6, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • More emphasis on autism services is needed, committee says
    A new report published by the federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee highlights developments in autism research from the past two years. While much progress has been made, officials said the panel will take a closer look at autism services this year. "The volume of research is almost overwhelming, and new insights into areas such as brain circuitry, behavioral neuroscience, intervention approaches, genetics, immunology, environmental risk factors and services needs are creating opportunities to really change outcomes," said Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health and chair of the IACC. Disability Scoop (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Commentary: Special education should focus on student strengths
    There must be a paradigm shift in special education in which educators craft lessons for students with disabilities based on their strengths rather than their weaknesses, former special-education teacher and author Thomas Armstrong contends. In light of emerging research on neurodiversity, students' differences in cognition should be honored as much as students' differences in ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, he writes. "It's time to clearly acknowledge and fully integrate a strength-based approach to learning into special education research and practice." Education Week (premium article access compliments of (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Educational Leadership 
  • Report: Successful strategies from top education leaders
    Education Week has released a report that highlights 16 education leaders implementing creative ideas in their own districts. "Leaders to Learn From" highlights strategies undertaken by leaders regarding school climate, curbing dropouts, improving services for students with special needs and improving parent participation. Among the leaders profiled is St. Paul, Minn., superintendent Valeria Silva, who has made major reforms to the district's approach to English-language learners. Education Week/District Dossier blog (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: 9 of 12 states perform well under Race to the Top
    A report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education shows that nine of 12 jurisdictions to receive Race to the Top grants have performed well. The three found to be struggling are the District of Columbia, Maryland and Georgia, which was moved into a "high risk" category because of a lack of progress on teacher evaluations. Among the challenges reported were the District's pace in completing a database to track students' achievement, and issues with hiring qualified staff to run data systems in Maryland. The Washington Post (2/1), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Get Schooled blog (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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"Informed, informative, and thoroughly user-friendly" (Midwest Book Review). 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know distills the essence of good writing for your students. You get a rich collection of mentor texts, tips, and launching points for a variety of genres and forms. Filled with classroom dialogue. Click here to read Chapter 1 online!

Mark your calendar! Announcing SDE's 2013 Professional Development Conferences, July 15-19 in Las Vegas! I teach K, Differentiated Instruction, Singapore Math Strategies, Power-Up preconference, and Administrator Summit. Renowned educator Ron Clark will deliver an all-conference keynote. Save up to $125 on tuition by registering before March 15, 2013. 1-800-462-1478.

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  CEC Spotlight 
  • CEC Webinar: Developing and implementing effective transition programs for youth with EBD: the RENEW Model
    Part three of a three-part webinar series, in this session, the elements of the RENEW (Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural supports, Education and Work) model will be presented. The presentation will include a description of the RENEW service process, including a case example and a description of implementation contexts, data collection and support features. Participate in this webinar to learn how to improve the transition programming at your school and to better meet the needs of youth with EBD. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Honor the Best of the Best at CEC's Teacher of the Year Brunch
    The CEC Teacher of the Year Brunch, held April 6 as part of the CEC 2013 Convention & Expo, will honor several truly remarkable special educators. Have brunch and wrap up your convention experience with colleagues while helping congratulate CEC's 2013 Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Ashlie Abercrombie Allardyce, who will give a keynote address. Learn more and purchase your ticket today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Special Education TeacherThe Piedmont School of AtlantaUS - GA - Atlanta
Assistant Superintendent for Special Education ServicesGreenville County SchoolsGreenville, SC
Assistant Professor of Special Education UW - Stevens PointStevens Point, WI
Director of Learning SupportRockdale County Public SchoolsConyers, GA
$125,000 Salary for Special Education TeacherTEP Charter SchoolNew York, NY
Asst/Assoc/Full Professor of Biological, Behavioral Communication or LearningUniversity of Nebraska - LincolnLincoln, NE
Assistant Director, Student Services, Academic ServicesGovernment of BermudaNationwide, Bermuda
Assistant Professor in Special EducationCollege of Education, Florida State UniversityUS - FL - Tallahassee
Director of Research and Professional DevelopmentShafallah Center for Children with Special NeedsQAT - Nationwide
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