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January 8, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
Proven model for schoolwide collaboration & inclusion
Great for teacher training, this book is a step-by-step guide to the research-based Co-Design Model, a schoolwide approach to strengthening collaboration and inclusion. Includes strategies, success stories, and forms and checklists for promoting collaborative education.
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  Educational Leadership 
  • Teachers collaborate to develop classroom practices through CoLab
    Helping teachers share best practices and work out classroom problems during summer workshops is one way CoLab helps teachers take risks and learn to fail in the process of becoming learning facilitators, Ralph Cordova, a CoLab teacher-leader, said in this interview with Bill Donius. An offshoot of the National Writing Project, CoLab offers a summer institute, local school-site support and school-level professional development. "Teachers learn how to study each other's local challenges and then develop design-centric approaches that lead to prototyping solutions to those problems, which they then test at small scales of resolution," Cordova said. The Huffington Post/The Blog (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Teachers incorporate video games into their lessons
    Teachers in many parts of the country are using video games such as "World of Warcraft" and "Angry Birds" to help teach students about math, language arts and other subjects. For example, Tim Chartier, an associate professor of math at Davidson College in North Carolina, once taught a teacher seminar explaining that "Angry Birds" uses a parabola for one of the birds' trajectory. This inspired Kristianna Luce, a math teacher at North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, N.C., to incorporate "Angry Birds" in her algebra classes and create a blog and webinar on the topic. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Military to cover ABA therapy for children with autism for 1 year
    The U.S. Department of Defense is offering all children with autism on its Tricare insurance plan access to applied-behavior analysis therapy as part of a one-year pilot program. Advocates are pleased that therapy will be covered, but some also express concern that it is only for one year and does not cover ABA for other disabilities. Disability Scoop (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Va. could adopt letter-grading system for schools
    Part of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's legislative platform this year will be to push for a letter-grading system to measure school achievement. The system is similar to those adopted in Florida and Louisiana, and seeks to simplify the current method for evaluating the quality of the state's schools, according to this article. Some, however, have criticized such systems, saying they are limited and do not take socioeconomic factors into account when grading schools. The Washington Times (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Intern creates website to house historical records of disability law
    Sierra Gregg, an intern with the Office of Presidential Libraries in Washington, D.C., has created a website offering digital, accessible copies of historic documents related to individuals with disabilities. Gregg -- who is legally blind -- created the project to highlight the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The site features 56 documents, including letters Helen Keller wrote to President Herbert Hoover. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Everything you need for a balanced literacy curriculum. Apprenticeship in Literacy provides a solid foundation for guided reading, writing, letters, sounds, word study, and moving to independence. The revised edition includes dozens of new classroom examples and language prompts. Click here now to preview the entire book!

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  CEC Spotlight 
  • CEC seeks success stories for annual publication
    Each year, CEC publishes the Federal Outlook for Exceptional Children, providing an overview of federally funded programs that impact children and youth with exceptionalities. Personal stories of students who have benefited from special education and early intervention services put a human touch on the publication, so CEC invites you to share your success stories for possible inclusion in the 2014 edition. The deadline is Jan. 25, so submit a success story today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Subscribe to Exceptional Children today
    Insightful and pioneering research, topical issues and broad perspectives by leaders in the field for more than 75 years have made "Exceptional Children" (EC) the most respected scholarly journal in special and gifted education. This peer-reviewed journal publishes research, research reviews, methodological reviews of literature, data-based position papers and policy analyses on the education and development of children and youth with exceptionalities. Subscribe now! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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