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November 5, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Peer tutors help students with disabilities succeed
    Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, Calif., credits an after-school, peer-tutoring program with double-digit improvements in its Academic Performance Index among students with disabilities, students who are English-language learners and those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged. The free tutoring program pairs upperclassmen with underclassmen needing help. "The majority of the mentors are AP students who are organized and have really good work habits," principal Maria Esther Lizarraga said. "It's nice for the 9th and 10th graders to have someone like this." San Diego Union-Tribune (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Educational Leadership 
  • How to focus on the positive aspects of expectations
    A teacher's expectations influence how students learn, suggests middle-grades educator Ariel Sacks. However, in this blog post, Sacks reminds teachers to focus on the positive connotations of the word, avoiding its use to imply control, punitive measures or inflexible demands. "It is equally important that teachers can be reciprocally influenced by the students' experience and response to conditions or tasks," Sacks writes. Teacher Leaders Network/On the Shoulders of Giants blog (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Tech access improves for Texas college students with disabilities
    Using online supplemental materials for college classes can be difficult for students with disabilities, but access to these materials is improving, according to collegiate disability-services directors and advocates in Texas. Colleges in Texas use state funds to provide assistive technologies, such as screen readers, to students, and more education-technology companies, such as Blackboard, are making their software compatible with such devices. San Antonio Express-News (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy News 
  • Ariz. uses NCLB waiver flexibility to improve struggling schools
    Arizona officials say its waiver from parts of No Child Left Behind has allowed educators more flexibility in how they spend federal funds and help turn around struggling schools. The state also has moved away from turnaround methods favored under the federal education law, including replacing school staff. Instead, educators are working to improve students' performance in targeted areas and getting resources to the most needy schools. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Panel: Early, intensive programs for autism show promise
    Autism intervention programs offering early, intensive therapies for developing language and social, play and behavioral skills helped students with autism achieve "moderate" improvements in behavior, according to a recent policy statement from the Evidence-based Practice Center. The multidisciplinary panel issued its findings after reviewing 68 studies and 33 reviews of intervention programs. They noted that "strength" of the evidence needed improvement and recommended additional studies. MedPage Today (free registration) (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More workers with disabilities held jobs in October
    The unemployment rate for workers with disabilities fell in October, the U.S. Department of Labor reported recently. The jobless rate for people with disabilities declined from 13.5% in September to 12.9% in October. These numbers include individuals who are 16 and older and who do not live in institutions. Disability Scoop (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEC Spotlight 
  • Last chance to register for CEC/DR webinar on implementing evidence-based practices with linguistically diverse students
    The CEC/DR Collaborative webinar, "Implementing Evidence-Based Practices With Linguistically Diverse Students With Disabilities," at 4 p.m. EDT Nov. 8, will explore the essential issues and challenges surrounding implementation of EBPs and the critical decision-making process of selecting and adjusting these practices to meet the unique needs of individual student populations. Further, the webinar will address ways in which schools can maintain fidelity while ensuring the practices are culturally responsive to diverse student populations. Sign up today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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