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December 11, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Do standardized tests accurately assess students with disabilities?
    Some parents and educators in Minnesota say that annual state standardized tests sometimes result in the mislabeling of students with disabilities as "failing" because the tests do not measure students on the skills they are learning. "[A] big thing for this population is the parents -- when you have a parent that comes in basically crying because the test is making their kid look so low," teacher Rachel Peulen said. "I have to explain to them that this is not the picture of your child." Twin Cities Daily Planet (Minneapolis/St. Paul) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Educational Leadership 
  • N.J., foundation team up to attract math, science teachers
    The state of New Jersey will work with the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Foundation to help address a shortage of math and science teachers in 12 communities, including Camden, Newark, Passaic and Orange. The plan calls for high-achieving math and science students in college to be recruited as teachers in these districts. In exchange for a $30,000 stipend, the teachers will have to commit to teaching there for at least three years. The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • IPads can inspire changes in teaching, learning
    The iPad has transformed the learning experience for many students who struggle in other settings, writes Ben Johnson, an education consultant, online teacher and learning coach. In this blog post, Johnson shares inspirational stories of students who have benefited from using iPads in the classroom, including typically nonparticipating high-school students who actively take part in online discussions and a student with a short attention span who diligently worked on a task on the device. Edutopia.org/Ben Johnson's blog (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Utah seeks to enhance high-school rigor
    Officials in Utah are seeking to make high school more rigorous, in part by altering graduation requirements. Among proposals being considered is giving students more flexibility in how they earn credits, for example by allowing them to skip courses such as physical education if they can pass a competency test in the subject. Other proposals call for altering grading and moving computer literacy courses to middle school. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Conn. designer advocates for inclusive design
    Connecticut designer Kelley Schutte began modifying homes for children with disabilities and the elderly after redesigning her own home for her son who has cerebral palsy. Some of her ideas include a cabinet with a pullout seat, cork floors for people prone to falling and a closet with rails that can be lowered so people in wheelchairs can reach their contents. Westport News (Conn.) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    This week's tool, Pre-IEP Meeting Questions to Elicit Student Participation, comes from Engaging and Empowering Families in Secondary Transition, and provides teachers with the questions to engage students and help them prepare for and play a role in the IEP meeting. Subscribe to Tool of the Week, and you'll find a free tool in your inbox every Monday morning. Get your Tool of the Week. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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