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December 12, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
 
  • Va. officials consider expansion of district gifted program
    Fairfax County, Va., school officials have proposed a plan to expand the district's programming options for students who are gifted. The district's population of students who are gifted has tripled in the past decade, and officials say opening additional centers for gifted education across the district would help reduce overcrowding. However, some parents say their input wasn't sought until late in the process in what they consider a "redistricting" plan and now are calling for a delay in action. The Washington Post (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Baking motivates Kan. students with disabilities to learn
    Students with communication and behavioral disorders at Shawnee Mission North in Shawnee, Kan., are learning communication skills and overcoming aversions to certain textures by baking homemade dog biscuits once a week. Students in the vocational program also help sell the biscuits to school staff and parents by making labels, packaging the food and delivering the orders. Shawnee Dispatch (Kan.) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Educational Leadership 
 
  • Giving teachers support, training pays off in Boston
    Students' test scores have risen at six struggling Boston schools participating in a program in which teachers are given additional training and support, as well as greater opportunities to take on leadership roles, according to a report. The T3 Initiative program, a collaboration between Boston Public Schools and the nonprofit Teach Plus, showed greater rates of success than other turnaround schools that adopted other strategies, including staff changes and longer school days. The Hechinger Report (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 

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  Technology Trends 
  • Device gives students with limited mobility control over tablets
    Georgia Tech engineers have created a device, called Access4Kids, to help students whose disabilities prevent them from performing the pinching and swiping motions needed to access most tablet computers. The device straps to an individual's arm or wheelchair and uses a sensor system to translate users' movements. Engadget (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Should the U.S. halt standardized tests for 3 years?
    The U.S. should enact a three-year moratorium on standardized tests, said Joshua Starr, superintendent of Montgomery County, Md., schools. Starr, speaking during a newspaper panel on Monday, also said the country is trying to implement too many education reforms at once, including the Common Core State Standards, Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind waivers, Valerie Strauss writes in this blog post. Starr also said that evaluating teachers based on student test scores should be stopped, calling the practice "bad science," she writes. The Washington Post/The Answer Sheet blog (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Small classes help student with learning disabilities succeed
    Classes with a 5-to-1 student-teacher ratio and individualized learning were among the accommodations that helped one student with multiple learning disabilities stay on track to graduate from Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, N.C., teachers and parents say. "Holly's reading level was very low," said Becky Owens, director of Wesleyan's Enrichment Center. "She was a little resistant to teaching, because in a small student environment, you can't get by with anything." The High Point Enterprise (N.C.) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEC Spotlight 
  • Stop sequestration! Save special education today!
    Take part in CEC's National Call-In Day today to tell Congress we need sustainable balanced fiscal solutions. If our nation goes "over the fiscal cliff," many important programs will receive devastating cuts. The U.S. Department of Education's budget will shrink by over $4 billion dollars affecting nearly every school and family in our nation. Call or e-mail your members of Congress today! Find out more information about sequestration and the National Call-In Day. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Registration now open for the CEC 2013 Convention & Expo
    Join us April 3-6, 2013, in San Antonio for the CEC 2013 Convention & Expo, the largest professional development event dedicated to special and gifted education. Educators from around the world will discuss the most pressing issues in special and gifted education and share information in areas such as common core state standards, autism spectrum disorders, policy, technology and response to intervention. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Coordinator (CIA Coordinator)Sheppard Pratth's Therapeutic Preschool ProgramTowson, MD
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