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September 13, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • N.J. district moves toward inclusion of students with disabilities
    Efforts are under way in Montclair, N.J., schools to move more students with disabilities out of self-contained classrooms and out-of-district placements back to traditional schools to be educated in more inclusive settings. "My goal is to develop the appropriate supports for classified students," said Dr. Monty Helfgott, a former special educator and the district's new inclusion facilitator. "Some kids do have difficulties and aren't able to be included in general classrooms. But many of them can be.", N.J. (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Conn. district takes steps to improve special education
    A Connecticut school district has hired five new special-education teachers and is eliminating the positions of 10 aides as part of efforts to improve special-education instruction. Officials said the move, made at no cost to the district, is meant to reduce teacher caseloads and allow teachers to spend more time with their students., Conn. (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Educational Leadership 
  • Program promotes friendships among students of all abilities
    The peer-mentoring program Best Buddies Canada launched its first chapter in 1993 and now has 270 chapters in the country's high schools, colleges and universities. The program, which is holding its annual leadership conference this week, pairs students with and without intellectual disabilities to promote inclusion and awareness. "The goal is to create as many friendships as possible for students with and without intellectual disabilities," said Steven Pinnock, executive director of Best Buddies Canada. National Post (Canada) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • L.A. to use students' achievement data to evaluate administrators
    Los Angeles Unified School District has reached an agreement with a union that represents the city's 1,500 principals and assistant principals to evaluate administrators, based in part on students' achievement. The one-year agreement, announced Tuesday, does not specify how much weight will be given to students' achievement data and allows for the consideration of standardized test scores, Advanced Placement data and other measures. The district is still in negotiations with teachers over a similar evaluation system. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • New smartphone app tackles bullying
    Students attending some Fresno County, Calif., schools soon will be able to anonymously report bullying and other crimes by using a smartphone application called TipNow. School employees and parents also will be able to use the app, which was developed by the Silicon Valley-based company Resiligence. "One of the key things that drew us to this is often times at school, kids won't come to us face-to-face and say anything for fear of retaliation from whomever is bullying them or giving them some trouble," said Washington Colony Unified Superintendent Craig Bowden. KFSN-TV (Fresno, Calif.) (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Detroit to try hybrid learning model in low-performing schools
    Students in some of the lowest-performing schools in Detroit will have access this fall to virtual-learning opportunities made possible through a partnership between Detroit's Education Achievement Authority -- a state initiative to turn around low-performing schools -- and the Michigan Virtual University. Students taking classes in the hybrid program will alternate attending school one day and doing coursework online the next day. The Detroit News (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Fla. under fire for children with disabilities living in nursing homes
    A review by the Justice Department found that the state of Florida is violating the civil rights of hundreds of children with severe disabilities who are placed in nursing homes in the state. The claim refers to children who are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act and who should be given the opportunity to live in community-based settings. Meanwhile, the state's Agency for Health Care Administration refuted the claims, saying the state offers "a comprehensive medical service package that can accommodate any family who chooses to have their child at home." Education Week/On Special Education blog (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Do you work with students who are transitioning from school?
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