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January 30, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Wash. focuses on addressing effects of "toxic stress"
    Washington state is charting a new path for improving educational outcomes for young children who have been exposed to toxic stress, including deprivation, abandonment, abuse and more. Such exposure can affect brain development and a child's school readiness, researchers say. State agency officials, researchers and educators are working together to launch and monitor pilot programs in early-childhood settings across the state in hopes of developing a national model. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

New edition! Strategies That Work has helped over a million teachers explicitly teach comprehension strategies so students become engaged, thoughtful, independent readers. The 3rd edition includes 30 new lessons and new and revised chapters that tackle close reading, close listening, text complexity, and critical thinking. Preview the entire text online!
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  Technology Trends 
  • AutisMate app helps those with autism build sentences visually
    The AutisMate iPad application designed for children with autism uses a visual language of familiar scenes to help users communicate nonverbally. Clicking on simplified icons allows such children to build a sentence, for example, and the app incorporates interactive pictures of the user's actual environment to go beyond the abstract. All Things D (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Social Security aims to use 'intellectual disability' in its policies
    The Social Security Administration is making a move to replace "mental retardation" with "intellectual disability" in its policies. The agency is under no direct mandate to do so, but Congress already enacted a similar change for all health, education and labor policy when it passed Rosa's law two years ago. The proposed rule change has been published in the Federal Register, which triggers a 30-day comment period. Disability Scoop (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tenn. could limit enrollment in virtual schools
    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is seeking to cap enrollment at online schools, after students who enrolled in a popular virtual school posted disappointing test results. Among other things, the proposed bill limits new virtual schools to enrolling 1,500 students. Once students have demonstrated a certain level of achievement on state exams, the virtual schools could increase enrollment to 5,000 students. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Teen develops garden for students with sensory disorders
    Jay Barham, a 14-year-old with a brain and nervous system disorder called Periventricular leukomalacia, is building a zen garden at Belville Elementary School in Leland, N.C., for students with sensory disorders and autism. The garden will be designed to offer soothing elements as well as features, such as sand, to help students overcome aversions. "There are a lot of kids in schools who are exceptional, and people have no idea," Barham said. "I want to help make them see it so they don't look at them differently." Star-News (Wilmington, N.C.) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Poetry Mentor Texts shows you how to leverage students' natural love of poetry to strengthen reading as well as writing. Each chapter features 5 mentor poems that focus on student-friendly forms such as the list poem, acrostic poem, and poem for two voices. Student samples and mini-lessons help translate the ideas into your classroom. Click here now to preview the entire book!

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  • The new issue of TEACHING Exceptional Children is on its way
    TEACHING Exceptional Children (TEC), published specifically for teachers and administrators of children with exceptionalities, features practical articles that present methods and materials for classroom use, as well as current issues in special and gifted-education teaching and learning. Learn more about TEC and view past articles. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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