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November 20, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Researchers: ADHD meds prescribed more to youngest students
    The youngest students in a class are twice as likely to have lower test scores and 50% more likely to be prescribed medication for attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City found. Researchers examined academic and medical records of more than 11,000 9- to 12-year-olds in Iceland and found students whose birth dates fell within four months of the cut-off date to start school fared worse when compared with same-grade peers. This "maturity gap" appeared to persist until age 14. ABC News (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students learn what it means to be thankful
    Teachers at the U.S. territory of Guam's Tamuning Elementary School are using the Thanksgiving story to help students understand about being grateful for what they have and why giving back to the community is important. Annie Arevalo's class of fourth-grade students who are gifted and talented are learning the history of Thanksgiving and are being encouraged to think about why they are thankful. A food drive is part of that lesson in helping the students become more aware of their community and what they can do to help others, Arevalo said. The Pacific Daily News (Guam) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Educational Leadership 
  • Taking time for teacher collaboration improves student achievement
    Some schools are finding success when teachers take the time during the school day for "job-embedded professional learning" to collaborate and discuss how to improve student learning, Leaning Forward's Stephanie Hirsh writes in this blog post. Hirsh cites a National Center on Time and Learning report, which studied 30 schools with students from high-poverty backgrounds. "What stands out for me is that the teachers in these schools prioritized their learning and collaboration time to achieve significant results for their students," Hirsh writes. Education Week Teacher/Leaning Forward's PD Watch blog (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Software tailors learning for needs of incarcerated youth
    An online adaptive-learning program is set to launch that would help incarcerated youth in 11 states catch up on class credits to re-enter high school or prepare for the equivalency exam, education reporter Jason Tomassini writes in this blog post. The software, SkillsTutor Power by Knewton, is designed specifically for this student population and is the result of a partnership between Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Knewton and the Consortium for Educational Excellence in Secure Settings. Education Week/Marketplace K-12 blog (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Duncan says to expect more of the same in second term
    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan indicated in a speech Friday that he would stay on for President Barack Obama's second term and said that educators should expect the administration's education agenda to remain largely the same. "Our basic theory of action is not going to change," Duncan said, according to written statements. "Our job, in a second term, is to support the bold and transformational reforms at the state and local level that so many of you have pursued during the last four years." The Huffington Post (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Ontario adults with autism receive few services after graduation
    This article explores the uncertain future faced by Ontario, Canada, adults with autism spectrum disorders after they graduate from high school. The advocacy group Autism Ontario issued a report in 2008 calling for more coordinated services and disability funding for adults with ASD, but, so far, government agencies have yet to respond, officials say. Instead, most adults with autism appear to be jobless and living with their parents because few day, respite and group programs are available that can meet their needs. The Toronto Star (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  CEC Spotlight 
  • Free for CEC members: Webinar on CEC's Position on Special Education Teacher Evaluation
    After careful deliberation and extensive consultation with CEC members and other experts in the field, CEC's Board of Directors adopted a Position on Special Education Teacher Evaluation in October 2012. Join CEC on Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. ET or at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT), to learn what the position says and how you can use it to ensure evaluations in your district or state reflect and represent your complex role as a special educator. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEC in San Antonio: Morgan's Wonderland
    The CEC Convention & Expo will be in San Antonio, April 3 to 6, 2013, and our new blog is the place for attendees and exhibitors to get up-to-date information, fun facts and recommendations on all things convention and San Antonio. This week, learn about Morgan's Wonderland, San Antonio's fully-accessible theme park. Subscribe to CEC's new blog today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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