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February 13, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Some schools adopt partial homeschooling for gifted education
    Some cash-strapped school districts that are unable to fund a full gifted-education program are offering students the opportunity to learn in a partial homeschool model. Students attend classes at their traditional schools, where they can interact with peers, and then work on projects at home, go to tutoring sites, or enroll in online or college courses for the rest of the day. Scholastic Administrator magazine (2/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. district to expand its transitional work-skills program
    Orange County Public Schools in Florida has 94 students with disabilities working at eight sites where district officials say they are learning job skills that can help lead to income after they become too old to attend the special-education program. The district plans to add seven more sites next year to serve more students. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Educational Leadership 
  • Is coaching better than getting peer advice online?
    Transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes that she is dismayed by the need to conduct a two-year study comparing individualized teacher coaching to offering an online chat community as methods of professional development. Early results from the study in Tennessee show that teachers are pleased with coaching but fail to consistently engage in the online community, writes Aguilar, who isn't surprised by the results. She concedes that the study is necessary if coaching is to receive financial support. Education Week Teacher/The Art of Coaching Teachers blog (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines strips away the one-size-fits-all approach to content-area literacy and presents a much-needed instructional model for disciplinary literacy—showing teachers how to mentor middle and high school learners to become "academic insiders" who are college and career ready. Preview the entire book!
  Technology Trends 
  • Europe requires hybrid cars to make noise to alert pedestrians
    The European Parliament will require hybrid cars to be equipped with an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS). The sound system is intended to help pedestrians, particularly those who are blind or have vision impairments, know when the vehicles, which make little noise, are nearby. New Europe (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy News 
  • New regulations make it easier for districts to use Medicaid funds
    The U.S. Department of Education has released regulations -- effective March 18 -- that will require school districts to get permission from parents only once to be able to seek reimbursement from Medicaid for some therapeutic services, such as occupational and speech therapy, reporter Christina A. Samuels writes in this blog post. Previously, school districts would need a parent's signature each time they submitted a claim to Medicaid. Education Week/On Special Education blog (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • ADHD treatments don't reduce symptoms in most children
    U.S. researchers monitored 186 3- to 5-year-olds with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and found that 90% of them still had symptoms six years following their diagnosis and ongoing therapy. Two-thirds of the children were taking medications for ADHD and their symptoms were just as serious as the children not taking any form of medication, according to the study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. HealthDay News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

In her new DVD Talk to Me English teacher Cris Tovani invites your staff into her classroom to observe 14 individual and 5 group conferences where she differentiates instruction by listening to, learning about, and connecting with her students. Click here now to view two conferences from the DVD!

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  CEC Spotlight 
  • Submit comment on CAEP standards starting Feb. 15
    As the new national accreditor for educator preparation, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is seeking public comment on the draft of the next generation of accreditation standards and performance measures starting Feb. 15. All stakeholders in education and educator preparation are encouraged to review the draft standards and submit feedback at by March 29. Please visit or follow @CAEPupdates for the most up-to-date information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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