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April 1, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Whole child approach reduces suspensions in Calif. district
    Restorative justice, a program of behavioral interventions that includes conflict-resolution sessions, has helped one Oakland, Calif., school reduce its suspensions by half. The program -- along with a system of positive behavioral interventions and supports -- is part of the Oakland Unified School District's commitment to overhauling school discipline. The Christian Science Monitor (3/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Brookes Publishing Autism Awareness Month - SAVE 15%
Brookes Publishing would like to say "thank you" for the work you do to improve the lives of children with ASD & extend a 15% discount. Use code AUTISM15W. Not to be combined with other discounts and/or offers. Expires 5:00pmET 4/30/2013. Not valid on online products, including AEPSi™ & ASQ Online.
  Educational Leadership 
  • Two educators look back on their connection
    The power of connections among educators is demonstrated in this blog post by Kristen Swanson, a consultant for Authentic Education, and Tom Murray, director of technology and cybereducation for the Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pa. The two write and respond to each other about how the ways in which they connect and communicate have changed over the years -- going from Microsoft Publisher to Twitter -- and how they have learned from one another. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

New from Regie Routman! Literacy Essentials inspires K-12 teachers and leaders to build a school culture of engagement, excellence, and equity. You'll get practical, easy-to-implement tools to help all students develop as self-determining readers, writers, and learners. Includes a free study guide and rich online resources. Preview the entire book!
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  Technology Trends 
  • Ind. teacher among those chosen to try Google Glass
    A high-school teacher in Indiana is one of 8,000 selected to receive a pair of Google Glass -- interactive, Internet-connected eyewear used to film videos, browse the Internet and complete other tasks. Don Wettrick's class entered a contest for the opportunity to test the device by pledging to share their educational uses for Google Glass, which won't be available to the public until the end of this year or next year. The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • N.D. autism database bill raises privacy concerns
    A North Dakota bill that would collect data on individuals with autism in one central database and require medical professionals to inform the state of autism diagnoses has some advocates concerned about privacy. However, bill supporters say the information would not include personally identifiable information and would help improve delivery of services. Jamestown Sun (N.D.) (3/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Parent training shows efficacy in treating ADHD
    Canadian researchers reviewed 55 studies on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and found substantial evidence that parent behavior training improved parenting skills and ADHD symptoms in preschool children, without negative side effects. Researchers noted a lack of sufficient evidence on the benefits of medications compared with other interventions. (3/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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A must-have book for primary teachers just got better. In the revised edition of Reading with Meaning, Debbie Miller adds new planning and assessment tools, updated "go-to" children's book titles, and FAQs. Follow Debbie through an entire school year as she models the kind of decision-making increasingly demanded by new standards. Preview the entire book!

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  CEC Spotlight 
  • April is National Autism Awareness Month
    To help increase awareness and to educate yourself on this growing developmental disability, check out CEC's wonderful array of resources on autism, including "A Guide to Teaching Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders." This must-have publication for all educators working with students with autism and is specially discounted for the month of April. Get your copy today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Life Centered Education demonstrations at CEC 2013 Convention
    Don't forget to stop by the CEC Store in San Antonio, located in CEC Central, and get a live demonstration of the new Life Centered Education (LCE): Transition Curriculum and Assessment Portal. Discover how LCE helps you better prepare your students for independent and rewarding lives. Learn more about LCE. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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