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March 4, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
 
  • Ohio elementary students who are gifted learn about Japan
    Elementary students in the gifted and talented program in the Ashtabula Area City Schools District in Ohio studied Japanese language, literature, culture and history through hands-on projects. The unit included a recent trip to the Ashtabula Arts Center, where students attended a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and made artwork, such paper lanterns and dolls. Star Beacon (Ashtabula, Ohio) (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Perkins eLearning: Online Professional Development
Perkins is a leading source of online training for educators whose students are blind and deafblind. Be a part of our teacher community. Earn professional development credits online via: 1) participating in a variety of online learning activities OR 2) contributing instructional strategies and activities to our interactive websites! Learn More
  Educational Leadership 
  • Colo. educators receive PD for teaching literacy
    The Boulder Valley School District in Colorado is giving professional-development opportunities -- such as coaching, collaboration or learning laboratories -- to learn best practices for literacy instruction. The district, which has been teaching students to read through writing and the emergent publishing method, created a "primary teacher lab," in which kindergarten teachers received training on emerging readers and writers, and then tried out new strategies with rising kindergartners attending half-day courses for three weeks before the start of school. Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • How do iPads affect learning?
    Researchers studying the use of iPads in classrooms in California's Encinitas Union School District say the devices generally are favored by students and parents. In the district, where every student in grades 3 to 6 has an iPad, 90% of students said the technology has helped them learn -- especially when used in math lessons. However, some parents say they want to ensure the technology does not replace hands-on learning, and teachers say the iPads can be distracting for students if not managed properly. The Coast News (Encinitas, Calif.) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy News 
  • Minn. districts adjust budgets due to soaring cost of special education
    School districts in the Minneapolis area are cutting art and music programs or asking voters for new taxes to cover the rising costs to educate students with disabilities. Some districts have built separate, state-of-the-art centers and, sometimes, separate classrooms to house only one student to address the complexity of their disabilities, a move called "a good investment" by Maplewood School District superintendent Connie Hayes. "Think about the cost to our community if we didn't make an investment like that. That's really the essence of why we moved handicapped individuals out of institutions back in the '70s,' Hayes said. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Utah bill would allow publication of performance data for teachers
    The average student test scores of each Utah teacher would be made public under a bill cleared by the state Senate Education Committee on Friday. Proponents of the bill say that parents ought to have the information to better serve students. However, opponents of the bill fear the data will be presented out of context and discourage teachers from instructing certain students, such as those who have learning disabilities or who are English-language learners. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Ill. program teaches literacy skills to individuals with Down syndrome
    GiGi's Playhouse, a 2-year-old program in Machesney Park, Ill., teaches children and adults with Down syndrome how to communicate through mobile devices and sign language, social and self-care skills, and how to read at no cost to the 175 families who participate in the program. Ben Lenell, 18, who has several developmental disabilities, learned how to communicate using an iPad application at the center. "Learning sign language, and the socialization that GiGi's offers, has been a real blessing," said his mother, Lynn Lenell. Rockford Register Star (Ill.) (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CEC Spotlight 
  • Honor the Best of the Best at CEC's Teacher of the Year Brunch
    The CEC Teacher of the Year Brunch, to be held April 6 as part of the CEC 2013 Convention & Expo, will honor several truly remarkable special educators. Have brunch and wrap up your convention experience with colleagues while helping congratulate CEC's 2013 Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Ashlie Abercrombie Allardyce, who will give a keynote address. Learn more and purchase your ticket today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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