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November 29, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • How a school-issued iPad helped a student with a visual impairment
    Schools that adopt iPads and other tablet technologies for one-to-one instruction can improve how all students -- especially those with disabilities -- learn, instructional technology expert Andrew Marcinek writes in this blog post. Marcinek describes how 11th-grader Meaghan Roper, who has a visual impairment, used her school-issued iPad to replace all her other assistive technology devices and improve her learning experience. Integration blog (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Educational Leadership 
  • School districts develop ongoing teacher-led PD
    While there is a great deal of focus on professional development for new teachers, rigorous programs for educators with five or six years of experience are less abundant. However, with the help of ASCD, some districts are establishing teacher-led programs to make professional development a more continuous experience. ASCD Professional Development Director Ann Cunningham-Morris says the key is to "focus on building local capacity and expertise" among groups of teachers who can help other teachers grow. Scholastic Administrator magazine (Late Fall 2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • As online videos rise, those with hearing impairments seek captions
    Videos are increasingly prevalent on the Internet, leaving out many people who cannot hear or have hearing impairments. Advocates for those with hearing impairments are seeking regulations requiring websites such as YouTube and Netflix to provide content captions. Some sites already are making content more accessible with automated captioning software. "Access to information has been labeled as a civil right," said James House, public relations director for Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Washington Post (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy News 
  • Ga. school-choice supporters seek bigger voucher program
    Supporters of school-choice programs in Georgia, including Rep. Earl Ehrhart, are hoping to increase funding for a state voucher program that uses public funds to cover private-school tuition for students with special needs. The program, which has a maximum of $51.5 million, helped 2,965 students during the 2011-12 school year, but left others without aid after its funds ran dry in mid-August. (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Family interaction therapy shows promise for children with OCD
    More youths with resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder and poor family functioning responded to cognitive-behavioral therapy plus positive family interaction therapy than CBT alone, a pilot study of 20 pediatric patients showed. Researchers found that half of the combination group experienced remission compared with just two of 10 in the control group. The findings were presented at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry meeting. Family Practice News (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Adaptive tricycle helps Calif. kindergartner explore her world
    Riding an adaptive tricycle has motivated Stephanie Mayorga, a 5-year-old in San Jose, Calif., to work harder during physical therapy sessions. The Freedom Concepts Discovery Tricycle is helping Stephanie move and explore the world independently for the first time, and her therapy efforts have improved her ability to stand unassisted and increased her flexibility. "Riding the bike is the only experience that she has where she can move her body and get that effect," said Santa Clara County special-education teacher Lois Lieu. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (11/27) 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
  • New co-teaching publication available from CEC
    Learn how to implement co-teaching in your school with CEC's new publication "Leading the Co-Teaching Dance: Leadership Strategies to Enhance Team Outcomes." This invaluable resource provides school leaders with the strategies, resources, best practices, techniques and materials they will need to establish and maintain successful co-teaching teams in their schools. Get your copy today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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