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September 18, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
Sometimes the most important skills are the most difficult to teach. That is why the PCI Life Skills Series started a revolution in Life Skills education over 20 years ago. It's also why PCI just released the newly revised PCI Life Skills for Today's World. Proven to be effective for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities . . .and NOW you can save 15% for a Limited Time . . . . READ MORE
  Educational Leadership 
  • Chicago Teachers Union to meet today, may vote to end strike
    Delegates for the Chicago Teachers Union are expected to meet this afternoon to vote on whether to return to the classroom on Wednesday or continue a strike that has been under way for more than a week. That vote could come before a judge rules on a preliminary injunction request filed by the school system, in which they contend the strike is illegal and ask the court to intervene. A judge is expected to take up that request Wednesday. Chicago Sun-Times (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.J. district considers teacher merit-pay plan
    The Newark Teachers Union is working with New Jersey state officials on a possible merit pay plan for teachers in the state-run Newark district that no longer would base salary increases on experience alone. Under the plan being discussed, teachers rated poorly would not receive the pay increases currently awarded based on years of experience. Instead, only teachers rated "effective" or "highly effective" would receive the raises. The Wall Street Journal (9/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Tips to help teachers use technology effectively
    In this blog post, educators in the United Kingdom offer advice for using digital devices, such as laptops, smartphones and tablet computers, in the classroom. Educators suggest that teachers be willing to admit they do not know it all when it comes to technology, choose the right technology to meet classroom goals and work with the available technology. One educator also suggests focusing on the social aspects of technology use. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network Blog (9/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Ind. officials unveil plan to serve children's mental-health needs
    Indiana state officials unveiled a multi-agency plan to better secure services -- without court intervention -- for children with mental health needs or developmental disabilities. Under the plan, community members, schools and other officials would refer students to a community mental health access site to have their level of need evaluated. In addition, the Division of Child Services will help fund services for those who cannot secure funding through Medicaid or private insurance. The Times (Munster-Hammond-Merrillville-Valparaiso, Ind.) (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Conn. task force aims to curb rising costs of special education
    A state panel in Connecticut is considering alternatives to current funding structures that would help stem the rising cost of special education in the state. Under one such plan, more affluent school districts and high-income families with children who have disabilities would pay a higher portion of the cost of special education. However, the plan drew criticism from those who say it did not meet the legal standard of providing a "free appropriate education" to all students. (Connecticut) (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 

"Can We Skip Lunch and Keep Writing?" helps teachers in grades 3-8 weave technology into writing standards, from simple word processing and publishing tools to digital storytelling, distance learning, interactive editing, and revamped rubrics. Click here now for details!

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