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November 21, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Some Tenn. schools question how best to implement testing cap
    School districts can administer alternate standardized tests to 3% of their total student population, and if they go over this limit, students in the overage are designated as not being proficient in a particular subject area. A charter school organization in Nashville is seeing the impact of this rule for the first time as its middle-school scores fell by nearly 50%. Officials there are seeking a different means of reporting scores to the public based on concerns that the adjusted scores -- without further explanation -- reflect poorly on the organization's charter schools. The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Hands-on science in a digital world
Science education is no longer confined to the pages of a textbook. Students are interacting with science concepts through physical objects and digital platforms, and using this knowledge to solve real-world issues. Get insights for making this work in your classroom in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.
  Educational Leadership 
  Technology Trends 
  • NYC pay phones get "smart" screens
    Ten pay phones in Manhattan's Union Square have been upgraded with screens that display community information and current events and include features for those who have disabilities. Developed through a private-public partnership, another 240 of the screens, called City24/7, will be installed throughout New York City over the next few months. The Wall Street Journal/The Associated Press (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy News 
  • ARC CEO meets with Obama about federal budget cuts
    An advocate for individuals with disabilities was among the 13 leaders of special-interest groups that President Barack Obama met with last week to discuss the pending "fiscal cliff." Peter Berns, The Arc's CEO, said he talked about how benefits such as Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income are "lifelines" for people with disabilities and should not be cut. Disability Scoop (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Study adds to doubts about sensory-integration therapy
    Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin say sensory-integration therapy shows little to no benefits for children with autism spectrum disorders. They reviewed 25 studies on the therapy and found most studies showed no evidence that the therapy reduced sensitivity to stimuli. Disability Scoop (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

In Math Work Stations Debbie Diller presents over 70 stations for grades K-2 on beginning number concepts, addition & subtraction, place value, geometry, and measurement. You'll see how to introduce stations through whole-group & mini-lessons. Includes 300+ full-color photos from real classrooms. Click here now to preview Chapter 1!

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  CEC Spotlight 
  • Registration and housing now open for the CEC 2013 Convention & Expo
    Join us April 3-6, 2013, in San Antonio for the CEC 2013 Convention & Expo, the largest professional development event dedicated to special and gifted education. Educators from around the world will discuss the most pressing issues in special and gifted education and share information in areas such as Common Core State Standards, autism spectrum disorders, policy, technology and response to intervention. Register and book your housing today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Jerry on Reality 101: Managing adults during meltdowns
    Meltdowns in the special education classroom happen. Jerry talks about how his team prepares for and helps prevent these meltdowns and how best to react to students when the events do occur. Read all about it at Reality 101, CEC's blog for new teachers. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Coordinator (CIA Coordinator)Sheppard Pratth's Therapeutic Preschool ProgramTowson, MD
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Assistant Superintendent, Student Learning & PartnershipsOregon Department of EducationSalem, OR
Professor/Director, Center for Research on LearningUniversity of KansasLawrence, KS
Director of Student ServicesHYA Executive Search US - IL - Maywood
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