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September 19, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Will emphasis on exams harm students with learning disabilities?
    A British advocacy group for students with dyslexia and other learning challenges is questioning a plan to increase focus on testing in the country's schools. "These plans, should they be implemented, will create an additional barrier for dyslexic students to continue on to higher education. Coursework is generally a much fairer method of assessment and constitutes a reasonable adjustment for these students," said Kate Saunders, chief executive of the British Dyslexia Association. The Guardian (London) (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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's teachers end 7-day strike, classes resume today
    The Chicago Teachers Union voted Tuesday to suspend the strike that began more than one week ago, and classes resumed today. Karen Lewis, union president, said she expects union membership to vote on the terms of their new contract in the next few weeks. The deal that was reached between the union and the school system is being described as a compromise, with instructional days being lengthened and the pay structure for teachers being altered. CNN (9/19), Chicago Tribune (free registration) (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Strike in Chicago reflects tension over teachers' evaluations: Teachers' evaluations were in the spotlight during the recent strike in Chicago -- a local issue that reflected a national mood over the use of student-achievement data to gauge teachers' effectiveness. In Chicago, students' achievement eventually would count for 40% of teachers' evaluations, which is "too much," Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said. State law requires a minimum of 25% to 30%. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  Technology Trends 
  Policy News 
  • Districts to address number of African-Americans in special education
    Four school districts in Sacramento County are among 49 districts in California that have been flagged for having a "significantly disproportionate" number of African-American students in special education. The districts now must allocate a portion of their special-education funding to preventative programs and submit intervention plans for state review. "They need to review their policies, procedures and practices to make sure there isn't any bias or discrimination," said Fred Balcom, director of special-education programs for the California Department of Education. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Race to the Top reforms are beginning to take shape
    States that were among the first to receive Race to the Top grants in 2010 are now approaching their third year under the program, which means they are beginning to implement many of the changes they pledged in their applications. That includes a commitment to adopt the Common Core State Standards and to alter the way in which teachers are evaluated. Eleven states and the District of Columbia have four years to use the $4 billion, and so far $1 billion has been spent. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Traditional history instruction doesn't work. "Why Won't You Just Tell Us the Answer?" shows teachers how to move beyond just lectures and textbooks toward a more question-centered approach that fosters historical thinking and leaves a lasting impact. Includes 6 sample American history units. Preview the entire book online!

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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Report considers political influence of voters with disabilities
    Individuals with disabilities represent a significant voting block, although turnout in the 2008 elections among those with disabilities was 11% lower than that of those without disabilities, a new study shows. "Fully closing the disability gap would have led to 3 million more voters in 2008 and 3.2 million more voters in 2010, potentially affecting many races and subsequent public policies," researchers found. The study cited accessibility at the polls and transportation among the possible reasons for low turnout among voters with disabilities. Disability Scoop (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CEC Spotlight 
  • Only 4 weeks left to submit nominations for CEC Professional Awards
    Do you know an excellent special educator who deserves recognition? Consider nominating him or her for CEC's Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Award -- or another of CEC's awards for outstanding special-education professionals. The deadline is just four weeks away -- Oct. 19. Learn more about CEC's Professional Awards and our new e-submission process. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Last chance! Register today for CEC/DPHMD webinar on inclusion
    Inclusion in the social and learning opportunities in school is critical to the success and well-being of students with intellectual disabilities, autism and other developmental disabilities. The CEC/DPHMD Collaborative Webinar, "Meaningful Inclusion for Students With Moderate and Severe Disabilities," at 4 p.m. EDT Sept. 25, will address peer support arrangements that are practical and effective in general education classrooms, clubs, and other school activities. Sign up today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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