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January 7, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Ind. district continues to address compliance issues
    Improvements in educating students with disabilities in the Gary Community School Corp. in Gary, Ind., include implementation of response to intervention -- a system that identifies at-risk students and recommends appropriate interventions. Officials say the program has reduced the number of students referred to special education. Besides RTI, new special-education director Marianne Fidishin has implemented a system of checks and balances for suspension and expulsions and has plans to bolster child-screening efforts. The Times (Munster-Hammond-Merrillville-Valparaiso, Ind.) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What are the benefits of competency-based grading?
    The competency-based grading and reporting model has been a part of one high school's improvement plan, writes principal Brian Stack. In this blog post, he notes five things that changed at his school in the three years since implementing the model. Among them are the formation of small learning communities for students and professional learning communities for teachers, the use of competency-based, common grading procedures and the reporting of student progress based on students' mastery of course-based competencies. Connected Principals blog (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Unleash students’ creativity with coding & STEAM
We can't prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow, but we can ensure they are future-ready. In an increasingly automated world, learning code won't be enough — what students are able to DO with code will be what matters. Learn more on how to use STEAM & coding to turn students into creative problem-solvers.
  Educational Leadership 
  • Study: Students' attitudes are a factor in achievement
    A recent study finds that girls have better attitudes about education than male students, causing them to do better in school. The findings, released by researchers from the University of Georgia and Columbia University, show that teachers' assessments often include factors such as students' attentiveness, task persistence, eagerness to learn, learning independence, flexibility and organization -- qualities not measured by standardized exams. (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Soccer-simulation game gets accessibility award
    AbleGamer selected a mainstream soccer simulation game, FIFA 13, as its "accessible mainstream game of the year" for its one-handed, mouse-based control. Among the other touted features are its visual cues for audio, intuitive menus and adjustable challenge levels. "[G]amers who may not have been able to enjoy iconic sporting activities like baseball, football, hockey or soccer can now take part in the fun," according to an AbleGamer statement. PolicyMic (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Ind. lawmaker proposes withdrawing from the common core
    Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, plans to introduce legislation that would remove the state's involvement with the Common Core State Standards. The sponsor of the legislation, expected to be heard in committee on Jan. 16, said he was concerned that the common core was adopted without a clear understanding of what it means for teachers and students. The legislation is seen as rebuttal of initiatives spearheaded by outgoing state schools superintendent Tony Bennett, who was defeated in November's election. Greenfield Daily Reporter (Ind.)/The Associated Press (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Here's your Tool of the Week
    This week's tool, "Managing and Improving Student Behaviors," comes from "When Behavior Makes Learning Hard: Positive Steps for Changing Student Behavior," and provides educators with steps for managing and improving student behaviors. Subscribe to Tool of the Week, and you'll find a free tool in your inbox every Monday morning. Get your Tool of the Week. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Do you work with students with intellectual disabilities or autism?
    CEC's Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD) supports the education and general welfare of individuals with intellectual disabilities, autism and related disabilities. Membership is available exclusively to CEC members and includes "Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities" and "Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities." Find out more and join today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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