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November 26, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Utah elementary offers "sensory breaks"
    Whittier Elementary School in West Valley City, Utah, offers physical therapy and sensory-integration rooms to give students with disabilities "sensory breaks" that school officials say helps them focus on their lessons. The rooms offer a variety of sensory therapies from soft music and disco balls to vibrating mats and climbing walls. "It's unbelievable the amount of focus you can get if you spend just a little bit of a break, a sensory break, where you get varied kinds of stimulation like this," said Noelle Converse, special-education director for Granite School District. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students with gifts, disabilities sometimes struggle to get help
    Education reporter Jay Mathews writes in this blog post that homework and repetitive assignments are a challenge to complete for students who are gifted and who also have learning disabilities. Parents of such children often struggle to get accommodations for them because their teachers sometimes view these students as "lazy," he notes. Mathews argues that teachers should set aside preconceived ideas and, at least, consider accommodations for these students. The Washington Post/Class Struggle blog (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Educational Leadership 
  • Programs focusing on students transform Calif. elementary school
    Principal Canen Peterson helped change the reputation of Theodore Judah Elementary in Folsom, Calif., from "the prison school" to one of the highest-performing schools in the area. He created dozens of programs, including an academically accelerated program, a mentor program bringing in adults from the community and 13 after-school clubs and enrichment programs open to all students. "For the first time in a long time, we don't have students leaving," Peterson said. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Utah teen with autism connects with online charter school
    Susan Harms, whose 15-year-old son, David, has autism and fetal alcohol syndrome, believes the Utah Virtual Academy K-12 program has helped her son progress further than any traditional campus he has attended. The teen is attracted to technology and uses the computer and his smartphone to complete assignments. The online charter school organizes the teenager's speech and occupational therapy sessions and individual education program meetings. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Wash. district creates data system to find at-risk students early
    Spokane Public Schools in Washington has developed its own data-analysis system. Called the Early Warning System, it uses students' attendance, discipline referrals and assessment scores to identify students, as early as elementary school, who are at risk for dropping out. Once students are flagged, teachers can use the data to offer appropriate interventions, such as extra assistance in reading or math, to help bring students' skills up to grade level. The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) (free content) (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Therapy may help some with Tourette's control tics
    Valsa Eapen, a researcher at the University of New South Wales and the Ingham Institute, says cognitive-behavior therapy could help people with Tourette's syndrome control their tics by recognizing the urge and then doing some other movement. She presented her research on the therapy at the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology conference. Her research also includes identifying the five genes that cause Tourette's syndrome, which also are linked to other developmental disorders such as autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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