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December 27, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Ohio pilots dyslexia intervention program
    Eight Ohio school districts are participating in a state pilot program that aims to judge effectiveness of early-reading interventions in curbing future special education referrals. Funded by the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children, educators in participating districts will provide three tiers of instruction to struggling students. The Athens Messenger (Ohio) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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 
  • Educators need to identify their safe harbor
    Educator should seek refuge in their "harbor" -- an area of familiarity -- when undertaking a new teaching skill or curriculum, writes Mike Fisher, an educational consultant and instructional coach. In this blog post, he uses the metaphor of a ship, saying that ships are not intended to be anchored forever and that it is important to know where you are going before you begin the journey. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Samsung engineers design more affordable DIY eye-tracking kit
    Samsung engineers have developed a do-it-yourself eye-tracking kit to help individuals with neuromuscular syndromes communicate. The kit, called eyeCan, includes a pair of glasses, a webcam, infrared LEDs, copper wires and software and is expected to cost about $100, as opposed to the $10,000 price tag of current eye-tracking devices. Not yet ready for commercial use, the DIY device still has issues, such as interference with the camera from too much sunlight in the room. Yonhap News Agency (South Korea) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • At what age should children enroll in kindergarten?
    The cutoff date for children in Tennessee to enroll in kindergarten has been moved back. Under the change approved by state legislation, in the 2014-15 school year, children must be 5 years old by Aug. 15 to enroll -- earlier than the current cutoff of Aug. 31. The previous deadline was Sept. 30. The move is part of a trend emerging nationwide in which districts -- and parents -- are in favor of giving students more time to mature before enrolling in kindergarten. The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Researchers study fascia massage for children with cerebral palsy
    Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine are studying how massaging the fascia tissue improves movement in children with cerebral palsy. The technique, known as rolfing after the doctor who popularized it in the 1970s, is believed to relax muscles and joints and improve movement. "This is not a cure," Karen Price, who performs the fascia-massage sessions, said. "This is giving kids the best use of what they have." San Francisco Chronicle (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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All teachers of algebra should have The Xs and Whys of Algebra at their fingertips during planning and instruction. This handy 84-page flipchart cuts through the confusion to help you prevent common misconceptions. 30 modules focus on key standards with instructional strategies, activities, and reproducibles. Click here for details!

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  CEC Spotlight 
  • Have you met the Reality 101 bloggers?
    CEC has chosen four new special educators to share their teaching experiences on Reality 101, our popular blog for new teachers. Charmelle, Danielle, Jerry, John and Kaylie are funny, likeable and really honest about what it's like to be new to special education. Cheer them on at Reality 101. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEC's Policy Insider blog and e-mail digest
    Subscribe to CEC's free weekly e-mail digest of CEC's Policy Insider Blog, which features real-time information about the special- and gifted-education issues Congress and the Obama Administration are considering. View the blog and sign up today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind."
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