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December 31, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • N.C. teacher creates inclusive setting for student with autism
    Incorporating visual cues and developing a daily routine helped veteran educator Julie Busch teach her first student with autism in her kindergarten class at Central Elementary School in Albemarle, N.C. Along with assistance from special-education teachers, Busch also sought and received a grant to purchase learning resources from National Autism Resources and Flaghouse. "I was given a challenge in August of this year -- an incredible, life-changing challenge that has also energized my teaching," Busch said. The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, N.C.) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Educational Leadership 
  • Why experienced educators should observe teachers
    Eighth-grade English teacher Ariel Sacks in this blog post questions a job posting she saw that sought people to observe and evaluate teachers. The posting stated that experienced educators were preferred -- not required. Sacks writes that while the approach may work for the organization cited to evaluate its own program, officials should be careful not to harm the teaching profession. Teacher Leaders Network (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Technology Trends 
  • 2 communication-assisting apps show promise
    In this blog post, edutech entrepreuneur Sramana Mitra highlights three startup tablet application developers who are making inroads in the educational technology market. Two of the apps, Avaz from India and MyChoicePad from the U.K., were developed to help individuals with disabilities learn to communicate through pictures. Mitra writes that these apps help fill a market need but are also more expensive when compared to other apps. Small Business Trends (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Charter school management companies increasing nationwide
    Charter schools have grown from local programs formed by parents or communities into schools run by large companies and education management organizations (EMO). According to a study by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, for-profit education management organizations have increased nationally from five in 1995-96 to 99 in 2010-11, while nonprofits have grown from 48 in 1998 to 197 in 2010-11. "Within a couple of years, we're going to see the EMO sector account for more than half of the nation's public charter-school students," said Gary Miron, an education professor at Western Michigan University and a co-author of the report. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Tae kwon do class seeks to improve students' confidence, health
    Mike Tibbits, 37, who has an intellectual disability, is working on earning his orange belt in tae kwon do at a studio in Cobourg, Ontario. The classes aim to improve the health, self-confidence and self-defense skills of individuals with disabilities, says Jonathan Field, owner of Cobourg Tae Kwon Do. "They've overcome anything they couldn't do before. They've surpassed what I thought they could do," instructor Jeff Morrow said. NorthumberlandNews.com (Ontario) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of New Year's Day, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Director of SPED & Psychological ServicesGreen Dot Public SchoolsLos Angeles, CA
Director of Children's ServicesCommunity GatepathBurlingame, CA
Assistant Professor of Elementary Education and Special EducationMillikin UniversityDecatur, IL
Executive Director of Special EducationRay & Associate, Inc.Seattle, WA
Inclusive Early Childhood (IEC) Program CoordinatorBowling Green State UniversityBowling Green, OH
Director of SPED & Psychological ServicesGreen Dot Public SchoolsUS - CA - Los Angeles
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