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March 19, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Making creative learning spaces more inclusive
    While it's good news that more students are using digital tools to engage in creative learning, these opportunities need to be more inclusive, EdTechTeacher co-founder and co-director Justin Reich writes in this blog post. Reich highlights some examples from the Digital Media and Learning conference, including mix-ability Maker Spaces, where he notes that tools can be designed to increase accessibility for individuals with disabilities and others. Education Week/EdTech Researcher blog (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Should teachers group students by ability?
    Grouping students by ability has been controversial for years, but the trend is growing in education, according to research released Monday by the Brookings Institution's Brown Center on American Education. Researchers found that the percentage of fourth-grade teachers grouping students by reading ability grew from 28% to 71% from 1998 to 2009, and the percentage of fourth-grade math teachers using grouping grew from 40% to 61% from 1996 to 2011. Critics say the practice, in which students are grouped by ability within a specific class, is a civil rights issue because it creates lower expectations, while supporters say it helps children improve their skills. USA Today (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Meet Common Core State Standards and prepare students for adulthood
How can high schools teach standards-based academic content and the critical transition skills students need to navigate adulthood? Find out in this practical guide, filled with tips, activities, and model lesson plans aligned with Common Core State Standards. Download a free chapter!
  Educational Leadership 
  • Teachers at sister schools take training on the road
    Teachers at schools in Alabama and New York City are learning from each other through a sister-schools program, which has included visits to each school site. Already teachers say they have benefited from the visits, with teachers in Alabama able to reach students in New York City and their teachers observing high-performing teachers in Alabama. "Even though we are very different I think that's exactly what makes it a good partnership," said Chris Birkel, a New York City history teacher. (Robertsdale, Ala.) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Perkins eLearning: Online Professional Development
Perkins is a leading source of online training for educators whose students are blind and deafblind. Be a part of our teacher community. Earn professional development credits online via: 1) participating in a variety of online learning activities OR 2) contributing instructional strategies and activities to our interactive websites! Learn More
  Technology Trends 
  • Tonight's homework: Play Minecraft
    A growing number of teachers are using the computer game Minecraft -- a building game similar to Legos -- to help teach students lessons in history and math. Two social studies teachers in the District of Columbia use the game to help sixth-grade students develop a Roman city. Now, TeacherGaming is helping educators integrate Minecraft into their teaching -- solving technical problems and helping teachers get set up with the program. The Washington Post (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Some Ore. students used alternative reading exams to graduate
    Nearly 1,700 members of Oregon's high school Class of 2012 were allowed to graduate, even though they did not pass the state's standardized reading test as required for the first time. English-language learners and students with disabilities made up a large portion of the students who used an alternative assessment to graduate. The state will collect data for at least another year before examining the validity of alternative assessments that are used to show students can read, said Derek Brown, who oversees graduate assessments for the state. The Oregonian (Portland) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Report: Aggression prevalent among youths with autism
    A report involving 1,584 2- to 17-year-olds with autism revealed that approximately 53% of them were physically aggressive, with younger children showing more aggression than older children. Self-injury and sleep or sensory issues were substantially linked to a greater likelihood of aggression, researchers reported in the journal Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Disability Scoop (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  CEC Spotlight 
  • The new issue of TEACHING Exceptional Children focuses on STEM
    The latest issue of TEACHING Exceptional Children (TEC), published specifically for teachers and administrators of children with disabilities and gifts and talents, features practical articles focused on topics related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Log in today to read articles, such as "Using an iPad in Inclusive Preschool Classrooms to Introduce STEM Concepts." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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