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December 14, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Special-education stakeholders discuss teacher evaluations
    The Council for Exceptional Children convened a variety of education stakeholders this week to discuss special-education teacher evaluations in Arlington, Va., an event which follows CEC's October release of its position on special-education teacher evaluation. CEC's position addresses key issues such as the importance of identifying the complex role of the special educator, the risk of relying on value-added models to link student and teacher performance and the critical need for more research in this area. Education Week Teacher/Teaching Now blog (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Texas middle school supports inclusion through agriculture program
    Students with and without disabilities at Lincoln Middle School in San Angelo, Texas, are working together in the school's new agricultural science program. The FARM program -- Fostering Acceptance, Respect and Maturity -- that pairs students with disabilities with general-education students aims to provide more opportunities for inclusive education and social-skills development. San Angelo Standard-Times (Texas) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The new Strategies That Work Classroom Library Collections give you high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books for grades K-5 curated by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis, incorporating the reading comprehension strategies from their bestselling book. Includes great options for read-alouds and independent reading. Get details now!
  Educational Leadership 
  • Geese offer insight into effective school teams
    Before her school teams begin working together, transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar often gives them an article entitled, "Lessons we learned from geese." The lessons include supporting their teammates when they are struggling, offering encouragement and taking turns to perform the hard tasks. The behavior of geese also demonstrates the value in sharing a common direction and sense of community, Aguilar writes. Aguilar's blog (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Headphones designed for younger students
    A company called Califone has developed a set of child-sized headphones to help children and students with disabilities better use technology during computer-based instruction and in other settings. The headphones include microphones, ambient-noise blocking ear pads, plus USB ports and other plugs to be used with computers and tablets. T.H.E. Journal (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy News 
  • Ontario appoints autism advisory panel
    The Ontario government has appointed an eight-member committee to advise leaders on crafting policies and services for children and adults with autism. The committee will begin issuing reports within a few weeks, according to Children and Youth Services Minister Laurel Broten. The announcement comes after a lengthy series of articles by the Toronto Star highlighting the needs of individuals with autism. The Toronto Star (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Calif. art center gives voice to individuals with disabilities
    The Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, Calif., offers art classes, monthly stipends and sells art created by more than 160 individuals with disabilities. This article highlights the center and an artist that the center nurtured, Judith Scott, the first artist with Down Syndrome to have work featured at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The Atlantic online (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

Demystify test taking for your students with What Every Middle School Teacher Needs to Know About Reading Tests. Get activities for mastering test items across all of the commonly assessed reading standards, and see how to save time by integrating strategies with everyday instruction. Read Chapter 1: Helping Students Build a Test Vocabulary.

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  CEC Spotlight 
  • New life skills curriculum from CEC available now
    The new Life Centered Education (LCE) equips special-education teachers with the most comprehensive and in-depth life skills transition curriculum and assessment program for students with disabilities. And now, it's entirely online! For more information and to view a sample of the LCE Curriculum Matrix, visit our website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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
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