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February 5, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Educator uses social media to lead project-based lessons
    Gifted-education teacher Krissy Venosdale uses various digital media tools, including Skype, Twitter and blogs, to take learning to the next level, journalist Suzie Boss writes in this blog post. Venosdale uses KnowGlobe to connect students to others around the world and recently organized a mock election at #KidVote. "My kids are used to that sense of exploring. They want to know. They want to ask. They're constantly thinking," she said. Boss's blog (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Boosting Executive Skills
Do your students have difficulty maintaining deadlines, organizing their learning, focusing in class, and building social relationships? In Boosting Executive Function, best-selling author Joyce Cooper-Kahn offers classroom-tested strategies and approaches, along with exclusive bonus web material to extend support and learning beyond the classroom. Read a sample chapter and save 30% here.
  Educational Leadership 
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  Technology Trends 
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SmartReport on EdTech
SmartReport on EdTech is your guide for all things education technology. Read about the highlights and takeaways from this year's ISTE Conference; find out what's keeping educators up at night; 5 tips for developing VR content creators; plus all of the latest innovative edtech products. Read it here.
  Policy News 
  • Disability advocate announces retirement from U.S. Senate
    Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, a long-time advocate for individuals with disabilities, announced last month he will not seek re-election in 2014. Harkin, who chairs Senate committees on education policy and funding, helped craft the Americans with Disabilities Act and pushed each year for full funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. "Everyone in the community knew that this was coming at some point but it's still been like a shock wave," Lindsay Jones, senior director of policy and advocacy services for the Council for Exceptional Children, said. "A world without Sen. Harkin is hard to imagine." Education Week (premium article access compliments of (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Shift to neighborhood autism programs draws some criticism
    Some parents of students with autism enrolled in Benjamin E. Mays International Magnet School in St. Paul, Minn., are raising concerns about a district plan to serve students with autism in smaller, neighborhood programs. Some say the district may need give students more time to adjust to such a transition. District officials have said the move is an effort to ease students with autism into mainstream settings. Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Exceptionalities 

I See What You Mean is a practical guide to incorporating visual literacy—maps, diagrams, tables, graphs, and charts—throughout your curriculum. Author and visual literacy expert Steve Moline guides teachers with activities and scores of examples that naturally progress from simple to complex and concrete to abstract. Click here now for details!

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  CEC Spotlight 
  • Register now for the CEC Institute on Physical Restraint & Seclusion
    This institute will provide special educators with the most current information on restraint and seclusion. Presenters will provide an overview of the current status of federal and state polices, discuss ethical and practice issues, propose preventative and alternative procedures and suggest policy guidelines for schools and districts. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Here's your Tool of the Week
    This week's tool, "Exploring Science: Tech World," comes from "U-STARS~PLUS Family Science Packets," and provides a family science activity that explores the uses and characteristics of technology through collecting data, communicating, inferring, interpreting data, and more. Subscribe to Tool of the Week, and you'll find a free tool in your inbox every Monday morning. Get your Tool of the Week. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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