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December 5, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Ore. college students mentor high-school students with disabilities
    A group of graphic design students at Portland State University in Oregon spend every Wednesday mentoring and teaching art to a group of 25 Centennial Learning Center high-school students with autism or behavioral challenges. In the class, called a "Friendtorship, the college students teach vocabulary and techniques that might appear on state standardized tests, while guiding students in projects, such as making a flag about themselves. "If we bring a lot of kids in, think about what that would do for getting kids to go to college. Art is an easy access point for kids. But what about science and math?" said PSU professor Liz Charman, who helped start the class three years ago. The Oregonian (Portland) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wyo. district examines its program for students who are gifted
    A task force in Natrona County schools in Wyoming will examine how the district educates its students in the gifted and talented program. Fewer than one-third of the district's students who are gifted take Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses in high school, and some take remedial classes in college, according to a recent report. In addition, 87% report being bullied, the report found. One trustee also suggested the group consider how the program is being funded and how the district's resources are being used to support it. Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.) (tiered subscription model) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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.
  Educational Leadership 
  • Teachers need differentiation in professional development
    The one-size-fits-all model of professional development available to most teachers does not work, veteran teacher Katrina Stevens writes in this blog post. Stevens suggests a learning community model with daily, ongoing PD focused on student learning. "In order to successfully implement new practices and improve student learning, a learning community needs to 1) focus its efforts, 2) work collaboratively, 3) be willing to reflect and examine what's working and 4) be willing to make adjustments when they aren't seeing the desired outcomes for students," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  Policy News 
  • Report shows graduate rate increase for students with disabilities
    National graduation rates for students with disabilities increased by 2% from 2009 to 2010, according to the 2012 Disability Statistics Compendium, an annual report compiled at the University of New Hampshire. More than 250,000 students with disabilities graduated with a diploma, and another 60,000 earned certificates of completion. During the same time, the drop-out rate for students with disabilities also declined by 1.4%, representing more than 84,000 students. Disability Scoop (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Teens with mental disorders often aren't on psychiatric drugs
    Researchers from the National Institutes of Health surveyed more than 10,000 U.S. teens between 2001 and 2004, and found that just 14.1% of those who met the criteria of a mental disorder had been prescribed a psychiatric drug in the preceding year. The study, in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, showed that patients diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder had the highest rates of psychiatric drug use. Reuters (12/3), WebMD (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  CEC Spotlight 
  • Happy 90th Anniversary, CEC!
    In celebration of CEC's 90th Anniversary, we'll be posting an historic article from the collection, Reflections on Inclusion, featuring the seminal works by special education's most distinguished authors. The latest article, "A Rationale for the Merger of Special and Regular Education," promotes one educational system that meets the needs of all students. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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