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February 15, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • N.Y. boy with severe allergies uses a robot to attend school
    A second-grade student with life-threatening allergies attends Winchester Elementary School in West Seneca, N.Y., with the help of a robot. The student controls the robot, equipped with a microphone and video camera, remotely from home and uses it to attend class, hang out with friends at recess and participate in class performances in the auditorium. The Detroit News (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Va. schools to use mix of face-to-face instruction, digital learning
    About 6,000 elementary- and middle-school students in Virginia will learn math via a blended-learning model with games developed by the Mind Research Institute. The games -- designed to be accessible by students with learning disabilities and English-language learners -- will have a direct connection to in-class lessons. T.H.E. Journal (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Educational Leadership 
  • Pressure begins to take its toll on teachers
    A recent plea on Twitter on behalf of teachers was a "wake-up call" for him that teachers are under an enormous amount of pressure, educator Anthony Cody writes in this blog post. Cody suggests that, to help educators cope, teachers should act like family members, take time to celebrate success, work to retain colleagues and look for opportunities for inspiration. Education Week Teacher/Living in Dialogue blog (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • IPads are "transforming" instruction
    Educators say students who use iPads are able to look up unfamiliar words as they are reading on the tablets, receive instant feedback from teachers and have access to an unprecedented amount of information without leaving the classroom. While it's still relatively rare, a growing number of public schools are purchasing enough iPads so that every student can have one. "It's transforming instruction," said Marianne Currie-Hall, principal of Roy B. Kelly Elementary School in Lockport, N.Y. "I've got kindergarteners who email me their work." The Buffalo News (N.Y.) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Can universal preschool close the achievement gap?
    The call for universal preschool in President Barack Obama's address Tuesday highlights increased research into child development and indications the achievement gap exists among children as young as age 3. Nine states and the District of Columbia fund universal prekindergarten programs for 4-year-olds, and most states fund some preschool for low-income families. "The way you measure the benefits are not necessarily in grades or better test scores, but really those kids seem to do better as adults," said Dr. Tracy King, a pediatrician and instructor at Johns Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore. The Washington Post (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CEC Webinar -- Differentiate using tiered instruction: teaching students with ASD
    Tiered instruction can be a very effective strategy in teaching students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) when general and special education teachers collaborate in an inclusive classroom. This webinar will walk you through the planning, implementation and evaluation processes involved in differentiating in this way. Participate in this webinar to learn how to identify the sequence of steps involved in tiered instruction. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEC needs your success stories
    Each year, CEC publishes the Federal Outlook for Exceptional Children, providing an overview of federally funded programs that impact children and youth with exceptionalities. Personal stories of students who have benefited from special education and early intervention services put a human touch on the publication, so CEC invites you to share your success stories for possible inclusion in the 2014 edition. Submit a success story today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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