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January 16, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
 
  • Okla. school district implements inclusive-education model
    The Ardmore City Schools in Ardmore, Okla., is transitioning to a program where special-education teachers and paraprofessionals serve students with disabilities in general-education classrooms. Special-education teachers will tutor students with individual education programs, or co-teach with the primary classroom teacher or set up stations within the classroom to work with small groups. "We are here to educate every child, and for the majority inclusion works," special-education teacher Pat Hawkins said. The Daily Ardmoreite (Ardmore, Okla.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

"Will resonate for every English teacher" (Carol Jago). Teaching Arguments gives you a firm grounding in rhetorical concepts, practical writing prompts, and engaging activities—such as the rhetorical précis, descriptive outlining, and the doubting & believing game—to build the skills your students need to comprehend, analyze, and respond to arguments. Preview the entire book!

  Educational Leadership 
 
  • A do-it-yourself approach to professional development
    School leaders should abandon the traditional professional-development model in favor of more user-generated learning, writes Lyn Hilt, an elementary-school principal and technology integrator/coach. That approach, Hilt writes in this blog post, includes learning that has active curation, reflection and contribution, as educator and founding member of Edcamp, Kristen Swanson, describes in her book, "Professional Learning in the Digital Age: The Educator's Guide to User-Generated Learning." Powerful Learning Practice (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Technology Trends 
  • App aids in speech exercises outside of formal therapy
    A new smartphone application called Fluently helps individuals with speech disorders, such as stuttering or articulation issues, practice speech exercises outside of formal therapy sessions. Developed by Tufts University junior Jack McDermott and based on his 15 years of being in speech therapy, the app provides a visual cue to help users know when they stutter or when they need to slow their speech to aid in pronunciation. BostInno (Boston) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Do digital devices encourage students to read?
    Technology has had both positive and negative effects on reading among students, according to a study released today by Scholastic Inc. The study finds that more children ages 6 to 17 are using digital devices to read. However, the technology is not necessarily driving an increased desire among students to read, according to researchers who found a drop in students who were self-described as frequent readers. The cause, researchers say, could be attributed to the use of tablets and other devices that allow for activities other than reading. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Media Decoder blog (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Policy News 
  • Ohio education board adopts rules on seclusion, restraint
    The Ohio Board of Education has adopted a new policy that permits school staff to use seclusion rooms and restraints only if students pose a physical threat to themselves or others. The policy also requires schools to notify parents in writing when these techniques are used. According to the new rules, such records will be deemed educational and may be protected from public exposure by student-privacy laws. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Autism symptoms may fade in time for some children, research shows
    An NIH-funded study found that 34 8- to 21-year-olds who were diagnosed with autism at an early age eventually grew out of their symptoms, functioning on par with those without the condition. Researchers said they were unable to determine the percentage of children with autism who may outgrow their symptoms, but that most do not. The findings were published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Disability Scoop (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEC Spotlight 
  • Deadline Approaching: CEC seeks success stories for annual publication
    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. The deadline is Jan. 25, so submit a success story today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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
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Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat."
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