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December 29, 2008
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
 
  • Study: Learning disabilities may require different strategies
    Children of well-educated parents are more likely to have inherited learning disabilities while those born to families with less education may suffer reading difficulties tied more to insufficient experience practicing reading and other academic skills, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Such groups may require different teaching strategies, researchers said, as extensive practice will likely help those who are poorly prepared more than those with genetic constraints. Science Daily Magazine (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Florida may reduce training requirements for ELL teachers
    A Florida education-department proposal to reduce the 600 hours of training required for ELL reading teachers, possibly to as few as 90 hours, is intended to help attract more people to the field, said Mary Jane Tappen, the state's deputy chancellor for curriculum, instruction and student services. But some parents and education leaders say the extra training is necessary for students' success. The Miami Herald (free registration) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Tracking bracelet helps families find lost loved ones
    Families of people with autism or other disabilities that make them likely to wander away may benefit from bracelets equipped with tracking equipment originally designed to locate stolen cars. But the $300 annual cost may be cost-prohibitive, says Amber Whittaker, a spokeswoman for Project Lifesaver International, which has used the technology to track down more than 1,800 people, usually in less than 30 minutes. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • More Florida parents claim special education vouchers
    Two Florida programs that fund private-school tuition for children with disabilities and those from low-income families have increased 21% and 65%, respectively, in the two years since the state stopped offering tuition vouchers. About 42,000 students participate at a cost to the state of about $205 million. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students invited to be part of parent-teacher conferences
    Students are now being invited to participate in parent-teacher conferences at an Illinois middle school -- part of an effort to make the meetings a more positive experience. Tefft Middle School is just one of many schools nationwide taking a new approach to the traditional conferences, and officials say that participation is up and students become more involved in the discussions about their academic progress. NYTimes.com (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Skiers with visual impairments explore New England countryside
    The New England Regional Ski For Light nonprofit pairs guides with people who have visual disabilities so both can enjoy outdoor activities like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, canoeing and bicycling. "I didn't have any trepidation. I felt totally comfortable," said Marie Hennessy of her first time on skis. "The guide who was with me had incredible patience. I knew I was going to trust this person, and he knew I wanted to make this work." The Boston Globe (free registration) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEC Spotlight 
  • "Classroom Moments: Video Clips to Enhance Early Childhood"
    Don't miss this instructional, interactive DVD developed by the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative and Video Active Productions. The program includes 28 video clips captured in actual early-childhood classrooms as well as a PDF Trainer Guide with recommended ways to use the clips, discussion topics and group activities. Visit the CEC Store online to purchase. Find out more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Congratulations to CEC's new Board of Directors
    CEC's membership-wide election concluded Oct. 23. Terms of office for newly elected board members will begin Jan. 1, 2009. Find out more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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