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November 15, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Computer program shows promise for reducing ADHD symptoms
    Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder who played a computer-based attention-training game for eight weeks showed substantial improvements in inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms, a study found. The study revealed that those with severe ADHD symptoms yielded greater outcomes following the intervention, compared with other children. Healio/Infectious Diseases in Children (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stakeholders come together for Disability Mentoring Day
    Nearly 100 high-school students with disabilities in the Pittsburg, Kan., area participated in Disability Mentoring Day, where they talked to representatives from colleges and local companies about potential careers. Students also received advice on career topics, such as job-interview skills, effects of social media on getting a job and filling out job applications. "It's good for the kids to learn how to ask questions and get information," Pittsburg High School educator Sarah Reese said. The Morning Sun (Pittsburg, Kan.) (11/14) 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 
  • Bar exam is proposed for aspiring teachers
    American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, now with News Corp.'s education division, typically are on opposite sides of education-reform issues -- but both have come out in favor of a type of bar exam for aspiring teachers. They say such rigorous exams would ensure the best and brightest join the teaching profession. The Atlantic online (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Google apps not fully compatible with many assistive devices
    Individuals with disabilities are not able to fully access popular Google apps, such as GoogleDocs, GMail and Calendar, according to the Access Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN). Although some improvements have been made for Google programs to work with assistive technologies, challenges still exist, especially for those with visual impairments, the group reported. eCampus News (free registration) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy News 
  • Ga. board warns online charter over handling of special education
    Georgia's board of education declined to act on a funding request and threatened revocation for the Georgia Cyber Academy over the school's failure to properly assess and teach its students with disabilities. Since May, the state education department has warned the charter school to increase its staffing to support students with disabilities, which have increased to 1,100 from 600 over the past two years. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • iPad helps Canadian teen with autism to communicate
    Before she was able to type on a keyboard, Carly Fleischmann, a Toronto teenager with severe autism, couldn't even tell someone she felt sick. Now, with the iPad, she can use its applications to communicate with her family, teachers and peers, using pictures and words she can tap on the screen. An added bonus, her father said, is the iPads's "coolness" factor, since the tablet does stand out like other assistive devices. CNN (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Traditional history instruction doesn't work. "Why Won't You Just Tell Us the Answer?" shows teachers how to move beyond just lectures and textbooks toward a more question-centered approach that fosters historical thinking and leaves a lasting impact. Includes 6 sample American history units. Preview the entire book online!

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  CEC Spotlight 
  • New autism spectrum disorder (ASD) publication available from CEC
    A must-have for all educators working with students with ASD, "A Guide to Teaching Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders" discusses strategies and teaching techniques that have shown great promise in helping students with ASD to succeed. Each chapter provides teachers with practical information about how to approach the tasks of determining what to teach and how to teach, with clearly defined steps for implementation. Get your copy today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEC in San Antonio: Shopping and preconvention workshops
    CEC is going to San Antonio, April 3-6, 2013, and our new blog is the place for attendees and exhibitors to get up-to-date information, fun facts and recommendations on all things convention and San Antonio. Find out CEC's top picks for shopping in San Antonio or learn more about CEC's Preconvention Workshops. Visit CEC's new blog today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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