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November 6, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Wash. students receive speech therapy through live video chat
    A rural school district in Moses Lake, Wash., is using an online service to provide speech therapy via videoconferencing. Speech therapists are working remotely with 70 students through video chat, which reduces the caseload for the school district's speech-language pathologists, district officials say. T.H.E. Journal (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Teaching reading with variation improves learning
    Students who learned to read using a phonetics method where students studied word lists with varied consonant sounds, rather than the typical method of similar-sounding words, showed better understanding of new words and were able to use those skills on new tasks, University of Iowa researchers say. Researchers divided 224 first-graders into two groups and found those who studied different sounding words more likely were able to read words they had never seen. Education Week/Early Years blog (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Rubrics. Test questions. Tiering assessments. Grading effort. Redos. Report cards. In his thoroughly revised edition of Fair Isn't Always Equal, Rick Wormeli provides a thorough guide for teachers and administrators to tackle challenging and controversial assessment and grading practices in the differentiated classroom. Preview the entire book!
  Educational Leadership 
  • L.A. schools engage parents to improve students' performance
    Los Angeles officials are using parent centers to help engage parents in their children's education and help improve students' achievement. The centers, officials say, aim to serve the needs of parents, who may be from low-income families or may be unable to speak English and need help feeling comfortable on campus. There are 576 such centers on campuses in the L.A. Unified School District. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Classroom amplification systems can meet needs of all students
    A Nebraska school district is piloting a program in which elementary-school classrooms are outfitted with amplification systems that allow all students to hear their classmates -- and their teachers -- loud and clear. The idea for the pilot program came from two mothers who have personal experiences with children who have difficulty hearing. Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
SmartBrief’s 5th Annual STEM Pathways Summit
Join us Thursday, Oct. 18 in New York City for the 5th annual STEM Pathways Summit, a FREE high-powered one-day event for K-20 STEM leaders and decision-makers. Develop a STEM toolkit, build a learning network with peers and share success stories and lessons learned. Register to request your seat.
  Policy News 
  • Should the U.S. be a model for special education?
    Although students with disabilities were denied an education before the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 30 years ago, education reporter Nirvi Shah writes in this blog post that she questions whether the U.S. can be a model for helping students with special needs. Shah met with educators from Kazakhstan looking for ideas on teaching students with special needs and she highlighted the troubles with certain special-education issues. Education Week/On Special Education blog (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Study: Music may help some students with ADHD concentrate
    Researchers at Florida International University found that, in limited cases, playing music during tasks was nearly as effective as medication in helping some boys with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder concentrate on schoolwork. The study examined boys who were on medication for ADHD and those who are not, as well as a control group of male students. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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How are schools killing the love of reading? In Readicide Kelly Gallagher outlines four damaging instructional practices, and offers suggestions on how teachers can cultivate lifelong readers. Click here to read Chapter 1: The Elephant in the Room.

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  CEC Spotlight 
  • CEC 2013 Convention & Expo blog
    CEC is going to San Antonio, April 3 to 6 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. We'll provide you with all the pertinent details on the Convention & Expo, as well as have a little fun exploring the city of San Antonio. Be sure to join us this spring for the largest professional-development event dedicated to special and gifted education. Visit CEC's new blog 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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