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December 3, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Website supports better library access for students with disabilities
    A new website offers librarians a self-paced online curriculum of videos, games and assessments to help them better meet the needs of students with disabilities. Project ENABLE (Expanding Nondiscriminatory Access by Librarians Everywhere) was developed by Ruth V. Small of Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies after she conducted a survey of school librarians and found that they gave themselves low scores in the area of disability services. School Library Journal (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Educational Leadership 
  • Teachers' role in defining the profession
    The teaching profession is changing, writes middle-school teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron. In this blog post, she urges teachers to be part of that transition by helping to define the profession and direct its future. For some, she writes, their contribution could come outside of the classroom, as they explore other roles in education leadership. Wolpert-Gawron's blog (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Scientists design robots for individuals with disabilities
    Two scientists, Kaijen Hsiao and Matei Ciocarlie, at Willow Garage in Menlo Park, Calif., are developing robots to help individuals with disabilities be more independent in their homes. Still in the design stage, Hsiao and Ciocarlie are working with an individual with quadriplegia, on designing a robot to do basic household tasks, such as getting food from the refrigerator. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Schools, parents consider Canadian court ruling on special-ed funding
    The Supreme Court of Canada recently awarded Jeffrey Moore, a student with dyslexia, about $100,000 for private-school tuition after the North Vancouver school board cut a program for dyslexia to save money. Some say the decision could mean more parents will seek private-school tuition reimbursement if they disagree with a school's proposed program. Others point out that the Moore case calls into question schools' programming decisions, and specifically in this case, concerning whether the district did enough to save the dyslexia program. Both sides predict more litigation on the matter. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • What changes are expected in revised diagnostic manual?
    The revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual due out in May no longer will include Asperger's Syndrome as a separate diagnosis. Instead, it will fall under the broader category of autism spectrum disorder. Dyslexia, too, will be covered by several categories of learning disabilities, and a new disorder called disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD) will be used for children who display severe temper tantrums, who some say may have been misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)/The Associated Press (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.J. teenager with autism kicks winning goal
    Anthony Starego, a student at Brick Township High School in Brick, N.J., may have autism, but that didn't stop him from making the winning field goal with 21 seconds left in a tied game. For Starego, whose autism makes him shun physical contact, becoming a kicker was a challenge, but the disorder instead became an asset as his adherence to routine makes him a better kicker. "Routine is everything to him. It's what his life is all about," his father, Ray Starego, said. USA Today (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Math Exchanges shows K-3 teachers how to foster rich discussions in small groups and help students construct new meaning and understanding. Includes hands-on activities, an extensive appendix with reproducibles, and a chapter focused on kindergarten. Click here now to read Chapter 1: Creating Space for Math Workshop.

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  • Urge Senate to vote FOR CRPD on Tuesday!
    The U.S. Senate will vote on Tuesday to ratify the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the first international treaty to provide disability rights globally. Urge your Senators to vote FOR the CRPD by using CEC's Legislative Action Center; it takes a minute to contact your Senator! Senate will vote Tuesday; send an e-mail or call your Senator today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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