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January 31, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
 
  • High schools take new approaches to help stressed students
    High schools nationwide are seeking to help stressed-out students by bringing in therapy dogs, teaching yoga and relaxation techniques, and offering evenings free of homework. Two high schools in Maine are offering massage therapy and other treatments, while high schools in other states are scheduling recess-style breaks for older students. Educators say the approaches are designed to help students slow down and give them time to cope with their hectic schedules. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Minn. teachers institute silent communication approach
    Teachers at a Minnesota school are using a system of nonverbal management, called Envoy, to communicate with students. The method relies on providing high expectations for students' behavior and also adhering to the same gestures or pictures. A teacher might place her fingers over her lips, for example, to tell students it is time to be quiet. Teachers say the Envoy method has helped ease transitions between classes and caused students to be more attentive in the classroom. St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
Text Pairs Make Complex Content Accessible
Matching informational texts for Grades 3-8+ look the same and provide similar content but at two different reading levels, so diverse students can learn about the same topics at the same time. Genre Workshop theme sets also contain text pairs along with other books that provide related content at a range of reading levels. Free sampler.
  Educational Leadership 
  • Experienced teachers share what they wish they'd known earlier
    Experienced teachers think back on their careers and offer advice for others in this blog post compiled by Judy Willis, a neurologist and teacher. Included in their advice about goals and resources, as well as words of warning, is a suggestion from Georgia middle-school teacher Amy Fanusi to feel comfortable sharing ideas with colleagues and trying something new. Educators also urge new teachers to consult their colleagues on best practices but also keep in mind the importance of confidentiality in some cases. Edutopia.org/Judy Willis' blog (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Technology Trends 
  • Fla. nonprofit offers instruction on iPhone accessibility
    The Lighthouse of Broward in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., offers instruction to individuals with vision impairments on how to use the iPhone's accessibility features. The smartphone's standard features such as navigation, a currency reader and other voice-activated functions make it accessible right out of the box, said Eric Barrette, technology specialist at the Lighthouse of Broward. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Should teachers take the lead in addressing students' mental health?
    The tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., demonstrates the need for "mental-health literacy" and expanded mental-health services in schools, writes Laura C. Murray, a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, in Philadelphia. In this commentary, she writes that, among other things, schools and teaching colleges should train educators to meet students' mental-health needs and identify students who need services. "With proper and ongoing training, teachers can become adept at identifying children who need services while also promoting mental health throughout the school community," she writes. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Review finds lack of efficacy for psychological, dietary ADHD therapies
    A review of 54 studies in the American Journal of Psychiatry showed little evidence that nonpharmacological treatments for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, such as psychological or dietary interventions, can reduce symptoms. Parents should not be discouraged because the findings only "demonstrate that what we once thought worked is more limited and more questionable," study co-author Dr. Emily Simonoff said. WebMD/HealthDay News (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    The Pioneers Division (CEC-PD) is open to past presidents and anyone who has been a CEC member for 20 years or more. CEC-PD members actively support CEC's programs and activities and support the CEC/CEC-PD Mentoring Program, where college students are linked with veteran special educators. Find out more and join today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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