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December 7, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Calif. students learn what it's like to live with disabilities
    First-graders at Miraloma Elementary School in San Francisco moved widgets with socked hands and walked around wearing special goggles to learn what it is like to have certain disabilities. The exercise was part of the school's observation of National Inclusive Schools Week, which promotes inclusion and tolerance of students with disabilities or differences. "I hope they get just a sense of how to include and recognize differences," said Catherine Dauer, a parent of a student in special education. San Francisco Chronicle (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Educational Leadership 
  • How 5 schools have benefited from empowering teachers
    This article profiles five schools with high teacher retention rates and interviews staff to explain the reasons why turnover is low, such as a healthy work environment and empowered teachers. The schools include a formerly struggling high school in Massachusetts that was able to turn around its students' achievement in part by having educators take the lead, and a middle school in Georgia that turned to teachers for ideas on how to better provide a 21st-century education for students. Scholastic Administrator magazine (Late Fall 2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Lawmaker proposes mobile, wireless health bill
    Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., has proposed a bill that would aim to form a mobile health system initiative at the Department of Health and Human Services and eliminate obstacles to wireless health adoption. The possible legislation also would look at the development of a tax incentive program that would help providers cut their costs associated with non-electronic health record IT activities. Healthcare Informatics online (12/4), (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Will online testing prompt schools to focus more on technology?
    Students who took national writing exams using computers reportedly fared better than those who wrote their answers by hand -- findings that some say could lead more schools to focus on digital literacy or implement one-to-one technology initiatives. Sue Gendron, of Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, says schools should respond by adopting more classroom technology to ensure all students have equal access to its benefits, both on the testing side and later in the job market. Scholastic Administrator magazine (Late Fall 2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • "Fiscal cliff" could cause $900M in cuts to special education
    Special-education programs nationwide could lose $900 million as well as 11,000 teachers and aides, if federal lawmakers fail to reach a deal to stop automatic spending cuts slated for Jan. 2. The federal cuts would come after years of tightened and trimmed budgets because of the economy. "We've sort of done the haircuts we can do. Sequestration would be basically kind of a hacksaw," said Kate Tromble, director of legislative affairs at the Education Trust, an education policy research group. The Miami Herald (free registration)/McClatchy Newspapers (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Survey: Some siblings unprepared to care for adults with disabilities
    A nationwide survey by Easter Seals of 351 people who care for adult siblings with developmental disabilities offer a snapshot into the issues they face when serving as a caregiver. Many of the siblings said they were unprepared for the responsibility, while 30% said they receive no support from others. However, 80% of respondents reported a close bond with the sibling with disabilities, and half said the sibling had a positive effect on their lives. Disability Scoop (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fall in love with our Reality 101 bloggers
    Novice and veteran special educators alike are getting to know CEC members Charmelle, Danielle, Jerry, John and Kaylie -- and falling in love with their humorous, honest accounts of what it's like to be new to the field. Follow along as they conduct IEP meetings, plan class field trips and attempt to find that ever-elusive work-life balance. You can even subscribe via e-mail or download entries as podcasts, so you won't miss a single post. Check out the Reality 101 blog today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    CEC members are committed to upholding and advancing the CEC Professional Ethical Principles and Practice Standards, including protecting and supporting the physical and psychological safety of individuals with exceptionalities. Get a copy of What Every Special Educator Must Know. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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