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December 4, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Sign language expands to include science terms
    Learning science and pursuing science careers can be challenging for students who are deaf because of a lack of universally accepted signs for most scientific terms. However, crowdsourcing projects at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C., and the Scottish Sensory Centre at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland are creating new signs for technical terms and distributing them online. "We not only want to provide support, we want to raise aspirations, to say to people, 'you can do this,' " said Peter Main, director of education and science for the Institute of Physics in London. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Will students who are advanced be hurt by math standards?
    Some parents in Montgomery County, Md., have expressed concern that math standards under Common Core State Standards will not allow students to advance beyond their grade level in math, leaving them bored and disconnected in classes. School officials, however, contend the new standards will deepen advanced students' knowledge of math and correct a problem of pushing some students before they were ready into advanced math classes. The Washington Post (12/2)
Unleash students’ creativity with coding & STEAM
We can't prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow, but we can ensure they are future-ready. In an increasingly automated world, learning code won't be enough — what students are able to DO with code will be what matters. Learn more on how to use STEAM & coding to turn students into creative problem-solvers.
  Educational Leadership 
  • How to identify a coachable teacher
    Teachers must be coachable to reach their full potential, writes instructional coach David Ginsburg. In this blog post, he writes that a primary indicator of coachability is how teachers react when they are struggling. Coachable teachers, as he demonstrates by using two videos, will take ownership of their weaknesses rather than blaming issues on outside factors. Education Week Teacher/Coach G's Teaching Tips (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Commission: Make European government sites accessible by 2015
    The European Commission issued a directive calling on European Union countries to make certain types of websites, such as employment, higher education, taxes or health information, fully accessible to people with disabilities by 2015. At this time, one-third of Europe's 761,000 government websites are fully accessible with features such as audio descriptions of images and written captions of sound files. TechCrunch (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy News 
  • CEC: U.N. treaty on rights of people with disabilities is "landmark"
    The U.S. Senate debate continues on the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and educational opportunities for people with disabilities around the world, even as President Barack Obama has signed the treaty, education reporter Nirvi Shah writes in this blog post marking International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The Council for Exceptional Children has called the document "landmark" and asked lawmakers to ratify it. Education Week/On Special Education blog (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Canadian mirco-loans help people with mental illness start businesses
    More than 100 people with mental illness have started businesses and are repaying loans during the first three years of a new charity in Canada called Rise Asset Developed. The program, which started with $1 million in seed money from philanthropist Sandra Rotman, offers micro-loans of up to $5,000 and mentoring through the University of Toronto. "I didn't know if the concept would work, but it does," Rotman said. "It's turned out better than I even dreamed." The Toronto Star (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

I See What You Mean is a practical guide to incorporating visual literacy—maps, diagrams, tables, graphs, and charts—throughout your curriculum. Author and visual literacy expert Steve Moline guides teachers with activities and scores of examples that naturally progress from simple to complex and concrete to abstract. Preview the entire book online!

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  CEC Spotlight 
  • Reality Check with Kathy: Advice from a Reality 101 veteran
    Remember Kathy? She wrote for Reality 101 in 2009-10. Kathy now teaches life and vocational skills to young adults with autism and cognitive disabilities. Reality 101 is circling back with her for a Reality Check to get her perspective and sage advice for new teachers. Read all about it at Reality 101, CEC's blog for new teachers. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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