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January 21, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Colo. school focuses on personalized, intensive interventions
    Students on the autism spectrum and those with developmental disabilities now have access to Colorado's Joshua School -- one of two schools authorized by the Colorado Department of Education to receive public funds. The school recently opened a second campus in Boulder, Colo., where students are in classrooms with three to four peers, a special-education teacher, a behavioral therapist and an aide. Each student has a binder with a personalized schedule that includes coping strategies for undesirable behaviors, such as telling a joke rather than running around when a student feels silly. Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Are computer-based reading interventions effective?
    Principal Peter DeWitt considers the effectiveness of computer-based reading interventions in this blog post. He quotes reading expert Dick Allington and a national study to explore the issue of whether popular software programs have a significant impact on students' reading scores and what role such programs should play in the classroom -- instructional or supplemental. Education Week/Finding Common Ground blog (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  Educational Leadership 
  • Conn. panel seeks to improve teacher preparation
    New teachers often say they feel under-prepared in classroom management skills, according to experts providing input to the Educator Preparation Advisory Council in Connecticut. The council -- a joint effort among state K-12 and higher-education officials -- is tasked with making recommendations on improving teacher preparation programs. Among the suggestions: having student teachers work with mentor teachers for an entire school year, starting on the first day, when classroom rules and routines are introduced. The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  Policy News 
  • Minn. schools struggle to hire, retain paraprofessionals
    Stagnant wages and more demanding duties are creating a shortage of special-education paraprofessionals in the St. Paul, Minn., area, officials say. Districts, such as St. Paul Public Schools, are tackling the problem by providing more training and transparency about what to expect when you're on the job. "It's a huge hurdle getting (paraprofessionals), and it's a hurdle making sure they're staying," special-education director Elizabeth Keenan said. Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Kennedy Center accommodates sensory issues at special performances
    The Kennedy Center is following a national trend among theaters by offering special musical performances for children with autism and sensory processing issues. Among the accommodations the Kennedy Center is making: selling only half of the seats to allow children the space to move, having music selections vetted by experts and keeping the house lights low. The center also publishes a digital storybook to prepare children for the routines of going to the theater. The Washington Post (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEC Spotlight 
  • CEC seeks success stories for annual publication
    Each year, CEC publishes the Federal Outlook for Exceptional Children, providing an overview of federally funded programs that impact children and youth with exceptionalities. Personal stories of students who have benefited from special education and early intervention services put a human touch on the publication, so CEC invites you to share your success stories for possible inclusion in the 2014 edition. The deadline is Jan. 25, so submit a success story today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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