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November 14, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Iowa education director recommends statewide RTI
    A report released by the Iowa Department of Education on the state's achievement gap recommends schools adopt response to intervention, an assessment system that would screen students three times a year and give extra instructional time to those falling below a baseline. Education Director Jason Glass writes in the report that special populations, including students with disabilities, are not performing on par and the state must take steps to meet the needs of all students. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (11/13) 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 
  • Is year-round education the best option?
    Officials in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., school district say they are considering expanding calendars at nine schools -- taking a cue from other districts in the state that have adopted year-round schedules. Supporters say the schedule is beneficial to students and teachers, who get more frequent breaks. Critics, however, say implementation of such schedules often is tricky depending on the model adopted. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • How teachers can use Learnist in the classroom
    English teacher Hauna Zaich writes in this blog post how she uses Learnist -- a website similar to Pinterest and is designed for educators -- in her eighth- and 10th-grade classes. Zaich uses "Learnboards," which are collections of Web resources, for her flipped-classroom lessons such as instruction on grammar where she uses reading, examples, videos and online activities. "I see so many possibilities for Learnist in my classroom and am excited to apply this innovation to my teaching practice," she writes. Zaich's blog (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy News 
  • Advocates seek penalty-free savings for individuals with disabilities
    Advocates for individuals with disabilities are lobbying Congress to pass a bill that would create a special savings account and allow those with disabilities to save up to $100,000 without losing government benefits. Known as the Achieving Better Life Experience Act, the bill has bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate, and supporters hope it will be voted on by the end of the year. Disability Scoop (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Athletes with disabilities learn teamwork during basketball camp
    More than 150 athletes with disabilities began training in August and September to compete in the Basketball Skills Camp, a Special Olympics event, held last week in Augusta, Ga. With the help of volunteers, the athletes divided into teams of five and competed in making spot shots, target tosses and speed dribbles. "It teaches them team skills, how to be competitive, teamwork, dedication, sportsmanship for sure, but it gives them something to look forward to," event coordinator Kristy Olive said. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dutch children with Down Syndrome have double the risk of obesity
    Children with Down Syndrome in the Netherlands were twice as likely as their typical peers to be overweight, according to a new study of nearly 1,600 children with the chromosomal condition. Researchers could not say whether some unknown biological factor or lifestyle is causing these children to gain weight, but they say in their report that the trend is "alarming." High rates of obesity also have been reported in U.S. children with special needs. Disability Scoop (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Free for CEC members: Webinar on CEC's Position on Special Education Teacher Evaluation
    After careful deliberation and extensive consultation with CEC members and other experts in the field, CEC's Board of Directors adopted a Position on Special Education Teacher Evaluation in October 2012. Join CEC on Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. ET or at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT), to learn what the position says and how you can use it to ensure evaluations in your district or state reflect and represent your complex role as a special educator. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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