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January 15, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • 15 tips for gifted educators who are just starting out
    Maintaining good relationships with teachers in your school, even if they are cynical about what you do, is a challenging but necessary task for educators who teach students who are gifted, writes gifted educator Tamara Fisher. Fisher in this blog post offers a lengthy list of advice from getting involved in school by joining committees to bringing treats to the teacher's lounge and attending faculty social functions that she says can help build relationships that ultimately benefit students. Education Week Teacher/Unwrapping the Gifted blog (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. district expands placement options for students with autism
    The Novato Unified School District in California has created an elementary-school class designed especially for students with autism spectrum disorders. Students do their work on iPads, take frequent sensory breaks, use cubicles to reduce distractions and visit peers to work on social and communication skills. "By having a class in the district, that means students don't have to leave Novato to get the services they need, so that is a huge benefit," Liz Smith, who oversees the district's special education, said. Marin Independent Journal (San Rafael, Calif.) (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Genre Reading, Comprehension, and Response
Genre Big Books and Classic Tales introduce genres to students at K-2 reading levels, while Genre Workshop includes matching books at two different reading levels to help diverse Grade 3-8 students read and respond to genre passages. Reader's Theater series engage Grade 1-8 students in understanding genres through active learning. Free Sampler.
  Educational Leadership 
  • Support, professional development are keys to retaining top teachers
    There are ways for schools to retain top teachers, even as more than half leave the profession within their first five years, write Eric Klinenberg, professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, and Caitlin Zaloom, associate professor of social and cultural analysis at NYU. They suggest better preparation for new teachers; greater compensation for educators; a focus on effective, meaningful teacher evaluations and professional development; and advancement opportunities without leaving the classroom. The Christian Science Monitor (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Website rates 17,000 venues for accessibility
    An accessibility rating website, and accompanying smartphone applications, called, allows users to list and rate travel accommodations and public spaces according to their accessibility. Created by the Rick Hansen Foundation in British Columbia, the site began as a way to assist travelers with disabilities coming to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and Paralympics and has grown, so far, into ratings for 17,000 locations. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • How Mich. school-choice policies affect special education
    School-choice policies have affected Detroit public schools in some unexpected ways, including resulting in a decline in overall student enrollment, but an increase in special-education numbers, educator John Thompson writes in this guest blog post. Thompson recounts how such policies affected his school and questions whether policymakers have considered the range of disabilities Detroit public schools serve and the challenges many are facing as they try to meet the needs of more students with individualized education programs. Education Week Teacher/Living in Dialogue blog (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Research IDs 25 gene variants tied to autism
    DNA samples collected from individuals with and without autism showed 25 new gene variants associated with a higher risk for developing autism spectrum disorder. Although researchers found a link between these genetic variants and increased autism risk, they failed to prove a causal relationship. The findings appear in the journal PLoS One. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Last chance: early bird deadline for the CEC 2013 Convention & Expo is TODAY!
    Join us April 3-6, 2013, in San Antonio for the CEC 2013 Convention & Expo, the largest professional-development event dedicated to special and gifted education. Educators from around the world will discuss the most pressing issues in special and gifted education and share information in areas such as common core state standards, autism spectrum disorders, policy, technology, and response to intervention. Register today; early bird deadline is today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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