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March 18, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • How "reverse inclusion" is changing one school's culture
    An Ohio special-education teacher has created an elective class and club in which students without disabilities come into the environment where students with disabilities learn. She calls it "reverse inclusion" -- an approach that "brings typical peers into my classroom setting," she said. "It's not forced interaction, it's very natural," she said. "My kids aren't sitting by themselves anymore during lunch, and they're going over each other's houses on the weekend. It's more than I ever thought it would be." The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)/Sun News (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teacher: Getting students to buy into learning
    Motivating students to learn requires engaging them as active participants who take on leadership roles in class, National Board Certified Teacher Elizabeth Stein writes in this blog post. Stein shares more of what she says she learned from Larry Ferlazzo's "Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies for Student Motivation." In his book, Ferlazzo lays out five principles that teachers should adopt, such as building a community of learners, activating students' background knowledge and encouraging students to "learn by doing." MiddleWeb/Two Teachers in a Room blog (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Educational Leadership 
  • Why ethics training is necessary for school leaders
    Studying ethics is imperative for school leaders because of the types of decisions they make and who is affected by their actions, K-12 leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers write in this blog post. "All educators have a responsibility to do the right thing; right not only regarding regulations, laws, policies, and procedures, but right as it touches the hearts, souls, and minds of the children they are charged with educating," they write. Education Week/Leadership 360 (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • How are schools preparing students for the shift to one-to-one?
    While students are technology-savvy in their personal lives, they may be resistant to shifting to a one-to-one environment in school, writes David Jakes, coordinator of instructional technology in an Illinois district. In this blog post, Jakes writes that educators should expect some degree of push-back as they alter what "normal" means at school and change how students use technology. He writes that how schools prepare students for this change "will speak volumes about the type of learning culture your school has." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Ky. schools get ready for new rules on seclusion, restraint
    Schools across Kentucky are adopting new policies and are planning to train employees, from principals to school-bus drivers, to implement new state regulations on student seclusion and restraint for the 2013-14 school year. The rules allow use of such techniques on students whose actions could hurt themselves or others, but not as a general disciplinary measure. Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.) (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 

The language you use in the classroom can change students' lives. In Opening Minds Peter Johnston (author of the groundbreaking Choice Words) shows how words can shape students' learning, their sense of self, and their social, emotional, and moral development. Read Chapter 1: Choosing Words, Choosing Worlds.

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  • Honor the Best of the Best at CEC's Teacher of the Year Brunch
    The CEC Teacher of the Year Brunch, held April 6 as part of the CEC 2013 Convention & Expo, will honor several truly remarkable special educators. Have brunch and wrap up your convention experience with colleagues while helping congratulate CEC's 2013 Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Ashlie Abercrombie Allardyce, who will give a keynote address. Learn more and purchase your ticket today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Co-teaching publication available from CEC
    Learn how to implement co-teaching in your school with CEC's new publication "Leading the Co-Teaching Dance: Leadership Strategies to Enhance Team Outcomes." This invaluable resource provides school leaders with the strategies, resources, best practices, techniques, and materials they will need to establish and maintain successful co-teaching teams in their schools. Get your copy today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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