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November 16, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • How to expand on the common core for students who are gifted
    Gifted-education specialist Tamara Fisher considers in this blog post how the Common Core State Standards will affect the teaching of students who are gifted, and how to expand on these standards for students who already have mastered grade-level material. Fisher, who is attending the National Association for Gifted Children convention, offers ideas gleaned from presentations, including considering the pacing of math lessons for students who are gifted, and exploring connections between math topics and other content areas. Education Week Teacher/Unwrapping the Gifted blog (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Should teachers and students text?
    The school board in an Oregon district is considering adopting a new policy that would seek to place limitations on the use of technology for teachers and students to communicate. The policy would discourage teachers and students from communicating via text and would require any communication after hours be professional and about school matters. Some, however, say the policy is vague and could be unreasonable given the widespread use of texting to communicate. Albany Democrat-Herald (Ore.) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Educational Leadership 
  • What schools can do to stop bullying
    Schools need to have comprehensive plans to tackle bullying, especially cyberbullying, education consultant Nicole Yetter writes in this commentary. Yetter offers several ideas to curb bullying ranging from surveying students about the extent of bullying and cyberbullying to offering students ways to report bullying instantly and anonymously through technology. "Cultivating a positive school climate starts and stops with adults," she writes. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Survey: Technology has shortened students' attention spans
    Two-thirds of middle- and high-school teachers surveyed said they believe digital technology has created a generation of students who are easily distracted and have short attention spans. Research has shown that students' distractions are primarily rooted in technology, including texting and logging into Facebook. Researchers working with students found that if the students check Facebook once in a 15-minute study period, they are more likely to have lower grades than their peers. eCampus News (free registration) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Policy News 
  • Focus on reading, math affects science instruction in some schools
    To meet federal benchmarks in reading and math, some elementary schools in Kansas and elsewhere have reduced the time spent on science lessons, and instead are focusing on reading and math skills. School officials say more attention to science instruction is coming as they develop ways to incorporate more math and reading into science lessons, but some parents and others remain critical of the recent decisions regarding science education. The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • What parents should do when a child is diagnosed with autism
    Parents of children with autism and two young adults with autism share their advice in this article on what parents should do when their child first receives a diagnosis. The advice includes taking out loans, if necessary, to pay for interventions while waiting for government benefits to start, and paying for however much therapy, even if only a few hours a week, you can afford. The Toronto Star (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEC Spotlight 
  • Meet CEC's new board of directors
    Congratulations to CEC's newly elected Board Members whose terms of office will begin Jan. 1. All of the candidates were extremely well-qualified and displayed a deep commitment to the future of our organization and the advancement of special education. Thanks to all members who participated in the election. Find out more information about the new CEC Board Members. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • You've got a second chance! CEC webinar on self-determination, UDL, curriculum access and inclusion rescheduled for Dec. 11
    The third generation of inclusion involves moving from a focus on where a student receives an educational program to what the student is taught and providing access for all students to the general education curriculum. The CEC webinar, "Self-Determination, UDL, Access to the General Education Curriculum, and the Third Generation of the Inclusion Movement," at
    4 p.m. ET on Dec. 11, will introduce a model for educational planning that incorporates strategies and instruction to provide all students with access to the general education curriculum and to address each student's unique educational needs. Sign up today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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