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December 28, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
 
  • Pa. seeks to standardize early intervention services
    Officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare say inconsistent eligibility standards for early intervention services mean students in one area may qualify for services while students in the next county may not. Some say they agree that changes are needed, but they also have raised concerns that changing the standards could result in fewer students qualifying for services such as speech therapy. The Altoona Mirror (Pa.) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Educational Leadership 
  • How school leaders can pay it forward
    There are three things that good school leaders can do to help develop other leaders, writes Joe Mazza, lead learner at Knapp Elementary School in suburban Philadelphia. He suggests in this blog post that they invest in a healthy school culture, which fosters trust and respect among all teachers. He also recommends that leaders invest in personal relationships and an "outside the box" lens. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Creating school environments that are sensitive to trauma
    The recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn., demonstrates the need for educators to help develop "trauma-sensitive schools," according to the blog post written by Eric Rossen, a nationally certified school psychologist and licensed psychologist in Maryland. At "trauma-sensitive schools," educators are responsive "to the potential impact of trauma and adverse experiences on students' lives" and help ensure that all students "feel safe, connected, and supported," writes Rossen, co-editor of "Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students: A Guide for School-Based Professionals." Oxford University Press/OUP Blog (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Technology Trends 
  • Common core testing brings technology guidelines
    The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of two consortia designing curricula and assessments for Common Core State Standards, has released its "minimum specifications" and "recommended" technology guidelines for testing under common core. The guidelines address such areas as acceptable screen sizes and devices permissible for the testing, plus the types of security needed regarding Internet access, cameras and other device features. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium earlier this month released its own list of technology requirements and recommendations. Education Week/Digital Education blog (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Mo. plan includes common evaluations for student teachers
    Missouri officials are working to set a new standard for the state's teaching colleges, while simultaneous work is under way to raise the bar for teachers. A Missouri Board of Education plan approved last month will raise the grade-point average requirement for student teachers, require more standardized evaluations for student teachers and other steps. There are 39 teacher-preparation programs statewide -- each with their own method for evaluating student teachers. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Ohio college students with disabilities get access to internships
    More students with disabilities enrolled at Wright State University in Ohio will have access to internships, thanks to a new partnership between the university and Procter & Gamble Co. "Many college students arrive on campus having never had a job, so their confidence level in being able to do it is at rock bottom," Jeffrey Vernooy, director of Wright State's Office of Disability Services, said. Dayton Daily News (Ohio) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEC Spotlight 
  • New life skills curriculum from CEC available now
    The new Life Centered Education (LCE) equips special-education teachers with the most comprehensive and in-depth life skills transition curriculum and assessment program for students with disabilities. And now, it's entirely online! For more information and to view a sample of the LCE Curriculum Matrix, visit our website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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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Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Director of SPED & Psychological ServicesGreen Dot Public SchoolsLos Angeles, CA
Director of Children's ServicesCommunity GatepathBurlingame, CA
Assistant Professor of Elementary Education and Special EducationMillikin UniversityDecatur, IL
Executive Director of Special EducationRay & Associate, Inc.Seattle, WA
Inclusive Early Childhood (IEC) Program CoordinatorBowling Green State UniversityBowling Green, OH
Director of SPED & Psychological ServicesGreen Dot Public SchoolsUS - CA - Los Angeles
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If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart."
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