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December 13, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • N.J. students with autism get real-world experience
    Some New Jersey schools are using "community-based instruction" to ensure students with autism and other disorders are prepared to live independently after graduation. Real-world activities include applying math skills to banking, exercising in a fitness center for physical education and writing e-mails. The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Educational Leadership 
  • NYC schools look within to find future school leaders
    New York City's Education Department is looking internally to develop the next generation of school leaders, writes Shael Polakow-Suransky, the department's chief academic officer. Polakow-Suransky writes in this blog post that the district is looking for leaders, in which educators receive training and support needed to become effective principals. One such path, the Aspiring Principals Program, now has become a national model that has been replicated in other districts, he writes. (New York) (12/12) 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.
  Technology Trends 
  • Digital Braille device gets modern upgrade
    Perkins Products, a company affiliated with the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Mass., has combined its mechanical Braille typewriter invented in 1951 with a computer. Called a Smart Brailler, it now includes tutorials, a computer screen to display letters being typed and a text-to-speech feature. "It gives the teacher of the visually impaired, the sighted classroom teacher, the parent, a window into Braille," JoAnn Becker, trainer and technology support specialist for ­Perkins Products, said. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
SmartReport on EdTech
SmartReport on EdTech is your guide for all things education technology. Read about the highlights and takeaways from this year's ISTE Conference; find out what's keeping educators up at night; 5 tips for developing VR content creators; plus all of the latest innovative edtech products. Read it here.
  Policy News 
  • N.Y. considers revised diploma alternative for some students
    The New York Board of Regents is considering replacing its current diploma alternative certificate for students with disabilities with a Career Skills Credential that emphasizes job readiness. State education officials argue that the certificate, which does not count as a diploma, will help students better plan for their future. However, disability advocates argue that the diploma alternative decreases academic rigor for students with disabilities. Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Shop offers employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities
    A consignment shop in O'Fallon, Mo., started by Leah Deverick of the Center for Autism Education aims to provide a place for adults and students with autism to learn job skills. "If they're having a really hard time for a few days, they might get fired from a job," Deverick said. "If they're having a rough couple of weeks here, they might not be able to come in, but they are welcome to come back." St. Louis Post-Dispatch (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CEC in San Antonio: Visiting the Alamo City
    The CEC Convention & Expo will be in San Antonio, April 3-6, 2013, and our new blog is the place for attendees and exhibitors to get up-to-date information, fun facts and recommendations on all things convention and San Antonio. This week highlights CEC's educational site visits around San Antonio, as well as helpful information about getting into, around and out of CEC 2013's convention city. Subscribe to CEC's new blog today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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