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January 25, 2013
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
 
  • Calif. students with autism benefit from highly structured program
    Edison High School in Huntington Beach, Calif., uses a highly structured, organized classroom environment to instruct students with autism in daily living and job skills. The program, which was recognized by the California School Boards Association with a Golden Bell award, helps students who are more independent take general-education courses, such as art, on the campus. "Things are very organized and there is not a lot of clutter. There are very clear beginnings and ends," special-education teacher Dave Yonts said. The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Educators use dance to instill love of math
    A math lesson that relies on dance to teach number patterns is helping raise student scores and increase student engagement in a Virginia school district, reporter Rebecca Jacobson writes in this blog post. Educators are using training they received as part of a local college's science, technology, engineering and math teacher-preparation program to shake things up in the classroom. It teaches fifth-graders how to break down dance steps, number and graph them, and use this data to predict the number of repetitions needed in a particular song. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

What can your students learn from other students' writing? We Can Do This! gives you 35 lessons, each focusing on a real piece of K-2 student writing. Organized by genre—informative, opinion, narrative, and others—the book includes links to standards, lesson extensions, and advice on common writing dilemmas. Preview the entire book!
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  Educational Leadership 
 
  • Report: Investing in teachers key to school reform
    Most Michigan residents say that investing in increased training, professional development and evaluations for teachers is the best approach to reforming K-12 education, according to a report from the Center for Michigan. "It's not about pouring money into it -- it's about building more supports and systems, and building capacities of local schools to do that," said Amber Arellano, executive director of Education Trust-Midwest, an education reform group that recommends teacher mentors, professional learning communities and National Board Certification for teachers. Bridge Magazine (Lansing, Mich.) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
SmartReport on STEM: Empowering Imagination
SmartBrief's annual SmartReport on STEM highlights individuals who are readying students for working in a STEM-driven society; what it means to STEM like a woman; the progress from STEM to STEAM; the latest STEM tools and products; and more. Download it now.
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  Technology Trends 
  • Online courses can help students with autism go to college
    Many students with autism do not continue their education past high school, but many are capable with the right supports, writes Dana Reinecke, assistant professor at The Sage Colleges in Troy, N.Y., which offers an online bachelor's program for students with autism. Online courses deliver the lessons in the same structure and format, so students can focus on learning the material rather than navigating different class structures, she notes. "Not only does an online education remove the challenges of navigating a campus and filtering out extraneous social and other stimuli, but it also allows for consistency in formatting." Edutopia.org/Dana Reinecke's blog (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy News 
  • Schools must include students with disabilities in sports
    Schools must make "reasonable modifications" for students with disabilities seeking to compete in after-school sports, the U.S. Department of Education announced today in a letter intended to clarify federal laws on inclusion. For example, schools can use a flashing light as a race starter for a runner who is deaf or hard of hearing, department officials wrote. "It's really affording them access to terrific social situations that will hopefully break down some of the barriers and discrimination we've seen in the past," said Lindsay Jones of the Council for Exceptional Children. USA Today (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Aggressive behavior with autism presents many challenges
    Nine of 15 families of male children and young adults diagnosed with autism reported having problems with aggression, according to a recent Canadian study. These families also dealt with social isolation, extra expenses for home repairs, lack of respite care, less support from professionals, and concerns over the safety of people and property, researchers said. Disability Scoop (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEC Spotlight 
  • New 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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Assistant Superintendent for Special Education ServicesGreenville County SchoolsGreenville, SC
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Director of Learning SupportRockdale County Public SchoolsConyers, GA
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Assistant Director, Student Services, Academic ServicesGovernment of BermudaNationwide, Bermuda
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