Students with special needs in Nevada's Clark County School District who have transportation to and from school written into their individualized education plans are being affected by bus driver shortages. The district says it is working on solutions to the shortage, but some parents are considering filing complaints.
The Washington State School for the Blind marked White Cane Day last week with walks and demonstrations across Vancouver. "We encourage our students to get experience with multiple different kinds of transportation. That's really empowering for them," says Ashley Woodruff, who specializes in orientation and mobility at the school.
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This school year will be another challenging one for teachers, who also must support the social and emotional well-being of students -- and of themselves -- writes Beth Pandolpho, instructional coach and former high-school English teacher. In this commentary, Pandolpho says state departments of education, school districts and parent groups must step up to support teachers.
How to Improve Attitudes Towards Math Learning Many students begin developing negative attitudes towards mathematics at a young age, with past studies documenting a decline in attitude toward science and math in the late elementary years. This SmartFocus looks at some of the ways math engagement can improve. Read it now!
The Proven Learning Benefits of Purposeful Play As many schools head back to hybrid and traditional classroom settings, teachers and faculty members should look for new and innovative ways to improve learning outcomes for their students and make engagement in learning a priority. Here's how incorporating purposeful play gives teachers the necessary tools to improve learning outcomes. Read the SmartFocus
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Bay District Schools in Panama City, Fla., installed 63 telehealth kiosks after Hurricane Michael hit more than two years ago to connect students via free video calls to mental health and other health experts, and they've continued to be useful during the coronavirus pandemic, Kara Mulkusky, director of student services, says. Parker Elementary School Principal Chris Coan says that parents don't have to take off work to get students to appointments but can join in via video if they choose.
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Pfizer and partner BioNTech have announced that they have submitted documentation to the European Medicines Agency on their COVID-19 vaccine to support its use in children between ages 5 to 11. The vaccine has only received authorization in the US and EU for children ages 12 and older.
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Morgan's Wonderland Camp in San Antonio, Texas, is being touted as one of "the world's greatest places for inclusive, barrier-free recreation" by its creator Gordon Hartman, who found inspiration for such destinations in his daughter Morgan Hartman. The $34 million facility includes climbing walls, zip lines, a pool and wheelchair-accessible bunk beds.
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