Conference focuses on transition planning | Library's coffee cart benefits school, students | How do school safety laws affect students with disabilities?
February 26, 2020
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Curriculum & Instruction
Conference focuses on transition planning
About 500 people attended a recent conference on transitioning students with autism from high school to adulthood held by Autism New Jersey and sponsored in part by Newark Public Schools. Parents listened to speakers and attended workshops on such topics as creating a roadmap for their child's transition, technology and autism, and financial and legal needs of children with special needs.
Full Story: Chalkbeat (2/25) 
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Library's coffee cart benefits school, students
Amherst County High School in Virginia recently added a coffee station to its library to draw users to the space and raise money, while offering students with special needs the opportunity to gain employment skills. Other students used their skills to construct the "Overdue Brew" coffee station.
Full Story: The News & Advance (Lynchburg, Va.) (2/13) 
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Webinar: Supporting Students with Dyslexia
Early screening and intervention can prevent reading deficits from becoming lifelong achievement gaps. Learn the key characteristics of dyslexia and related language disabilities, and how to build a reading program to support students with dyslexia. Watch the webinar on-demand.
Educational Leadership
Self-care for teachers such as yoga, mindfulness and healthy eating can't on its own make up for the rigors of teaching, says Brandi Ansley, assistant professor of special education at Central Michigan University. In this opinion piece, Ansley writes that other factors such as leadership, relationships, resources, parent involvement and student participation are needed to help prevent teacher burnout.
Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model) (2/25) 
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Technology Trends
School improves wireless classroom capability
A school district in New Jersey uses wireless technology to provide teachers with more freedom to move around the classroom, writes Rick Cave, director of technology in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District. In this commentary, Cave shares how the initiative boosts students' independence and improves communication with parents.
Full Story: Tech & Learning online (2/24) 
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Policy News
CDC: Schools should prep for coronavirus outbreak
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A coronavirus outbreak is expected to affect the US, and schools should begin preparations if they have not already, said Nancy Messonnier, a CDC director. While other administration officials downplayed concerns, Messonnier said schools should consider virtual options to help prevent disruptions in learning and keep students well.
Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model) (2/25) 
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Eye on Exceptionalities
A club at Heritage High School in North Carolina is hoping to collect 2,500 new or gently used pairs of shoes that will be sent to citizens in developing countries to start a shoe business. The Best Buddies club brings students of all abilities together for community service projects.
Full Story: WRAL-TV (Raleigh, N.C.) (2/25) 
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