Two Virginia school districts have teamed up with the Shenandoah Valley Regional Program to buy a house and use it for a program that helps students and graduates with special needs learn living skills. The Post High Learning Lab will have five job coaches and two classroom teachers to teach students the skills they will need to live independently.
There are resources and tools that can help improve communication in classrooms with students who have special needs, writes Wendy Thompson, a middle-school teacher in New Jersey. In this blog post, she describes how she uses daily "rap sessions" to foster communication and technology tools, such as Flipgrid, which aids students with language-processing challenges.
Brenda Vatthauer, incoming principal of Hutchinson Middle School in Minnesota, wants to make sure her students are prepared for the challenges of high school and beyond through a middle-school education that's focused on more than just academics. "It's social/emotional. It's being connected to the community. It's service. It's the whole child, engaging kids so they feel part of something," she said.
Albertsons has revamped its website and mobile apps to improve accessibility for those with disabilities such as visual impairment. "Ensuring a great shopping experience for all customers is one of our highest priorities, which includes ongoing web and mobile app accessibility enhancements to provide access to customers of all abilities," says executive Ramiya Iyer.
The American Federation of Teachers is suing the US Department of Education, saying teachers were misled about its student loan forgiveness plan for those employed in public service careers. Only 1% of borrowers who applied for the program have had their loans forgiven, according to the department.
Marine Corps veteran Kirstie Ennis lost her left leg above the knee and had numerous other injuries after she was involved in a helicopter crash while serving in Afghanistan seven years ago. Ennis recently became the first female above-the-knee amputee to climb the world's seven highest mountains and is using her circumstances to inspire others and raise funds for non-profit organizations.