Reading program uses dyslexia interventions | Principal: 4 strategies to implement PBIS | Students learn ASL to support classmate with hearing impairments
February 8, 2019
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Reading program uses dyslexia interventions
Reading program uses dyslexia interventions
A Tennessee elementary school has incorporated literacy strategies for students with dyslexia into its reading intervention program for all students. Students are screened for reading difficulties and then receive varying levels of supports based on three tiers.
WBBJ-TV (Jackson, Tenn.) (2/6) 
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Principal: 4 strategies to implement PBIS
A New Jersey middle school adopted the positive behavioral interventions and supports model to slow down its suspension rates, principal Michael Gaskell writes. In this commentary, Gaskell shares four ways the middle school has implemented that model, including by connecting students with high-schoolers for support and offering them adult mentors.
MiddleWeb (2/6) 
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N.M. program to train special-education teachers
Albuquerque Public Schools in New Mexico is partnering with Central New Mexico Community College and the Albuquerque Teachers Federation to create a training program for special-education teachers. The 15-month alternative licensure pathway will provide co-teaching experience and will pay for tuition and state teacher assessment costs.
Albuquerque Journal (N.M.) (free content) (2/6) 
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Technology Trends
Data: Cellphone bans don't curb cyberbullying
Data: Cellphone bans don't curb cyberbullying
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Schools that allow students to access cellphones have lower rates of cyberbullying than those that ban the devices, according to data from the US Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. Overall, however, data show an uptick in incidents of cyberbullying in schools.
T.H.E. Journal (2/4) 
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Policy News
Denver district prepares for strike
Teachers in Denver are set to strike Monday in what would be the third large-scale example of teacher unrest in the US this year. Teachers and the school district are at odds over negotiations on a payment structure for bonuses.
U.S. News & World Report (2/7),  The Denver Post (tiered subscription model) (2/8) 
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Eye on Exceptionalities
Low birth weight may increase odds of later psychiatric disorders
People with lower birth weights had a significantly increased likelihood of developing nine of 12 mental health disorders -- depression, autism, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol abuse, drug use, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and violent crimes -- compared with their siblings with higher birth weights, Swedish researchers reported in JAMA Psychiatry. The findings also showed a significant link between every 1 kg increase in birth weight and reduced anxiety, neurodevelopmental and general psychopathology scores.
MedPage Today (free registration) (2/6) 
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