Peer mentors help students adjust to college life | Study: Aerobic exercise improves children's attention, mood | Mont. teachers connect on Twitter for PD, peer support
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September 9, 2014
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Peer mentors help students adjust to college life
A university in Canada is expanding a program that involves students with disabilities mentoring others with disabilities during their transition to higher education. The Access Tri-Mentoring Program is evolving to include career and art workshops, plus social activities, to help students participate in college life. Canadian Press (9/8)
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Study: Aerobic exercise improves children's attention, mood
Among children at risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, aerobic exercises before the beginning of the school day led to greater improvements in attention and mood than sedentary classroom activities, U.S. researchers found. Aerobic physical activity also benefited typically developing children, according to the study in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (9/8)
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FREE webinar with Inclusion expert Cheryl Jorgensen
Planning for Full Participation and Learning in the Inclusive Class. Using best practices in inclusive education, discover strategies for increasing student participation and learning through curriculum, collaboration, and innovative use of today's technology. Sept. 18th @ 3:00pm EST. Register TODAY!
Educational Leadership
Mont. teachers connect on Twitter for PD, peer support
File photo of a portrait of the Twitter logo in Ventura
(Eric Thayer/Reuters)
Montana has adopted its own educator hashtag, #mtedchat, and more teachers are using it as they connect on Twitter, post links to articles, share resources and offer support and guidance to peers. Educators are connecting on Tuesday evenings for a Twitter chat that has covered topics, including "Creating Culturally Responsive Classrooms." Billings Gazette (Mont.) (9/8)
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Join us on October 28 for our annual SmartBrief Education STEM Pathways Summit when we explore the intersection of STEM and social-emotional learning. Don't miss this opportunity to get fresh ideas, hear about new programs and talk with your peers in STEM education. Register today.
Technology Trends
1 Calif. district goes "all in" with technology
A California school district has gone "all in" with technology to support 21st-century learning, writes Bob Nelson, superintendent of Chawanakee Unified School District in North Fork, Calif. In this blog post, he shares some of the district's greatest successes, including leasing machines with the budget in mind, purchasing refurbished devices, increasing accountability and encouraging bring-your-own-device programs. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (9/8)
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Policy News
Zero-tolerance policies fall out of favor in some districts
A number of school districts nationwide are shifting away from zero-tolerance policies in light of evidence that such policies may be ineffective and discriminatory. Some districts instead have adopted restorative-justice programs, where the focus is on interventions rather than automatic referrals to school administrators. District Administration magazine online (9/9)
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Other News
Eye on Exceptionalities
Study: Therapy shows promise among infants with signs of autism
A small study of a behavioral therapy designed for infants with symptoms of autism shows promise in reversing developmental delays. Using the Early Start Denver program as a model, researchers taught parents of seven 6- to 15-month-olds how to engage their infants during everyday activities, and only two of the children later were diagnosed with autism. (9/9), Disability Scoop (9/9)
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CEC Spotlight
Nominate the best of the best
The CEC Professional Awards is a great opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our colleagues. Through these awards, we recognize the special educators who have advanced the field and the quality of special education service, as well as CEC members whose contributions have moved the Council forward in significant ways. Nominate yourself or a colleague today!
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English language learners publication available from CEC
This unique guide for special-education teachers, teachers of English language learners and other practitioners provides the foundational information needed to determine whether the language difficulties experienced by ELLs result from the processes and stages of learning a second language or from a learning disability. Get your copy today!
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Who's Hiring?
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Assistant/Associate Professor, Early Childhood Special Education Literacy (Job #10834)Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State UniversityTempe, AZ
Open Rank, Early Childhood Special Education for Diverse Language Learners (Job #10840)Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State UniversityTempe, AZ
Assistant/Associate Professor, Educational Policy for Diverse Learners (Job #10841)Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State UniversityTempe, AZ
Assistant/Associate Professor, Early Childhood ELL Education (Job #10837)Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State UniversityTempe, AZ
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