Blog do Prof de Ed. Física MSc SERGIO CASTRO,da Pós Graduação em Educação Especial e Tecnologia Assistiva da Universidade Cândido Mendes(AVM) ;Ex-professor da Universidade Estácio de Sá e Ex-Coordenador de Esportes para Pessoas com Deficiências (PcD) do Projeto RIO 2016 da SEEL RJ ,destinado a fornecer informações sobre pessoas com deficiência(PcD) e com Necessidades Educativas Especiais(PNEE), bem como a pessoas interessadas nesta área ( estudantes, pais, parentes, amigos e pesquisadores)
Colleges strive to serve students with disabilities Three colleges in California's Monterey Bay area are working to serve their students who have disabilities. Administrators at Monterey Peninsula College focus on providing accommodations to help students master academic content, while Hartnell College emphasizes counseling and teaching students to become self-advocates. California State University, Monterey Bay, focuses on students' overall wellness and works to take advantage of recent advancements in assistive technology. The Monterey County Herald (Calif.) (10/29)
Students who are gifted learn forensic science through modern mystery Students in a gifted-and-talented program at an Ohio middle school are participating in a modern version of the board game Clue, designed to warn students about Internet dangers while teaching them about forensic science. The students, who also visited the forensic science department at Marshall University, will use anthropology, ballistics, handwriting analysis and other skills to solve the mystery. WSAZ-TV (Huntington, W.Va.) (10/28)
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N.J. governor creates a panel to develop a teacher-evaluation system New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has appointed a nine-member panel to make recommendations on developing an evaluation system for the state's teachers that would tie compensation, tenure and job retention to student achievement rather than seniority. The state's largest teachers union, which does not have a representative on the panel, has long opposed tying teacher evaluations to student test scores and said the governor's panel "suffers from a lack of voices from the classroom." The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (10/28)
Robots enable hands-on learning for student with cerebral palsy A student with cerebral palsy in Edmonton, Alberta, is using small Lego robots controlled by a wheelchair computer to help learn math and reading and explore her environment. Researchers say the devices help students with disabilities experience hands-on learning and become more active participants in the classroom. "It's important for her to be able to manipulate toys and do things not just on a screen. She's been in front of a screen her whole life," the student's mother said. The Edmonton Journal (Alberta) (10/29)
How schools are blending online, traditional learning Many schools are adopting blended learning models that combine online and traditional instruction. Successful models for blended learning that have emerged include the learning lab, where students attend traditional schools but spend a portion of their day in a computer lab receiving online instruction; online learning programs that target nontraditional students such as dropouts; and the flex-school model, where online instruction is done in a school setting. eSchool News (free registration) (10/27)
Va. district works to transition to inclusion-model classrooms Middle and high schools in Hampton, Va., adopted inclusive classrooms this year, with special-education teachers joining other educators to teach students with and without disabilities. The district had been moving toward inclusion, but a new special-education director charged with raising scores among students with special needs implemented the change over the summer. The rapid and widespread change -- which reduced 37% of the district's self-contained special-education classrooms -- is being met with mixed reaction from parents and teachers. Daily Press (Newport News/Hampton, Va.) (10/27)
New process for identifying students as gifted is tested in Md. district Schools in Montgomery County, Md., are changing the way they identify students for their gifted-education program to ensure that more minority students are included. The new process is focused on an enhanced student-data-tracking system and allows students to enter math and reading courses about their grade level even if they have not been designated as gifted. It is being piloted in 31 elementary schools before being rolled out districtwide later this school year. The Examiner/Washington, D.C. (10/26)
How Chicago's first turnaround school is faring Improvements are slowly taking root at Chicago's first school to undergo a turnaround process. Education Secretary Arne Duncan -- then Chicago's schools chief -- implemented the turnaround process at the long-struggling William T. Sherman Elementary School in 2006 and has brought the model nationwide to at least 5,000 schools. At Sherman, a new team of teachers and administrators was put into place and achievement is up, but scores still lag behind city averages and the turnaround has taken longer than some had hoped. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (10/27)
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Pa. school for students with learning disabilities has top soccer squad A Philadelphia-area school for students with language-based learning disabilities has a boys soccer team this year that is in first place in its division. Delaware Valley Friends school aims to prepare students who have dyslexia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and other special needs for college and independent lives, and the soccer team helps foster a sense of community for the students, their coach says. The Philadelphia Inquirer (10/28)
Students with disabilities improve focus, self-esteem with martial arts A martial arts studio in Missouri has a long-running class for students with disabilities. One parent says the karate classes have helped her son, who has Down syndrome, become more focused in school. Ken Sills, who teaches the class, says martial arts techniques help improve students self-esteem and have other benefits. "They learn self-control and balance like they didn't know they could have," he says. KSDK-TV (St. Louis) (10/29)
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