sábado, 21 de fevereiro de 2015

SMARTBRIEF on Special Education

SmartBreif on Special Education
News for special education professionals

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Educator: Focus on "giftedness" in all students
Teachers should strive to find "giftedness" in all students, educator Cheryl Mizerny writes in this blog post. She calls for the use of instructional strategies often used in gifted-education classrooms to be used with all students, especially those who may be struggling. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/19)
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D.C. schools pilot personalized PD
Ten schools in Washington, D.C., are participating in a personalized professional-development program in which teachers can choose from different options to meet their needs. Options include virtual coaching and online learning. EdSurge (2/17)
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Making Caring Common, April 28 - 30 in Cambridge, MA
Incidents of bullying, disrespect, and conflict are common in many schools. This highly interactive professional education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education introduces strategies and processes to change school culture, address challenging behaviors like bullying, and promote social-emotional and ethical strengths. Learn more.
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How technology is reshaping math class
Writing complicated math equation on virtual board
Some schools in four states and Washington, D.C., are expanding on the blended-learning model by using technology to develop customized math lessons for students. One such school in New York City -- profiled in this article -- holds math lessons in an open classroom with as many as 150 students. The Hechinger Report (2/19)
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States take action to restrict restraint, seclusion
State lawmakers -- from Hawaii to Ohio to Washington state to Alaska, and beyond -- are taking steps to pass legislation that limits restraint and seclusion practices. "In varying levels, there's probably some group in every single state working on [restraint and seclusion]," Eric Buehlmann, deputy executive director for public policy for the National Disability Rights Network in Washington, said. Education Week (tiered subscription model) (2/18)
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Report suggests ways to improve Calif. special education
A California task force has published recommendations for special education. Proposed changes include allowing special-education teachers to teach general-education classes and increased transparency about school districts' steps to improve education for students with disabilities. EdSource (2/19)
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"Should be on every teacher's must-read list" (Jim Trelease). In Defense of Read-Aloud, by Steven Layne, challenges and inspires teachers of all grades and subjects to make the most of this essential literacy practice. Includes valuable tips on preparation, book selection, and how to read with expression to engage students. Preview the entire book online!

Eye on Exceptionalities
U.K. nonprofit helps gamers with disabilities continue playing
SpecialEffects -- a charity based in the U.K. -- is helping individuals with physical disabilities reconnect with their gaming identities. The charity taps the expertise of assistive-technology specialists to modify game controllers and setups. The Guardian (London) (2/20)
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