sexta-feira, 19 de dezembro de 2014


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Curriculum & Instruction
Educator addresses common myths about gifted education
Some common generalizations about students who are classified as gifted may not best serve these students, educator Heather Wolpert-Gawron writes in this blog post. She highlights some common assumptions about this student population and offers tips to help individualize instruction for all students. Development blog (12/18)
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Wis. middle school gives struggling students extra attention
A Wisconsin middle school has developed a program to help struggling students with academics and social skills. Students in the Alternative Classroom Environment program have the same teacher for math, reading and study hall, and are given more individualized attention and lessons on topics such as organizational skills. Beloit Daily News (Wis.) (12/17)
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Educational Leadership
Teachers take driver's seat in self-directed learning
Educators have organized and participated in about 600 Edcamps in 15 countries since 2010. The free, self-directed trainings are popular because they offer access to peers who are collaborating to solve problems and sharing the latest instructional trends, such as using social media, while building connections and support networks with colleagues. District Administration magazine online (12/18)
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Technology Trends
Are students getting smarter about what they post online?
Some college admissions officials say high-school students are putting more thought into how their posts on social media websites can affect college admissions decisions. A recent survey found that 58% of students say their social media profiles are "fair game" in the admissions process. CBS News (12/18)
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Other News
Policy News
Will more states join anti-Common Core push?
Republicans took the majority in Congress during last month's elections. The shift could mean an increased push in some states to repeal the Common Core State Standards, this article states. The Hechinger Report (12/19)
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Eye on Exceptionalities
High pollution exposure in pregnancy raises autism risk in offspring
Research showed women with high air pollution exposure during pregnancy had double the odds of having a child with autism spectrum disorder. High smog exposure during the third trimester of pregnancy was especially associated with greater autism risk in offspring, researchers wrote in Environmental Health Perspectives.HealthDay News (12/18)
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CEC Spotlight
Helping students manage social situations
Social skills are just as important as task skills in helping your students achieve success. Learn how to provide your students with the social competence they need to navigate interpersonal relationships with Friendship 101 -- new from CEC Publications. Get your copy today!
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The CECommunity is the place for special educators to connect, collaborate and share. Take advantage of the best minds in special education -- your fellow CEC members. The CECommunity is a CEC member benefit, so join today and start connecting! Ready to get started?
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Editor's Note
SmartBrief readers choose 1st annual Educators' Choice Content Award winners
Two original content pieces about the Maker Movement struck a chord with SmartBrief readers this year. We asked readers to choose their favorite original content pieces written by educators, for educators, from a pool of 20 original content pieces chosen throughout the year by our team of editors. Nearly 3,000 people voted! Meet the winners.
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Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can."
-- Danny Kaye,
American actor and singer
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