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Exploring how special education programs influence students and everyone else involved in the process.
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CEC Releases New Position on Special Education Teacher Evaluation

CEC Releases New Position on Special Education Teacher Evaluation | 21st century special education | Scoop.it
CEC Releases New Position on Special Education Teacher Evaluation...

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Emily ivanco's comment, March 7, 2013 8:42 AM
Special education teachers need to be evaluated. They hold a very influential position in education. The way they teach is a huge impact on these special education students. By evaluating these teachers it can help benefit the students.
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Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) - Home Page

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.
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Emily ivanco's comment, March 6, 2013 3:06 PM
This is a group that is dedicated to improving schooling for students with disabilities through the age of 21. It follows the IDEA acts that provides grants to schools that are helping with special education. This organization wants special education to have a strong, helpful basis for students to further their education.
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Special Education Teachers : Occupational Outlook Handbook : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Special Education Teachers : Occupational Outlook Handbook : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | 21st century special education | Scoop.it
Special education teachers work with students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional and physical disabilities.
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Emily ivanco's comment, March 6, 2013 3:09 PM
This handbook outlines different aspects of special education. It shows what teachers are required to have to be a special education teacher as well as what takes place. It explores the environments that are teaching, pay, and many more parts of the special education job area.
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:: View topic - Special Education classes & Dyslexia

:: View topic - Special Education classes & Dyslexia | 21st century special education | Scoop.it
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A child with dyslexia was placed in a special education classroom all through his public school years.  There was strongf segregation between his classroom and the "mainstream" ones.  Even the school and buses were different from other students.  The special education students were referred to as the "retard" class.  For these students making friends became very hard.  Most kids that were in the neighborhood were not even known due to all the segregation from school.  However, what made it hard to was there was not segregation in the classroom.  No matter what the disability was, all the students had been put in the same special education class.  It went from all different spectrums from moderate to severe disabilities.  The students in this class were even segregated in the yearbook with their own separate section.  Once these students had been placed in a special education class, there was no way of escaping it.  It had a strong effect on the child's learning process.  It followed them for the rest of their school career s well as later on in life.  Even after years, the school had not changed the special education classroom when this student went back.  He struggled through to complete his masters and further himself in life.  However, he still struggles with being underemployed or unemployed, and barely making money.  Looking back, he wonders if he was a "victim or the cure".  He was denied a proper education that he should have had by law and did not recieve.

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Special education degree requirements

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When someone chooses special education as a major, they receive an education degree as well as an elementary teacher with a special educcation endorsement.  Many of the courses for special education overlap with an elementary education degree.  Some of the extra courses include required professional education courses of special education and special education learning disabilities course plan.  These required professional education courses for special eduation include TE150, CEP240, TE301, TE401, and TE402.  These classes are made for special education major students.  These courses focus on different areas of the special education field.

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Special Focus: Bridging the Skills Gap | WISE - World Innovation Summit for Education

Special Focus: Bridging the Skills Gap | WISE - World Innovation Summit for Education | 21st century special education | Scoop.it
Over and above the annual Summit, WISE is an international initiative and platform for a multitude of established and new educational actors to collaborate proactively all year round.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 1, 2013 8:57 AM

A MUST check!

 

Emily ivanco's comment, March 5, 2013 9:36 PM
Each school provides different education programs. This allows there to be much difference when people apply for jobs. The skills that students gain are more broad and different from other students. This depends upon what school they attended and what teachers were there.
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Next steps toward achieving equity in education

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How can federal policy offer solutions to eliminate disparities in educational opportunities that give rise to the achievement gap? Here are some recommendations.

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Teachers should be qualified for their job.  As well as being specialized in the area.  The teachers have a huge effect on the students and how the classroom functions.  There needs to be a balance of the equity in all the classrooms and the education systems.

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Valerie Chernek's curator insight, March 1, 2013 8:51 AM

Good discussion points for every teacher, parent, advocate for education equality.

 

Valerie Chernek's comment, March 1, 2013 8:51 AM
And different education "tracks" ?
Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, March 19, 10:35 AM

We also need to look at the job itself.  Testing take up too much of their time and at great cost for the T and Students.  

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The Current State of Special Education

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Special education is defined as 'specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability'.

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Special education is defined as ‘specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability’. Special education is not always a child with a disability but rather a student that can not learn as well or has some other issues.  There are many changes that are taking place in the special education field.  These changes are to help benefit the students and to make more improvements in the special education system.

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Special-education students gain crucial skills for working world

Special-education students gain crucial skills for working world | 21st century special education | Scoop.it
Thaddeus Nobles wants to learn how to be a better cook. Joy Huhta wants to earn money so she can buy a house someday. And Christian Eleyssami enjoys trying new jobs.

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Dennis P. Garland's curator insight, February 13, 2013 10:07 AM

Kudos to Central Florida!

Emily ivanco's curator insight, February 26, 2013 7:31 PM

When a student is enrolled in a special education program in public schooling, they are enrolled until the age of 22.  While in this program these students will learn many important skills that will help them later in life.  Some of these skills include learning how to interview for a job and how to look for an apartment by themselves.  These students can get certain jobs after school.  Some of these jobs will hold supervisors or job coaches that will help guide them in succeeding.

Denver Leigh Watson, M.Ed, LDTC's curator insight, March 20, 2013 9:07 AM

Life Skills vs. Academics ... a marriage of the two depends on a very creative, insightful, and well designed curriculum map.  

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Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: Calendar and Advanced Visual Schedule Apps

Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: Calendar and Advanced Visual Schedule Apps | 21st century special education | Scoop.it

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Emily ivanco's comment, March 5, 2013 7:42 PM
Special education students need more of a visual based classroom. They need things that are more clear and straight up, rather than interpreting. Learning pieces that are simple while creating a clear message are helpful to learn from.
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MInority students aren't always equal in special education.

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Emily ivanco's comment, March 7, 2013 8:40 AM
Special education students are not always equal. Especially when they are a minority. The priority of them changes. Teachers and the special education program don't always help these students in the same way it helps others.
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Pittsburgh Public Schools | PSE (Special Education)

Pittsburgh Public Schools | PSE (Special Education) | 21st century special education | Scoop.it
PSE (Special Education)
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Emily ivanco's comment, March 6, 2013 2:57 PM
There are many different types of special education. There can be learning support, speech, hearing, visual, and all through mental disabilities. All of these can be categorized as special education.
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special education observation/interview

observation/interview

 

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Special Education:

 

Classroom Observing:

The students were more focused in the morning.  The attention of them was more capable of doing more then.  A lot of technology was used.  Many interactions and different types of ways to teach were used.  There was not the typical desk and teacher teaching on a board set up but rather a more involved adapted to students approach.  Each program was adapted to each individual student.  It was only a class of eight which allowed it to be more focused.  There were breaks that were provided allowing the students to regain some energy.  The afternoon was more relaxed and not as structured as the morning was for learning.

 

Interview:

**Emailed her but she did not get back yet**

Questions:

How old were the children in your class?How did you get involved in special education?How do you decide on lesson plans for the kids every day?Are there certain areas or subjects you try to focus on more than others?What do you think of the special education system?  Would you change anything if you could?

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Emily ivanco's comment, March 12, 2013 9:29 PM
1. The children in my class range from 6-8 years old.

2. In high school I was a part of the group CAP and for one of my projects I had to go to Clelian Heights and helped with a party and absolutely loved working with the teens there with down syndrome.

3. The lessons I plan for the students are all based around their IEP goals.

4. There is definitely a strong focus on math and reading, but of course life skills as well.

5. I'm happy with the system, sometimes it would be nice to have more funding for certain things.
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special education advocacy program

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Every individual is entitled to a "free appropriate public education".  This is under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act.  This act referred to as IDEA is designed for the rights of students with disabilities.  The Special Education Advocacy Program is to help deal with these disabilities.  It is to help not only parents and professionals but also people that would be involved in this program in the future.  The programs goals are to provide an overview of the impact of the disability, information to advocate the disability, help students to be advocates, and to help the students in this field.  This special education advocacy program is suppose to help the students, parents, professionals, and anyone that could potentially be involved with this program in the future.

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Open Praxis Vol 5, No 1 (2013) - Special edition: Openness in Higher Education

Open Praxis Vol 5, No 1 (2013) - Special edition: Openness in Higher Education | 21st century special education | Scoop.it
Open Praxis is a peer-reviewed open access scholarly journal focusing on research and innovation in open, distance and flexible education
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ChrisPegler's curator insight, January 16, 2013 3:51 AM

Definitely one for my reading pile.

Anne-Christin Tannhäuser's curator insight, January 21, 2013 12:00 PM

On my "to read" list

Emily ivanco's comment, March 5, 2013 9:41 PM
This shows how education changes and is provided. This site can be used to see the growth among school programs and the benefits that are now provided verses the ones from before.
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Appreciative Inquiry and Strengths in the Special Education Process

Appreciative Inquiry and Strengths in the Special Education Process | 21st century special education | Scoop.it
Appreciative Inquiry builds momentum and success because it believes in people. It really is an invitation to a positive revolution. Its goal is to discover in all human beings the exceptional and the essential.

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Emily ivanco's comment, March 7, 2013 8:36 AM
This is an article that gives the side of an individual. It shows what the student dealt with and all the different parts of special education program that they are involved in.
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Special-education students gain crucial skills for working world

Special-education students gain crucial skills for working world | 21st century special education | Scoop.it
Thaddeus Nobles wants to learn how to be a better cook. Joy Huhta wants to earn money so she can buy a house someday. And Christian Eleyssami enjoys trying new jobs.

Via Dennis P. Garland
Emily ivanco's insight:

When a student is enrolled in a special education program in public schooling, they are enrolled until the age of 22.  While in this program these students will learn many important skills that will help them later in life.  Some of these skills include learning how to interview for a job and how to look for an apartment by themselves.  These students can get certain jobs after school.  Some of these jobs will hold supervisors or job coaches that will help guide them in succeeding.

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Dennis P. Garland's curator insight, February 13, 2013 10:07 AM

Kudos to Central Florida!

Denver Leigh Watson, M.Ed, LDTC's curator insight, March 20, 2013 9:07 AM

Life Skills vs. Academics ... a marriage of the two depends on a very creative, insightful, and well designed curriculum map.  

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30 Habits Of Highly Effective Teachers

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30 Habits Of Highly Effective Teachers

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There are many effective ways that a teacher can use to help students in achieving their goals.  Teachers can use their knowledge in a way that will help students to succeed.  If teachers are clear with what they want from a student while finding an equal balance between being strict and too easy.  Teachers that are nice and that create a well rounded environment for the student will create a successful student.  These teachers will have the reward of being a successful teacher and having successful students.

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Marie Schoeman's curator insight, February 16, 2013 8:32 AM

Quintessential ideas of what makes a teacher good. It is telling that one of the habits is

15. Successful teachers adapt to student needs

Classrooms are like an ever-evolving dynamic organism. Depending on the day, the attendance roster, and the phase of the moon, you might have to change up your plans or your schedule to accommodate your students. As they grow and change, your methods might have to as well. If your goal is to promote a curriculum or method, it will feel like a personal insult when you have to modify it. Make connecting with your student your goal and you’ll have no trouble changing it up as time moves on.

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Teachers Guide to Dyslexia

Teachers Guide to Dyslexia | 21st century special education | Scoop.it

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Emily ivanco's comment, March 5, 2013 7:48 PM
Dyslexia is one type of special education disability. This is an example that many students have. It is one of the most common. Dyslexia is explained in this article. It shows the disabilities and the hard things that students with this face. I will use this as an example for many students involved in special education programs.
Frances's curator insight, June 3, 2013 8:53 AM

Words, not words....but multisensory learning.

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ATcollective from Don Johnston | Common Core | Forum VIDEO: Common Core and Special Education—Part 2

ATcollective from Don Johnston | Common Core | Forum VIDEO: Common Core and Special Education—Part 2 | 21st century special education | Scoop.it
How do you identify students who can benefit from #assistivetech when it comes to new #CommonCore standards? http://t.co/llPufHoC #ATchat

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Emily ivanco's comment, March 7, 2013 8:37 AM
This video discusses the common core. It focuses on special education programs in a general prospective. It discusses how special education helps students.