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Recognition Worth Noticing

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As a writer, educator, and lover of learning and life, I make it a habit to notice people. Whether I am in the classroom or in a business, I notice everyone I meet, and I let him or her know it.
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Although this a short article, it isn't short on good advice -- just a little bit of recognition goes a long way toward improving behavior and performance -- whether you are in the boardroom or the classroom.

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Although this a short article, it isn't short on good advice -- just a little bit of recognition goes a long way toward improving behavior and performance -- whether you are in the boardroom or the classroom. 

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One day, public education will not need to distinguish been general and special education because schools will make a full continuum of educational interventions and strategies available to all students -- when and how they need it.
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Teach For America Launches Special Education and Ability Initiative

Teach For America Launches Special Education and Ability Initiative | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it
My ADHD hasn't held me back from a fulfilling personal and professional life. Students who learn differently from the way most schools teach today often aren't so lucky, and the moral and economic costs to our country are staggering.
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This blogger offers his own story as a student with a disability.  It is open, honest, and all too familiar.  He also shares information about Teach for America's new initiative to better prepare special education teachers for instructing the wide range of students with disabilities in our public schools.  The Special Education and Ability Initiative stands to improve the work, job satisfaction, and thus retention rates, of fledgling special education teachers.


Thanks Teach for America!

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4 Tips to Build Student Confidence

4 Tips to Build Student Confidence | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson, recognizing that students get overwhelmed by unfamiliar material and choke up on assessments, offers four confidence-building strategies: verbalizing, brain dumps, non-linear thinking creativity.
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This is a practical article offering four simple tips regarding how teachers can help students feel in control, confident, willing to approach learning new material, and feel poised for success on assessments.

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This is a practical article offering four simple tips regarding how teachers can help students feel in control, confident, willing to approach learning new material, and feel poised for success on assessments.

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Help for Dyslexic and Learning Disabled Students From Those Who’ve Been There

Help for Dyslexic and Learning Disabled Students From Those Who’ve Been There | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it
David Flink, a tall and energetic 33-year-old, stands in front a classroom and sizes up his audience of fifth and sixth graders as well as college students. They’re a tough crowd, but these are his...
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This is an uplifting article.  Have any of you had Diplomats visit your class or school?  Let's all find a way to bring this sort of program to our school children.  We can change people's minds about learning disabilities -- one person at a time.

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4 Ways Educational Technology Is Changing How People Learn Infographic | e-Learning Infographics

4 Ways Educational Technology Is Changing How People Learn Infographic | e-Learning Infographics | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it

The 4 Ways Educational Technology Is Changing How People Learn Infographic presents how EdTech alters the way we learn.


In particular, there is a transition from individual to collaborative learning and from passive to active or brain-based learning while differentiated instruction is rising and the phenomenon of multitasking is expanding.


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This 4 Ways Educational Technology Is Changing How People Learn Infographic presents how edtech alters the way we learn.


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This 4 Ways Educational Technology Is Changing How People Learn Infographic presents how edtech alters the way we learn.

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What does this mean, for us?

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Innovative Technology for Students with Disabilities by Dean Traylor | Education Space 360

Innovative Technology for Students with Disabilities by Dean Traylor | Education Space 360 | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it
To see how innovative technology is helping students with learning disabilities, one may want to observe what’s going on at El Camino College in Torrance, California.
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This article is a remarkable example of how easy it is to embrace all students in a school community.  Way to go El Camino College!


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Cursive, Print, or Type? The Point is To Keep Writing

Cursive, Print, or Type? The Point is To Keep Writing | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it
This is a "must read" article about the battle over teaching cursive when handwriting is becoming less relevant in today's digital world.The real fear among those who study kids and handwriting is not that our schools will stop teaching cursive; it's that students aren't writing enough.
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This is a "must read" article about the battle over teaching cursive when handwriting is becoming less relevant in today's digital world.

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This is a "must read" article about the battle over teaching cursive when handwriting is becoming less relevant in today's digital world.

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The point is..............what matters!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 2, 1:47 PM

We have some educators in Canada and Alberta pressing to drop cursive. Each writing form helps develop the child's aptitude for writing and different parts of their brain. Why would we drop any of them?

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How Digital Learning Devices Are Being Used In Education - Edudemic

How Digital Learning Devices Are Being Used In Education - Edudemic | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it
Classrooms going digital bring both the good and the bad. Smaller mounds of paperwork and easy document storage (no more ‘dog ate my homework!’ or equally ridiculous excuses) fall on the good side of things. The necessity of teaching things like digital citizenship, the plethora of distractions online or the expense of digital devices might …

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This is another great infographic that provides interesting statistic about how digital learning is firing up instruction!

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This is another great infographic that provides interesting statistic about how digital learning is firing up instruction!

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Scientists provide strategies for educating adolescents with autism under CCSS ... - News-Medical.net

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Scientists provide strategies for educating adolescents with autism under CCSS ...
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Newly published recommendations from FPG's team also provide strategies for educating adolescents with autism under a CCSS curriculum.
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This is an insightful article.  The author astutely recognizes that adolescents with autism can meet Common Core standards; but that how they are taught the standards will impact learning the standards.

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Special education needs a 'do-over,' state panel told - EdSource Today

Special education needs a 'do-over,' state panel told - EdSource Today | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it
EdSource Today Special education needs a 'do-over,' state panel told EdSource Today Eight minutes into a public meeting on how to reform the state's vast special education system, the woman who ran special education in California for nine years...
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California's new Special Education Task Force is charged with identifying the most pressing problems within California's special education system.  They have scheduled a series of public meetings so that constituents have an opportunity to provide input.  I encourage anyone who has something to say to attend one of these meetings and share your concerns.

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States That Spend the Least on Students Are Growing the Fastest

States That Spend the Least on Students Are Growing the Fastest | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it
New projections on student enrollment from the federal government hint at the financial pressure many states will face as their student populations rise considerably in the next decade.  The data, released last week by the National Center on...
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State education agencies and the US Congress need to read this article.  The message is clear:  States that will grown the most over the next decade continue to be among the lowest in per pupil spending.  With this news as the backdrop, it is my hope that Congress will pass a meaningful spending bill to fullly fund special education. 

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State education agencies and the US Congress need to read this article.  The message is clear:  States that will grown the most over the next decade continue to be among the lowest in per pupil spending.  There is something wrong with this picture.

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It’s The Goal Of The Question That Matters

It’s The Goal Of The Question That Matters | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it
It's The Goal Of The Question That Matters
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For those of you who hated statistics, and never understood "validity," this is a really well-written, easily understood article that talks about whether the test measures what it intends to measure; in other words, is it a valid measure.

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For those of you who hated statistics, and never understood "validity," this is a really well-written, easily understood article that talks about whether the test measures what it intends to measure; in other words, is it a valid measure.

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And, the goal matters even more when we understand that students and teachers arrive in schools with their personal curricula involved.

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US Congress HB4136 | 2013-2014 | 113th Congress

US Congress HB4136 | 2013-2014 | 113th Congress | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it
Summary (2014-02-28) To amend part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to provide full Federal funding of such part.
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This website offers us the opportunity to follow the federal bill that promising full federal funding for special education.  While previous similar bills have failed, this one has bipartisan support and may be the one that passes.  One can only hope.

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Recognition Worth Noticing

Recognition Worth Noticing | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it
 
As a writer, educator, and lover of learning and life, I make it a habit to notice people. Whether I am in the classroom or in a business, I notice everyone I meet, and I let him or her know it.
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Although this a short article, it isn't short on good advice -- just a little bit of recognition goes a long way toward improving behavior and performance -- whether you are in the boardroom or the classroom.

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Howard Fulfrost's curator insight, March 3, 9:11 AM

Although this a short article, it isn't short on good advice -- just a little bit of recognition goes a long way toward improving behavior and performance -- whether you are in the boardroom or the classroom. 

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NSBA encourages Congress to support full funding for IDEA and Title I

The National School Board Association (NSBA), along with other education organizations, signed on to coalition letters urging Congress to maximize education investments in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by establishing a...
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Thank you, NSBA.

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Students with disabilities frustrated with ignorance and lack of services | Inside Higher Ed

Students with disabilities frustrated with ignorance and lack of services | Inside Higher Ed | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it
Students with disabilities frustrated with ignorance and lack of services | Inside Higher Ed http://t.co/8Pz4St2I8j
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This article brings to light the all-to-common experience of college students with disabilities.  Ignorance and stigma must be addressed through a university's supportive administration -- one that sets the inclusive examples for college professors.

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How Gamification Uncovers Nuance In The Learning Process

How Gamification Uncovers Nuance In The Learning Process | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it
How Gamification Uncovers Nuance In The Learning Process by Terry Heick Gamification is simply the application of “game” mechanics to non-game entities. The big idea…
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This blog post addresses gamification as a PBIS methodology.  I wouldn't have put these "two and two" together.  However, it makes intuitive sense that games may be used in a variety of ways (whether reward or metacognitive tool) to change behavior.

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This blog post addresses gamification as a PBIS methodology.  I wouldn't have put these "two and two" together.  However, it makes intuitive sense that games may be used in a variety of ways (whether reward or metacognitive tool) to change behavior.

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Why do we make students sit still in class? - wtkr.com

Why do we make students sit still in class? - wtkr.com | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it
Why do we make students sit still in class?
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This doesn't bode well for academic success in traditional classrooms, where sitting quietly is a prerequisite for nearly all instruction.
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What a really insightful article!  This reprinted CNN article talks about whether sitting still at your desk really is necessary for child development and ultimately student achievement.  The author also explores schools that are moving away from traditional expectations to new and inventive ways to get kids engaged.

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What a really insightful article!  This reprinted CNN article talks about whether sitting still at your desk really is necessary for child development and ultimately student achievement.  The author also explores schools that are moving away from traditional expectations to new and inventive ways to get kids engaged.

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Infographic: Marzano's 9 Effective Instructional Strategies {12 Days of Literacy} | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies

Infographic: Marzano's 9 Effective Instructional Strategies {12 Days of Literacy} | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it
Effective schools make a big difference in student achievement. Effective leadership makes a positive difference, too. Effective teachers, however, directly impact student learning and achievement. It’s been shown that teachers who have a large repertoire of effective instructional strategies teach differently. They’re more intentional in their objectives, strategies, and intended outcomes. And, have better results. …
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Blogger Dr. Kimberly Tyson writes:  "Effective teachers ... directly impact student learning and achievement.  It’s been shown that teachers who have a large repertoire of effective instructional strategies teach differently. They’re more intentional in their objectives, strategies, and intended outcomes. And, have better results."


Tyson shares the results of Robert Marzano's meta-analysis of instructional strategies (to determine which were the most effective). The "Top Nine" are included in a handy infographic!  

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Blogger Dr. Kimberly Tyson writes:  "Effective teachers ... directly impact student learning and achievement.  It’s been shown that teachers who have a large repertoire of effective instructional strategies teach differently. They’re more intentional in their objectives, strategies, and intended outcomes. And, have better results."


Tyson shares the results of Robert Marzano's meta-analysis of instructional strategies (to determine which were the most effective). The "Top Nine" are included in a handy infographic! 

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New app could be tool for cyberbullying - Greenwich Time

New app could be tool for cyberbullying - Greenwich Time | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it
New app could be tool for cyberbullying Greenwich Time "It's basically this area where anyone really can post about people, and it's really unregulated and unfettered," Guillermo Perez, Greenwich High's student government president, said at last...
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I haven't heard about Yik Yak in any of the school districts that my firm serves; but I will keep a watchful eye. 


Applications like Yik Yak are among those that take full advantage of social media as a tool for "cyber-bullying."  If we're going to teach our children the importance of respect for others and that "character counts," we need to find ways to discourage the development and use of these sorts of applications.

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I haven't heard about Yik Yak in any of the school districts that my firm serves; but I will keep a watchful eye. 


Applications like Yik Yak are among those that take full advantage of social media as a tool for "cyber-bullying."  If we're going to teach our children the importance of respect for others and that "character counts," we need to find ways to discourage the development and use of these sorts of applications.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): An under-recognized issue that may ... - Medical Xpress

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): An under-recognized issue that may ... - Medical Xpress | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): An under-recognized issue that may ...
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This a short, easily understood article on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders written for those who want to understand the effects of this continuum of disorders.

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This a short, easily understood article on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders written for those who want to understand the effects of this continuum of disorders.

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Speaker Spotlight: Patrick Schwarz // Paula Kluth: Toward Inclusive ...

Speaker Spotlight: Patrick Schwarz // Paula Kluth: Toward Inclusive ... | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it
From Possibility to Success takes Patrick's case to the next level by providing teachers with powerful new tools to make inclusive education work, along with guidelines for incorporating them into classroom practice.
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This brief article talks about Patrick Schwarz, an educator, leader, and author.  It then offers a synopsis of two of Patrick's most recent books about inclusive school practices:  From Disability to Possibility (a collection of stories and ideas that inspire families, teachers, advocates, and self-advocates to think beyond “what is” and dream about new ways to both teach and learn), and From Possibility to Success

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The Impact Effective Principals Have on Education Infographic

The Impact Effective Principals Have on Education Infographic | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it
The Impact Effective Principals Have on Education Infographic explores the effect of exceptional educational leaders on teachers, students and schools.
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This is an informative infographic that shows us how important the principalship really is.

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This is an informative infographic that shows us how important the principalship really is.

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iPad Accessibility Options for Special Education Classrooms

iPad Accessibility Options for Special Education Classrooms | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it
The iPad's accessibility features make it a great assistive technology tool for students with disabilities that impede their learning. Here's why special education teachers love the iPad. (Here is a nice overview of accessibility options on the iPad.
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As we see technology finds its way into the classroom, there are some devices that are being embraced by special educators in particular.  One of these is the iPad.  This is a great overview of how Apple has universally designed the iPad to be accessible to the greatest number of students -- especially students with disabilities.

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As we see technology finds its way into the classroom, there are some devices that are being embraced by special educators in particular.  One of these is the iPad.  This is a great overview of how Apple has universally designed the iPad to be accessible to the greatest number of students -- especially students with disabilities.

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The Adoption of Inclusion Education Infographic

The Adoption of Inclusion Education Infographic | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it

Inclusion education has become a crucial part of classrooms across the United States, offering students with disabilities, as well as the gifted, an opportunity to join the classroom community and prepare for a successful and productive life. Inclusion education has evolved over time, and as The... http://elearninginfographics.com/the-adoption-of-inclusion-education-infographic/


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This infographic follows the history of inclusion.  I speak about this subject often.  The one message that I believe is most important is that inclusion is not a place, it's a mindset.  And, it works to improve student outcomes for both students who are typically developing, and those who have disabilities. 

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Inclusive Schools Network -Technology Supporting Inclusion

Inclusive Schools Network -Technology Supporting Inclusion | Special Education Law, Practice & Policy | Scoop.it
Technology & students with #disabilities RT @FireProgram Inclusive Schools Network -Technology Supporting Inclusion http://t.co/BsTL2iWvHd
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The author writes:  "What amazing progress we are seeing in our world of education! This is particularly true as we look at the impact of technology in the classroom on students with disabilities. We see an explosion of new instructional solutions in digitized text and mobile devices and new software applications increasing access to the general curriculum."


Technology and Universal Design for Learning go hand-in-hand -- enabling the greatest number of students to access the general curriculum.  I truly hope that, in the near feature, Congress will support the concept of one "education" that empowers all students to access to a continuum of educational resources to access the general curriculum. 

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