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School leaders brace for cuts as sequestration occurs
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School districts around the country are bracing for more than $2 billion in federal spending cuts that kicked in March 1 after lawmakers failed to reach a deficit-reduction deal. School administrators say the cuts will result in fewer staff, larger class sizes and the delay of ed-tech purchases, among other effects. The cuts come as school districts are trying to prepare for more rigorous assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards, and district leaders say the cuts will hinder these efforts.
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Can student-driven learning happen under Common Core?
MindShift
Teachers use different strategies to help students learn. With the inevitable arrival of the Common Core State Standards, however, the big unknown is what will happen when the assessments are released and the states and the federal government develop policies to accommodate them. If the assessments fall back on the kinds of narrow questions we saw with No Child Left Behind, and if governments create the same kind of high-stakes accountability, teachers will be herded back towards lower levels of prescriptive learning that leave little room for student voice and ownership. But if assessments mirror the broad principles and effective pedagogy that the CCSS authors have championed, there is hope that rote learning and teacher-driven classrooms will not be necessary in order for students to pass the test.
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Serving students with special needs and gifted and talented
District Administration Magazine
According to Connecticut's Wilton School District Superintendent Gary G. Richards, most people who move to Wilton do so for its high-quality schools, which has struck a successful balance between educating its most advanced learners and ones who need more help. The affluent, suburban district in Fairfield County, 50 miles northeast of New York City, is known as a high-quality district with modest class sizes (22 students or fewer in all grades); expansive Advanced Placement courses in English, music, mathematics, world languages, social studies, science and visual arts; and a nearly nonexistent dropout rate (less than .5 percent each year since 2009).
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Video games may sharpen focusing skills in kids with dyslexia
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Here's one possible treatment for dyslexia that kids won't complain about: video games. Italian researchers report that they found that children with the reading disability scored better on tests after they played an action video game for hours, possibly because their minds temporarily became more focused. It's not clear if video games directly improved the dyslexia in the kids. If it did, no one knows how long the effect might last or whether the strategy is a better approach than traditional treatments. In other words, dyslexic children shouldn't necessarily play a couple of video games and call their reading specialist in the morning.
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Top K-12 senators ask Arne Duncan for more info on sequestration
Education Week
Two top Republican senators on education issues have some major questions for U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan when it comes to the way the Obama administration has been describing the automatic, across-the-board cuts known as sequestration. In a letter sent to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the ranking Republican on the Senate K-12 policy committee, and Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas, the top Republican on the panel that oversees education spending, have questioned the department's estimate that 40,000 teachers could lose their jobs.
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Study: Childhood ADHD may lead to troubles later on
Reuters
Nearly a third of people diagnosed as children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder still have the condition in adulthood, according to a large new study that also found they're more likely to develop other mental disorders and to commit suicide. U.S. researchers who published their findings in Pediatrics found that about 29 percent of participants in the study who were diagnosed with ADHD as children ended up carrying that diagnosis into their late twenties.
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Can therapy dogs help kids with autism?
HealthDay News
For children with autism, trained dogs may offer not only a furry friend, but some therapeutic benefits, too, a new research review finds. There is a "substantial body of evidence" that dogs act as "social catalysts," even encouraging adults to be a little friendlier to each other, said senior researcher Francesca Cirulli, of the National Institute of Health in Rome, Italy. And the few studies that have focused on kids with autism suggest the same is true for them.
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Study: Childhood ADHD may lead to troubles later on
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Nearly a third of people diagnosed as children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder still have the condition in adulthood, according to a large new study that also found they're more likely to develop other mental disorders and to commit suicide. U.S. researchers who published their findings in Pediatrics found that about 29 percent of participants in the study who were diagnosed with ADHD as children ended up carrying that diagnosis into their late twenties.

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8 things to know about dyslexia
NBC News
Dr. Joseph Sirven, a contributor for NBC News, writes: "My parents instilled in me the value of education in providing opportunities in life. As a doctor, preventing and solving medical problems that can disrupt education at an early age is something I believe we both as individuals and as members of the Latino community must address. Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disorders that can lead to problems with education, but if identified early, academic concerns can be potentially averted. Here are 8 things you need to know about this condition."

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Dyslexia definition now covers wider range of reading disorders
Issaquah Press
There are several myths about the reading disability known as dyslexia, according to Cornell Atwater, director of Issaquah's Learning Rx center. For one thing, and perhaps most importantly, dyslexia has nothing to do with mixing up letters. People who have dyslexia do not necessarily see words differently than other people. Further, persons diagnosed with dyslexia do not have one single form of reading disorder. "Dyslexia really encompasses anyone who has difficulty reading," Atwater said.

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Study: More sleep equals smarter children
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A new study by researchers from the University of Tübingen's Institute for Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology reinforces how necessary sleep is for a child's brain, even more so than adults. Researchers wrote in the journal Nature Neuroscience about how children's brains turn learned material into active knowledge as they sleep and how their brains do it even more effectively than an adult's. Past studies have shown sleeping after learning helps long-term storage of the material learned, because during sleep, memory is turned into a form that makes future learning easier.
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Disability, literacy groups unite on common reading goal
Education Week
The push to have all children reading on grade level by third grade must include students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, say two advocacy groups who have bonded over this common goal. The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, based in New Haven, Conn., has made grants to support children with learning disabilities and their families since 1992. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a coalition of philanthropies and associations working towards improving literacy among low-income children. The two organizations have come together to promote a new initiative called "Don't 'Dys' Our Kids," which offers policy solutions for including students with disabilities like dyslexia in literacy promotion efforts.
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When bullying goes high-tech
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As many as 25 percent of teenagers have experienced cyberbullying at some point, said Justin W. Patchin, who studies the phenomenon at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He and colleagues have conducted formal surveys of 15,000 middle and high school students throughout the United States, and found that about 10 percent of teens have been victims of cyberbullying in the last 30 days.
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Even when delayed, most kids acquire speech
Disability Scoop
The majority of youngsters with autism who have severe language delay do eventually learn to talk, researchers say. Some 70 percent of children with the developmental disorder who were not making meaningful phrases by age 4 ultimately achieved some form of speech by age 8 — whether talking in phrases or fluently — according to findings in the journal Pediatrics. The study is based on a review of clinical data on 535 children with autism who had no significant speech by the time they turned 4. Children were most likely to gain language abilities if they had high nonverbal intelligence and good social engagement, the study found. In fact, researchers said that kids with typical intelligence levels gained language almost six months sooner than those with below average IQ scores.
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