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Suspensions place kids with disabilities at risk, report finds
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A panel of national experts is calling out schools for suspending students with disabilities at disproportionately high rates. Kids with disabilities and students of color — particularly those who are black — are suspended at "hugely disproportionate rates" compared to white children, a trend which is fueling inequality in the nation’s schools, according to a report issued late last week. The analysis comes from the Discipline Disparities Research-to-Practice Collaborative, a group of 26 nationally-recognized experts from the social science, education and legal fields that’s housed at Indiana University.
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What keeps students motivated to learn?
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Educators have lots of ideas about how to improve education, to better reach learners and to give students the skills they'll need in college and beyond the classroom. But often those conversations remain between adults. The real test of any idea is in the classroom, though students are rarely asked about what they think about their education. A panel of seven students attending schools that are part of the "deeper learning" movement gave their perspective on what it means for them to learn and how educators can work to create a school culture that fosters creativity, collaboration, trust, the ability to fail, and perhaps most importantly, one in which students want to participate.
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Connecticut schools lag in diagnosing, helping dyslexic students
The Connecticut Monitor
Joe Davenport's family had to get him privately tested and identified with dyslexia years before his school district would come to the same conclusion and provide him with the educational services he needed."In first grade, we knew something wasn't quite right," his mother, Lisa Davenport of Durham, said during an interview. "But his teachers kept saying he was doing fine."
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Lawmakers press for full funding of special education
Disability Scoop
Even as President Barack Obama called for virtually no change to special education spending in his budget proposal, members of Congress are pressing forward with efforts to fully fund the program. A bill introduced this week with bipartisan backing in the U.S. House of Representatives calls for increases in spending over the next decade in order to bring special education up to a level known as "full funding." A similar proposal is expected to be introduced in the U.S. Senate in the coming weeks, sources say.
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Dyslexia bill stalls to dismay of advocates
The Associated Press via Centre Daily Times
Advocates for children with reading problems caused by dyslexia say they're frustrated the issue isn't getting attention from state lawmakers. GOP Sen. Roger Chamberlain of Lino Lakes figures there are up to 135,000 students in Minnesota public schools afflicted by dyslexia, in which the brain struggles to distinguish characters and sounds. His bill would provide as much as $2,000 in tax credits to cover 75 percent of the cost of private tutoring for children with the disability. Licensed teachers trained to diagnose and treat dyslexia would be eligible for tax credits toward their training.
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7 intriguing facts about the brain
eSchool News
When it comes to student learning, many stakeholders focus on important learning supports, such as classroom technology, reliable high-speed internet access in schools, and educators who use technology as a tool to increase student achievement. But there's another important component that is sometimes overlooked–the human brain, and how learning impacts its structure and function.
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Children learning math have a powerful tool in hand gestures
Medical News Today
Children who use their hands to gesture during a math lesson gain a deep understanding of the problems they are taught, according to new research from University of Chicago's Department of Psychology. Previous research has found that gestures can help children learn. This study in particular was designed to answer whether abstract gesture can support generalization beyond a particular problem and whether abstract gesture is a more effective teaching tool than concrete action.
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Lawmakers press for full funding of special education
Disability Scoop
Even as President Barack Obama called for virtually no change to special education spending in his budget proposal, members of Congress are pressing forward with efforts to fully fund the program.

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Common Core's promise collides with IEP realities
Education Week
One of the most promising elements of common academic standards for students with disabilities, say experts in special education, is that they offer explicit connections from one set of skills to another.

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In plain language: 5 big FAQ's about dyslexia
Psychology Today
Psychologists, cognitive scientists and neuroscientists are unraveling the mysteries of dyslexia. But if you are a parent, teacher or caregiver, it may be hard to read and comprehend the latest research.

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Bill Gates comes to the defense of the Common Core
The Huffington Post
Bill Gates is rallying teachers to support an embattled cause, the Common Core State Standards. At a speech Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C., the Microsoft co-founder is lending his voice to save the standards. According to prepared remarks provided to The Huffington Post, Gates told educators at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards' Teaching and Learning Conference that the Common Core is the key to creativity for teachers. He also charged that the controversy around the Core "comes from people who want to stop the standards, which would send us back to what we had before."
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Education official stresses need for 'results-driven accountability'
Education Week
While states are being asked to change how they evaluate their special education programs, the U.S. Department of Education also plans to change the way it interacts with states, Michael Yudin, the acting assistant secretary of the office of special education and rehabilitative services, told state board leaders gathered for a legislative policy forum.
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Learning to understand dyslexia
Fairmont Sentinel
Thsi is is wriat a learning-disadleb chilb often has to conteb with when atteqting to need a dook. Tjew ord sare n otsp aced cor rect ly. We spell wrds xatle az tha snd. These are samples of what people with dyslexia see when they try to read. Dyslexia, a developmental reading disorder, is the most common learning disorder, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. It hinders a person's ability to read, write and spell, regardless of their level of intelligence.
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Does teaching kids to get 'gritty' help them get ahead?
NPR
It's become the new buzz phrase in education: "Got grit?" Around the nation, schools are beginning to see grit as key to students' success — and just as important to teach as reading and math. Experts define grit as persistence, determination and resilience; it's that je ne sais quoi that drives one kid to practice trumpet or study Spanish for hours — or years — on end, while another quits after the first setback.
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Should students be grouped by 'content level' instead of by grade?
Fox News
A California school district is grouping students by "content level" instead of grade. The model is based on the idea that students learn at their own pace and should advance when they have mastered the material. So, is content-based learning a good idea? Former high school academic dean Jedidiah Bila says the new plan means students have different lesson plans and more individualized learning.
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Smarter Balanced group delays field-testing
Education Week
One of the two state consortia developing exams aligned with the Common Core State Standards is giving itself an additional week to iron out any glitches before field-testing begins. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, which counts 23 states as members, had planned to begin field-testing March 18. Schools will now begin the process on March 25, according to a consortium official.
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