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Lead poisoning toll revised to 1 in 38 young kids
USA Today
An estimated 535,000 young children in the United States have harmful levels of lead in their bodies, putting them at risk of lost intelligence, attention disorders and other life-long health problems, according to a new estimate by federal health officials. The new number shows lead poisoning affects 1 in 38 children ages 1 to 5, according to the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Response to intervention policy and practice inconsistent across states
Education Week
Currently, 14 states mandate that response to intervention be used as a method to determine if students have a specific learning disability. The rest of the states, following federal special education law, must permit RTI to be used for that purpose. Part of the goal, RTI advocates contend, is that the instructional method's focus on effective teaching can cut down on the number of children who need special education services.
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Minorities in special education: Are they underrepresented?
Education Week
Among special education advocates, it's an article of faith that minority students are enrolled in special education in greater proportion than their white peers, and that this is a problem that needs fixing. But what if minorities are actually underenrolled in special education? What if minority students, even those who show characteristics similar to their white peers, aren't getting the services they need? That would mean a major shift in the way the federal government and special educators look at this issue.
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What is the quality of life for children with learning disabilities and ADHD?
GoodTherapy.org
Learning difficulties can present challenges for school-aged children. They may have difficulty with reading, math, problem solving and general academic tasks. Additionally, these difficulties may contribute to low self-esteem. Children with specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia may be viewed differently than their peers. They may feel isolated, ostracized, or even ridiculed as a result. Many children with SpLD also have psychological issues, the most common being attention deficit hyperactivity.
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Closing the disabilities gap
MiddleWeb
There are many variables reported to contribute to the achievement gap. Race, cultural differences, poverty, school structures, family structures and inequitable funding are all in the mix of conversations that place blame on why some students are academically behind where they should be. This post examines yet another often-discussed variable: students with disabilities. What can be done to help these students close the academic gap between themselves and their non-disabled peers?
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How to stimulate curiosity
KQED
Curiosity is the engine of intellectual achievement — it's what drives us to keep learning, keep trying, keep pushing forward. But how does one generate curiosity, in oneself or others? George Loewenstein, a professor of economics and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, proposed an answer in a classic 1994 paper, "The Psychology of Curiosity."
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Sequestration hits Impact Aid districts
District administration Magazine
Most districts won't feel the impact of sequester cuts for another year. But Silver Valley,Calif., USD is already facing the harsh reality of nearly $500,000 in funding cuts this year alone. Located on the National Training Center at Fort Irwin in the middle of the Mojave Desert, Silver Valley is a district of 2,500 students, 61 percent of whom are from military families. It is one of approximately 1,350 school districts located on tax-exempt property, such as military bases or Indian reservations, that are heavily reliant on federal Impact Aid, which the government provides to help fund the schools. Today, these districts are facing immediate and often severe cuts at the hands of sequestration.
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Bill Gates: A fairer way to evaluate teachers
The Washington Post
Tom Brady may be the best quarterback in football, but he is also infamously, hilariously slow. YouTube videos of his 40-yard dash have gotten many thousands of hits from sports fans looking for a good laugh. If the New England Patriots had chosen a quarterback based only on foot speed, they would have missed out on three Super Bowl victories. But National Football League teams ask prospects to run, jump and lift weights. They interview them for hours. They watch game film. In short, they use multiple measures to determine the best players.
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A gifted student learns to thrive with dyslexia
The Wall Street Journal
Skye Lucas tested in the gifted range in preschool. But she fell behind her kindergarten classmates when they started reading. Then, like many other dyslexic children in Manhattan, N.Y., private schools, she was subtly asked to leave. Getting "kicked out," as Lucas puts it, was a blessing in disguise. She spent the next two years at the Windward School in nearby White Plains, N.Y., one of several schools that specialize in helping students with language-based learning disabilities return to the mainstream.
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    Meditation technique enhances children's mental health (Medical Xpress)
Congress tweaks state special education spending mandates (Education Week)
ADHD seen in 11 percent of US children as diagnoses rise (The New York Times)
Gym-classroom hybrid helping kids with learning problems (WFAA-TV)
With GOP advocate, education issues could gain steam in Congress (Education Week)

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Getting the best people into the toughest jobs
Center for American Progress
It is indisputable that teachers and principals have the greatest impact on student learning. Unfortunately, the education system has hired and tenured thousands of ineffective teachers and principals, particularly in high-poverty urban and rural schools. As a consequence, these schools have low levels of student learning.To remedy this problem, the nation is engaged in multiple activities to get effective teachers into all classrooms and effective principals into all schools through more "strategic management" of education talent. Strategic talent management is an approach that manages all human resource programs — recruitment, selection, placement, development, evaluation, tenure, promotion, dismissal and compensation — around a set of effectiveness metrics that capture instructional practice and student-learning growth.
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Minorities in special education: Are they underrepresented?
Education Week
Among special education advocates, it's an article of faith that minority students are enrolled in special education in greater proportion than their white peers, and that this is a problem that needs fixing.

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High fat diets maybe linked to ADHD and learning problems
Medical News Today
Diets that are high in fat are possibly linked to childhood brain-based conditions, such as memory-dependent learning disabilities and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, researchers from the University of Illinois College of Medicine reported in Psychoneuroendocrinology.

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Overcoming reading problems: How can we stlil raed words wehn teh lettres are jmbuled up?
Medical News Today
Researchers in the U.K. have taken an important step towards understanding how the human brain 'decodes' letters on a page to read a word.

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Shoe design offers a Trojan horse for problem solving with design thinking
Edutopia
"Design your own shoe." That's what high school students thought they were signing up to do when they volunteered for an immersive experience in design thinking. Truth be told, the course description was not quite accurate. Shoe design "is really a Trojan horse for solving problems in a new way," acknowledged Chad Faber, director of the Knight Family Scholars Program at Catlin Gabel School, an independent K-12 school in Portland, Ore.
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When kids are afraid to tell teachers about bullying — That is a problem
TakePart
Courtney Fox, a first-grade teacher, shares why teachers must create environments where kids aren't afraid to report bullying. She writes: "When I first started teaching, I wasn't exactly sure how I should respond to tattling. I wanted children to tell me what was going on, but I didn't want to hear everything, did I? After all, how did I know if a child was tattling to get someone in trouble, or telling me information that would help another child? Then I started hearing and reading about children who were saying their teachers weren't doing anything about bullying. Or, when they told their teachers about acts of meanness, they were getting scolded ... for tattling."
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Engaging learners through games: Help or hype?
eSchool News
"Engagement" has become a popular buzzword, as educators increasingly cite disengaged students as a problem that needs to be fixed. In this context, games are often trumpeted as the perfect tool for creating student engagement. But what do we really know about how engagement works? What opportunities and risks do games present as tools for increasing engagement? And how can educators judge whether a game product truly helps drive student engagement or is merely hype?
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