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'Learning disabilities' movement turns 50
The Washington Post
It was 50 years ago this month that the movement to help students with learning disabilities began. Jim Baucom, professor of education, Landmark College, offers an overview of how it all began and where the progress has taken the movement.
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How iPads and tablets are changing the face of special education
We are Teachers
The past three years have seen a sea change in the use of technology in special education. The introduction of the iPad, followed by numerous other tablets, has put technology into the hands of students in a way unprecedented in the years before. The tablets have succeeded so quickly in part because they are portable, intuitive to use and provide a modality of learning with an element of fun.
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A teaching technique for teachers of students with LD
NCLD
Special education teacher and learning disability expert Meg Randall discusses a teaching technique she uses to better serve her students, including those with LD, in the classroom.
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For contractor in special education, huge fees and poor care
The New York Times
C. H. Park ran a company that had begun to prosper on government contracts, but he had bigger ambitions. So he tore down his shabby headquarters on a quiet street in Flushing, Queens, and replaced it with a lavish three-story building. Then he brought in the clients: 3- and 4-year-olds with developmental disabilities. Learn the outcome for families lured by attractive surroundings and the promise of state-of-the-art therapy.
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Arizona special-needs student continues to inspire classmates
Deseret News
When Carson Jones invited Chy Johnson to sit with him and his football buddies at lunch last fall, he didn't think it was a big deal. Since that time, Johnson's story has been a source of inspiration. Johnson, 16, has microcephaly, a brain disorder. She became a target for bullies, but a phone call has led to lasting changes.
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Special education teacher a finalist in 'Kelly and Michael' contest
The Journal News
A special education teacher from New Rochelle, N.Y., has been named one of five finalists in a national "top teacher" search by the "Live with Kelly and Michael" morning talk show. Ann Marie Rooney, 47, a New Rochelle teacher for 20 years, is to appear on the popular show May 1.
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Commentary: To truly improve learning, schools should stop trying so hard
TeachThought
Wrinkles in policy arise as teachers strive to realize a vision for education that is, as things are, entirely impossible. No matter the starting literacy level, emotional intelligence, goals in life, family history, socioeconomic background, learning and thinking habits or academic ambition, the same result is expected of all students — an increasingly troublesome word stuffed full of connotation and implication: proficiency.
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Homework strategies for children with learning disabilities
Family Education
Getting a child with LD to do homework can be tough. A lack of focus combined with distractions in his/her surroundings can lead to frustration. What tips can you offer to help parents and students tackle homework productively?
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Team teaching helps students, disabled and not
WNYC
A New York principal says New York City's 9-14 programs, which increase learning time, helps bring all students to their full potential, including those with learning disabilities. A team-teaching approach has been found to be most effective with LD students.
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How technology is helping students with developmental disabilities
Edudemic
A typical education for students with developmental disabilities focuses on vocational training, with students learning unskilled labor positions such as basic foodservice worker or custodial positions. While it is imperative that students receive such learning opportunities, there should be an increased focus on realistic "future" options where technology skills are a requirement.
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New Web-based program tackles learning disabilities
World Bulletin
A new Web-based adaptive learning program developed by two Turkish education technology specialists is designed to address the problems children with specific learning disabilities face.
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Positive, not punitive, classroom management tips
Edutopia
According to the author of "Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies for Student Motivation," teachers can never have too many positive, not punitive, classroom management strategies in their toolbox.
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Pilot study changes how students learn
Hays Free Press
Students at Simon Middle School in Hays County, Texas, are immersed in a pilot study using Strategic Instruction Model. The results so far, according to Simon Principal Matt Pope, are nothing short of transformational.
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Trying an inclusive approach, school cuts back on self-contained classes
The Advocate
During the past two years, Lafayette, La., Parish School System has expanded inclusive learning opportunities for its youngest special needs children. The goal was to reduce the number of preschool-aged students in self-contained classes — meaning classes with only special needs students — and offer more options for those students to engage with nonspecial needs students. See the outcomes.
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Lead poisoning toll revised to 1 in 38 young kids (USA Today)
Minorities in special education: Are they underrepresented? (Education Week)
Closing the disabilities gap (MiddleWeb)

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Learning strategies outperform IQ in predicting achievement
Scientific American
In the 1960s, the legendary psychologist Albert Bandura rejected the view that learning is passive. Instead he emphasized the importance of the active use of learning strategies. Today, Bandura's legacy lives on — and has been extended in exciting new directions.
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Research: Small, frequent tests could help students pay attention, learn
Education News
New research is showing that the key to keeping students focused on learning material while in the classroom could be frequent tests. Cognitive psychologists, long charged with figuring out how to keep young minds from straying while learning, have hit upon an unusual solution of springing little tests and quizzes throughout the lecture — at the exact time that students are most likely to drift away from the topic in hand.
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Children with handwriting difficulties
NeuroNet Learning
Researchers have found that children with learning challenges experienced handwriting delays at a younger age. An article published in the journal Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics reported using an effective handwriting screening tool to evaluate the accuracy and speed of children's handwriting. The screening tool, Systematic Screening for Handwriting Difficulties or SOS test, was found to be a reliable method for early detection of handwriting difficulties. Early intervention may prevent secondary problems often associated with poor handwriting, such as academic underachievement and low self-esteem.
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Recognizing discalculia
Mathlanding
In this 4-minute video interview, Jane Emerson explains the symptoms and effects of dyscalculia, helping teachers recognize and respond to students' needs.

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Inconsistent intervention
Education Week
Currently, 14 states nationwide mandate that response to intervention be used as a method to determine if students have a specific learning disability.

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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 ahead. But how does one generate it?

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Special education programs needed, but who should pay for them?
Duluth News Tribune
We have to be able to talk about this. No, not in a way that pits families of special needs students against the families of other students, and certainly not in a way that would even suggest children with mental and physical disabilities don't deserve and aren't entitled to the same educational opportunities as any other students. That's been the law — and rightly so — since 1975. The question posed isn't whether to fund special education programs, but how.
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No Child Left Behind gauge may end in Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Adequate yearly progress has been the assessment measurement for schools and school districts in Pennsylvania since the enactment of the federal No Child Left Behind Law in January 2001. But this standard, known as AYP, will disappear if an application for a waiver submitted by the state Department of Education to the U.S. Department of Education is granted.
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North Carolina district's punishment practices subject of federal complaint
The Herald-Sun
Legal Aid of North Carolina and the Civil Rights Project of UCLA have filed a complaint with the federal Department of Education, alleging that Durham Public Schools disproportionately punishes black students and students with disabilities.
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