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Senator looks to ease burden for parents in IDEA disputes
Disability Scoop
A federal lawmaker says he wants to level the playing field for parents involved in special education disputes with their child's school district. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is proposing new legislation that would ensure parents who successfully challenge a school district under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act can recoup costs for psychologists, behavior specialists, physicians and other experts they engage in order to bring their case.
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For dyslexic students, are smartphones easier to read than books?
PBS Newshour
Matthew Schneps holds a Ph.D. in physics but his success came with a certain measure of challenge. In addition to being an astrophysicist, Schneps is also dyslexic, which means he joins approximately 15 percent of Americans in a struggle to read. "When I read, I find it's very hard for me to kind of mentally lock on to the words," Schneps said. One thing has helped, however — Schneps's smartphone, which helped him bridge the distance between his mind and the written word. But was the device just helpful to him? Or it could it be helpful to others?
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New reports grade schools on reading, writing and recess
Education Week
When parents in Colorado check state-mandated reports to see how their child's school is faring academically, they can also quickly learn if that school has a nurse, if it offers 30 minutes of daily physical activity for students, and if it has a school-based health center. Though school-level report cards typically feature information about standardized-test scores and student demographics, the Rocky Mountain State also requires schools to report a variety of other factors that affect students' health and wellness.
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Inclusion Corner: Encouraging our students to have a growth mindset
By: Savanna Flakes
Have you ever found yourself wishing that you could create a community of students who are self-motivated and persist with challenging tasks? Do you have a student that gives up after making one mistake? Why do some students give up so quickly? How do we encourage our adolescents who have undergone so many failures with math or reading? Carol Dweck, a leading researcher in the field of motivation, has posed there are two groups of people in the world: people with a "growth mindset" and those persons with a "fixed mindset."
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Brain scans used to forecast early reading difficulties
University of California via Science Daily
Researchers have used brain scans to predict how young children learn to read, giving clinicians a possible tool to spot children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties before they experience reading challenges.
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PARCC makes speaking and listening test optional
Education Week
The PARCC testing consortium decided Friday to make the speaking-and-listening section of its test optional for states for at least two years. The move came in a unanimous vote by the consortium's governing board. The decision means that PARCC's member states will allow districts to decide whether to administer the portion of the test that measures one particular set of skills in the Common Core State Standards: how well students absorb information by listening, and how well they communicate that knowledge orally.
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Common Core 2.0: Common Core by another name
The Washington Post
As the national debate over the Common Core K-12 academic standards rages on, most of the states that originally adopted them are standing by the standards, though they're calling them something different.
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What's going on inside a dyslexic student's brain?
There no such thing as a "normal brain." In fact, there's a lot of diversity in how different brains process information — a challenge for educators tasked with teaching a diverse group of learners. Dyslexia is a common variation that affects how kids read, but what's really going inside the brain of someone affected by it? Kelli Sandman-Hurley's TED-Ed video explains.
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Slow to mature, quick to distract: ADHD study finds slower development of connections
Medical Xpress
A peek inside the brains of more than 750 children and teens reveals a key difference in brain architecture between those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and those without. Kids and teens with ADHD, a new study finds, lag behind others of the same age in how quickly their brains form connections within, and between, key brain networks.
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    Exercise helps children with ADHD in study (The Wall Street Journal)
One student's dyslexia changed how a community viewed learning (PBS Newshour)
Big year looms for Common Core testing (Education Week)
How to get students to work harder (The Atlantic)
How 'productive struggle' can lead to deeper learning (eSchool News)

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As school year begins, education landscape is changing
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
There have been some interesting developments recently in the education sector, especially imparting education in the K-12 levels. The beginning of 2014 saw major predictions being set for the way education will take shape in these times of rapid change and technology. As the 2014-2015 school year begins, we are seeing some of these predictions come true. Tech-driven teaching practices have stormed in and have been consolidated as key teaching tools for most states this year. Another major development has been more student-centric learning and responsibilities.
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Do students learn more when their teachers work well together?
The Washington Post (commentary)
Debates about how to improve educational outcomes for students often involve two camps — those who focus on the impact of in-school factors on student achievement and those who focus on out-of-school factors. There are many in-school factors discussed but improving the quality of individual teachers (or teachers' human capital) is almost always touted as the main strategy for school improvement. Social capital is malleable; policies can and do shape teachers' professional networks and how they function. For example, Gamoran, Gunter and Williams (2005) showed that sustained and coherent professional development can be used to create strong collegial ties (or social capital) among teachers.
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Study: Cyberbullying increases as students age
University of California — Riverside via Science Daily
As students' age they are verbally and physically bullied less but cyberbullied more, non-native English speakers are not bullied more often than native English speakers and bullying increases as students' transition from elementary to middle school. Those are among the findings of a wide-ranging paper just released.
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