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Obama administration makes push for preschool inclusion
Disabilities Scoop
Federal officials say that all children with disabilities should be able to attend preschool alongside their typically-developing peers. Nearly four months after requesting public feedback on the issue, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services are jointly issuing guidance to states, school districts and early childhood providers urging them to make a place for kids with special needs. "As our country continues to move forward on the critical task of expanding access to high-quality early learning programs for all children, we must do everything we can to ensure that children with disabilities are part of that," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in announcing the effort this week during his annual back-to-school bus tour.
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A postsecondary model for students with learning disabilities
By: Luana E. Fahr
The questions that go through mind of the typical student considering postsecondary education often include: Should I even go to college? If I go to college, will I ever graduate? Are there support programs that can assist me? In addition to these questions, students with learning disabilities have many others, including whether they will have IEPs in college or if there are people and assistive technologies that will support their learning differences.
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Which education programs would be hit by a government shutdown?
Education Week
The federal government is careening toward a shutdown at the end of the month, thanks in part to an impasse in Congress over whether to fund Planned Parnethood. But most school districts, and many federal education programs, wouldn't feel an immediate pinch if the U.S. Department of Education and other agencies temporarily shut their doors. The two major exceptions: the Head Start program, an early-childhood program for low-income children funded through the Department of Health and Human Services and Impact Aid, the Education Department program that helps districts with a big federal presence (such as a military base or a Native American reservation).
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What would accountability without standardized tests look like?
Standardized tests were introduced during President Lyndon Johnson's administration to prove the extra funds going to low-income schools were working. As they became more common they helped shine a spotlight on the achievement gap between affluent students and those who struggle financially. That's why many civil rights groups adamantly defend the tests as crucial for accountability and equality.
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Identifying and supporting ELLs with learning disabilities
When an English language learner struggles academically, it is often difficult to determine whether this is due to a language barrier, learning disability or some combination of factors. In fact, several characteristics of acquiring a language mimic behaviors associated with a learning disability, making the process of differentiating between the two particularly complicated. And as studies suggest, there is both an over- and underrepresentation of language learners in special education programs likely due to teachers' misunderstanding of student needs and poorly designed language assessments.
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  Student-Paced, Mastery-Based Math
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Better posture may lead to better reading skills
ADDitude Magazine
Remember when your mom reminded you to stand up straight and watch your posture. Such advice may also work when you're sitting down to read a book. Forbrain, a technology that enhances language and learning by using your voice to optimize your brain, offers this posture plan for reading.
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Phys ed program boosts students' confidence, ability
District Administration Magazine
A physical education program that brings commercial-grade fitness equipment to under-resourced schools — along with a curriculum based on boosting confidence and fun — dramatically increases students' performance on California's standardized physical fitness test, according to a UCLA study titled "Targeting the Body and the Mind: Evaluation of a P.E. Curriculum Intervention for Adolescents." The UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind curriculum, which focuses on mastering basic physical tasks that can be done in small spaces, such as using free-weights and jumping ropes, tripled the percentage of students who passed the California state Fitnessgram test in schools where it was implemented.
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Why storytelling skills matter for African-American kids
The Conversation (commentary)
Children begin telling stories as young as age two or three. And they continue to develop storytelling skills in their interaction with parents and others who provide guidance and feedback. The ability to tell a coherent and well-developed narrative may be important for children's literacy development. However, most of the studies on children's storytelling and reading skills have been conducted with samples of middle-class white children. To address this gap in the research, my colleague, Iheoma Iruka, and I studied data of children from different socioeconomic and racial/ethnic groups from across the United States.
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Tackling inequality in gifted-and-talented programs
The Atlantic
In many places around the U.S., low-income and minority children are significantly underrepresented in gifted-and-talented programs. This seems to be the case whether the process for identifying gifted children relies on teacher referrals for screening, or on evaluations arranged and paid for independently by parents. So what happens when you give every student a chance? For starters, according to a new NBER working paper, you get a massive increase in diversity. At least that was the case at public schools in one of the United States’ largest and most diverse urban school districts.
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What neuroscience reveals about bullying by educators
We would never let a teacher or coach physically strike or sexually molest our child. Why then do we allow teachers and coaches to bully our children?
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Study: Middle school students want recognition, not money
Chalkbeat Tennessee
Money can't buy happiness or, for that matter, attendance by middle school students at after-school tutoring sessions. A new Vanderbilt University study found that middle school students who were mailed certificates of recognition were actually more motivated to participate in after-school tutoring programs than their peers who received money. The finding adds to previous research that, in education, rewards can work better than sanctions mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind law. And, for teachers and students, the rewards are not necessarily about the money.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    How can you get students with LD to change their behavior and habits? (By: Howard Margolis)
Your IEP toolbox: 3 resources for better ADHD accommodations (ADDitude Magazine)
Transitioning to college: The responsibility shift (By: Pamela Hill)
Reading teaching in schools can kill a love for books (The Conversation)
Which common educational myth limits student achievement? (Psychology Today)

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