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Motivation is key in turning around learning differences
By Ronald M. Kraus
Though there is surprisingly scant research on motivation and learning disabilities, motivation is in fact key to helping create change for students with learning differences. It is the engine that drives the train of learning, the spark that propels the individual. To understand motivation, here is a look at what the research by Richard Ryan and Edward Deci says. It first describes a continuum of different types of motivation, followed by an explanation of each.
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ISAC offering annual certification series of training modules for FAFSA
ISCA
To assist you in helping your students with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and staying current on the financial aid process and programs, ISAC offers an annual certification series of training modules. Session participants who successfully pass each knowledge assessment receive — via an email from ISAC — an official certificate of completion, which is valid for one year. ISAC also awards continuing education credits and continuing professional development units to session participants at a rate of one per contact hour.
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Illinois awarded millions for more charter schools
WUIS-FM
Illinois students may have more schools to choose from in the near future. Over the next five years, the U. S. Department of Education will give Illinois $42 million to spend on the creation of up to 70 new charter schools. Illinois is one of eight states to receive an award through a competitive application process.
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Putting fun in the fundamentals
The Courier
There's a lot of laughter happening at the University of Findlay's Clubhouse Reading Center. During a recent session, two groups of youngsters were playing the game Twister with a twist. In addition to touching the right colored circles with the right body part, they also had to find special words printed on pieces of paper and taped to the circles, such as "defense" for a word that had "de" in it, or "midseason" for a word containing "mid."
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Scholar suggests ways to craft more effective homework assignments
Stanford University via Phys.org
The quality of a homework assignment is important to student achievement, a Stanford scholar says. But the devil is in the details, according to Denise Pope, senior lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, who recently published a book on the subject. "The quality of the homework assignment and whether or not students find it meaningful can have a significant impact on student achievement, homework completion, motivation and physical health," Pope said in a recent interview.
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How to teach introverts
Education Week
In the immortal and slightly edited words of Ronald Reagan: Here we go again. Once more, "schools" — and, naturally, their research-avoiding employees — are doing something wrong, threatening the maximization of students' potential. This time, it's young introverts who are suffering from all the cooperative learning, group projects and interactive instruction running rampant across the public school landscape.
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Experts say relationships are key to reversing expulsion trends among early education students
CT News Junkie
A panel of experts in early childhood education — among them a renowned researcher, a public school administrator, an attorney and a civil servant — converged at the University of Connecticut Law School to shed light on a new state law to make sure the state's youngest learners all have a seat at the table.
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Regional partnerships helping K-12 education innovate
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Many states have reported a dismal drop in state funding over the last 10 years. We often fail to realize the enormous impact these steps will have on the students, who are ultimately going to pay for the talks and reforms that may never see the light. States are beginning to show their commitment to K-12 public education, not just with improved funding but also with an increase in innovative partnerships. Let's take a look at a few recent examples.
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More data on student discipline being collected from schools
Star-Telegram
The White House and U.S. Department of Education initiatives are gathering more data from schools in a hunt for Civil Rights violations against minority and special education students. Starting this year, every public school and district in the nation must report a spectrum of civil rights-related data directly to the federal government, according to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
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Illinois district implements new elementary math curriculum with ORIGO Education
iSchoolGuide
La Moille Community Unit School District has started the implementation of new elementary mathematics curriculum — the Stepping Stones — from the ORIGO Education. This aims to deepen student learning to better prepare them for a competitive global environment. The ORIGO Stepping Stones was developed to give teachers a tool to a world-class elementary math program.
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