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Plan for special education substitutes draws concerns
Disability Scoop
Dozens of Baltimore classrooms could be staffed by long-term substitutes when school begins, a plan drawing concern particularly because special education students — who often struggle the most academically — could be the largest group affected. System leaders and local advocates are expressing reservations about the plan to fill some of the system's 190 teacher vacancies. David Stone, vice chair of the city school board, said poor performance on state tests by special education students this year shows that stability in their classrooms is important.
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Better oversight needed of Federal program for homeless students, GAO says
Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education needs to provide better oversight of a federal program aimed at ensuring that homeless students have access to the public education system, a new Government Accountability Office report found. The authors of the report, obtained by Education Week, listed several challenges to the Education for Homeless Children and Youth program, which provides students with transportation to and from school as well as wraparound services such as health care, counseling and food assistance.
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The advantages of dyslexia
Scientific America
"There are three types of mathematicians, those who can count and those who can't." Bad joke? You bet. But what makes this amusing is that the joke is triggered by our perception of a paradox, a breakdown in mathematical logic that activates regions of the brain located in the right prefrontal cortex. These regions are sensitive to the perception of causality and alert us to situations that are suspect or fishy — possible sources of danger where a situation just doesn't seem to add up.
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States escaping No Child Left Behind can get more time on teacher evaluations
The Huffington Post
For years, the Obama administration has made tougher teacher evaluations a centerpiece of its education agenda, giving states incentives to grade educators partially in accordance with students' standardized test scores. But, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced most states will get a reprieve of sorts. Deborah Delisle, assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education, wrote in a Thursday letter to state school chiefs that states that have received waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act will be able to continue to evade the law even if they did not use test scores in this year's teacher evaluations. But states are still required to show the test scores to teachers.
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Back-to-school stress: How to recognize it and help kids manage it
The Washington Post
Yes, kids get super-stressed, too, but it isn't always easy to tell what is bothering them because they hide symptoms or explain them in vague ways. As the 2014-2015 school year gears up, it's a good time to learn how to identify stress in children and teens and help them manage it.
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How does the brain learn best? Smart studying strategies
In his new book, "How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why It Happens," author Benedict Carey informs us that "most of our instincts about learning are misplaced, incomplete, or flat wrong" and "rooted more in superstition than in science." That's a disconcerting message, and hard to believe at first. But it's also unexpectedly liberating, because Carey further explains that many things we think of as detractors from learning — like forgetting, distractions, interruptions or sleeping rather than hitting the books — aren't necessarily bad after all. They can actually work in your favor, according to a body of research that offers surprising insights and simple, doable strategies for learning more effectively.
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Young people may be losing the ability to read emotions in our digital world
Medical News Today
Children's social skills may be declining as they have less time for face to face interaction due to their increased use of digital media, according to a UCLA psychology study. UCLA scientists found that sixth-graders who went five days without even glancing at a smartphone, television or other digital screen did substantially better at reading human emotions than sixth-graders from the same school who continued to spend hours each day looking at their electronic devices.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    US education: How we got where we are today (The Christian Science Monitor)
Teaching is not a business (The New York Times)
NCLB waivers: The twists, turns and terms to know (Education Week)
Is regular exercise the best treatment for ADHD? (By: Denise A. Valenti)
Study: Learning a musical instrument boosts language, reading skills (PBS Newshour)

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ADHD children make poor decisions due to less differentiated learning processes
Science Daily
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common psychiatric disorders among school children. Pupils with ADHD often make poorer decisions than their unaffected classmates. Researchers have now discovered that different learning and decision-making mechanisms are responsible for these behaviors, and localized the underlying impairments in the brain.
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What are you doing to prevent bullying?
District Administration Magazine
This is the disturbing opening from a Los Angeles Times article published a year ago: "Two students from separate schools committed suicide within days of each other this month — which is National Bullying Prevention Month — and both boys apparently had been bullied. Now, parents are asking questions not just about bullying but also about anti-bullying videos, which both schools aired shortly before the incidents." In one of these situations, the student walked out of the video screening expressing suicidal thoughts to another student. The following morning, he took his life. His father has filed a wrongful death suit in federal court against the school district and the producers of the anti-bullying video.
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Attention teens: Later school start time gets thumbs up from big organization
The Christian Science Monitor
Joining a growing movement of parents, pediatricians, and educators across the country, the American Academy of Pediatrics is urging middle and high schools to start their classes later in the morning — at no earlier than 8:30 a.m. — to help teenagers get more sleep. Referencing scores of studies tying insufficient sleep in adolescents to academic, health, and public-safety concerns, the AAP in its new policy recommendation calls sleep deprivation among teens "one of the most common, important, and potentially remediable health risks in children." School start times, note child-health advocates, have crept earlier in recent decades to the point that some 40 percent of U.S. high schools now start before 8 a.m.
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