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Friday, Feb. 8, 4 to 5 p.m. ET

During this online chat, veteran special educator and author Thomas Armstrong will explain a paradigm shift in which general and special educators focus on students' aptitudes, not their needs and difficulties, in order to effectively differentiate instruction. He'll answer your questions about universal design for learning, the components of positive learning environments, and the strengths typically associated with particular disability categories.

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Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable
Our teacher-panelists continue their exploration of successful uses of classroom technology, ideas for sharing technological expertise, and what strategies work best to improve teachers' technical skills and comfort level with digital tools.

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Writing teachers are uniquely poised to facilitate life-altering experiences for students by encouraging them to write their stories, says teacher Greg Graham. (Teacher)
Teachers' understanding varies over how to balance fiction and nonfiction to meet the English/language arts standards. (Education Week)
New York City and Virginia initiatives aim to bridge the gap between what products and services schools need and what companies are providing. (Education Week)
Serving the mental-health needs of children and regularly practicing comprehensive campus-safety plans are better options for protecting schools than the use of guns, writes Charles J. Russo. (Education Week)
For many students, history is not presented as an edifying learning experience but rather a litany of disconnected events, writes Vicky Schippers. (Education Week)
Among numerous awards recognizing excellent work in writing, illustrating, and publishing for children and young adults, the Caldecott and Newbery Medals are by far the most anticipated.

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Teaching Now
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The Latest in School Safety: Bullet-Resistant Dry-Erase Boards
Will Digital 'Textbooks' Change Teaching?
Principal's Value-Added Score Oops
Should Teachers Resist the Common Core?
QR Codes as Classroom Tools
Seattle Teacher Explains Test Protest

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Accessible PE Consulting LLC provides Standards Based, Innovative Strategies to "best practices" for inclusive physical education, sports, and recreation for children with disabilities. Collaborative Model, team approach with professional development credit, workshops for the general physical educator, paraeducator.

The U.S. Department of Education has advised that students with disabilities be afforded an equal opportunity to participate in school athletics, but detractors question who will pay for the potentially expanded sports offerings and say this should be a legislative decision.

What's your take? How do you think the guidance will impact after-school sports at your school, both for the students who play and the schools and districts that provide the opportunities? Join the discussion.

Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable
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View From the Bronx
Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo
Teacher in a Strange Land
Unwrapping the Gifted
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Thursday, Jan. 31, 1 to 2 p.m. ET

Recognizing the need to prepare students for all aspects of college life, more schools and community organizations are turning their attention to life skills training as part of college-readiness efforts. Join this discussion about the benefits of a broader approach to college readiness and successful programs promoting responsibility and independence.

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Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

Some schools are adopting new discipline strategies in an effort to move away from sometimes-controversial zero-tolerance policies, which require out-of-school suspension or expulsion for certain inappropriate behaviors. During this webinar, hear educators implementing two such approaches—restorative practices and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, or PBIS.

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Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2 to 3 p.m. ET
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This webinar highlights the Rhode Island Interim Assessment Program, an initiative funded by Race to the Top designed to help districts transition to the common core. Join our guest from the state’s Department of Education for an in-depth examination of how the assessments were constructed and why they can work for Rhode Island as well as nationwide.

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Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

As educators work to help students meet the demands of the common-core standards, many arts education advocates are making the case that the arts can be a valuable partner. In this webinar, join two experts who will discuss the potential for arts integration with the common core and offer practical examples.

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Chat Understanding Neurodiversity to Build a Strengths-Based Classroom Chat Feb. 8, 4:00 p.m. Eastern
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