Special Education

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Cole Moxley, far left, talks with Melany Garcia during a 9th grade special education course in applied science at Ashbrook High School in Gastonia, N.C.
—John W. Adkisson for Education Week

Online Coursetaking Evolving Into Viable Option for Special Ed.

A growing number of programs around the country are allowing students with disabilities to take virtual courses created with their needs in mind. (March 31, 2015)

Spotlight on Special Education

This Spotlight examines major trends in special education including how schools can work to improve their instructional cultures.

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04/27 04:48 pm | Education Department Issuing Final Rule on Special Education Finance | School districts that violate the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and cut their spending cannot use that new, lowered baseline in subsequent years, the rule ...

Unwrapping the Gifted Blog

09/04 07:12 am | Medical Misdiagnosis in the Gifted | Tamara Fisher interviews three experts about the individual and societal impacts of medical misdiagnosis of gifted youth.

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Differentiation: Moving Away from One Size Fits All
Students use technology to customize many aspects of their lives, and schools are now finding technology can also help teachers customize, or differentiate, instruction for each student.

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Tying Technology to Literacy for Students With Special Needs
In this webinar, two experts in assistive technology discussed the platforms and programs used by educators to enhance literacy learning for students with disabilities.

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E-Learning for Special Populations
This special report examines the growing e-learning opportunities for students with disabilities, English-language learners, gifted and talented students, and those at risk of failing in school.

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Washington's first charter school is being given one last chance to fix its problems.
April 2, 2015 - AP
A growing number of programs around the country are allowing students with disabilities to take virtual courses created with their needs in mind.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
A task force report two years in the making recommends significant changes to the state's education system to improve achievement for students with disabilities.
March 24, 2015 - Education Week
Minorities and students with disabilities are disciplined at a disproportionate rate, researchers say, and there are wide variations among states and districts.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
Education savings accounts—which allow parents to use public funds to customize schooling for their children—are the newest frontier in school choice.
February 24, 2015 - Education Week
People looking to curb the behavioral-modification practices, including advocates for those with disabilities, are finding fertile ground among state lawmakers.
February 17, 2015 - Education Week
Worries over federal compliance slow implementation of a new law giving school-based teams the power to develop course-completion and graduation standards for some special education students.
January 20, 2015 - Education Week
The new agenda calls for more research on how students with Down syndrome can experience improved learning and memory and participate more in schooling.
January 13, 2015 - Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education is retooling the way it provides technical assistance to states on complex issues involving students with disabilities.
December 9, 2014 - Education Week
Ensuring that charter schools don't turn away students with special needs and English-learners is the goal of secret-caller programs in the District of Columbia and Massachusetts.
December 5, 2014 - Education Week

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