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Alithea Morrison, second from right, sits next to her preschool teacher, Kathy Boisvert, as she and her classmates sing during class at Millville Elementary School in Millville, Mass.
—Gretchen Ertl for Education Week

Autistic Preschoolers Learn Social Skills From Peers

Researchers are finding that everyone benefits in preschool classes where children with autism spectrum disorders and their typically developing classmates are taught to work and play together. (June 24, 2013)

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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04/18 12:45 pm | Kansas Gets Waiver to Use Common-Core Alternate Assessments | Even though the state has withdrawn from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, it still plans to use the common-core-aligned field tests under development for students ...

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09/10 08:16 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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Teachers can turn things around for students with special needs by engaging them in activities based on their strengths instead of their weaknesses, says a neuroscience expert.
April 9, 2013 - Teacher
States that run afoul of federal rules for special education funding will be punished, though not forever, under change to "maintenance of effort."
April 2, 2013 - Education Week
The consortia devising new common assessments must navigate many obstacles in making the tests accessible to English-learners and students with disabilities.
April 2, 2013 - Education Week
Each federally financed consortia is crafting common guidelines for accommodating students with disabilities.
April 2, 2013 - Education Week
Whether charter schools fairly serve children with special needs is a complicated question, write Robin Lake and Alex Medler.
April 2, 2013 - Education Week
The NAEP policy board grapples with ways to expand participation of English-learners and students with disabilities.
March 12, 2013 - Education Week
Training can help educators work successfully with students with behavioral problems, Nancy Rappaport writes.
February 26, 2013 - Education Week
Vocational training offers a sound path for students with autism and other challenges, Susan Senator writes.
February 19, 2013 - Education Week
We honor diversity among students, except when it comes to their special needs. Neurodiversity provides a pathway for that to change, writes Thomas Armstrong.
February 5, 2013 - Education Week
Disability-rights advocates welcome new federal guidance on special education students and sports, while critics say federal officials are pushing costly new mandates.
February 5, 2013 - Education Week

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