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Diana Diaz-Harrison, the founder of the Arizona Autism Charter School in Phoenix, talks with a young student at the school, while Sammy, her son, stands alongside her on the playground. The school is among about 100 charter schools across the country that specialize in serving students with special needs or disabilities.
—Patrick Breen for Education Week

Special Education Charters Renew Inclusion Debate

Dozens of charter schools are targeting students with disabilities whose parents feel their needs are not being served in regular public schools. (September 16, 2014)

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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12/18 03:18 pm | Louisiana Struggles in Allowing IEP Teams to Create Diploma Pathways | A new law that went into effect earlier this year is proving challenging to implement as the 2014-15 school year reaches its halfway point, according to local reports.

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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New statistics show that students with disabilities and black students are most likely to be restrained or isolated in school.
March 13, 2012 - Education Week
Teachers are among those who have to cope when the medications used to treat students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder run short.
March 6, 2012 - Education Week
New technology is changing how children with disabilities learn and educators are scrambling to keep up with the latest developments.
March 6, 2012 - Education Week
A new digital book-sharing service gives students with disabilities access to books in alternative content formats.
February 29, 2012 - Teacher PD Sourcebook
New technologies use visual cues to bridge communication challenges in the classroom.
February 28, 2012 - Education Week
Both critics and proponents of school choice say growth in state special education voucher programs could pave the way for broader school choice initiatives.
February 27, 2012 - Education Week
In the drive to raise achievement for all students, policymakers must not forget the most talented students, Frances Spielhagen writes.
February 21, 2012 - Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education warns schools to think more broadly about who gets special services under federal disability laws.
January 31, 2012 - Education Week
A bill in the House on reauthorization would offer more leeway for districts and less federal oversight on use of education funding.
January 20, 2012 - Education Week
Around the country, educators are starting to turn to research in mind and brain science in teaching students with disabilities.
January 17, 2012 - Education Week

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