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Education Week opinion letters submissions
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Special Education Letter to the Editor We Must Recognize the Significance of Occupational Therapy in Schools
An occupational therapist urges states to make transition services a priority when addressing the crisis faced by students impacted by COVID.
November 22, 2022
1 min read
Special Education Webinar Reading, Dyslexia, and Equity: Best Practices for Addressing a Threefold Challenge
Learn about proven strategies for instruction and intervention that support students with dyslexia.
December 6, 2022
Giovannie Tanella, third from left, and Averill Zimmer, share a moment during a Unified Physical Education class at Saratoga Springs High School in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022.
Giovannie Tanella, third from left, and Averill Zimmer, share a moment during a unified physical education class at Saratoga Springs High School in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Heather Ainsworth for Education Week
Student Well-Being Briefly Stated 6 Rules for Engaging Students With Intellectual Disabilities in Sports
Here's how to get started with unified sports, where students with and without intellectual disabilities can play together.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 21, 2022
3 min read
Special Education K-12 Essentials Forum How Schools Are Helping Special Education Students Recover From the Pandemic
Join us to learn about the pandemic’s impact on students who sometimes receive less attention in conversations about special education.
November 16, 2022
Saratoga Springs High School Physical Education teacher, Colleen Belanger, left, instructs Hunter Fiorillo, during a Unified Physical Education class at Saratoga Springs High School in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022. "I've been teaching for a long time and this is one of the best things I've ever done," said Belanger of teaching Unified P.E.
Saratoga Springs High School physical education teacher Colleen Belanger, left, instructs Hunter Fiorillo, during a unified physical education class at Saratoga Springs High School in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022. "I've been teaching for a long time and this is one of the best things I've ever done," said Belanger of the unified class.
Heather Ainsworth for Education Week
Special Education Unified Sports Level the Playing Field for Students With Disabilities
Interest is growing in unified sports, where students with and without intellectual disabilities can play and compete together.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 8, 2022
7 min read
College students blurred and moving around a white male sitting at desk in a college classroom
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Special Education Students With Disabilities Urge Smoother Transition to College
Legislation would simplify the process for students with disabilities to continue getting accommodations when they head to college.
Evie Blad, November 1, 2022
4 min read
Timothy Allison, a collaborative special education teacher in Birmingham, Ala., works with a student at Sun Valley Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. The school district is struggling to fill around 50 teaching spots, including 15 in special education, despite $10,000 signing bonuses for special education teachers.
Timothy Allison, a collaborative special education teacher in Birmingham, Ala., works with a student at Sun Valley Elementary School in September.
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Special Education There's Little Data on the Pandemic's Effect on Students With Disabilities. That's a Big Problem
New report cites "urgent need" for more and better research to help schools identify where to target resources.
Lauraine Langreo, October 21, 2022
4 min read
Job coach Kristin Snell, right, walks with Rebecca Newlon as she pushes a cart to collect papers to shred at Valley View Elementary.
Job coach Kristin Snell, right, walks with Rebecca Newlon, 19, as she pushes a cart at Valley View Elementary School in McHenry, Ill. Newlon, who has Down syndrome, has a job-skills internship at her former elementary school.
Taylor Glascock for Education Week
Special Report Special Education and the Pandemic: Making Up for Lost Time and Lost Opportunities
Schools focus on pandemic recovery for the youngest special education students and those on the cusp of leaving K-12.
October 17, 2022
Special Education Getting Specialized Services to Students Who Need Them Most
Educators scramble to ensure that students in special education get services they missed during the pandemic.
Mark Bomster, October 17, 2022
1 min read
Image of a vivid blue mask with school supplies.
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Special Education Special Education During the Pandemic, in Charts
Key data points show the challenges students with disabilities have faced during remote learning and pandemic recovery.
Evie Blad, October 17, 2022
4 min read
Special education teacher assisting a diverse group of elementary students in art class.
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Special Education Young Children Were Massively Overlooked for Special Education. How Will Schools Respond?
Forty percent fewer preschoolers received special education services during the pandemic. Schools deal with the fallout.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 17, 2022
6 min read
Teacher Lauren Cheney talks with a student in a T.E.A.M. Day School (Targeting Emotional Aptitude Mindfully) classroom at Westwood Regional High School in Washington Township, New Jersey on October 4, 2022.
Teacher Lauren Cheney talks with a teenager in a school program for students with severe anxiety and school avoidance at Westwood Regional High School in Washington Township, N.J.
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Student Well-Being Addressing the Link Between Anxiety, Depression, and Student Attendance
Issues such as severe anxiety and depression can have a direct effect on school avoidance and attendance issues.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 17, 2022
7 min read
A young woman wearing a pale purple headband and a matching t-shirt cuts a piece of pale blue paper into strips while she sits at a sunlit table.
Rebecca Newlon, 19, who has Down syndrome, participates in an internship job at her former elementary school in McHenry, Ill.
Taylor Glascock for Education Week
Special Education Older Students Face Time Crunch in Getting Crucial Special Education Services
Many students with disabilities missed out on key transition services during the pandemic. Advocates are pushing schools to make up for lost time.
Evie Blad, October 14, 2022
10 min read
Special Education Quiz Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Special Education?
Answer 7 questions about Special Education.
October 3, 2022