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Serving Special Needs Students During COVID-19: A Rural Educator's Story

Just because a rural school system has internet doesn’t mean everyone can afford it. That’s why James Barrett delivers paper work packets, along with meals, to his students during the COVID-19 crisis. (May 18, 2020)

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New policies aimed at supporting special education students have advocates debating their merits. In this Spotlight, learn about new testing accommodations for special education students, how vouchers are affecting parents of students with disabilities, and the potential of personalized learning for all students.

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Parents and educators are leading efforts to transform learning for dyslexic students. In this Spotlight, discover how prepared teachers are to support students with disabilities, how parents are advocating for new reading curriculum, and how specialized instruction is helping students decode words.

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As proposed rules emerge on The Every Student Succeeds Act, policymakers and educators are grappling with the impact of the law on data reporting, accountability, and parent and community engagement. In this Spotlight, learn about the key highlights of the new law and reactions to the proposed rules on accountability, test participation, and school interventions.

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Some districts are using new “response lessons” to identify the talented students that traditional assessments miss.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
A Lesson on Special Needs
November 13, 2019 – Education Week
We’re leaving out a large swath of students whose giftedness doesn't line up with traditional lesson-learning, writes Joseph S. Renzulli.
November 13, 2019 – Education Week
Eliminating gifted programs all together is the wrong solution to fixing racial and economic imbalances, argues James R. Delisle.
November 6, 2019 – Education Week
A new program uses VR simulations to help students with autism spectrum disorder practice what to do when they encounter law enforcement. But some say it’s the police who need the training.
October 23, 2019 – Education Week
We should have one nimble education system that serves all students, writes Colorado educator Steve Sandoval.
September 18, 2019 – Education Week
Eight in 10 special educators are white, but some teacher-preparation programs are working to make the field more diverse.
September 11, 2019 – Education Week
Three ongoing lawsuits make the case that schools have a responsibility to consider and mitigate the effects of students' personal traumas on their learning.
September 4, 2019 – Education Week
The children exposed to high levels of lead-laced drinking water from Michigan's Flint River are entering schools now and the school system is straining to meet their special education needs.
August 28, 2019 – Education Week
Discrimination based on race and disability demands our attention—and action, writes Catherine E. Lhamon, the chair of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
July 30, 2019 – Education Week

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