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Sort of.

Summertime is wonderful at Education Week HQ. After working hard to bring you the best education news all school year long, we get to take a little break, just like the kids, and Education Week becomes Education Every-Other-Week, or so. (Though you can still read all the fresh news you could possibly want at the website.)

During the down time, we reporters are asked to produce a"long-range memo" listing some of the topics we would like to write about for the next publishing year.

And that's where you come in. I'm looking for good, uncovered topics to dazzle my editors with for next year.

Here's an example of an idea from my long-range memo from last year:

"Exercise--Obesity is recognized as a growing problem among schoolchildren, but among children with disabilities, the situation is even more dire..." That idea then became this story.

I can tell that there's up to, gosh, 50 stalwarts reading this blog every day. Why, if just a fifth of you offered up some ideas, my bosses would think I am a genius. So I'm calling you out by name, Rebecca, JohnL, Kim, Margo/Mom, other lurkers...what needs coverage?

P.S. Please, if there are public relations people reading this: I take ideas from anyone who has a good one. But I don't write articles giving free advertising to one program or one manufacturer or one school or one book.


I can't resist a shout-out. ;)

I would love to see some articles or info on attrition of special education staff (teachers and school psychologists alike). More importantly, research about the factors in schools that encourage retention of quality staff. Every year, I start from scratch with a new set of special education teachers, some on emergency credentials. It is not an efficient way to start the year of service-delivery.

My other soap-box issue that I think deserves attention is the over-representation of African American students in special education.

Last but not least, you know I'm a huge fan of practical information about RtI, especially at the secondary level.

Happy researching!!!

Hi Rebecca! :-)

Thanks for the excellent ideas. A very cursory search of ERIC shows that there has been *some* research into the retention of special education teachers. I'd be curious to know if there are certain things you can do to retain special education professionals that differ from the things you do to retain other types of education professionals. There was someone who did a presentation on this at this year's CEC convention...I'm going to dig up that info.

As for disproportionality and RTI for "big kids," those are all great issues too. They're going on the list!

How about a story about how ABA is being used in traditional school classrooms to address educating kids with autism, and how the courts are reinforcing the validity of this technique and encouraging that this be used with kids on the autism spectrum.

Thanks for the opportunity to provide my input:
1. RtI: The changing roles of professionals in this model.
2. RtI: The research base for it.
3. RtI: The impact on receiving services for students with disabilities.
4. School psychologists: Contracted positions vs. employment positions and the correlation between these and special ed. referrals/receipt of special ed. services, respectively (if any).
5. Civil rights and special education.
6. The interface between mental health and educational systems.
7. Differentiation and the correlation with teacher retention (if any).
8. Differentiation: The research base for it.
9. Dedicated research concerning students identified with various disabilities.
10. Parental involvement and special education.
11. Counseling services and special education.
12. Any topic involving careers and special education.
13. Any topic involving NCLB.
14. Curriculum/instructional practices for learners with disabilities.
Thanks again for this opportunity!

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