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August 20, 2010

N.J. District To Try Tiered Interventions for Gifted Students

The new program was put in place to help meet the needs of gifted students in the wake of budget cuts.

June 03, 2010

Detroit Cuts Summer School for Special Education Students

The reductions comes from a rule change at the state level.

June 02, 2010

Back on the Beat

Hello blog friends! After eight months away at a wonderful fellowship at the University of Michigan for mid-career journalists, I've returned to Education Week and I'm back on the special education beat. Thanks so much to Lisa Fine for taking good care of the blog while I was away! I followed man...

August 19, 2008

Does Co-Teaching Work?

The 12,500-student West Aurora district in Illinois plans to expand its co-teaching model this school year, and the teachers involved seem all for it: West Aurora High School teacher Nancy Brown can't wait for the school year to start. "It's the first time in a long time that I've been so excited,...

August 15, 2008

Special Education in the Music City

Wrapping up what has become Inclusion Week here at On Special Education, here's news on an advisory council, created by the Mayor of Nashville, that released a report (pdf) on the problems it sees with special education in the 75,000-student Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. The committee's abr...

July 17, 2008

Q&A with Caitlin Hernandez, Part Two

This picture shows actor Mark Hamill congratulating Caitlin, the first-prize winner in her grade category at the Braille Challenge, along with second-place winner Michael Chang, a high school senior from California, and third-place winner Albano Berberi of Massachusetts, who will enroll in Wheaton...

July 16, 2008

Q&A with Caitlin Hernandez, Part One

I met a number of wonderful students when I visited Los Angeles for my recent story on Braille literacy, including Caitlin Hernandez, an 18-year-old high school graduate from Danville, Calif. Caitlin is a three-time winner of the Braille Challenge, which tests students' spelling, reading comprehe...

July 01, 2008

Sighted Students Learn Braille

Here's a perfect story for me to come across after spending the weekend in Los Angeles for the Braille Challenge: a teacher in Connecticut who has created a class for sighted students to learn Braille. That's a unique approach to sensitizing sighted students to the needs of blind students, and it's ...

June 18, 2008

Life Skills College

Here's something interesting: a college program in Washington state specifically for students with developmental disabilities. Students in the program at Bellevue Community College graduate with an associate's degree in "occupational and life skills." The idea of a transition between high school a...

May 19, 2008

District of Columbia Tries Again

It's been a few years since I've written about special education in the District of Columbia, but every time I do so, I'm astounded at just how dysfunctional that system is. While parents in other school systems may be fighting over getting appropriate services for their child, in D.C., the fight ...

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