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  • We all seek closure in important aspects of our lives—why not algebra? Student learning will benefit if you take a few minutes at the end of each algebra lesson to close the deal. Do students understand the purpose of the lesson? Do they have a sense of how it will lead to the next lesson? ...
  • We all want to give our students their best chance at attending college, and one way to do that is to write letters of recommendation for their college applications. How do you tackle this important task for students with disabilities? This weeks FREE tool is a set of questions to help guide you in the ...
  • What triggered the behavior and, in turn, what did the behavior trigger? If only there was one answer! Figuring out underlying causes and anticipating the occurrence of negative behaviors are both central aspects to classroom management. Thats why this weeks FREE tool is a simple figure to remind teachers that the things that happen before ...
  • For this weeks FREE tool, were reaching out to charter school teachers and administrators with a quick review of FAPE written especially for the charter school community. What is a free appropriate public education and how does it apply to charters? If you work in a traditional public school this review will be useful to ...

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Policy Insider: Legislative Update

  • The National Council on Disability (NCD) developed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Report Series on the implementation of IDEA. NCD is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities. NCD is comprised of a team of Presidential and Congressional appointees, an Executive Director appointed by the Chair, and a full-time professional staff. The IDEA five-part series include the following reports: Broken Promises: The Underfunding of IDEA English Learners and Students from Low-Income Families Federal Monitoring and Enforcement of IDEA Compliance Every Student...
  • The Administration recently released a proposal to merge the U.S. Department of Education and Labor into a new Cabinet - level agency, the Department of Education and the Workforce. (DEW). The merger is part of a comprehensive reform plan as outlined in Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century, Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations. According to the plan, “the new agency would be charged with meeting the needs of American students and workers, from education and skill development to workplace protection to retirement security.” It appears from the organization chart in the reform plan that special education will continue to...

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