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  • Have you and the teachers in your school figured out how to make co-teaching work? Have you learned hard lessons? Implemented innovative ideas? Created a collaborative environment that runs like a well-oiled machine? Then its time to share your experience! This weeks FREE tool is a list of 20 ideas for sharing your co-teaching successes ...
  • Its Inclusive Schools Week, a time to celebrate how far weve come in making our classrooms welcoming places where all learners can reach their fullest potential. In the spirit of inclusion, this weeks FREE tool is a table describing the different types of concrete products a student might produce to demonstrate what theyve learned. Whats ...
  • We recently featured co-teaching expert Lisa Dieker on our publications blog Off the Shelf to hear her thoughts about co-teaching in the 21st Century. This week, were featuring Lisa again with  our FREE tool! Weve got a table packed with brain break ideas for co-teachers to use when they see a student or a group ...
  • For many school districts, the holidays mark the end of the semester or quarter, and finalizing a grading period often involves end-of-unit tests or even midterm exams. To help your students keep cool during times of high pressure, this weeks FREE tool is a test prep journal students can use to record and rethink their ...

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Policy Insider: Legislative Update

  • On December 12 the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act was approved by the Committee on Education and the Workforce. As previously reported in the Policy Insider, the PROSPER Act, H.R. 4508, was introduced on December 1 as a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965. A total of 63 amendments and motions were offered during the markup, although only a handful of mostly minor amendments were adopted. Some amendments that were adopted include: provisions aimed at shrinking the U.S. Department of Education, speeding up processing applications for debt forgiveness, and combating opioid...
  • Many children, including those with disabilities, attend private schools using public funds through vouchers and education savings accounts (ESA). Many issues have been raised about accountability and transparency of these programs by families, public schools and the education and disability community. At the request of Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI), Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Gwen Moore (D-WI), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined (1) academic, administrative, and financial accountability mechanisms in private choice programs; (2) information available to the public and families on private choice programs and participating schools; and (3) how parents of students with disabilities are informed about changes...

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