14 Apr For Every $1 Spent on SEL, There’s an $11 Return – AcceliBEAT Weekly Round Up

April 14, 2017

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A research report out this week suggests that for every $1 spent on social emotional learning (SEL) initiatives, there’s an $11 return on investment, providing further evidence that SEL should be a focus point for schools. In other news, legislation introduced to Congress aims to make ABLE Act savings accounts more accessible and flexible for people with disabilities, and in New Orleans, the final five remaining traditional public schools may become charter schools. Finally, in light of Autism Awareness Month, we’re rounding up some of the latest research surrounding detection and treatment of ASD and we have details on Microsoft’s first-ever Autism @ Work virtual career fair. All this and more in this week’s AcceliBEAT!


For Every $1 Spent on SEL, There’s an $11 ReturnSEL
A new research brief from Penn State University and the Robert Wood Foundation found that for every $1 spent on social emotional learning initiatives, there is an $11 return on investment.



Supreme Court

Congress Weighs Expanding ABLE Act
As new accounts allowing people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits become increasingly available, Congress is considering changes to the program.




Microsoft Hosting Job Fair For Those On The Spectrum
In a bid to help more people with autism land jobs, Microsoft and other Fortune 500 companies are teaming up for a virtual career fair specifically for those with the developmental disorder.



NOLA Charter SchoolsNew Orleans’ Last Traditional Public Schools May Become Charters
New Orleans might soon become the first city without a single traditional public school. The superintendent and school board decide later this month whether to charter the last five schools, which means they’d be publicly funded but privately run.


Hamilton County Special Ed Case

Attorneys Look to U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Hamilton County Special-Education Case
Local attorneys argue a recent Supreme Court decision that bolsters the rights of students with learning disabilities should influence a federal judge’s decision about whether the Hamilton County Department of Education failed to follow federal guidelines when removing a student with Down syndrome from a general education classroom.


Navajo Special Ed WaterOn The Navajo Nation, Special Ed Students Await Water That Doesn’t Stink
Many of the kids at Saint Michael’s are medically fragile. So they have equipment that needs to be cleaned daily. The staff refuses to use the tap water to wash equipment. Instead, they use 5-gallon jugs of filtered water trucked in from many miles away.


Autism Awareness
What’s New In Autism Research
With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimating ASD’s prevalence as 1 in 68 children in the United States, research into early detection and treatment continues to grow. In the past few months alone, there have been a number of breakthrough studies and discoveries identified related to ASD.


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