18 Jul Study Shows Link Between Teens’ Copious Amounts of Screen Time and ADHD

By: Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times Source: Education Week What with all the swiping, scrolling, snap-chatting, surfing and streaming that consume the adolescent mind, an American parent might well watch his or her teen and wonder whether any sustained thought is even possible. New research supports that worry, suggesting that teens...

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18 Jul Talk of Segregating People with Disabilities Alarms Members of Congress

By: Michelle Diament Source: Disability Scoop A bipartisan group of lawmakers is looking for answers after a top official at the federal agency responsible for community living reportedly said publicly that she favored “segregation” of people with disabilities. Mary Lazare, who serves as principal deputy administrator for the U.S....

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17 Jul Edtech Equalizers in Special Education

By: Matt Zalaznick Source: District Administration Ware County School District in Georgia has downsized its inventory of assistive technology. Thanks to a slew of technological advances, many of the specialized tools their special education students had used to communicate and learn are now redundant. “We don’t need portable keyboards...

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16 Jul Citing ‘Firmer’ Budget and Sex Abuse Scandal, CPS to Hire 250 Social Workers, Case Managers

By: Juan Perez, Jr. Source: Chicago Tribune As sexual abuse and special education scandals continue to loom over Chicago Public Schools, district CEO Janice Jackson committed to hire some 250 new social workers and case managers for the fast-approaching academic term. The $26 million effort would give 78 schools at...

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16 Jul Mentors Matter: Good Teaching Really Can Be Passed down to Student Teachers, New Research Finds

By: Matt Barnum Source: Chalkbeat Do student teachers learn more when they’re mentored by especially effective teachers? The answer may seem obvious, but there’s been little research confirming as much. Until now. Three studies released this year offer real evidence that good teaching can be passed down, in a sense,...

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