Industry News

Reworked Autism Definition Prompted Drop in Diagnoses

March 20, 2019

By: Shaun Heasley
Source:  Disability Scoop Five years after a sweeping overhaul of the diagnostic criteria for autism, research suggests that the changes have led fewer people to be identified with the developmental disorder. The definition of autism was reworked with the adoption of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 2013. […]

Using Public Transit for School Commute Linked to Higher Absenteeism

March 20, 2019

By: Linda Jacobson
Source:  Education Dive Dive Brief: As more metropolitan school districts cut back on student transportation to save money, a recent study focusing on Baltimore City Public Schools — an open enrollment district — shows that relying on public transportation to get to school is associated with increases in absenteeism. Dive Insight: Little research on absenteeism, […]

When Personalized Learning Also Boosts Special Education Students

March 20, 2019

By: Tara Garcia Mathewson
Source:  The Hechinger Report BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The longer students attend Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School, the better they do. Many enter in sixth grade performing years behind grade level. By the end of middle school, though, they’re doing better than their peers in District 13. And that’s despite the fact that nearly […]

Explicit Phonics Instruction: It’s Not Just for Students with Dyslexia

March 19, 2019

By: Kyle Redford
Source:  Education Week “When we know better, we do better.” There is something forgiving and medicinal about that teaching mantra. I am regularly realizing that I could have taught something more effectively or that I should have been more culturally responsive in my language or practices. Content becomes outdated or is later revealed […]

How Engaging At-Risk Parents With Early Home Visits Can Teach Them to Work With Their Schools for Their Kids’ Success

March 18, 2019

By: Libby Doggett and Constance Gully
Source:  The 74 Parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers, so effective engagement between parent and school needs to start early. This is true for all families, but particularly for at-risk families. Parents must be able to use social capital to navigate community systems, seek out opportunities, and […]

Improving Special Education: Denver Task Force Suggests More Screening, Less Segregation

March 18, 2019

By: Melanie Asmar
Source:  Chalkbeat Only about 6,700 of the nearly 10,300 Denver students who received special education services last year were included in their regular classrooms at least 80 percent of the time. That’s despite research that shows inclusion benefits both students with and without disabilities. A recommendation from a Denver Public Schools task force […]

Why the College Admissions Scandal Hurts Students with Disabilities

March 14, 2019

By: Clare Lombardo
Source:  NPR Students with disabilities and disability rights advocates are among those angry — and feeling victimized — after the arrests in the college admissions and bribery scandal Tuesday. “Stories like this are why we continue to see backlash to disability rights laws,” Rebecca Cokley, director of the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for […]

Can a Neuroscience Video Game Treat ADHD?

March 13, 2019

By: Stephen Noonoo
Source:  EdSurge On the homepage of the health technology company Akili Interactive, there sits an intriguing line of copy: “Time to Play Your Medicine.” That tagline serves as something of a futuristic mission statement for the Boston-based company, which focuses on bringing brain-training video games to market and is seeking to produce the first […]