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NIH Funding for Down Syndrome Research Balloons

September 30, 2019

By: Shaun Heasley
Source:  Disability Scoop With millions of new dollars for research on Down syndrome, federal officials have effectively doubled their investment in understanding the chromosomal disorder in the last year alone. The National Institutes of Health said it has committed to some $35 million in additional grants for the 2019 fiscal year, bringing the […]

CDC Records Spike In Kids With Developmental Disabilities

September 26, 2019

By: Michelle Diament
Source: Disability Scoop The number of American children with developmental disabilities “increased significantly” in recent years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in 6 children — or 17.8 percent — had at least one developmental disability in 2017, researchers from the federal agency say […]

I Never Asked My Students About Their Aspirations. Don’t Make That Mistake.

September 26, 2019

By: Sheri Rodman
Source: EdSurge Twenty years ago, I was a freshman in high school. I spent the next four years in my assigned seat among the rows of desks, trying to listen to the teacher at the front of the room, completing homework assignments from textbooks, and preparing for tests by making countless flashcards. […]

An Alternative School Is Opening for Kids With Behavior Issues — Some as Young as 5

September 26, 2019

By: Donna St. George
Source:  The Washington Post POMFRET, Md. — The walls need paint, the floors are bare and it could be November before children are seated in classrooms. But here, in Southern Maryland, Kimberly Hill sees her surroundings as a solution to increasingly disruptive behavior by the very young. This space will soon become an […]

Poverty Impacts Achievement Gaps More Than Race

September 25, 2019

By: Shawna De La Rosa
Source: Education Dive A new study ​conducted by The Educational Opportunity Project at Stanford University examined hundreds of millions of tests taken by white, black and Hispanic students nationwide, finding poverty impacts U.S. achievement gaps more than race. The study concludes racial segregation is associated with the achievement gap because students of color […]

When Kids Show Signs Of Autism, Pediatricians Often Fall Short

September 24, 2019

By: Michelle Diament
Source: Disability Scoop Pediatricians are conducting routine checks for autism, but new research suggests they frequently fail to act when screenings show cause for concern. A study looking at medical records for children who visited 290 doctors between 2014 and 2016 shows that the vast majority were screened for autism at ages […]

We All Have a Lot to Learn from Nontraditional Learners

September 23, 2019

By: Marie Cini
Source: Education Dive About three in four undergraduate college students are what policy experts refer to as “nontraditional” learners. These are students who attend college later in life, go to school part-time, work full-time while enrolled or are raising children while earning a degree. But from the perspective of university leaders and policymakers, these students […]

After That Viral SRO Story, What Districts Should Know About Police Conduct in Schools

September 23, 2019

By: Stephen Sawchuk
Source: Education Week National attention is centering on a Florida school resource officer’s arrest of two young students, including a 6-year-old girl who reportedly kicked another student while having a temper tantrum. The incident occurred at a charter school, the Lucious & Emma Nixon Academy. Officer Dennis Turner, who had reportedly been disciplined for excessive use […]

Louisiana Eighth-Grader Creates Supply Closet at His Middle School for Classmates in Need

September 23, 2019

By: Debra West
Source: The 74 It’s not every 13-year-old who knows his purpose in life, but Chase Neyland-Square is that special kind of eighth-grader. “I have a heart for giving,” Chase told Good Morning America. “I just love helping people.” That’s not news to his classmates or teachers at Louisiana’s Port Allen Middle School, where […]