Final SPEDexpectations Webinar Unpacks “Results-Driven Accountability” and What It Means for Special Education Leaders

December 2nd webinar will provide expert insight on how US education can respond to new OSEP emphasis on improving student outcomes

SAN FRANCISCO, October 29, 2014 –With the announcement of its Results-Driven Accountability (RDA) initiative, the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is now evaluating states based on both their procedural compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as well as levels of achievement for students with exceptional needs. To help educators and administrators understand how this will affect their districts, PresenceLearning is hosting a free webinar with special education expert Dr. W. Alan Coulter on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 10 AM Pacific time (1 PM Eastern time). This free webinar, “Prepare for Impact: 3 Key Questions About RDA for Every SPED Administrator,” is the final webinar in PresenceLearning’s SPEDexpectations fall/winter webinar series.

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New York-Based Institute for Student Achievement High Schools Effectively Build Students’ College and Career Readiness Skills

School leaders nationwide invited to observe schools’ exemplary practices during upcoming school visits 

CARLE PLACE, New York, October 20, 2014 –Through a partnership with the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA), more than thirty high schools in New York City have successfully prepared students for college and career success utilizing ISA’s comprehensive approach to school design. To help other school leaders learn from these effective practices, a select group of these schools is hosting school visits on October 23, 2014 and in January and March of 2015.

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Curriculum Associates’ New Ready® Writing Helps Students Meet the More Rigorous Writing Expectations of the New Standards

Interactive program for Grades 2–5 that focuses on writing from sources to provide a new approach to teaching writing  

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., October 20, 2014—Curriculum Associates has expanded its family of Ready® programs with the launch of Ready Writing for grades 2–5. Built from scratch to support the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), this new research-based program provides educators with rigorous instructional materials as well as easy-to-use professional development resources to help students meet the writing expectations of the new standards. The program also works seamlessly with any ELA curriculum, including Ready Reading, to ensure students are learning to read as readers and as writers.

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SPARK Teams Up with ICAN Foundation to Rush Past Childhood Obesity with New Orleans Saints Running Back Pierre Thomas

Partnership aims to decrease “screen-time” and increase physical activity both during school and after school with quality PE programming and community events

San Diego, CA, October 15, 2014 – SPARK™, provider of the world’s most-researched physical education programs, is partnering with ICAN Foundation to make an immediate impact on the lives of students in Illinois, Louisiana and Mississippi. SPARK and ICAN Foundation will work together to help schools and community centers raise funds or apply for and win grants in order to implement SPARK’s high-quality physical education curricula or afterschool program. 

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New Quick Guide Provides Answers to Frequently Asked “Hot Questions” about Online Therapy Services

Online therapy provides school districts with an effective alternative to provide speech and occupational therapy, counseling services and assessments

SAN FRANCISCO, October 14, 2014 – Despite the rapid growth of online therapy services in the U.S. and internationally, many special education administrators, educators and parents wonder what it looks like and how well it works. To answer the many frequently asked questions about online therapy, PresenceLearning published “HOT Questions, COOL Answers About Online Therapy.” This new quick guide is based on an hour-long SPED Ahead webinar of the same title and includes updated information and examples.

To download the quick guide, visit: http://presencelearning.com/resources/library/hot-questions-cool-answers/

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Vernier Expands Its Offering of Wireless Sensors for Tablets

New Go Wireless pH and NODE+ sensors increase the number of ways students can use mobile devices for scientific discovery 

BEAVERTON, Oregon, October 8, 2014 – To help teachers and students further leverage mobile devices in the science and STEM classroom, Vernier Software & Technology has expanded its line of wireless sensors with the Go Wireless pH® and the NODE+ CO2 Gas and Thermocouple sensor modules. The Go Wireless pH is a rugged, general purpose sensor designed to remotely conduct pH measurements using supported Bluetooth® Smart ready devices such as the LabQuest 2 or iPad®. The NODE+ sensor modules are compatible with the NODE Wireless Platform and Vernier’s Graphical AnalysisTM for iPad® and iPhone®, as well as a collection of iOS and AndroidTM apps from Variable, Inc.

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New PresenceLearning Guide Provides a Blueprint for States as they Advocate for Medicaid Reimbursement for Telepractice in Schools

Resource provides methods and insights to help state Medicaid directors build consensus and allow for reimbursement of online speech therapy

SAN FRANCISCO, October 7, 2014 – As unequal access to high quality therapists continues to set back schools and students nationwide, educators are turning to online therapy. However, the adoption of this advance has been slowed by outdated Medicaid reimbursement policies, which effectively disadvantage the schools that are turning to online therapy, or telepractice, to benefit their students.

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Vernier Software & Technology Now Accepting Applications for Its 2015 Engineering Contest

Three STEM teachers will each win $5,500 in prizes for their innovative use of Vernier sensors in teaching engineering concepts

BEAVERTON, Oregon, October 2, 2014 – Vernier Software & Technology is now accepting applications for its 2015 Engineering Contest, recognizing STEM teachers for their innovative teaching of engineering concepts and practices using Vernier sensors in the classroom. Three winning teachers — one middle school teacher, one high school teacher, and one college instructor — will each receive prizes valued at $5,500.

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Second SPEDexpectations Webinar Makes the Connection Between Family Collaboration and Success in Special Education

October 28th webinar provides expert advice on fostering productive partnerships between educators and families of children with special needs

SAN FRANCISCO, September 24, 2014 – For parents, finding one’s way through the special education landscape can be difficult, frustrating and emotionally-charged. It is imperative that special education administrators and staff engage and communicate effectively with parents not only to build relationships and ensure the child achieves at the highest level, but also to steer clear of costly legal issues. With the right guidance, education professionals can communicate with more sensitivity and better explain the district’s often confusing system of services in simpler terms. 

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PublicSchoolWORKS Updates Restraint and Seclusion Training to Include Effective Use of Student Time Outs

The updated online course meets numerous state regulations and arms educators with evidence-based strategies for diffusing and managing students who act out 

Cincinnati, OH – September 23, 2014 – With the new school year underway, PublicSchoolWORKS announces a newly revised Restraint and Seclusion course that includes effective use of time outs, an alternate method to restraining or secluding a student. The updated, 20-minute Restraint and Seclusion course is narrated in both English and Spanish. 

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