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Dr. Elizabeth Berquist, Assistant Professor of Special Education at Towson University, as she shares her insights into Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Click here to read our edited interview.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Blogger Jane Jung-Potter discusses the importance of practice for both typically developing children and children with disabilities as they try to learn new motor skills. Click here for her latest post which offers lots of tips for use at home, in school and in the community.
Apps for Everyday
TouchChat is a communication tool for individuals who have difficulty using their natural voice. TouchChat is designed to help individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome, ALS, apraxia, stroke, or other conditions that affect a person's ability to use natural speech.
New PARCC Assessments Webinar
Beginning this school year, the PARCC Assessments will replace the MSAs for grades 3 through 8 in English/Language Arts and mathematics, as well as several of the HSA end-of-course assessments. These assessments are aligned with Maryland's College and Career Ready Standards and will be given in a computerized format.
Karla Marty and Cecelia Roe from the Maryland State Department of Education discuss the new PARCC assessments and the implications for students with disabilities. They also offer information on built-in accessibility features and allowable accommodations that are available for students. Click here to listen to the recorded webinar or cut and paste the url (http://tinyurl.com/oje7pna) into your web browser.
If you are a parent or guardian of a child, we have some fun tips for you to help with common challenges around homework, chores, nutrition and building self esteem. If you have suggestions to help us expand the list, please be sure to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be glad to credit you!
The Importance of Good Behavior
Behavior isn’t an academic subject like Math or English, but any educator or family member will tell you that children’s behavior has a huge impact on their lives both in the classroom and at home. Click here to watch our new media piece and learn more about strategies for teaching this often “hidden” skill.
MCIE, in partnership with Brookes Publishing, offers an online training series on inclusive early childhood education. The 5-part series features authors who work in the area of early childhood special education. During the one-hour interactive sessions, presenters highlight strategies from their books and provide insights on how to help young children be successful in inclusive settings. The series kicks off October 27th with a presentation by Sarika S. Gupta, Ph.D. on First Steps to Preschool Inclusion: How to Jumpstart Your Programwide Plan.
Learn more and register for the series or a single session: Inclusive Early Childhood Education Online Training Series
Digital Games are for Learning
Well-designed digital learning games can be powerful tools because they tap into something children love in order to help prepare them for the world beyond the classroom. Click here to watch our latest media piece about digital games and the ways they engage and motivate students.
October 30 and November 5: MATN Webinar Series, Apps to Support a Successful Transition, 3-4pm each date. Sign up information will be posted after September 18.
October 27 3-4 pm: MCIE Training Series features Sari S. Gupta, Ph.D., First Steps to Preschool Inclusion: How to Jumpstart Your Programwide Plan
November 12-14: Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Professional Learning Institute, Ocean City, Maryland.