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  • We all seek closure in important aspects of our lives—why not algebra? Student learning will benefit if you take a few minutes at the end of each algebra lesson to close the deal. Do students understand the purpose of the lesson? Do they have a sense of how it will lead to the next lesson? ...
  • We all want to give our students their best chance at attending college, and one way to do that is to write letters of recommendation for their college applications. How do you tackle this important task for students with disabilities? This weeks FREE tool is a set of questions to help guide you in the ...
  • What triggered the behavior and, in turn, what did the behavior trigger? If only there was one answer! Figuring out underlying causes and anticipating the occurrence of negative behaviors are both central aspects to classroom management. Thats why this weeks FREE tool is a simple figure to remind teachers that the things that happen before ...
  • For this weeks FREE tool, were reaching out to charter school teachers and administrators with a quick review of FAPE written especially for the charter school community. What is a free appropriate public education and how does it apply to charters? If you work in a traditional public school this review will be useful to ...

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Policy Insider: Legislative Update

  • On July 26, 1990 President George H. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark legislation that forever changed how individuals with exceptionalities are treated. This civil rights law prohibits discrimination based on disability and promotes equality, accessibility, and community integration. On this 28th anniversary, CEC reaffirms its support for the core purposes of ADA and remains committed to the implementation of this essential law.
  • The Center for American Progress (CAP) published a proposal to increase elementary and secondary teacher pay in high poverty schools. CAP proposed boosting teacher pay by as much as $10,000 (or $190 per week) in high poverty-schools using the federal tax code. A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that on average, U.S. teachers earn less than 60 percent of the average salary of other individuals with similar educational backgrounds. More specifically, in the 2015-2016 school year, the average teacher salary in the highest poverty schools was approximately $4,000 less than that of teachers in...

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