Teaching & Learning

Autism Surge Creating Special Education Teacher Shortages

Schools have long had trouble finding special education teachers, but administrators say the task is becoming increasingly difficult as more children are diagnosed with autism.

School Districts Stressed By Lack Of Trained Specialists

A shortage of psychologists and other highly trained specialists is driving some school districts to new extremes when it comes to hiring special education staff.

Outrage After Special Education Students Forced To Sort Trash

A school district is apologizing for having students in special education dig through trash for recyclables to earn money as part of a functional skills program.

Plan For Special Education Substitutes Draws Concerns

With too few teachers on staff as the school year kicks off, one school district may rely on long-term substitutes for many special education classes.

Inclusive Classrooms Provide Language Boost, Study Finds

For young children with disabilities, the key to mastering language may be surrounding them with their typically-developing peers, researchers say.

Disability An ‘Advantage’ For Valedictorian On The Spectrum

Defying the odds, a teen with autism who was once in a self-contained classroom and relied on a one-to-one aide is graduating high school as his class valedictorian.

Technology Gaining Foothold In Special Education

Special education programs are increasingly relying on tablets, apps and other technology to help students with disabilities despite scant research to support the practice.

Impromptu School Transfers Halted Under Agreement

A federal judge signed off this week on a settlement that formally ends a school district policy of transferring kids with autism from school to school with no warning to their families.

School District Defends Teacher In Toilet Brush Incident

A special education teacher who gave her students a toilet brush and cleanser as a graduation gift is not facing discipline despite calls from at least one parent that she be fired.

Study Finds Reading Possible Despite Low IQ

For students with intellectual disability, functional skills are often prioritized over academics, but a new study finds that children with low IQ are capable of learning to read.

Schools Look To ‘Grow Their Own’ Special Educators

In an effort to fill a shortage of special education teachers, a first-of-its-kind program will train education assistants and paraprofessionals to take on the task.

Graduation Rates Fall Short For Students With Disabilities

More Americans are graduating high school than ever before, but students with disabilities remain far behind their typically-developing peers, a new report finds.

Teach For America To Bolster Special Education Training

A program that places recent college graduates in teaching positions across the country after just weeks of training says it will beef up its focus on special education.

Special Education Ranking Puts Vanderbilt On Top

A handful of familiar names are topping this year’s U.S. News & World Report ranking of training programs for special educators.

Concerns Raised Over Testing Kids With Severe Disabilities

As stories emerge of students with even the most severe disabilities being forced to take standardized tests, officials in one state are starting to rethink the approach.

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