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The Hechinger Report

Tara Garcia Mathewson

29 August 2019

Danvers, Massachusetts, United States

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In the Danvers, Massachusetts, school district, virtual reality technology allows students with disabilities to walk through the hallways of their middle school before the first day of classes or take field trips at t...

The 74

Laura McKenna

19 August 2019

United States

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Because special education services vary by district and are often confusing to understand and navigate, parents are increasingly turning to online forums and listserves to answer their questions. The groups also serve...

Eugene Weekly

Asia Alvarez Zeller

7 March 2019

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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In Oregon, students who qualify for special education services are twice as likely to be disciplined as their peers. One district is working to buck this trend with a method called Positive Behavioral Interventions an...

Deseret News

Lauren Bennett

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15 February 2019

Utah, United States

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By removing barriers to access, the Accessible Arts Academy empowers visually impaired students to engage with the arts. The three-week program at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind brings together schools and co...

Desert News

Emily Hoeven

8 February 2019

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Utah played a key role in passing federal legislation that set aside $100 million for underserved communities — without the government having to pay a dollar upfront. In this model, the government doesn’t pay for ...

BBC

Vibeke Venema

22 January 2019

Ankara, Turkey

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Education for children with autism can be a costly challenge to procure, but an app called Otsimo aims to democratize education by providing software designed specifically for autistic children. Now 3 years old with o...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

22 January 2019

Worcester, United Kingdom

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Microsoft recently piloted the Code Jumper, a kit that allows children with visual impairments to learn how to code using tactile and auditory responses. The Code Jumper kit features several "pods" that correlate to a...

OZY

Nick Fouriezos

25 November 2018

Burlington, Vermont, United States

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A specialized digital tablet allows blind students to draw, erase, and learn in a new, tactile way, creating opportunities for students to more effectively master complex math, engineering, and architectural concepts....

Bright Magazine

Hassan Ghedi Santur

25 October 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

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After volunteering for the special olympics, Maria Omare decided children with disabilities in Kenya needed a space where they would be treated with dignity, care, and respect. So she rented a one-room space, and call...

The 74

Beth Hawkins

1 October 2018

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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Steele Academy is "Montessori education for students who don't normally get it," according to Laura Christenberry, the driver behind San Antonio's first public Montessori school. Drawing on detailed census information...

ACEs Connection

Claire Reidy

22 January 2018

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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For students who have experienced adverse childhood events (ACEs), support and disciplinary efforts that take trauma into account are essential for them to excel in school. An Alaskan elementary school has done just t...

The Notebook

Paul Jablow

4 January 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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At Lakeside School, the structure of the day is designed to support students managing trauma. These include activities before school starts, means to reduce excess energy by fidgeting, and ‘brain breaks.’

The Notebook

Paul Jablow

3 January 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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At Lakeside School, the student body is made up of young adults managing emotional and health challenges that make attendance in other schools difficult. The school environment has been developed to provide support fo...

ProPublica

Heather Vogell

22 December 2017

Bentonville, Arkansas, United States

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The state of Arkansas cares deeply about the wellbeing of its students, as evidenced by its flourishing system of alternative schools that provide extra counseling in academics, social and mental support, and research...

AzerNews

Maja Prijatelj Videmšek

24 June 2017

Ljubljana, Slovenia

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A new tablet, called the Feelif multimedia device, allows blind children to learn braille and geometry and play interactive learning games with their fingers. The device allows children to create drawings and write on...

The Christian Science Monitor

Henry Gass

14 June 2017

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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New Orleans is home to a high number of teens with severe trauma and emotional disturbance, who are underserved in regular school settings. Alternative programs that focus more on 'behavior than academics' are offerin...

Covering Addiction

Jim McCormick

4 May 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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When mother Rebecca Bonner's daughter had to seek treatment for an opioid addiction after her freshman year of high school, Bonner was worried about her daughter returning to the high school where her daughter's addic...

TakePart

Liz Dwyer

9 September 2016

Los Angeles, California, United States

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At Hamilton High School in Los Angeles students who suffer from dyslexia and dyscalculia are supported by special education teachers to improve their reading skills and access necessary tools to enter general educatio...

Jackson Free Press

Sierra Mannie

27 July 2016

Pelahatchie, Mississippi, United States

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Many years of work to improve juvenile-detention centers in Mississippi may curb recidivism rates by increasing the quality of life in detention. Despite those efforts, however, centers might still be unable to give d...

Corpus Christi Caller Times

Krista M. Torralva

23 April 2016

Brockton, Massachusetts, United States

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Massachusetts’ Brockton Public School district has trained the entire staff at three elementary schools to recognize signs of trauma in children. Inspired by the book, “Helping Traumatized Children Learn,” by Eliana G...

PBS NewsHour

Sarah Varney

20 April 2016

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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Childhood trauma such as abuse, neighborhood violence or the death of a parent has been found to lead to dire health and social problems later in life. How can communities intervene to spare future generations the sam...

Good4Utah.com

Don Hudson

11 April 2016

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Camp K in Utah provides job counseling and training for teens with special needs, helping them to bridge the gap between high school and the professional work force.

The New York Times

Nathaniel Popper

7 October 2015

Utah, United States

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In Utah, Goldman Sachs funded the education of preschoolers and was reimbursed by the state once it was shown that the kids would not need special education. Social impact investments, like this one in Utah, can help ...

Bright Magazine

Nichole Dobo

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6 October 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Increased technology in classrooms is popular among schools in the U.S. However, research suggests that its effect is sub-optimal due to low-quality software, implementation, and participants' digital skills.

The Seattle Times

John Higgins

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1 September 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle risks losing about $12 million annually in federal funds unless it fixes problems that include failures to update student learning plans, deliver services outlined in those plans and provide services consisten...

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