Technology is helping some districts find or build teacher-training programs that allow greater choices and more flexibility than traditional options, educators say. "It lets teachers get what they need, when they need it, in a way that is accessible to them," said Melinda G. George, the senior director of the Public Broadcasting Service's TeacherLine, an online training provider.
Educators can find a job that makes them happy despite the rough economy, writes Heather Wolpert-Gawron, an award-winning California language-arts teacher. Her advice includes starting job searches early, meeting with administrators and being honest during interviews.
Only about 10% of children who cannot see learn to read Braille and an even smaller percentage of those who are legally blind have learned to do so, according to a report from the National Federation of the Blind. Many educators instead rely on audiobooks and technology, but the federation says that such approaches leave people with visual disabilities functionally illiterate.
A decision by some countries in Southeast Asia to teach maths and science in English is questioned in this commentary by the head of the department of English at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Andy Kirkpatrick writes that if students do not quickly become proficient in English, they will fall behind in other subjects.
A former student with ADHD and his mother are suing their school district, saying the 17-year-old was discriminated against because of his ADHD status. The lawsuit argues that the now-graduate -- who was abused as a child -- was, among other forms of harassment, strip-searched, causing anxiety and worsening his ADHD.