Students who are gifted often do not fit a single stereotype of a self-sufficient learner and may need help focusing or getting organized, says teacher and gifted-student consultant Carol Strip Whitney. She advises educators to collaborate with parents and brainstorm new ways to keep students who are gifted engaged in learning.
Children ages 6 to 15 who had the highest cadmium levels in their urine were more likely to develop learning disabilities or require special education than those with the lowest levels, a study found. In the journal Environmental Health Perspective, researchers reported that cadmium levels were not associated with the risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
John Burke, a high-school administrator and girls' varsity soccer coach, volunteers his time outside of school as a soccer coach for children with special needs. It has been nearly 10 years since Burke first enlisted some friends to participate in the local program, which now is among 10 in Wisconsin. "There were so many athletic options for fully capable children, but not enough activities in place for children with special needs," he said.
A program at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., is designed for students with Asperger's syndrome and is among a growing number of college programs aimed at preparing students with autism spectrum disorders for the workforce. The program begins while students are still in high school, allowing them to take courses and live on campus during the summer after their junior year. The students, who may easily succeed with academics, are offered specialized tutoring and residential accommodations to help address some of the social challenges they may face.
A retired science teacher writes that Iowa should reinstate the National Board Certification program to improve education in the state. Ernest Schiller argues that the standards embraced by National Board Certified Teachers "should be utilized by the state of Iowa and school districts for developing a local core of educators to lead the charge as we try to improve education to acceptable standards by the Iowa Department of Education and state legislators."