A Florida school for students with disabilities has partnered with a wheelchair safety and mobility company to give students more opportunities to develop job skills in a hands-on learning environment. About 30 students assemble kits for a safety system used in the school's buses.
NPR Labs is working on a radio receiver that can alert individuals who are deaf to emergency messages transmitted by radio stations. The device would include a large text display to relay information as well as bright flashing lights to alert users to an incoming message.
School district officials in Santa Barbara, Calif., last week heard a suggestion from the district's gifted-education coordinator to lower cut scores for placing students who are learning English in gifted education. Harriet Whaley's suggestion was based on studies showing that students who are learning English may have lower scores on selection tests because of language skills. Under the proposed scenario, the district could decide to place 29 more students who are English-language learners in the program, increasing the overall percentage of participating students who are English-language learners to 26% from 2%.
Pittsburg Unified School District in California is considering a plan to offer extra counseling and academic support to students who are struggling academically. The proposal is part of a corrective action plan meant to address a disproportionate percentage of students who are black in special education, particularly in a program for students who have emotional challenges. State data show that half of the students enrolled in a special-education program for students with emotional problems are black, while students who are black make up only 24% of the district's overall enrollment.
A partnership between Teaneck Public Schools and Fairleigh Dickenson University in New Jersey has teachers using techniques designed to instruct students with dyslexia to provide one-on-one reading instruction to second- and third-graders. The teachers are enrolled in the university's graduate school and learn the Orton Gillingham approach to reading instruction, which includes instructing students in the sounds and symbols of language as well as the use of sensory techniques such as having students trace letters with their finger.