Monday, November 7, 2016

Texas, Landmark, U of Iowa, DITD

FOLLOW-UP. Remember how the state of Texas figured that no more than 8.5 percent of its students should be eligible for special ed services? They're changed their tune, according to the Houston Chronicle. Even so,"State officials vigorously defended a policy that arbitrarily set 8.5 percent as the ideal number, saying the policy was not a 'cap,' was not meant to save money, and did not seriously punish school districts that failed to comply." Read more.

LANDMARK COLLEGE has an Institute for Research and Training, and the Institute's most recent e-newsletter has items about mindfulness and education, an executive function webinar, and some recommended articles on topics such as devices, neurodiversity, and ADHD med rebound. Find the newsletter.

ASSOULINE RECOGNIZED. Susan Assouline, Director of the Belin Blank Center at the University of Iowa, has been presented with NAGC's Distinguished Scholar Award. The award goes to "an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of gifted education and demonstrates a continuous record of distinguished scholarship and ongoing scholarly productivity as recognized by experts in the field." The Center is one of few places in the country to conduct ongoing research into giftedness, LDs, and twice exceptionality. Congratulations, Susan! Find out more.

DIDT EDUCATORS GUILD. This group at the Davidson Institute has issued its fall newsletter. The lead topic is motivation -- or the lack of it -- as applied to gifted students. The article differentiates intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and provides pointers to more information. Also highlighted in the newsletter are professional development opportunities for gifted educators as well as general resources. Find the newsletter.

AND FINALLY, THIS. According to new research, a far wider swath of brain areas is activated when children hear their mothers than when they hear other voices, and this brain response predicts a child's social communication ability. Read more.

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