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PMfocus.org – Progress Monitoring Focus is Live and Working

Posted on October 10, 2012

Utah Personnel Development Center is pleased to announce that the much awaited PMfocus tool has been released to teachers in the state of Utah.  Visit: http://PMfocus.org to Sign up and Sign in.  To Learn more, check out the article we published last month about PMfocus in the Essential Educator. Progress Monitoring Focus is a new web-based application that allows the user to track student progress on any academic or behavior skill as defined by the user. A student’s response to ins

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FAQ: Postsecondary Education Options for Young Adults with Significant Disabilities

Posted on September 09, 2012

  When we think back to who we were at age 18, we conjure up memories of a curious young adult with a plate “not yet full”. As young adults, we learn from experiences with college, employment, family, and friends. We take on relationships, risks, rights, and responsibilities. We expand our independence as we shrink our need to rely on others. We chase our dreams and flee our fears. But the sum total of adult learning experiences leaves us far different from that headstrong and na

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Do Read Alouds Build Fluency in Non-fluent Readers?

Posted on June 06, 2012

For Students Who Are Not Yet Fluent, Silent Reading Is Not the Best Use of Classroom Time Teachers do their best to improve students' fluency, but sometimes the information they have to work with is incomplete and, therefore, leads them down the wrong path. For example, silent reading or 'Round Robin' reading seem like good ways to improve fluency. But, in fact, increasing fluency requires more practice, more support, and more guided oral reading than either of these strategies can delive

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Accommodations for Students with Disabilities in High School

Posted on June 06, 2012

Fewer students with disabilities in middle schools and high schools use accommodations than students with disabilities in elementary schools. Accommodations are changes in materials or procedures that provide access to instruction and assessments for students with disabilities. They are designed to enable students with disabilities to learn without the impediment of their disabilities, and to show their knowledge and skills rather than the effects of their disabilities. While

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The Critical Need for Providing Early Visual Language to the Deaf Child

Posted on May 05, 2012

Research has indicated that the language areas of the brain have no preference for language input and that the most accessible pathway for full access to linguistic information for many deaf children is through the visual channel. A visual language, such as American Sign Language, is a natural language system, functions independently from spoken language, and has a fully developed grammatical system. Delay in acquiring a first language produces poorer over-all language performance, and witho

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Increased Incidence of Autism – How Utah Educators are Meeting the Challenge

Posted on May 05, 2012

Welcome to the spring edition of the Utah autism newsletter. So much is happening in the Autism community, and we have many resources to share. What happened with autism insurance reform in the legislature this year? Are you wondering where things actually ended up?  Well to recap, the original legislation, House Bill 69, sponsored by Ronda Rudd Menlove (R-Garland), was held in the House Rules Committee and was not released. This bill would have required providers of accident or healt

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Hot News: 1 in 32 – The Facts Behind the Headlines in Utah Autism Prevalence Rates

Posted on April 04, 2012

1 in 32  - The Facts Behind the Headlines in Utah Autism Prevalence Rates Utah’s new claim to fame is the highest prevalence rate of autism in 2008 among the fourteen United States communities studied by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in their autism prevalence study. The principal investigator, Judith Pinborough-Zimmerman discussed the results of the study in a press release on Thursday March 29th. Utah’s statistics were 1 in 47 for incidence of autism in both boys and girls

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Can Pixar Help Children with Autism?

Posted on April 04, 2012

[…] As time went on Collin became pretty obsessed with Pixar movies. He still wasn’t talking much at all but he would pick Monsters, Inc. out of a stack of ten movies without hesitation. The same with The Incredibles, any of the Toy Story movies, and Cars was always a big hit. It got to the point where before he had even seen a Pixar movie, he could identify the case and pick it out of a pile. We assumed he was using the iconic cover art that had become a staple for the Pixar films to iden

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Our Mathematical Challenge

Posted on March 03, 2012

We understand the issue more and more every day. For years, we’ve been told that our students don’t stack up in math when compared with their peers in other countries. Our performance isn’t that bad at the fourth grade, but TIMSS and PISA data clearly show significant comparative declines as our students end eighth and tenth grade. One of many interpretations of these data is that math at the intermediate and middle grades is an exceedingly weak link in our educational system. Were

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Teaching Math to Diverse Learners

Posted on March 03, 2012

“What We Have Learned!” As a special education teacher, I am challenged each school year with a math class of diverse abilities and disabilities as well as with different ages, gender, and grade levels. One of the main issues we encountered in our class was the dissimilar academic level of each student, and our ability to create an atmosphere of individual academic success for all our students. Most of them have Individualized Education Programs (IEP's), but some do not. The latter ar

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