Week in Review - May 7, 2021




National Association of Special Education Teachers

May 7, 2021                 Vol 17 Issue #18


Dear NASET Members and Guests,

Welcome to NASET's WEEK in REVIEW.  Here, we provide you with the latest publications fromNASET to read and or download, as well as some of the most interesting articles that have happened this week in the field of special education. We hope you enjoy this publication.  Feel free to send us articles for this publication or let us know your thoughts about the WEEK in REVIEW at news@naset.org. Have a great weekend.




IEP Components Series

Transition Planning: Education/Training Connections

As part of a student’s transition planning for life after high school, the student and the other members of his or her IEP team will probably consider the possibility of more education or training. In keeping with the options specifically mentioned in IDEA, the discussion of education/training after high school may focus on: (1) postsecondary education at a college, university, or community college; (2 ) vocational education to learn a trade or specific job skill; or (3) continuing and adult education. This edition of NASET’s IEP Component series comes from the Center for Parent Information and Resources and will connect you with organizations and articles that can help tackle the education/training question during transition planning.

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Poor Iodine Levels in Women Pose Risks to Fetal Intellectual Development in Pregnancy

An increasing number of young women are at increased risk of having children born with impaired neurological conditions, due to poor iodine intake. Dietary changes, including a growing trend towards the avoidance of bread and iodized salt, as well as a reduced intake of animal products containing iodine can contribute to low iodine levels. A small pilot study undertaken by the University of South Australia (UniSA) comparing iodine levels between 31 vegan/plant-based participants and 26 omnivores has flagged the potential health risk. Urine samples showed iodine readings of 44 ug/L in the plant-based group, compared to the meat eaters' 64 ug/L level. Neither group came close to the World Health Organization's recommended 100 grams per liter. Read More


‘Critical Shortage' of Special Education Teachers as Kids Head Back to School

Washington, D.C.-area public schools are suffering a “critical shortage” of special education teachers as students return from the long year of virtual learning, according to a review by the News4 I-Team. A lack of available special education instructors has dogged school systems across the country for years but now risks being exacerbated by resignations, retirements and workload increases caused by the pandemic. A Virginia Department of Education report reviewed by the I-Team lists special education instructors at the top of its list of teacher shortages statewide. A 2018 Maryland State Department of Education report also cites a “critical shortage” of special education teachers. And just last year, the U.S. Department of Education described the shortage of special education teachers as “among the most pressing and chronic problems facing the field.” Read More


School District Poised to Ban Suspensions for its Youngest Learners

Two-and-a-half years after its skyrocketing use of elementary school suspensions prompted widespread outrage, Jefferson County Public Schools is on track to permanently ban the punishment for its youngest learners. A district committee responsible for reviewing discipline policies moved forward Thursday with a recommendation for the Jefferson County Board of Education to make permanent its current moratorium on suspensions for students in pre-kindergarten through the third grade. The committee of students, parents, educators and central office staff is expected to present its final recommendation to the school board for a vote on May 25. Past discussions among board members signal there is a clear majority in favor of the change. Read More


Female Principals Are Paid Less Than Men. That’s a Big Concern

Female principals make about $1,000 less than their male colleagues annually, according to new research on principal compensation—and that gap can even persist when those women are leading similar schools, have similar evaluations, and work about the same number of hours as their male peers. But what’s driving that pay disparity in school leadership isn’t quite as clear. While factors that undergird salary differences in the private sector—discrimination and personal choices, for example—may explain some of the differences, they don’t explain all of them, said Jason Grissom, a professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University. Read More



NASET ADVOCACY - Board Certification for Advocacy in Special Education (BCASE)


Best Buddies Helps Those with Disabilities Get Vaccinated

The Best Buddies organization is helping to make sure everyone who wants a vaccine is able to get one. For those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the crowds and commotion can make getting the vaccine a challenging ordeal. Best Buddies say they want to make it as pain free as possible, so they are working to create an environment that best suits the needs of their members. “They have been very helpful to help kids get vaccinated who have anxiety among all these people,” says Maria Knight, who took her son James to get vaccinated. “Over the last year, he’s been cooped up at home, so this gives him some more sense of normalcy,” she says. Read More


Taking a Closer Look at Graduation Rates of Those with Disabilities

We’re getting close to the end of another less-than-normal school year. My 18-year-old grandson and many like him are looking forward to graduation although they are not sure what it will look like this year. I stumbled across an interesting article recently that discusses the graduation rate of students with disabilities. In an article published in “Disability Scoop” dated April 19th, writer Shaun Heasley reviews the increasing overall rates nationally of students with disabilities who are graduating from high school. Nationally, the rate rose to 68.2% for the 2019-2020 school year, which was up from 67.1% the year before. Read More


Chicago Bakery Helps Young Adults with Autism

Unique Sweets, a bakery based on Chicago's Northwest Side, helps young adults with Autism develop work and social skills by baking, managing the kitchen and selling their baked goods. Founder Liza Curiel started Unique Sweets from her kitchen in 2018 to help her son Sebastian, who has Autism, bridge the gap between school and the working world. The bakery is a social enterprise organization run completely by volunteers. Each baker and employee gets a stipend from the baked goods they sell. Curiel said Unique Sweets fills the need of a community for adults with Autism. "I felt like there was a lack of resources and programs available to him," Curiel said. "Unique Sweets was an opportunity for him and his friends to come together and work through life skills and employable skills." Read More


May 2021

Student’s Snapchat Profanity Leads to High Court Speech Case

Fourteen-year-old Brandi Levy was having that kind of day where she just wanted to scream. So she did, in a profanity-laced posting on Snapchat that has, improbably, ended up before the Supreme Court in the most significant case on student speech in more than 50 years. At issue is whether public schools can discipline students over something they say off-campus. The topic is especially meaningful in a time of remote learning because of the coronavirus pandemic and a rising awareness of the pernicious effects of online bullying. The case has its roots in the Vietnam-era case of a high school in Des Moines, Iowa, that suspended students who wore armbands to protest the war. In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court sided with the students, declaring students don’t “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” Read More


Lego Launches Braille Bricks for Children with Visual Impairments and Children Who are Blind

One of the most popular toy brands has a new product designed for blind and visually impaired children. Lego and the Lego Foundation have launched a line of toy blocks called Braille Bricks with studs on top that reflect individual letters and numbers in the braille alphabet. The bricks are available in seven countries including the U.S. and the nonprofit American Printing House for the Blind is shipping the bricks to school districts across the nation for free, according to a news release. "Reading braille means literacy that connects students to lifelong learning and opportunity, " said Craig Meador, president of the nonprofit, in a statement, adding the bricks are an "incredible tool to help introduce students to braille." Read More


How to Turn Math Word Problems into Engaging Comics

When assigned math word problems, students often groan and complain. They may try to start solving without making sense of the problem first, or rely on clue words rather than mathematical reasoning. The word problems don’t draw them to engage with the math. What’s a teacher to do? A common tip to boost engagement is to connect course content to students’ interests. Since I knew that comics, graphic novels, manga, and anime are among my students' favorite media, I decided to try to capitalize on that enthusiasm by transforming lifeless word problems into comics with built-in reading supports. Read More






A Simple Way to Encourage Students to Read More Broadly

Librarians and classroom teachers use various systems of classification to organize collections, from the Dewey Decimal System to interest or reading levels. But what if we were to organize books in a way that deemphasized reading levels and encouraged students to read more broadly?

When educators use the term vertical alignment, we are often referring to a progression of skills or content that increases in complexity. With respect to reading, rather than using achievement or assessment benchmarking levels, which is often discouraged in the librarian world, school librarians use designations that most closely align to education groupings and the comfort or reading-experience level of the reader. Labels like PB (picture book), CB (chapter book), MG (middle grade), YA (young adult), or AD (adult) are often placed on spine labels and in library catalogs to make it easier to identify titles that readers will enjoy, but the readers themselves rarely notice them. Read More



Pandemic Recovery Will Be Complex. We’ll Need the Best School Leaders

It’s no exaggeration to say that the period since March 2020 has been the most challenging year in memory for American education. Last spring was particularly tough. Shuttering tens of thousands of schools overnight; shifting quickly to remote learning; finding ways to feed and otherwise serve students from afar—any one of those would have been difficult on its own. Taken together, they were nearly impossible to manage. The challenges didn’t stop when the current school year commenced. School and district leaders had to respond to ever-changing public-health guidance; create feasible options for returning to school for families that wanted that option, while generating robust online learning opportunities for others who didn’t; and help teachers learn how to survive and ideally thrive in the new worlds of remote and hybrid teaching and learning. Read More



Gifted Programs Provide Little to No Academic Boost, New Study Says

Gifted education is often a flash point in school desegregation debates; in large cities, these programs often operate as an essentially separate school system, dominated by white and Asian children. Though gifted programs touch only 3.3 million school children, about 7 percent of the U.S. student population, it’s disturbing that Black and Hispanic children are rarely chosen for them. Some progressives have proposed eliminating gifted programs altogether. Others are seeking ways to increase the number of Black and Hispanic students. Only 4 percent of Black children and 5 percent of Hispanic children are in gifted programs compared with 8 percent of white and 13 percent of Asian children, according to the most recent federal figures. Read More.






UCLA Introduces American Sign Language/Deaf Culture Course to Dental Students

According to the National Association of the Deaf, there are nearly 50 million Deaf/Hard of Hearing people in the U.S. The Deaf/Hard of Hearing community is a patient population that can face communication barriers while going to a dentist, as the average dental professional may have difficulty communicating with them. To improve this communication process, in April the UCLA School of Dentistry launched a five-week long elective course for dental students on Deaf culture, Deaf history, and American Sign Language so that the future dentists will have a basic understanding and be prepared in their interactions with Deaf and Hard of Hearing patients.  Read More


Degree Designs Inclusive Deodorant for People with Physical Disabilities

One in four Americans has a disability, but many products don't take that into account. Degree Deodorant has created Degree Inclusive, which it calls the world's first deodorant for people with visual impairment and upper limb motor disabilities. The bottle shape features a hooked design for one-handed use, as well as magnetic closures, enhanced grip placement, a braille label and a larger roll-on applicator. Christina Mallon, a disabled inclusive designer, worked with the company on the new product. She said it was inspired by her own desire to take care of grooming needs independently and her belief that the 22 million Americans with permanent disabilities affecting their arms and/or vision feel the same.  Read More




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Rosa Parks

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