Week in Review - October 13, 2023

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October 13, 2023   |  Vol 19 Issue #41

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Welcome to NASET's WEEK in REVIEW. Here, we provide you with the latest publications from NASET 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!


NASET’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Series

Exploring the Use of Token Economies for Students on the Autism Spectrum: A Brief Review of the Literature

This issue of NASET’s Autism Spectrum Disorder series was written by Zachary Carter-Best. Token economies are a commonly used behavioral intervention in self-contained classrooms for students with autism spectrum disorder. While instructors may be familiar with implementing a token economy, many may not understand some of the nuances presented in this research. Token economies are shown to increase rates of attending, on-task behavior, and rates of responding, while decreasing challenging behaviors. One study, however, did show no significant difference in responding for token economies as compared to primary reinforcement, but this study does not consider the effect this will have on rates of reinforcer satiation. Future researchers should investigate how different levels of student interest in the token economy will affect long-term rates of responding and attending, as well as rates of satiation for preferred reinforcers in token conditions compared to primary reinforcement conditions.

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Top Stories of the Week

Secondary Students Continue to Benefit from Earlier Literacy Tools

Boosting the Early Childhood Workforce to Boost the Economy

Budget Deal Averts Education Funding Nightmare

Dyslexia Screenings Should Mind Students’ Linguistic Backgrounds

With More Teachers & Fewer Students, Districts are Set Up for Financial Trouble

New Research Reveals that About 25% of Teens with Autism Go Undiagnosed

Maternal Aspartame Use May Triple Autism Risk in Boys

Childhood ADHD Could Be 'Early Indicator of Other Mental Disorders', Study Finds

Houston ISD Struggles with Special Education Services after Cutting Workers


Congratulations to

Ellen Kay, Cindi Maurice, Patsy Ray, Tracey Christilles, and Karen Frantz-Fry, Joann P. Judge, Lauro Esquliona III, Kim Rogers, Nellie Ferdinandtsen, and Brandey Crawford who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question:

In a new study, published last month in Pediatrics, researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy and Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital investigated the characteristics and trends of out-of-hospital medication errors for this disorder among people younger than 20 years old reported to U.S. poison centers from 2000 through 2021. According to the study, the annual number of medication-related errors for this disorder increased almost 300% from 2000 to 2021. The increase in the reported number of medication errors is consistent with the findings of other studies reporting an increase in the diagnosis of this disorder among U.S. children during the past two decades. What is the disorder?


This week's trivia question: 

In July 1968, Eunice Kennedy in her remarks at this Opening Ceremony, said this inaugural event prove "a very fundamental fact”—that children with intellectual disabilities can be exceptional athletes and that "through sports they can realize their potential for growth.” She pledged that this new organization would offer people with intellectual disabilities everywhere “the chance to play, the chance to compete and the chance to grow.” What inaugural event occurred in 1968 (and today has more than 5 million children and adults in more than 170 countries participate in)?

If you know the answer to this week's trivia questions, email it to us at contactus@naset.org by October 16, 2023. If you are correct, you will be acknowledged in next week's NASET's Week in Review


Students Get Hundreds of Notifications on Their Phones Every Day. Even at School

Education Department Calls for K-12 Pathway Programs, Outreach to Boost College Access

Finding ‘Lost Einsteins’ Means Fixing K-5 Science, Especially in Rural Schools

More Adults are Taking Medication for ADHD. Physicians Say Trend is a Double-Edged Sword

Remote Jobs Gave People with Disabilities More Opportunities. In-Office Mandates Take Them Away

More Schools are Adopting 4-Day Weeks. For Parents, the Challenge is Day 5



Latest Job Listings on NASET

* Teacher- Exceptional Education- Self Contained- Autism/ID/ED - Interested in creating a better tomorrow? Apply to be a TUSD (Tucson Unified School District) teacher today. Tucson Unified School District is the best place in Southern Arizona for you to begin or continue a rewarding and meaningful teaching career. As one of the largest employers in Tucson, we have a superior offering of teaching opportunities that you will not find in other districts in the region. To learn more- Click here

* [Immediate Hire] 6th Grade ELA Learning Specialist - Reporting to the Academic Dean, the 6th Grade ELA Learning Specialist will be responsible for providing tailored support to students with special education needs, through integrated co-teaching, in small group settings, or a combination of both. This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned educator who is passionate about ensuring all students succeed and thrive in school.To learn more- Click here

* Learning Specialist - The ideal candidate will be an energetic, compassionate, self-starter who embraces the opportunity to nurture students in fulfilling their abundant potential. This Learning Specialist will be able to hone their knowledge and experience instructing neurodiverse learners while simultaneously participating in a larger school community and expanding their own professional growth through collaboration with the Walker faculty at large. To learn more- Click here

* Special Education Teacher-Lilac Learning Center Non Public Agency Setting - Lilac City Behavioral Services is seeking a highly qualified and motivated teacher to help launch our second on-site special education program Lilac Learning Center in Tacoma, WA. This second location of our one of a kind WA program will will open Fall of 2023 and serve students with moderate to severe disabilities with an instructional focus on communication skills, adaptive behavior, life skills and community based instruction. Come join our team and provide special education services in an environment that is designed to support making an impact. To learn more- Click here

* Teacher-Exceptional Education - Self Contained - Autism/ID/ED - Effectively manage the learning environment to prepare lesson plans, instruct students, evaluate and monitor students’ performance in order to advance student achievement. Understand and appreciate diversity. Work collaboratively with a team to plan instruction. Demonstrate commitment to continuous learning. To learn more - Click here

* Education Specialist - is a certificated position with Element Education. The Education Specialist directly reports to the Director of Student Services and the Special Education Program Manager. The Education Specialist is primarily responsible for providing support and guidance to Educational Facilitators and parents of students with special needs.To learn more - Click here

* Special Education Teacher - Maxim Healthcare Staffing is partnered with a school in Lexington, MA who is currently seeking a Special Education Teacher to assist them on an ongoing contract. To learn more- Click here

* Special Education Teachers - Successful candidate must be able to plan, organize, and implement an appropriate instructional program in an environment that prepares students for lives as informed and engaged citizens in a global society. To learn more- Click here

* [Immediate Hire] Dean of Student Supports - Reporting to the Principal, this position will serve as a leader for staff and parents with regard to special education services and regulations. In addition, the Dean of Student Supports will work closely with the Network Director of Special Education and the school-based leadership team to ensure the implementation of special education policies and the integration of student support services. To learn more- Click here

* Intervention Specialist - Special Education Teacher (2023-2024 School Year) - $4,000 SIGN ON BONUS - Breakthrough Public Schools (BPS) is seeking Intervention Specialist - Special Education Teachers for the 2023-24 school year. Teaching at Breakthrough Public Schools is a rewarding experience where dedicated staff work to impact more than 3,000 students across 10, tuition-free, schools serving grades K-8. To learn more- Click here

* Director of Special Education - The Learning Community, a vibrant public charter school that centers the voices of students, families, and teachers seeks a collaborative, dedicated Director of Special Education passionate about providing the quality of instruction and additional support needed for students with learning disabilities to thrive in our school. To learn more- Click here

* Special Education Teacher - Propel Schools - Propel Schools is the largest network of public charter schools in Allegheny County consisting of 13 schools and approximately 4,000 scholars. Our mission is to provide high-quality schools to underserved communities. Each of our schools provide a rigorous academic environment and small class sizes where educators focus on providing each scholar with support and individualized attention. To learn more- Click here


When you do the right thing, you get the feeling of peace and serenity associated with it. Do it again and again.

Roy T. Bennett

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