SEDL Monthly: An e-bulletin of SEDL / June 2011 /

SEDL in the News
SEDL’s work on family and community involvement continues to shape the conversation on how to engage parents in their student’s education. The Savannah Morning News recently cited our work in a discussion of legislation that will give city employees paid time off for parent conferences. Read the article.

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We’re looking for researchers and interns to join our team.
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featured Opportunities
Study Volunteers
Researchers at SEDL and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are undertaking a study that will determine the impact of Imagine It!, an Open Court Reading program, and Everyday Mathematics on teacher practices and student academic achievement. Learn more.Enroll your school or district in the study

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Summer Reading

Suggestions for Summer Reading—and Learning
Summer offers a rare opportunity for busy educators to stop, catch their breath, and prepare for the next school year. This often includes professional development, a good book, or some combination of the two. Below are a few staff picks for summer professional reading.

Becoming a Learning School, by Joellen Killion and Patricia Roy
Recommended by Ed Tobia

Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap: Whatever It Takes, by Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Gayle Karhanek
Recommended by Darlene Brown

Courage to Connect: A Quality Schools Action Framework, edited by María "Cuca" Robledo Montecel and Christie L. Goodman
Recommended by Georgina Gonzales

Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identify, by Etienne Wenger
Recommended by Joann Starks

K Today: Teaching and Learning in the Kindergarten Year, edited by Dominic F. Gullo
Recommended by Blanca Quiroz

The Response to Intervention for Secondary School Administrators: How to Implement RtI in Middle and High Schools, by Andrea Ogonosky
Recommended by Ada Muoneke

What are you reading this summer? If you have a good book to recommend to the education community, post it on our Facebook page.

Tips and Tools
Free Resources
FOCUS Technical Brief
There is growing recognition that ethnic minorities, immigrants, and refugees with disabilities in the United States need rehabilitation and disability services. Moreover, those individuals with disabilities who most need rehabilitation and health care services may be least able to access and use culturally-adapted services because of various barriers—cultural, institutional, structural, environmental, economic, political, and societal—which may further undermine their health, well-being, or participation in life activities.

The newest FOCUS Technical Brief examines whether cultural competency interventions improve rehabilitation outcomes for ethnically and linguistically diverse individuals with disabilities.

Read more.

Summer Webinars
Effective Vocational Rehabilitation Programs for People With Autism Spectrum Disorders: Part 1 Featuring Job Path
June 21, 12 p.m. EDT
(Webinar has been completed, but presentation materials are available online.)
This webinar is part of a series highlighting programs that have been identified as effective for successful competitive employment strategies for people with autism spectrum disorders.

Successful Transitions to High School: Promoting High School Success and Facilitating College Readiness
June 23, 2 p.m. EDT   
Highlighting ways to support students and families during the transition from middle to high school—a critical time for setting the course to graduate from high school on time and ready for college.



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