Technology for Special Needs Students

Texas District Implements Plato Online Curriculum

El Paso Independent School District will implement an online intervention curriculum from Plato Learning, a developer of K-12 and adult education e-learning solutions. The new content will provide online credit recovery and state test remediation courses to 15 secondary schools in the district, with plans for additional implementation in the future.

McGraw-Hill Rolls Out K-6 ELL Program

Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, a unit of the McGraw-Hill School Solutions Group, has released a new program for English language learners in grades K through 6: Treasure Chest, a research-based language and literacy curriculum that combines interactive activities with traditional teaching tools.

AbleNet Launches 3 Special Ed Curricula

Curriculum developer AbleNet has launched a new service called AbleNet Student Achievement Program, a suite that includes curricula, assistive technologies, and professional development for special education.

Pennsylvania DOE Nabs $6.4MM Grant for Special Ed

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has received a five-year grant totaling about $6.4 million to help fund training and retention efforts for teachers and staff supporting special education.

Eduspark To Deliver ELL Content via Internet

Eduspark this month signed a deal with multimedia delivery provider BroadRamp to provide its content for English language learners (ELL) over the Internet. Eduspark provides dual-language immersive education programs for K-8 and previously delivered its content through instructional DVDs. With the new deal, most of the company's content will also come through the Internet.

SRI Tackles Special Ed for WWC

Research firm SRI International said it's working on a project to "synthesize research and provide practice guidelines to inform and improve special education reform efforts for the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)...." WWC is a project overseen by the United States Department of Education. RI is a subcontractor on the project, working with Mathematica Policy Research, which is presently operating under a $50.3 million contract with DOE to expand WWC.

ESL Social Network/Portal Debuts

English as a second language (ESL) startup (Hollywood, CA) has unveiled a new ESL Web portal of the same name, which provides teachers and students with online and downloadable tools, materials, activity templates, lesson plans, and audio and video files.

SLC Launches Reading Progress Indicator

Scientific Learning Corp. (SLC) has debuted Reading Progress Indicator for the company's Fast ForWord line of reading intervention tools. Reading Progress Indicator is designed to measure students' reading progress when using Fast ForWord. It was developed by assessment provider Bookette Software Co.

Missouri To Launch Virtual Schools

Connections Academy, a virtual education company, recently announced that it has been selected by Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide Missouri's Virtual Instruction Program's (MoVIP) first K-5 virtual school, expected to open in 2007. The secondary education (grades 6-12) virtual school will be provided by Northwest Missouri State University. Both virtual campuses are intended to provide tuition-free education for more than 4,000 students in the state.

Schools Help Struggling Readers with Soliloquy

Over the last month, two schools and one district have reported improvements in student achievement in reading resulting from a reading program based around speech recognition technology, Soliloquy Reading Assistant from Soliloquy Learning.

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