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How Do I Become a Reading Specialist in Texas?

Many young students dread stumbling across an unknown word while reading aloud to the class. Looking for context in pictures or surrounding sentences, students in this situation tend to guess and hope that they’ve landed on the correct pronunciation. The key to word recognition, however, lies not in contextual guessing but in decoding. By identifying…

Mainstreaming Special Education Students

The terms mainstreaming (integration) and inclusion are often used interchangeably. The careful implementation of these contrasting teaching approaches, however, can have a profound impact on the academic outcomes of students with disabilities. Knowing the difference between inclusion and mainstreaming can help you better reach students with and without disabilities, so we encourage you to join…

The Impact of Gender on the Role of Superintendent

Superintendents oversee virtually every aspect of a school district, from ensuring that its curriculum meets approved standards to meeting with parents regarding their child’s education. As leaders, superintendents can enact positive, lasting change that benefits the lives of students, teachers, and administrators. They must be able to set an example, inspire others, encourage teamwork, and…

The Impact of Immigration on Bilingual/ESL Education

Over five million students in American public schools are English language learners (ELL), students who are studying to become fluent English speakers. While Spanish is by far the most commonly spoken language by K-12 students with limited English proficiency, other common languages include Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic, and Hmong. In total, over 400 different languages are spoken by ELLs…

The Importance of Certification in Educator Career Advancement

The United States is in desperate need of qualified teachers—so much so that schools have started hiring teachers from half a world away. School districts are searching for fully certified professionals, preferably those who are certified to teach two subjects, but what’s the purpose of dual certification if schools are going to such extremes to hire…

The Evolution of Literacy Education

When our ancient ancestors began painting horses and mammoths on cave walls, they couldn’t have fathomed that by communicating through symbols, they were helping mankind take its first steps towards literacy. From clay tablets to computer tablets, literacy has come a long way and is now a critical predictor of success in school and life…

Is Progress Being Made Toward Closing the Achievement Gap in Special Education?

For over half a century, our nation has committed to closing achievement gaps by providing all students with equal access to high-quality education. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in 2015, reauthorizing the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The ESSA includes provisions to uphold “critical protections for America’s disadvantaged…

Benefits of Obtaining a Master’s in Special Education

Aspiring special education teachers often pursue a master’s degree in special education to expand their skill sets and make a difference in the lives of students with disabilities. However, this only scratches the surface of what can be done with this prestigious degree. Graduates of The University of Texas Permian Basin’s online Master of Arts…

How Special Educators Can Use Cues to Boost Classroom Productivity

Every teacher has their own tried-and-true methods for managing a classroom. Common strategies include commending a student’s good behavior in front of their classmates or speaking to a disruptive student in private. Spoken praise or a stern warning can go a long way towards communicating with students of any age, but how do you connect…

Prioritizing Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom

Differentiated instruction, also known as differentiated learning, supports diversity in the classroom by providing multiple avenues for learning. Have you ever accounted for students’ strengths and weaknesses when developing lesson plans? Or helped a struggling student grasp a new concept by switching up your teaching method? If so, you may already be familiar with the…

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