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Sexuality and Dating: Free Education Program for ASD Adolescents

by Caitlin Orbanek

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University at Albany is offering a free educational program for adolescents ages 12-16 focused on sexuality and making healthy choices. This program will be presented by educators with the Center for Autism and is open to any adolescent with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. Sessions begin on April 24 and attendees are asked to commit to six sessions in order to receive the full depth of information. Adolescent attendees are required to be accompanied by a caregiver, creating a safe...

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Urban High School Principal’s Group

by Caitlin Orbanek

The Urban High School Principal’s Group is just what it sounds like – high school principals from metro areas in and around central New York. What the name does not communicate, however, is the focus and dedication of these professionals in their goals to raise student achievement and graduation rates across the board. Urban high schools face unique problems, especially when it comes to graduation rates. Charged with students from a range of socio-economic levels, abilities, backgrounds, and goals, urban high schools juggle a huge number of factors that will...

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Clinically Rich Teacher Prep Graduates at UAlbany

by Caitlin Orbanek

The 2013-2014 cohort of students in the University of Albany’s Graduate Level Clinically Rich Teacher Preparation Pilot Program (GLCRTPP) are preparing to graduate after participating in a unique local partnership which places high achieving graduate students in special education classrooms in Amsterdam High School. Participants in the program, referred to as Resident Fellows, focus on supporting and differentiating instruction for students, focusing on students in special education programs. The year-long internship prepares future teachers for the special needs and requirements of special education students as well as giving them classroom...

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Recent Events and Future Innovations

by Caitlin Orbanek

As part of CASDA’s new Distance Learning initiative, the staff here has gotten to play with some fun new toys. Specifically, our top of the line video camera has allowed us to film and subsequently make public the keynote addresses of recent conferences and workshops, reaching a much wider audience than was possible before. Much of CASDA’s work has traditionally been focused on physical events for professionals who had the time and budgets to attend conferences and workshops, meet with their peers regularly and network with a handshake rather than...

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Missed and Future Opportunities for Common Core

by Caitlin Orbanek

By James Butterworth, Ph.D The State Education Department (SED) and the Board of Regents have now been forced to acknowledge what the field has known for a long time – that the statewide implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is deeply flawed.  This system failure has hurt everyone and seriously injured the state’s credibility and capacity to lead just at the time when societal forces are converging which require fundamental change in our educational system. The current predicament wasn’t inevitable.  In recent decades, SED successfully managed statewide implementation...

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