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Banning Suspensions for Disruptive Behaviors Will Make Us Better Teachers

By Beth Baker, M.S.Ed., and Char Ryan, Ph.D., coauthors of The PBIS Team Handbook: Setting Expectations and Building Positive Behavior Across the United States, 16 states and the District of Columbia have laws prohibiting or expressly limiting the suspension of … Continue reading

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Is It Underachievement or Underlearning?

By Diane Heacox, Ed.D., coauthor of Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics (Revised & Updated Edition) Underachievement amongst gifted learners has long been a concern for educators. Underachievement is defined as a severe and persistent discrepancy between potential … Continue reading

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8 Ways to Make Recess More Fun for Students with Autism

By Benjamin Farrey-Latz, author of I Can Learn Social Skills! Poems About Getting Along, Being a Good Friend, and Growing Up If you were to poll students in elementary school classrooms with the question, What is your favorite part of … Continue reading

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5 Ways School Administrators Can Support Cluster Grouping

By Dina Brulles, Ph.D., coauthor of The Cluster Grouping Handbook: A Schoolwide Model: How to Challenge Gifted Students and Improve Achievement for All (Revised and Updated Edition) The second in a four-part series on successful cluster grouping. Click here for … Continue reading

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Guided Group Discussion to Help Gifted Teens Develop Healthy Relationships

By Jean Sunde Peterson, Ph.D., author of Get Gifted Students Talking: 76 Ready-to-Use Group Discussions About Identity, Stress, Relationships, and More (Grades 6–12) “Being known” offered protection for many participants in a national study of bullying of and by gifted … Continue reading

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