Tag Archives: Special education

States face challenges to improve writing standards

Far too many U.S. students have inadequate writing skills, and the current efforts to improve instruction nationwide may be more challenging than anticipated, research from Michigan State University shows. According to an initial sample of seven states, the current standards for teaching writing across the U.S. vary widely in comparison to a new set of… Read More »

Special education student wins Outstanding Senior Award

Anna Yanke, a special education student in College of Education, was one of 24 to receive an Outstanding Senior Award for the graduating Class of 2012. The award is given each year on behalf of the Senior Class Council division of ASMSU, the undergraduate student government at Michigan State University. Among other criteria, the awards are… Read More »

School for the deaf creates program for immigrant teens

Expressing oneself as a deaf person is a challenge in itself, but when not given any special accommodations in public school, understanding teachers’ lessons can be practically impossible. That’s the unfortunate reality for many immigrant children in America, and why The Boston Globe chose to cover a story about a program at Horace Mann School for… Read More »

Kinesiology alumnus running 74th marathon

At age 64, with 73 marathons under his belt, there’s no stopping Steve Coffman. Aside from full-time teaching, he is training for his 35th consecutive Boston Marathon in April 2012. Coffman says his love for running started when he was stationed with the Marines in Hawaii. Officially peaking his interest, he ran in the state’s… Read More »

Thanks for giving: Former MSU football captain Shinsky opens Mexican orphanage

When it comes to giving back to the community, Spartans are leaders — and the heartwarming story of John Shinsky and his orphanage in Mexico is no exception. Growing up for Shinsky was far from typical. When he was only seven years old, his father suffered a fatal heart attack, and shortly after that, his mother placed him in an orphanage for a chance… Read More »

Detroit Public Schools reform special ed programs, maintain funding

For the past two years, the state has pressured Detroit Public Schools to reform its special education evaluation system, which had an exceptionally low rating. After facing threats of losing $5 million in federal funding for noncompliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, DPS has now implemented successful changes to its special education program. The new program will ensure that the district’s 12,000… Read More »