Our journal was revived in May under new leadership at Johns Hopkins University School of Education. We are pleased to share our newest issues with you. The articles have been assembled by our Editors to not only help educators with their work, but to also engage our thinking about constructive and creative activities across and within disciplines. Our journal is the first step in working towards our vision of connecting educators, researchers, and all who are interested in learning in a virtual roundtable.
We are pleased to include New Horizons for Learning’s first special education special edition! Our aims for the special education journal are to highlight important topics related to exceptional populations, demonstrate how research is applied in the field to improve outcomes for people with disabilities, and promote local and national collaboration among researchers and practitioners. This special edition addresses a range of issues related to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The articles include resources and best practices for teaching students with autism, how to prepare teachers to meet the needs of students with autism, and promote national awareness regarding the treatment of people with autism. Our contributing authors span from Ecuador to our very own Johns Hopkins University here in Maryland. We also feature an early career practitioner who writes about how she applies research in her classroom to meet the needs of her students with ASD.
View this issue to learn how to engage students by incorporating humorous videos, pre-blogging, and digital games into your instruction. Beyond exploring the benefits of technology integration, join librarian Sarah Baker in the debate over how to best teach students about the appropriate uses of Wikipedia (if any). Open your pedagogy to alternate curricula and assessments through articles on The Numeric Language of Music, which removes many of the conventional terms and symbols used in music education providing the student with a clearer understanding of musical arrangements, and the ways alternate assessments allow students to demonstrate their knowledge while providing teachers with information about students’ strengths and weaknesses. Next, investigate the results of experiments to improve teacher training through modelling collaboration as well as providing mentoring, opportunities for Service Learning, and working to increase self-efficacy. Finally, focus on trends of the future and how such trends impact basic assumptions of community to realize your potential as a Transformational Leader.
What do cell phones, weak signals, hyperactivity, imagination, smiling, bootcamp, pilots, models, executive dysfunction, National Board Certified teachers, one of the finalists for 2011 National Superintendent of the Year, and contributions from the world's leaders have in common? They are all contained in this issue of our quarterly journal! Begin by exploring the history of learning as Dr. Tokuhama-Espinosa gives us a sneak peak inside her new book Mind, Brain, and Education Science: A comprehensive guide to the new brain-based teaching. Next go beyond decoding accuracy to see how processing speed and working memory deficits associated with ADHD impact reading fluency and comprehension and look at an evaluation of a strategy to help students with ADHD improve their listening. Get an inside perspective on an experiential pedagogy designed to increase students' awareness of their worldviews and see the inspired philosophy behind one superintendent who is achieving lasting results in her district. Check out the return on investments in National Board Certification and delve into a unique partnership to create a future forward college. Finally discover the potential of m-learning, positive psychology, and transforming urban school counselor preparation.
Our second issue continues to explore the applications of neuroscience in education with follow-up articles from Dr. Judy Willis and Brian A. Jones, two of the more popular authors from our Spring 2010 journal, as well as exciting possibilities for assessing creativity in the classroom and an inside look into how a high school learning department applies brain research. The Director of Public Programming at the Baltimore Museum of Art shares interdisciplinary museum education examples, while the founder of The Childrens' Museum weaves together the works of Maria Montessori, Loris Malaguzzi and Reuven Feurstein to form a vision for early education. Possibilities for Improving teacher education and professional development are examined through the lens of lecturers’ conceptions and epistemological beliefs of teaching. The effects of home literacy practices for students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and the use of protocols in surfacing issues of culture in a multicultural children’s literature methods course are investigated in two qualitative case studies. Finally, data-driven decision making connects the last two articles which discuss e-portfolio systems for program evaluation and identifying usage patterns in district level special education services to predict need.
In this issue you will find descriptions of exemplary programs that focus on creativity in education, a model for brain-based learning, cultural exchanges, Universal Design for Learning, and cutting edge information from the Neurosciences in the U.S. and other countries. .
We are working towards adding a peer-reviewed strand to our publications. In the meantime, we welcome your submissions and invite you to join our contact list to receive updates regarding future journal issues and site features as they are added. Also feel free to explore our authors' work more in depth by reading their works available through our New Horizons for Learning Store. We hope you find these articles useful and would love to hear how you are putting the ideas into practice or if you want to add your perspective to the conversation. Please share your experiences with us at NewHorizons_soe@jhu.edu. Thank you!
Featured Item: Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher
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