Monday, April 20, 2015

End to segragation of special education students

Professor calls for end to segregation of special education students:   The time has finally come to end the separation of special education and general education students, researchers at the University of Kansas argue in a new publication. Not only does research show that all students have higher achievement in fully integrated environments, but support and public policy for schools to make such a switch are coming into place as well.Wayne Sailor, professor of special education and director of the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation Center and Amy McCart, associate research professor in KU’s Life Span Institute and co-director of the SWIFT Center, authored an article in the journal Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities arguing the “stars are coming into alignment” for full inclusion in schools. Such a change would reverse a trend in the United States since Congress passed the Education for All Handicapped Amendments in 1975 to separate students based on perceived disability and re-examine the idea of special education.
“Even though the preponderance of research shows that all students, not just students with disabilities, fare much better educationally when integrated with general education, there still is segregation in the schools,” Sailor said. “The EHA was never intended to create an entirely separate system, yet that’s what happened. Special education became a place instead of educational supports.”
The authors argue that viewing special education as a way to examine the disabilities of an individual student and react to them is an outdated idea. Instead, educators should examine how they teach, the educational environment and shift resources to benefit all students. KU’s Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation Center, or SWIFT, is working with 64 schools in 16 districts in five states to implement their model of fully inclusive education. The center provides support that benefits everyone from state education officials to teachers, administrators, students, parents and community members. (More)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

New & Interesting Resources

The KU Libraries has added 4 new databases to the research collection that may be of interest you. You can access these databases from the Libraries' Homepage at
by selecting Articles and Databases which will take you to the alphabetical listing of databases. Select the first letter of the database name you want to research to connect to that database (i.e. P for Passport).

Passport, from Euromonitor International, is a global market research database providing statistics, analysis, reports, surveys and breaking news on industries, countries and consumers worldwide.  Access to this resource requires an extra step: log in with your KU online ID, and then agree to the terms of use presented by Euromonitor.

Electronic Enlightenment, published by the University of Oxford, it is the most wide-ranging online collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century.

Ambrose Video Online provides streaming video of education, science and history films, as well as the BBC Shakespeare Collection and other award winning educational films.

Proquest History Vault: The NAACP Papers covers the years 1909 through 1972.  This collection contains internal memos, legal briefings and direct action summaries from national, legal and branch offices of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People throughout the country.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Common Core State Standards Initiative

CommonCore State Standards Initiative      The Common Core establishes nationwide benchmarks for reading and math, and has so far been adopted by 43 states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). As the official site of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, there is much to offer here for K-12 educators, parents, and the generally curious. Sections of the site cover topics such as What Parents Should Know and Frequently Asked Questions. The Standards in Your State section is an easy way to explore which states have adopted the standards, complete with links to state and territory department of education websites. Perhaps best of all, PDFs of the English Language Arts/Literacy Standards and the Mathematics Standards are available right on the site.  
The Scout Report

Thursday, April 02, 2015

BIS Quarterly Review

BIS QuarterlyReview

BIS Quarterly Review March 2015 International banking and financial market developments. 
Table of Contents follows:
  • A wave of further easing – Largely unexpected, a wave of monetary policy easing over the past few months has taken centre stage in global financial markets. Amid plunging oil prices and rising foreign exchange tensions, a large number of central banks from both advanced and emerging market economies have provided further stimulus. The ECB announced an expanded asset purchase programme, which was larger and …
  • Highlights of global financing flows – Global international banking activity continued to expand during the third quarter of 2014, after turning upwards in the first. International bank lending in the advanced economies revived as the growth outlook in some of these economies picked up and banking systems continued to recover. Bank lending to emerging market economies remained strong, particularly in Asia.
  • Special features – The costs of deflations: a historical perspective by Claudio Borio, Magdalena Erdem, Andrew Filardo and Boris Hofmann
  • Concerns about deflation – falling prices of goods and services – are rooted in the view that it is very costly. We test the historical link between output growth and deflation in a sample covering 140 years for up to 38 economies. The evidence suggests that this link is weak and…
  • Oil and debt by Dietrich Domanski, Jonathan Kearns, Marco Jacopo Lombardi and Hyun Song Shin – The total debt of the oil and gas sector globally stands at roughly $2.5 trillion, two and a half times what it was at the end of 2006. The recent fall in the oil price represents a significant decline in the value of assets backing this debt, introducing a new …
  • (Why) Is investment weak? by Ryan Banerjee, Jonathan Kearns and Marco Jacopo Lombardi – In spite of very easy financing conditions globally, investment has been rather weak in the aftermath of the Great Recession. What explains this apparent disconnect? The evidence suggests that, historically, uncertainty about the…
  • Financial inclusion – issues for central banks by Aaron Mehrotra and James Yetman. Financial inclusion – access to financial services – is increasing worldwide, often with official support. This special feature discusses the implications for central banks. Greater financial inclusion changes the behaviour of firms and consumers in ways that could …
  • Shifting tides – market liquidity and market-making in fixed income instruments by Ingo Fender and Ulf Lewrick – Drawing from a recent report by the Committee on the Global Financial System, we identify signs of increased fragility and divergence of liquidity conditions across different fixed income markets. Market-making is concentrating in the most liquid securities and …
  • Global liquidity indicators: background and interpretation
  • Equity issuance and share buybacks by Adrian Van Rixtel and Alan Villegas
  • The Great Depression
  • Japan’s growth and deflation: two lost decades?
  • The economics of market-making
  • Inventory levels and asset price sensitivity: catching the falling knife?