special education


Definition of special education

: classes or instruction designed for students with special educational needs

Examples of special education in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An employee in the district's special education department, Nawai Kalai, died last week after testing positive for COVID-19. Lily Altavena, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona health director, superintendent to address COVID-19 as more schools debate closure," 9 Nov. 2020 During the new lockdown, kindergartens, primary schools and all grades in special education schools will stay open. Fox News, "Coronavirus lockdown in Greece requires people to text authorities before leaving home," 8 Nov. 2020 The guidelines say that when the county’s risk level is designated as red schools should consider virtual-only classes, with an exception for students needing special education. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Some Cuyahoga County schools rethinking in-person learning in light of elevated coronavirus risk," 15 Oct. 2020 Kelsey is a teacher’s aide working on a bachelor of science education degree and plans to teach special education. Washington Post, "Date Lab: Their vibe was ‘neither serious nor humorous’," 1 Oct. 2020 The nation's largest school district, which teaches over 1.1 million students, opened for in-person classes Monday for students in 3K, pre-K and District 75 schools, which teach special education. Eric Levenson, CNN, "New York City schools' remote opening is off to a bumpy, stressful start," 24 Sep. 2020 While more than 7 million public school students in the U.S. receive special education like Hudson, only 20% of those students received the support they were entitled to during the pandemic. CBS News, "Nonprofit aims to help special needs students disrupted by COVID-19 "earthquake"," 22 Sep. 2020 Students receiving special education often respond best to visual signals like facial expressions and body language, so having transparent face shields makes learning much easier for some, Hill said. Andres Picon, ExpressNews.com, "‘It’s sunshine’ at San Antonio’s Edgewood ISD as adults with disabilities return to school," 21 Sep. 2020 His family moved back to Israel in 2018 because one of his daughters needed special education. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "How a Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage created a year-round community in Uman, Ukraine," 9 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of special education

1921, in the meaning defined above

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“Special education.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/special%20education. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of special education

: classes for children who have special needs because of physical or learning problems

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Kids Definition of special education

: classes or instruction designed for students with special educational needs

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