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April 10, 2018

The Challenge of Leading in a Profession Where Labels Matter

The difficulty lies in mediating the arbitrary, but important landmark standards, and the variability of children's readiness to meet them without the adults using labels to separate.

February 20, 2018

A Serious Misunderstanding About Special Education and Discipline Problems

We cannot allow this mixing of fact and fallacy about special education and discipline challenges to hang in the air without speaking out. We must be both ethical and active.

February 13, 2018

Do Students Understand What Teachers Are Asking of Them?

Guest blogger Jacob Lewis says, "I think sometimes the manner of communication creates a disconnect between teachers and students. There's no way language can communicate what it's like to think with my brain or to view an idea or concept exactly the way I do."

November 30, 2017

Labeling Students With Disabilities Has a Downside

We do not want to teach children to be or to be seen as a label. How we conduct each day, how we construct each day and our mindset about limits and limitations has to be questioned in order to decide what is productive and what has to change.

November 21, 2017

Advocacy Doesn't Have to Begin With a Scarlet 'A'

Once parents feel empowered to share their thoughts in a productive way and an IEP team knows that the parent wants to understand the process better to be an equal participant in the team, the job of the advocate is done.

September 28, 2017

To Teachers Who Worry That My Brother Is in Their Class

People assume kids with disabilities are all the same. They often see us as intentionally disruptive, rude and a hindrance to other kids' learning. This is not true.

July 11, 2017

I'm The 'I' in IEP, But I Need My Teachers, Too

Guest blogger Jacob Lewis writes, "If teachers knew what kids like me need from them, more students would benefit from it than they might think."

June 20, 2017

Working With Parents to Make 'Outside-the-Box' Learners Successful

Guest blogger Amanda Morin says, "When administrators encourage collaboration and give all teachers access to professional development in meeting the needs of all the learners in their classrooms, everybody is set up for success."

April 02, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Defends Vulnerable Students

This Supreme Court's overturn of a Gorsuch decision reminds us that adults set limits and settle for the minimum. We can remain in the current practice or create new expectations by opening our own minds. Students deserve much better.

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