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December 09, 2009

Proposed Federal Law Would Regulate the Use of Restraint and Seclusion

Bills introduced in the House and Senate follow a government report last spring finding misue of the practices.

September 24, 2009

Special Educators' Group Sets Standards for Restraint and Seclusion

The policy states that such measures should only be used as a last resort, when someone is in danger.

July 23, 2009

PBS Show to Highlight British School for Children With Severe Disorders

Can advocates concerned about restraint and seclusion of students in the U.S. learn from this extraordinary school?

June 15, 2009

Teacher Reinstated Who Had Young Student with Autism Voted Out of Classroom

About a year ago, I wrote about a Florida teacher who had been removed from the classroom after she led her kindergarten students to vote one of their classmates, who has autism, out of the room for disruptive behavior. The Sun-Sentinel newspaper is reporting that Wendy Portillo, the teacher in St....

June 04, 2009

New Articles on Gifted Education, Special Education

Two new pieces profile the 2009 Teacher of the Year, and explore a program for gifted girls in western Virginia.

May 27, 2009

Crafting Better Behavioral Plans

While I was away, the Government Accountability Office released its report (pdf) on restraints and seclusion used on students. What was noteworthy to me was what how much the government does not know: There are no federal policies on the use of such techniques, and there is not one entity that colle...

February 03, 2009

Check Out This Behavior Chat

Today's online chat with Ross Greene (author of The Explosive Child and Lost At School) and assistant principal Ray Grogan was one of the most popular ones I've moderated. Greene was promoting collaborative problem solving, a model that he says reduces conflicts and behavior problems in schools. Enj...

January 12, 2009

A Teacher's View on Seclusion

I wrote a blog post in December that referred to a CNN.com report on seclusion in schools. A poster called "NYS Teacher" posted a comment yesterday that I thought was worth bringing to the top: You know...this really makes me mad! We have had 'chill rooms' as you call them, for years. In some cases...

December 23, 2008

Behavior Challenges Faced At Vermont School

The Burlington Free Press ran an article today about a public school program for children with behavioral and emotional disabilities. Coming on the heels of last week's CNN.com piece about the overuse of "time-out" rooms, this is a welcome shift: So two years ago she established a program that offe...

December 05, 2008

Q&A with Educator Brad Cohen

Courtesy Brad Cohen It wouldn't have surprised anyone if Brad Cohen never considered coming near a school, after his experiences as a child growing up with Tourette's Syndrome. In one notable story, Brad says that a teacher made him get up in front of his class and apologize to his classmates for m...

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