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September 24, 2014

The Goldilocks' Principle: Meeting the Needs of Special Education Students

Do special education students suffer from our lower expectations or from a state's expectations that may be too high? Only Goldilocks' knows.

August 07, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Fired for Being Gay

The bias that raged in the 20th century proved to serve no purpose other than to cause damage. As we have moved away from the exaggerated bias, fear mongering, and exclusion of those considered different from the majority, inclusion offers some healing.

July 22, 2014

Special Educators Connect at Annual Project Directors' Conference

The three-day event, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, focuses on everything from early education for students with disabilities to transition planning.

May 14, 2014

60 Years After Brown, A Way for Schools to Fulfill Its Promise

Sixty years after the U.S. Supreme Court declared that education was "a right which must be made available to all on equal terms," American schools remain largely separate and unequal. Sam Chaltain has an idea about how we can change that.

April 20, 2014

Seasons, Holidays, and Children

As our society has become more diverse, in color, country of origin, and religion, we should consider the messages that our students are receiving even outside of our schools.As we develop school environments that accept and protect all children from bullying, marginalization, exclusion, or simply being ignored, should we be watching how their larger world is behaving?

March 09, 2014

What Can We Learn About Safe Schools From Arizona?

We are busy with the challenges of the day but there may be no more important challenge than to be ever vigilant that we are not denied the right to create safe and inclusive environments for our students.

February 24, 2014

N.J. Enters Agreement on Inclusion for Students With Disabilities

The federal court settlement was prompted by a long-running lawsuit filed by four disability advocacy groups.

January 03, 2014

FBI Probe Finds No Misuse of Title I Funds in Providence, R.I. District

The FBI was one of several federal agencies involved in an investigation into a vocational program that was found to be improperly isolating students with intellectual disabilities.

November 12, 2013

Hate Must Not Find a Home in Our Schools

Hate toward any group has to become intolerable in this nation. One act of hate must be extinguished, not by a detention or suspension, but by an extraordinary act of bravery and a changing of mind and behavior.

October 29, 2013

'Tolerance'...What Does That Mean?

We must keep abreast of a rapidly evolving language and be sure the people with whom we are communicating have arrived at the same understanding.

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