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Don't Believe the Hype: Students With Disabilities Should Benefit From the Common Core

Todd Grindal | Posted 04.17.2014 | Impact
Todd Grindal

The introduction of the Common Core educational standards has elicited substantial handwringing.

Special Ed and Heroin: Letter to a First-Year Vermont Teacher

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 04.11.2014 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

This is an email I wrote to a Special Education teacher colleague in her first year. The text is more or less just as I sent it to her last week. Name...

Mainstream Technology Gives Lift to Assistive Learning

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The concept of assistive technology to help special education students achieve more in K-12 classrooms is nothing new, but the portability of many of ...

Teach For America Launches Special Education and Ability Initiative

Matt Kramer | Posted 03.28.2014 | Impact
Matt Kramer

My ADHD hasn't held me back from a fulfilling personal and professional life. Students who learn differently from the way most schools teach today often aren't so lucky, and the moral and economic costs to our country are staggering. It doesn't have to be that way.

The Role of Assessments in Special Education

Teach Plus | Posted 03.17.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

In February 2014, Teach Plus published a report "The Student and the Stopwatch: How Much Time is Spent on Testing in American Schools." One of the re...

Joy Resmovits

1 In 4 Black Students With Disabilities Suspended From School

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.13.2014 | Black Voices

A so-called school-to-prison pipeline flows from school discipline that lands disproportionately on students with disabilities and students of color, ...

Ask Marcy and Jackie: Should I Put My Daughter in a Special Ed Class?

Marcy Winograd | Posted 03.11.2014 | Education
Marcy Winograd

We suggest you and your daughter visit the special day classes on your high school campus to see what you think. Do the students have access to the common core curriculum or are they doing drill-and-kill worksheets every day? Find out.

Gov. Rick Snyder Is Working to Destroy Public Schools

Dale Hansen | Posted 02.19.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

Regardless of all of these potential problem areas, Rick Snyder and Michigan Republicans know that every school they deem failing will simply be converted to a charter school, which pulls more students out of traditional public schools.

It Actually Does Take a Village in Special Needs

Dan Levitz | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Dan Levitz

To be at a birthday party for a really amazing little boy that my daughter is just crazy about and not to have to explain to anyone why she's holding her hands over her ears while she bops to the music is just heaven.

The Child, Not the File

Preston Smith | Posted 04.14.2014 | Education
Preston Smith

As educators, we should have the courage to revisit our approaches to serving all kids, including students with special needs, and be willing to boldly innovate so that we can offer students the support they need to succeed while being challenged.

Joy Resmovits

New York Students With Disabilities May Soon Take Easier Tests Than Their Peers

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

A proposal to test some severely disabled students on lower educational standards advanced in New York on Tuesday, paving the way for a potential coll...

Howard's Daily: The Bureaucratic Canary Is a Person

Philip K. Howard | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Philip K. Howard

America's special ed system is not just unwise, or inefficient, or absurdist. It is immoral. It is immoral not in its broad goals, but in its implementation.

8 Questions Every Parent Should Ask Their Autism Service Provider

Sara Gershfeld | Posted 03.24.2014 | Education
Sara Gershfeld

These are just a few suggestions about what information parents should gather to evaluate their providers before making a decision. If possible, be sure to visit and evaluate several places before you make a final decision on which provider will work with your child.

Joy Resmovits

New York Wants To Give Special Education Kids Easier Tests Like 'The Old South,' Advocate Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Should students with disabilities be held to the same academic standards and tests as other kids their age? That decades-old question is being revi...

Still a Terrifying Way to Discipline Children: One Year Later

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 02.22.2014 | Education
Bill Lichtenstein

One year ago, I wrote an article for the New York Times exposing the use of physical restraints and isolation rooms with students in schools across th...

What Nonverbal Kids Can Gain From Technology

Rachel Cortese, MS Ed, MS CCC-SLP | Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents
Rachel Cortese, MS Ed, MS CCC-SLP

Technology is truly a beautiful thing. It gives voice, words and expression to an inner world that may otherwise lay dormant without the tools to access and express it.

The Promising Future of Virtual spEd

Allison Hertog | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
Allison Hertog

More and more, parents whose kids don't fit the cookie cutter mold of their neighborhood school are increasingly interested in the option of high-quality education online -- even if it means missing teacher-led instruction.

Joy Resmovits

3 Ways Districts Can Pay For Special Education Students: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

With the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act floating in legislative limbo, a conservative think tank is providing states and school districts...

Joy Resmovits

'We're Losing Our Little Boy': One Family's Fight For Their Son's Education

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

WASHINGTON -- Greg Masucci just wants to hear his little boy say his own name. That's what he tells developmental specialists as he sits in an offi...

Brain Science Gives Us Evidence That Effort -- Not IQ Or ZIP Code -- Paves The Path To Success

Eric Cooper | Posted 11.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Eric Cooper

As it turns out, we are not "set in stone" at birth -- not by genetics, not by the luck-of-the-draw of our ZIP code.

Music, Creativity, And Unlocking Our Full Potential

Andrew Littlefield | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Andrew Littlefield

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgSadly, for many of these students and adults, our automatic tendency is to view them by their limitations. As a music therapist, I have the privilege to bring music and creative activities to individuals who don't typically get to experience them.

Assistive Technology: A Necessity for Student Success

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | Technology
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

At its core, the American educational system is about democratization of knowledge for all students, regardless of their circumstances. In 2011, 22 pe...

Caveat Emptor--Charter School Poster Kids and Private/Public Education

Michele Somerville | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Michele Somerville

If charter schools really do so well with educating children with special needs, does it not make sense for many more children with autism and other developmental disabilities to attend these schools? Why aren't the charter schools clamoring for more?

How Our Legal Advocacy Helps a Child, a Family, and the Community

Judith Sandalow | Posted 11.26.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Children's Law Center measures success by looking at the improvements in the lives of each individual child we meet. When we help a child, we see the child's family get stronger as well.

If You Only Knew Me

Kyra Phillips | Posted 11.26.2013 | Parents
Kyra Phillips

Meeting "Jimmy" more than 20 years ago changed my life. Not only did I become a spokesperson for Special Olympics, I became an advocate for every human being with Down Syndrome.