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Advocating for Independence Days

Shelley Hendrix Reynolds | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Shelley Hendrix Reynolds

You don't have to be a grown-up to advocate. You have to care about something and, most importantly, you have to act on it. So teach your children well. Get them involved in whatever issue is central to your life.

Abuse Against Disabled Children -- Courts Allow It

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

Some people support corporal punishment in schools. These people think physical discipline is the only discipline that works on some children. However, virtually everyone can agree physical discipline should not be used against disabled children.

Data Is Key to Improving Outcomes for Students With Special Needs

Michele Jolin | Posted 07.11.2014 | Education
Michele Jolin

For far too long, we as a nation have set unnecessarily low education expectations for students with special needs, limiting their choices and opportunities for success.

What Arne Should Have Said

Peter Greene | Posted 06.26.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The answer that Arne came up with is stupid, but the question it addresses -- are all students with disabilities getting the educational service they deserve? -- is not a stupid question at all.

June Is Aphasia Awareness Month: Learn About Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Laurie Levy | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Laurie Levy

You may have heard of aphasia if you know someone who has had a stroke or brain injury. In public schools, how can we right the wrongs for children who can't even tell us they are happening?

U.S. DOE Believes Expectations and Testing Cure Disabilities

Peter Greene | Posted 06.25.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

This is just so stunningly, awesomely dumb, it's hard to take in. Are they that enamored of the magical power of tests? Do they imagine that disabled students are just all faking, or that the specialists who diagnose these various problems are just making stuff up for giggles?

Joy Resmovits

These States Are Failing To Follow Disability Law, U.S. Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday focuses his quest to improve classroom performance on the 6.5 million students with disabilities, incl...

The Global Search for Education: Teacher I Need You

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.22.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Special Ed teacher Matthew Cunningham awarded the inaugural GEMS Education Chicago Teacher Award "But what does it all mean to YOU?" My teacher...

Included, Everyone

Rachel Adams | Posted 06.18.2014 | Education
Rachel Adams

My son Henry, who has Down syndrome, goes to a school dedicated to inclusion, where students of many levels of ability learn together, and learning how to get along is considered an essential part of their education.

A Glimpse of Common Core in the Special Education Classroom

Teach Plus | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Lindsey Siemens "They can't do that...they can hardly read!" I had just told a colleague about a string of lessons I was preparing to teach, du...

Working Together to Support Students With Learning Differences

Rachel Brody | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Rachel Brody

As managing director of Teach For America's Special Education and Ability Initiative, I was disappointed to see the critical work of our special educa...

An Open Letter to Teach for America

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

I am no fan of the TFA program. I do not believe that five or six weeks of training -- in a controlled environment, to boot -- is in any way sufficient to prepare you for the classroom.

Joy Resmovits

Louisiana Special Education Bill Would Segregate Students With Disabilities

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

Should schools expect students with a disability to know the same things as other kids their age to advance and graduate? This decades-old question...

Advice to Teachers From an Exhausted Helicopter Mom

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 07.13.2014 | Education
Lisa Abeyta

Reprinted with permission from Stephan Pastis I have come to hate Mondays. I don't mean dislike, or any other vanilla word that is polite. I mean ha...

Joy Resmovits

How Both Parties Are Failing Students With Disabilities

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

Educational funding for students with disabilities became the subject of yet another heated partisan argument with no resolution at a budget hearing T...

When Your Child Is Exceptional (Twice)

Lori Sokol | Posted 06.22.2014 | Education
Lori Sokol

It's due to parents like Dr. Busi that the awareness and validation for Asperger's Disorder have been raised to a higher level than through any other medium. Additionally, their work is empowering other parents to continue to create what currently doesn't exist.

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

Todd Grindal | Posted 06.16.2014 | 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 06.10.2014 | 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 05.31.2014 | 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 05.28.2014 | 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 05.17.2014 | 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 05.11.2014 | 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 04.21.2014 | 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 04.21.2014 | 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.