Special Education

Posted May 24, 2018

When I Realized No One Cared About My Students With Special Needs, I Chose to Raise My Voice

As a first-year teacher of students with disabilities in a large urban district, I faced huge inequities that even other teachers and principals overlooked. I…

By Barbara Mullen

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Posted May 17, 2018

Students With Autism Are ‘Different, Not Less,’ and Other Lessons From Temple Grandin

Steven was my oversized and freckled first-grade classmate. That basement classroom was bulging with students, with rows of tiny desks brimming with books and a…

By Maryann Woods-Murphy

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Posted May 7, 2018

Thank You to All the Teachers Who Know That We Can’t Have Equity Without Love

I come from nothing. I was reminded of this at a tense board meeting in which a member from the community, upset with my opinion…

By Abdul Wright

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Posted Apr. 9, 2018

I Fought Like Hell to Find the Right School for My Blind Daughter and Now I Want to Help Others Do the Same

“Twalet, mama.” This was my daughter’s way of telling me she needed to use the potty. She was 4 1/2 years old, couldn’t speak English,…

By Karin Norington-Reaves

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Posted Apr. 5, 2018

I’m in Bangladesh Right Now to Help Students With Special Needs and I Won’t Come Back the Same Teacher I Was Before

I’ve been offered one of those life-changing opportunities where I know that the person who I was when I left won’t be the same person…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Mar. 16, 2018

When Advocating for Students With Disabilities, It’s OK to Be Wrong Sometimes But It’s Not OK to Be Quiet

I remember the first time I spoke up at a national conference in front of my colleagues. We were at a national meeting of a…

By Barbara Mullen

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Posted Mar. 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking Showed Us That Every Student Has Hidden Talents, Even Those With Profound Disabilities

Last night, I heard the news of Stephen Hawking’s passing. He and I had been corresponding these past few weeks and I knew he had…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Mar. 7, 2018

This New Report Is Fighting Charter School and Special Education Myths With Facts

To hear tell from charter opponents, students with disabilities and charters don’t mix. Their story about charters and special-needs students is simple: Charter schools don’t…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 16, 2018

This Story About Justin Bieber and Mac and Cheese Is Why I Love Teaching

I want to tell you a little story about macaroni and cheese and the battle of Lawrence Welk versus Justin Bieber. I could not write…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Jan. 10, 2018

10 Ways to Give Your Child With Special Needs a Head Start

Since having a child diagnosed with special needs, I’ve learned so much about navigating the special-education process. First thing: the special education system is a hot mess—even for…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted June 21, 2018

After 14 Years of Teaching, I’m Packing Up Room 103 for the Last Time

It’s June. The classroom walls are bare. The grit outlined empty spaces left behind by charts, posters, reading lists and student work jut out starkly…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted June 21, 2018

How New Mexico Is Becoming a Quiet Leader in the Education Reform Movement

While much of the education reform world was convening in Austin for the annual charter schools conference this week, I snuck off to Albuquerque for…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 20, 2018

A Thank You to The Parents, Students and Teachers Who Dare to Demand Better From Our Public Schools

As we come to the end of another school year, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the teachers and parents who have dared to…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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