Special Education

Posted Dec. 11, 2018

Here’s What Happens When You Incorporate Equity Into Every Part of a School

In 2015, I co-founded Kingsman Academy Public Charter School. We welcome all high school students and center those who are overage and under-credited, who have…

By Shannon Hodge

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Posted Nov. 5, 2018

‘Twas the Night Before the IEP Meeting

November is IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meeting time for most parents. This is dedicated to all of the parents preparing for their yearly IEP meetings.…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Sep. 12, 2018

Students Don’t Learn From Suspensions But Restorative Justice Offers Opportunity

For the last few years, Chicago Public Schools has been working hard to change its discipline policies and practices to reduce suspensions and expulsions. Instead,…

By Charles Beavers

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Posted Sep. 10, 2018

A Back-to-School Love Letter to Parents of Kids With Special Needs and Disabilities

Dear Fellow Parent Warriors, While every parent has strong feelings as a new school year approaches—excitement, nerves, even a little worry—our special tribe of parents…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted July 3, 2018

If You’re Black and Celebrating ‘Independence Day’ on the Fourth of July, I’m Looking at You Sideways

Outrage: Not Our Independence Day What does July 4 mean to me? A day off work and hopefully a powerful plate of barbecue. But, it’s…

By Tanesha Peeples

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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 Dec. 14, 2018

Excellence Is Not a ‘White Thing’

“Mom, the kids at school said I act White,” my daughter told me one afternoon a few weeks ago. I asked her why. “Because I…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Dec. 12, 2018

America Has Always Used Schools as a Weapon Against Native Americans

When Michelle Obama and her husband visited students of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in North Dakota in the summer of 2014, she met students…

By Katrina Boone

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Posted Dec. 10, 2018

I Thought Watching Another Teacher Get Right What I Got Wrong Would Hurt. Instead, It Inspired.

A couple weeks ago, I had one of those days. After writing a whole post about how nice my room is, a post that included…

By Tom Rademacher

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