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The Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education – 07/12/13

  • July 08, 2013
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This week, Carol Quirk who is the Co-Executive Director for the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education, will return to the podcast. Carol is going to …

2013 Top Ten Signs of Special Ed Advocate Burn Out

  • May 16, 2013
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Subtitle: Why you may need a trip to a COPAA conference to relax. 1. You thought the OSEP’s MOU on NCLB’s AYP came from CDC …

Helpful On-Line Resources for Creating Inclusive Schools

  • May 01, 2013
  • 0
BY

How do we help our children or students who are perpetually losing things, often running late and seem completely disorganized? Do we re… Teachers love …

Some special education teachers fear losing jobs

  • April 30, 2013
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BY Ollibean

ATLANTA (AP) — Some Atlanta special education teachers say they fear they could lose their jobs if they aren’t certified to teach in another subject. …

Law Would Give Parents Final Say About Special Diploma Track

  • April 23, 2013
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BY Ollibean

A proposed law moving quickly through the Legislature would give parents of kids receiving special education services the final say about their child’s placement on a special diploma track.

Insight into Inclusion: The Language we Use

  • April 19, 2013
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How do we help our children or students who are perpetually losing things, often running late and seem completely disorganized? Do we re… Teachers love …

School Says, “No Advanced Classes for Kids with IEPs”

  • March 21, 2013
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BY

My child has a learning disability. Her teachers want her to enroll in advanced classes. She is eligible based on her test scores and school …

Retention is Not a Form of “Specialized Instruction”

  • March 08, 2013
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BY

The school wanted to retain my son who has an IEP for OT, PT and Speech. They insisted he repeat second grade. I disagreed. Now …

What’s the Difference between Reduction in Homework and Shortened Assignments?

  • March 08, 2013
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BY

By Kori Hamilton and Elizabeth Kessler, professional special educator and NICHCY advisor. Being able to provide ample opportunities for success to all students requires a …

A Parent’s Story of Advocacy on The Inclusive Class

  • February 22, 2013
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BY Ollibean

Teachers love a great resource! Especially a resource that is free and at their fingertips – literally. That’s why I put together a list of… …

You Have to See This Inclusion Infographic!

  • February 20, 2013
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BY Ollibean

Teachers love a great resource! Especially a resource that is free and at their fingertips – literally. That’s why I put together a list of… …

Appropriate Education for Your Child – 02/15/2013

  • February 15, 2013
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Unfortunately, our guest Howard Glasser, was unavailable for this morning’s show! However, Terri and I managed to fill the 30 minutes (it’s not hard!) talking …

Wright’s Law: Why Schools Usually Say “No!”

  • February 15, 2013
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My son is going to middle school. Same district, new school, just blocks apart. His 1:1 (same para for 3 years) has been the best …

The Inclusive Class: Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities

  • January 24, 2013
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BY Ollibean

Nicole and Terri are looking forward to interviewing Dr. Sheldon Horowitz about ways classrooms can support children with learning disabilities.

Op-ed: Why Garfield teachers boycotted the MAP test

  • January 17, 2013
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BY

WALKING the same halls once trod by Jimi Hendrix, Quincy Jones, Bruce Lee, Brandon Roy and Macklemore makes teaching at Garfield High School exhilarating. When …

Q&A: IDEA and child care

  • January 04, 2013
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BY

This 4-page brief explains the basics of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to child care providers, including early intervention for children under the …

Calif schools face rising special education costs

  • January 03, 2013
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BY

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s school districts are shouldering an increasing share of the rising cost of educating students with disabilities as state and federal …

Inclusion in the Middle School Years – 01/04/13

  • January 02, 2013
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The Inclusive Class Podcast kicks off a new year with a new live show on Friday, January 4, 2013. Listen as Nicole and Terri interview …

IEP Team Member Apology: A Template for “Not Knowing It All – After All”

  • December 27, 2012
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Have you just committed a real faux pas but find yourself at a loss for words to apologize? Perhaps you are a celebrity who needs …

COPAA Statement on the Newtown Tragedy

  • December 23, 2012
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BY

The members of Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) work in schools every day with teachers and on behalf of the 7.1 million …

What Does Ollibean Mean to You?

  • December 15, 2012
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Crazy but true, simply wearing an Ollibean tshirt makes bedtime routine happy and fun! Send us a message about why you want one, what Ollibean means to you, and we’ll get one to you.

Ollibean Photo Shoot, Behind the Scenes

  • December 11, 2012
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BY Ollibean

A glimpse behind the scene at the Ollibean Spotlight photoshoot. Amazing day with even more amazing folks.

Ollibean: All of a kind

  • December 11, 2012
  • 2
BY Ollibean

The faces of Ollibean are kids with and without disabilities all trying to make the world a better place.

Lessons in inclusion at S.F. schools

  • December 07, 2012
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BY Curated

San Francisco first-grader Anabel Rubin shoved her hands into tube socks and reached for the zip-lock bag filled with a dozen tiddlywinks chips. Her job …

Longview school suspends use of isolation box

  • November 29, 2012
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BY

The Longview School District has suspended the use of an isolation box for special education students while it reviews the policy for isolating students who …

Evaluating the Efficacy of the LRE

  • November 16, 2012
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BY

I attended an IEP meeting recently that really brought home for me the complex nuances of determining what placement, or blend of placement options, represents …

The Negative Effects of Separating Children with Disabilities

  • November 15, 2012
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Inclusion: What does the research say? There is a strong research base to support the education of children with disabilities alongside their non-disabled peers. Although …

Now, It’s Our Turn!

  • November 10, 2012
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Tonight, Terri and I had the tables turned on us! It was our turn to be on the “hot seat” when we were featured guests …

Adding the I to IEP: H is at the table

  • November 09, 2012
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We worked with the wonderful team at H’s Distributed Learning School to update his Individual Education Plan (IEP) and for the first time ever H …

Open Letter from a Doctoral Student Who Needs Some Help with her Study

  • November 08, 2012
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Hi, my name is Christina and I am a doctoral candidate at Grand Canyon University. The title of my dissertation is “Examining the Potential of …

Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities – 11/02/12

  • November 01, 2012
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Having taught at the primary, secondary and college levels, Dr. Horowitz has also worked as a consultant to school districts throughout the New York City …

Listen to The Inclusive Class Roundtable – 10/26

  • October 23, 2012
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Inclusive Education, as defined and described by education experts, is a philosophy. It is not a program, nor does it happen in is… Parents of …

Special ed in distress A few schools get it right, but complaints and lawsuits are mounting against a troubled program serving 7,000 Seattle students.

  • October 21, 2012
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Five years ago, a high-profile report found that Seattle’s public-school district was decades behind the rest of the country in serving students with disabilities. Today, …

Special ed e-mail to be probed by state

  • October 19, 2012
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The California Department of Education will investigate whether the San Francisco Unified School District improperly denied summer school services to students with special needs to …

Why Won’t the School Provide Homebound Instruction?

  • October 18, 2012
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My child’s doctor recommended homebound instruction. The school said they had the authority to override that recommendation. Why won’t the school provide homebound services? Issues …

Apply Now – Special Education Advocacy Training (SEAT) ®

  • October 17, 2012
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COPAA is pleased to annnounce the availability of The Special Education Advocate Training (SEAT), a year-long course that provides participants with training to become a …

Profoundly Gifted Kids: Bored Out of Their Minds

  • October 11, 2012
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Profoundly gifted children get no attention at their level of ability. They are ignored, expected to just be happy getting their easy A’s. These children …

AAPC Publishing Releases Lesson Plan a la Carte: Integrated Planning for Students With Special Needs

  • October 02, 2012
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Integrate learning objectives with therapeutic supports and necessary modifications right in the classroom. Multiple worlds exist within the educational universe. Integrated planning happens when each …

Making math accessible to middle schoolers with special needs

  • September 07, 2012
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This resource is called Accessibility Strategies in Mathematics — Middle School: Online Guides, and comes from the Addressing Accessibility in Mathematics Project. The goal of …

A Sensory Garden for Zoë and Oliver

  • August 28, 2012
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One of Ollibean’s contributors, the lovely and amazing, Julie Lohoefener of Bloom Garden Shop, let’s us in on some great tips on creating a non-toxic Sensory Garden with your kids.

Preparation

  • August 25, 2012
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My older boys start school 3 weeks from today. Before I do my celebratory cartwheels down the block, I have a lot of preparation to …

USC’s Special Ed Infographic

  • August 24, 2012
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Welcome to Making Special Education Actually Work, the official blog of KPS4Parents. We sincerely hope that this blog proves to enlighten and empower all responsible …

Another School year !!

  • August 19, 2012
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Another school year begins August the 16th for us. My son is a young 1st grader , he will be 6 on August 23rd . …

Special needs kids staying in traditional schools

  • August 18, 2012
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LOS ANGELES The high cost of educating students with special needs is disproportionately falling on traditional public schools as other students increasingly opt for alternatives …

Ollibean Talks to Ray Ellis, director of “Certain Proof: A Question of Worth”

  • August 18, 2012
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BY Lauri Swann Hunt

“All of these children have one thing in common. They were always having to prove themselves, over and over and over again.” Ray Ellis

WEBSITE WEDNESDAY: The Accessible Principal

  • August 15, 2012
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I am so thrilled to share the with you, which is a new blog that was launched this summer by one of the best administrators …

Ollibean Mama Spotlight

  • August 15, 2012
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BY Lauri Swann Hunt

Connect and learn with other parents like Tonya who presume competence and celebrate their children for being exactly who they are. #allofakind

NYC to Integrate Special Ed Students into Regular Classrooms

  • August 13, 2012
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New York City’s pilot for special education inclusion has moved the district to apply the program to a majority of the schools in the city. …

What is the Timeline for Developing a Section 504 Plan?

  • August 13, 2012
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My 6 year old daughter had her 3 year reevaluation. She has Childhood Apraxia of Speech and fine motor difficulty. She is doing well academically. …

Change Leader Marianne Russo

  • August 13, 2012
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BY Lauri Swann Hunt

Change Leader Marianne Russo of The Coffee Klatch Special Needs Talk Radio answers our questions. We talk to her about why she started the Coffee Klatch interactive network and she answers our Ollibean Questionairre.

Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction

  • August 10, 2012
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Educators from Mesquite Elementary School, in Tucson, Arizona, have provided these resources for you to use in your own school. Daily collaborative planning time at …

Fraud in Preschool Special Education

  • August 08, 2012
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Over the last several weeks, the Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli of New York has issued audits detailing millions of dollars in fraud by private companies that …

How to Make Inclusive Practices a Reality For Your School

  • August 08, 2012
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The new school year is fast approaching and The Inclusive Class Podcast is set to help you prepare! On Friday, August 10, 2012 we will …

TheraWeb Meets Students’ Individual Learning Needs

  • August 08, 2012
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Special education departments in schools throughout the country – namely in rural communities – experience a struggle between providing immediate on-location support to students, while …

The Best Therapy

  • August 08, 2012
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A school-based speech-language pathologist makes numerous clinical decisions when developing a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Considerations can include the following: What are this student’s …

Snacking: The Little Bite That Won’t Hurt You

  • August 07, 2012
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BY Kristie Salzer

Ollibean contributor Kristie Salzer talks about the benefits of “refueling” between lunch and dinner to decrease hunger related meltdowns for kids. We love her suggestions of 25 super easy snacks to get you started!

Cuomo Vetoes Bill on Placement of Special Education Students

  • August 01, 2012
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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo vetoed a bill on Tuesday requiring public school officials to take into account the “home life and family background” of special …

What’s Ollibean All About and How Do I Get Started?

  • July 29, 2012
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BY Ollibean

Ollibean is a content driven, disability-centric community that unites news and editorial led content with social conversations . How do you get the most out of it? Find out here.

Teaching Reading to Children with Special Needs

  • July 24, 2012
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On Friday July 27, 2012, Nicole and Terri will be interviewing Dr. Kathleen Whitbread about the importance of including children with special needs in reading …

NY School District Ask Cuomo to Veto Special Ed Rules

  • July 23, 2012
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Schools say requirements that students’ socioeconomic background be taken into account when making placement decisions could prove too financially burdensome. The bill, which was passed …

SchoolBook: The Special Education Problems We Aren’t Solving

  • July 23, 2012
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July 23, 2012, 4:28 p.m. I teach in a school where more than 30 percent of the students are classified as special education. We have …

SchoolBook: The Special Education Problems We Aren’t Solving

  • July 23, 2012
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July 23, 2012, 4:28 p.m. I teach in a school where more than 30 percent of the students are classified as special education. We have …

School-Wide PBIS & Teachers Who Bully

  • July 22, 2012
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One reason, I suspect, is that people are so focused on holding bullies accountable that they’re not focusing on the real causes of bullying. But, …

Why we need to relentlessly pursue diversity in schools

  • July 19, 2012
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This was written by Eric J. Cooper, president and founder of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education . He can be reached at www.nuatc.org. …

Important Vote this Wednesday @ 10am! Tell the House of Representatives to Fund Special & Gifted Education Today!

  • July 16, 2012
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Tell your Representative to fund special education, gifted education, personnel preparation, and special education research. These programs are vital to the education of our nation’s …

Letter: Wary of special ed changes

  • July 13, 2012
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Regarding “Special ed bill deserves veto” [Editorial, July 10], special education taxpayer funds should never be given to a religious institution because of “home environment …

Bullying Prevention State Laws

  • July 13, 2012
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This new brief focuses on bullying prevention legislation. To date, 47 states have passed legislation requiring schools to take leadership in addressing the problem. This …

Differentiating Instruction Through Interactive Games (Tech2Learn Series)

  • July 11, 2012
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Mr. Pronovost: Really trying to address giving every student what they need, and giving them that differentiated instruction is where the technology really comes in …

Leaders@ED: Alexa Posny, Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

  • July 11, 2012
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Alexa Posny has had 23 jobs. While she never envisioned a specific career path, every position she held was a stepping stone towards her current …

SchoolBook: Albany Bill Would Consider Home Life in Special Ed Placement

  • July 05, 2012
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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is weighing whether to sign a bill on special education that opponents argue would give families more power to send their …

2013 COPAA Conference Request for Proposals Now Open

  • July 04, 2012
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The 15th Annual COPAA Conference in Albuquerque, NM, March 7-10th is your best opportunity for training and networking with the most experienced and knowledgeable special …

A Letter to Parents of Children with Special Needs

  • July 04, 2012
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I hope you have an enjoyable and relaxing summer with your family! Don’t forget to keep your child reading, practice some math facts or maybe …

Special-Ed Students at Greater Risk of Bullying, Being Bullied: Study

  • July 03, 2012
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TUESDAY, July 3 (HealthDay News) — Students with visible disabilities and those receiving special education services for behavioral problems are at greater risk of being …

ICAA Radio with Anne as its Guest

  • June 29, 2012
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Welcome to , the official blog of KPS4Parents. We sincerely hope that this blog proves to enlighten and empower all responsible adults to ensure that …

CEC Hosts Congressional Briefing on Special Education Research; Calls on Congress to Restore 30% Funding Cut

  • June 27, 2012
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The presenters wove a detailed story, sharing how research has guided improvements in areas such as: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports: Dr. Sugai shared how …

NY auditors cite improper contractor expenses

  • June 26, 2012
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York auditors say three contractors providing special education services for pre-kindergarten children spent public money on expenses like no-show jobs, …

Add Your Link to Our List of Inclusion Resources!

  • June 24, 2012
  • 1
BY

Inclusive Education, as defined and described by education experts, is a philosophy. It is not a program, nor does it happen in is… Parents of …

New Government Report Shows Under-Enrollment of Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools

  • June 20, 2012
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BY

This discrepancy has been cited by previous reports and has been a top concern for CEC. In 2011, CEC updated its policy on charter schools …

Connecting to STEM Diversity on Twitter

  • June 18, 2012
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A hip hop maven blogs on urban ecology, evolutionary biology & diversity in the sciences DNLee is biologist and she studies animal behavior, mammalogy, and …

SchoolBook: City Official on Special Ed Plan: ‘This Is Going Forward’

  • June 15, 2012
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June 14, 2012, 11:24 p.m. Department of Education officials said Thursday they were working to disseminate more information about a citywide special education plan expected …

SchoolBook: City Urged to Slow Down on Special Ed Plans

  • June 12, 2012
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June 12, 2012, 6:21 p.m. A citywide special education plan that aims to put New York City more in step with other school districts around …

New FERPA Regulations Provide for Data Collection

  • June 08, 2012
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One of the things that best practices in education has revealed is the importance of accurate data collection that is comprehensive enough to paint an …

CEC/CASE Release 2012 Survey on Impact of Budget Cuts and Pending Sequestration

  • June 06, 2012
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Today, CEC and its division the Council for Administrators of Special Education (CASE), are releasing a joint survey of over 300 local special education directors …

Letter: Special ed students need support

  • June 05, 2012
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I appreciated the letter that said that students with reading disabilities are not having tests read to them, even though test reading is an accommodation …

Teacher Quality Center Offers Webinar Series on Including Student Growth in Teacher Evaluations

  • June 04, 2012
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The Teacher Quality Center, with support from the Office of Special Education Programs, is offering a webinar series to discuss educator performance evaluation and the …

Why Do Schools Resist Writing Methodology into IEPs?

  • June 04, 2012
  • 1
BY

Our child has a learning disability and has difficulty reading, writing & spelling. Nobody at the school understands dyslexia or how desperate our child is. …

Ontario knocked for special-needs student support

  • May 28, 2012
  • 0
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Ontario schools should improve the way it serves special-needs students, according to a new report, by conducting a wide-ranging review of services and devising a …

Calif. Children’s Medical Therapy facing cuts

  • May 28, 2012
  • 0
BY

Nicolas Ayer is, in many ways, a typical 3-year-old boy. He loves baseball, cars and Nickelodeon cartoons, hates taking naps and is eager to please …

Science-Based Decision-Making in Special Ed

  • May 27, 2012
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Last month, I wrote an article for Special Education Advisor, a blog operated by some folks located in Chatsworth, CA who are dedicated to helping …

Are charter schools bad at special ed?

  • May 25, 2012
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Critics say public charter schools have an unfair advantage over regular public schools because they are less likely to have students with learning disabilities. That …

SchoolBook: City Panel Approves Special Education Inclusion Plan

  • May 24, 2012
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May 24, 2012, 11:51 a.m. A plan to restructure the city’s special education program by funneling thousands of learning disabled children into mainstream classrooms — …

Letter: Fairer testing for special ed

  • May 23, 2012
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The New York State English Language Assessment and math examinations are finally behind us ["NY 8th grade science scores below average," News, May 11]. In …

Helping Special Education Students, and Paying With His Career

  • May 22, 2012
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There was no particular moment when Harris Lirtzman decided to blow the whistle, and so close the door on his teaching career. A former deputy …

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Inclusive Education, as defined and described by education experts, is a philosophy. It is not a program, nor does it happen in is… Parents of …

Oct
12

Special ed in distress A few schools get it right, but complaints and lawsuits are mounting against a troubled program serving 7,000 Seattle students.

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Five years ago, a high-profile report found that Seattle’s public-school district was decades behind the rest of the country in serving students with disabilities. Today, …

Oct
12

Special ed e-mail to be probed by state

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The California Department of Education will investigate whether the San Francisco Unified School District improperly denied summer school services to students with special needs to …

Oct
12

Why Won’t the School Provide Homebound Instruction?

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My child’s doctor recommended homebound instruction. The school said they had the authority to override that recommendation. Why won’t the school provide homebound services? Issues …

Oct
12

Apply Now – Special Education Advocacy Training (SEAT) ®

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COPAA is pleased to annnounce the availability of The Special Education Advocate Training (SEAT), a year-long course that provides participants with training to become a …

Oct
12

Profoundly Gifted Kids: Bored Out of Their Minds

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Profoundly gifted children get no attention at their level of ability. They are ignored, expected to just be happy getting their easy A’s. These children …

Oct
12

AAPC Publishing Releases Lesson Plan a la Carte: Integrated Planning for Students With Special Needs

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Integrate learning objectives with therapeutic supports and necessary modifications right in the classroom. Multiple worlds exist within the educational universe. Integrated planning happens when each …

Sep
12

Making math accessible to middle schoolers with special needs

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This resource is called Accessibility Strategies in Mathematics — Middle School: Online Guides, and comes from the Addressing Accessibility in Mathematics Project. The goal of …

Aug
12

A Sensory Garden for Zoë and Oliver

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One of Ollibean’s contributors, the lovely and amazing, Julie Lohoefener of Bloom Garden Shop, let’s us in on some great tips on creating a non-toxic Sensory Garden with your kids.

Aug
12

Preparation

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My older boys start school 3 weeks from today. Before I do my celebratory cartwheels down the block, I have a lot of preparation to …

Aug
12

USC’s Special Ed Infographic

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Welcome to Making Special Education Actually Work, the official blog of KPS4Parents. We sincerely hope that this blog proves to enlighten and empower all responsible …

Aug
12

Another School year !!

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Another school year begins August the 16th for us. My son is a young 1st grader , he will be 6 on August 23rd . …

Aug
12

Special needs kids staying in traditional schools

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LOS ANGELES The high cost of educating students with special needs is disproportionately falling on traditional public schools as other students increasingly opt for alternatives …

Aug
12

Ollibean Talks to Ray Ellis, director of “Certain Proof: A Question of Worth”

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“All of these children have one thing in common. They were always having to prove themselves, over and over and over again.” Ray Ellis

Aug
12

WEBSITE WEDNESDAY: The Accessible Principal

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I am so thrilled to share the with you, which is a new blog that was launched this summer by one of the best administrators …

Aug
12

Ollibean Mama Spotlight

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Connect and learn with other parents like Tonya who presume competence and celebrate their children for being exactly who they are. #allofakind

Aug
12

NYC to Integrate Special Ed Students into Regular Classrooms

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New York City’s pilot for special education inclusion has moved the district to apply the program to a majority of the schools in the city. …

Aug
12

What is the Timeline for Developing a Section 504 Plan?

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My 6 year old daughter had her 3 year reevaluation. She has Childhood Apraxia of Speech and fine motor difficulty. She is doing well academically. …

Aug
12

Change Leader Marianne Russo

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Change Leader Marianne Russo of The Coffee Klatch Special Needs Talk Radio answers our questions. We talk to her about why she started the Coffee Klatch interactive network and she answers our Ollibean Questionairre.

Aug
12

Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction

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Educators from Mesquite Elementary School, in Tucson, Arizona, have provided these resources for you to use in your own school. Daily collaborative planning time at …

Aug
12

Fraud in Preschool Special Education

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Over the last several weeks, the Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli of New York has issued audits detailing millions of dollars in fraud by private companies that …

Aug
12

How to Make Inclusive Practices a Reality For Your School

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The new school year is fast approaching and The Inclusive Class Podcast is set to help you prepare! On Friday, August 10, 2012 we will …

Aug
12

TheraWeb Meets Students’ Individual Learning Needs

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Special education departments in schools throughout the country – namely in rural communities – experience a struggle between providing immediate on-location support to students, while …

Aug
12

The Best Therapy

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A school-based speech-language pathologist makes numerous clinical decisions when developing a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Considerations can include the following: What are this student’s …

Aug
12

Snacking: The Little Bite That Won’t Hurt You

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Ollibean contributor Kristie Salzer talks about the benefits of “refueling” between lunch and dinner to decrease hunger related meltdowns for kids. We love her suggestions of 25 super easy snacks to get you started!

Aug
12

Cuomo Vetoes Bill on Placement of Special Education Students

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo vetoed a bill on Tuesday requiring public school officials to take into account the “home life and family background” of special …

Jul
12

What’s Ollibean All About and How Do I Get Started?

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Ollibean is a content driven, disability-centric community that unites news and editorial led content with social conversations . How do you get the most out of it? Find out here.

Jul
12

Teaching Reading to Children with Special Needs

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On Friday July 27, 2012, Nicole and Terri will be interviewing Dr. Kathleen Whitbread about the importance of including children with special needs in reading …

Jul
12

NY School District Ask Cuomo to Veto Special Ed Rules

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Schools say requirements that students’ socioeconomic background be taken into account when making placement decisions could prove too financially burdensome. The bill, which was passed …

Jul
12

SchoolBook: The Special Education Problems We Aren’t Solving

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July 23, 2012, 4:28 p.m. I teach in a school where more than 30 percent of the students are classified as special education. We have …

Jul
12

SchoolBook: The Special Education Problems We Aren’t Solving

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July 23, 2012, 4:28 p.m. I teach in a school where more than 30 percent of the students are classified as special education. We have …

Jul
12

School-Wide PBIS & Teachers Who Bully

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One reason, I suspect, is that people are so focused on holding bullies accountable that they’re not focusing on the real causes of bullying. But, …

Jul
12

Why we need to relentlessly pursue diversity in schools

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This was written by Eric J. Cooper, president and founder of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education . He can be reached at www.nuatc.org. …

Jul
12

Important Vote this Wednesday @ 10am! Tell the House of Representatives to Fund Special & Gifted Education Today!

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Tell your Representative to fund special education, gifted education, personnel preparation, and special education research. These programs are vital to the education of our nation’s …

Jul
12

Letter: Wary of special ed changes

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Regarding “Special ed bill deserves veto” [Editorial, July 10], special education taxpayer funds should never be given to a religious institution because of “home environment …

Jul
12

Bullying Prevention State Laws

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This new brief focuses on bullying prevention legislation. To date, 47 states have passed legislation requiring schools to take leadership in addressing the problem. This …

Jul
12

Differentiating Instruction Through Interactive Games (Tech2Learn Series)

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Mr. Pronovost: Really trying to address giving every student what they need, and giving them that differentiated instruction is where the technology really comes in …

Jul
12

Leaders@ED: Alexa Posny, Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

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Alexa Posny has had 23 jobs. While she never envisioned a specific career path, every position she held was a stepping stone towards her current …

Jul
12

SchoolBook: Albany Bill Would Consider Home Life in Special Ed Placement

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is weighing whether to sign a bill on special education that opponents argue would give families more power to send their …

Jul
12

2013 COPAA Conference Request for Proposals Now Open

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The 15th Annual COPAA Conference in Albuquerque, NM, March 7-10th is your best opportunity for training and networking with the most experienced and knowledgeable special …

Jul
12

A Letter to Parents of Children with Special Needs

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I hope you have an enjoyable and relaxing summer with your family! Don’t forget to keep your child reading, practice some math facts or maybe …

Jul
12

Special-Ed Students at Greater Risk of Bullying, Being Bullied: Study

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TUESDAY, July 3 (HealthDay News) — Students with visible disabilities and those receiving special education services for behavioral problems are at greater risk of being …

Jun
12

ICAA Radio with Anne as its Guest

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Welcome to , the official blog of KPS4Parents. We sincerely hope that this blog proves to enlighten and empower all responsible adults to ensure that …

Jun
12

CEC Hosts Congressional Briefing on Special Education Research; Calls on Congress to Restore 30% Funding Cut

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The presenters wove a detailed story, sharing how research has guided improvements in areas such as: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports: Dr. Sugai shared how …

Jun
12

NY auditors cite improper contractor expenses

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York auditors say three contractors providing special education services for pre-kindergarten children spent public money on expenses like no-show jobs, …

Jun
12

Add Your Link to Our List of Inclusion Resources!

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Inclusive Education, as defined and described by education experts, is a philosophy. It is not a program, nor does it happen in is… Parents of …

Jun
12

New Government Report Shows Under-Enrollment of Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools

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This discrepancy has been cited by previous reports and has been a top concern for CEC. In 2011, CEC updated its policy on charter schools …

Jun
12

Connecting to STEM Diversity on Twitter

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A hip hop maven blogs on urban ecology, evolutionary biology & diversity in the sciences DNLee is biologist and she studies animal behavior, mammalogy, and …

Jun
12

SchoolBook: City Official on Special Ed Plan: ‘This Is Going Forward’

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June 14, 2012, 11:24 p.m. Department of Education officials said Thursday they were working to disseminate more information about a citywide special education plan expected …

Jun
12

SchoolBook: City Urged to Slow Down on Special Ed Plans

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June 12, 2012, 6:21 p.m. A citywide special education plan that aims to put New York City more in step with other school districts around …

Jun
12

New FERPA Regulations Provide for Data Collection

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One of the things that best practices in education has revealed is the importance of accurate data collection that is comprehensive enough to paint an …

Jun
12

CEC/CASE Release 2012 Survey on Impact of Budget Cuts and Pending Sequestration

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Today, CEC and its division the Council for Administrators of Special Education (CASE), are releasing a joint survey of over 300 local special education directors …

Jun
12

Letter: Special ed students need support

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I appreciated the letter that said that students with reading disabilities are not having tests read to them, even though test reading is an accommodation …

Jun
12

Teacher Quality Center Offers Webinar Series on Including Student Growth in Teacher Evaluations

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The Teacher Quality Center, with support from the Office of Special Education Programs, is offering a webinar series to discuss educator performance evaluation and the …

Jun
12

Why Do Schools Resist Writing Methodology into IEPs?

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Our child has a learning disability and has difficulty reading, writing & spelling. Nobody at the school understands dyslexia or how desperate our child is. …

May
12

Ontario knocked for special-needs student support

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Ontario schools should improve the way it serves special-needs students, according to a new report, by conducting a wide-ranging review of services and devising a …

May
12

Calif. Children’s Medical Therapy facing cuts

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Nicolas Ayer is, in many ways, a typical 3-year-old boy. He loves baseball, cars and Nickelodeon cartoons, hates taking naps and is eager to please …

May
12

Science-Based Decision-Making in Special Ed

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Last month, I wrote an article for Special Education Advisor, a blog operated by some folks located in Chatsworth, CA who are dedicated to helping …

May
12

Are charter schools bad at special ed?

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Critics say public charter schools have an unfair advantage over regular public schools because they are less likely to have students with learning disabilities. That …

May
12

SchoolBook: City Panel Approves Special Education Inclusion Plan

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May 24, 2012, 11:51 a.m. A plan to restructure the city’s special education program by funneling thousands of learning disabled children into mainstream classrooms — …

May
12

Letter: Fairer testing for special ed

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The New York State English Language Assessment and math examinations are finally behind us ["NY 8th grade science scores below average," News, May 11]. In …

May
12

Helping Special Education Students, and Paying With His Career

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There was no particular moment when Harris Lirtzman decided to blow the whistle, and so close the door on his teaching career. A former deputy …