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Please Take My Crutches

A 17-year-old high-school student recently walked into a high-stakes test without the accommodations that he had received for years. This was not an arbitrary administrative decision; it was his choice.

Learn to Ask for Help

One of the most important things a student can learn is how to ask for help.  Those who know how to do this effectively usually rise to the top of the class, accodrng to Peter Kline, author of The Genius in All of Us.

Some Thoughts on Learner Variability

Uneven cognitive skills can be just as stressful, sometimes moreso, for a student than having more consistent but less strong learning skills. 

CEC Report on The State of the Special Education Profession

There is a new report out from the Council for Exceptional Children, The State of the Special Education Profession Survey Report.

Do Resource Teachers Have the Right Resources?

The system that is supposed to help students get supports often doesn’t work because the goal changes from having a real impact to checking off boxes and focusing on compliance. What is your experience with resource teachers having the right resources?

Make Summer Count

First of all, summer should be fun, so the three programs we talk about in this blog ARE fun.  At the same time, they have the power to transform your child’s learning skills so the next school year has a better chance of fulfilling your and your child’s aspirations.

Do Too Many or Too Few Students from Poverty Get a Special Ed Label?

Do you have evidence for or believe that students living in poverty (with cognitive impact) are identified as needing specialized instruction and supports – therefore special education services?  Or do you believe that these students are over-identified as needing special education services and do not require them and unnecessarily receive an educational label.

Will ESSA Fail to Close the Achievement Gaps?

Achievement gaps persist for economically disadvantaged students, English Language Learners and students with disabilities. Will ESSA fail to close them?

Is Your Child’s IEP Really Making a Difference?

Unfortunately, far too often, parents find that their child’s IEP is neither all that individualized nor helping their child make substantial gains. This blog examines three concerns often expressed about IEPs.

What Do You Mean by “Cognitive Capacity?”

A webinar hosted by EdWeb was provocatively titled, “4 Lies the System Teaches School Leaders about Struggling Readers.”  The first “lie,” according to the presenter is that struggling readers have a lower cognitive capacity than typical readers.  Is that a lie?  Well, whether or not this is a lie depends on what you mean by cognitive capacity.