Archive for January, 2013

Making Change Happen and Not Hurt

Public education is in a period of extreme change.  As a result, many school folks are in a state of flux and chaos.  Chaos is extremely uncomfortable and causes stress to the individuals and to the organization as a whole.  If you are looking for a resource that may provide you with ideas of how […]

Needing Inspiration?

Today an e-book came across my email that inspired me and made me laugh and cry at the same time.  If you are needing to read something that will do the same for you, check out this link: Each story is a treasure!  Enjoy! Rosemary MangesRosemary Manges, Program Coordinator for Inclusive Services, has over […]

Moving Your Numbers: How to Improve Outcomes for Students

Today I was attending the first day of TCASE conference and heard an outstanding presentation by Dr. Brian McNulty of the Leadership and Learning Center. Here is a sample of how to use data to drive improved outcomes for all students: Framework- Key Practices 1. Use Data Well 2. Focus and Limit Goals and Strategies 3. Select […]

Strategies for Differentiated Lessons

These are strategies that can be applied to teaching in any content area, can be integrated and embedded into doable differentiated lessons, and can be used frequently (even daily) in the classroom. Also, research and professional literature have identified these strategies as being effective with students with learning difficulties. Based on these criteria, the six […]

Building RTi Capacity

I was in Austin today attending the Meadows Center Building RTI Capacity workshop.  Also attending and representing Region 10 were staff members from Eisenhower Elementary, Grand Prairie ISD.  It was clear from the sessions today that schools which have implemented the RTI system in R10 are ahead in understanding the process as compared to those […]

Thank you for what you do!

As the second semester begins and the push towards state assessment is in the final lap,I want to take a moment to thank you, as educators, for doing what you do.  Thank you for teaching all of our children.  Thank you for pushing yourselves to be the best you can be, for your students and […]

ITune PD courses for teachers

If you are looking for some PD and you want to be able to do it in your pajamas, here is a collection of courses created by Apple Distinguished Educators to help colleagues on this:     Rosemary MangesRosemary Manges, Program Coordinator for Inclusive Services, has over 39 years of educational experience ranging from the […]

Executive Functions and Success in School

Academic success in our 21st century schools is increasingly linked with children’s mastery of a wide range of skills that rely on their use of executive function strategies. The crucial role of executive function processes begins in the preschool years and increases as students progress through middle and high school when they are expected to […]

Federal funding for special education

When determining the sesquestration issues that will arise in the next two months, consider the fact that there are thousands of families and hundreds of thousands of children who need special education services that only public schools can provide under IDEA.  Please, Congressmen and women,consider  the faces of children and their needs when you consider […]

Sensory Overload (Interacting with Autism Project

Some people with autism have difficulty processing intense, multiple sensory experiences at once. This animation gives the viewer a glimpse into sensory overload, and how often our sensory experiences intertwine in everyday life. Created as part of Mark Jonathan Harris’ and Marhsa Kinder’s “Interacting with Autism.” Coming in January 1st 2013, IWA is a three-year […]