Archive for the ‘Hot Topics’ Category

Avoiding the Fog

Today I was reading a paper written by Bill Dagget, ED.D entitled, Finding Clarity Amid the Fog of External Demands; How Rapidly Improving Schools and Districts are Taking Control and Putting Students First.  In this article he profiles several issues that all schools and school staff face as more mandates and external pressures are placed […]

Results-driven Accountabilty

The U.S. Office of Special Education Programs recently announced a major shift in the way it oversees the effectiveness of states’ special education programs. Under this new framework, known as Results-Driven Accountability, the federal office has tilted the balance from a system focused primarily on procedural compliance to one that emphasizes improved educational results for […]

10 Holiday Stressors for Kids with Learning and Attention Issues

I was reading a blog by Amanda Morin in the latest issue of UNDERSTOOD and thought that this blog could provide timely information for teachers and parents/families and could also provide some insights to what we all can do to help kids with disabilities cope during this holiday season.  I share her information with you to help […]

Proposed New Regulations for Military Families

The Department of Defense has issued proposed revisions to their special education regulations that impact schools operated by DoDEA. The present regs do not provide for a child with a disability who moves from a public school with an IEP to a DoDEA school to be entitled to a “comparable” IEP. However, the civilian child […]

IQ=Success: NOT!

 I was surfing the blogs I typically read this morning and noticed this one.  It stood out to me since I, too, was reading David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell.  The following blog article by Daniel Goleman captures the heart for this book and presents a valuable perspective to educators as we start another new school year; […]

Here Come the CoPs!

 No, no, not that kind of Cop but Communities of Practice (CoPs).  Today’s smart educator needs to become better connected to resources, tools, learning activities, and peers—both inside and outside school. The growth of online communities of practice—often a chief component in professional learning communities—reflects a continued commitment to working collaboratively with your peers toward […]

President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

On July 22, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The legislation, which updates the Workforce Investment Act, overdue for reauthorization for more than a decade, received overwhelming bipartisan support from both houses of Congress.  On July 9th, the House  approved the bill by a vote of 415 to […]

Goodbye Thomas…Goodbye Albert…Sorry We Have Stopped Looking for You…

Today we have a guest blogger, Layne Pethick. As I sit and ponder, I am continually haunted by just one question. It is a question for the ages, one that many a child has asked and many an adult has dismissed. It is a simple question that carries the power to bring a person to […]

Getting Ready for Summer Break

  Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, summer is here and school is about to end.  How are you going to keep the kids involved and their brains active all summer long?  If you have some technology available at home, it is now easier than it was in the past– you have apps!   […]

Top 15 Special Education Blogs

I was reading an e-article on eSchool News which was focused on their top 15 blogs for special education.  Since parents and teachers are constantly seeking resources to improve instruction or to seek out unique strategies and techniques which may help a specific student, I thought that sharing these would or could be beneficial.  Please note […]