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Supreme Court Renders Decision in Special Education Case

The current eight-member Supreme Court has handed down a unanimous decision in the case of Endrew F. v Douglas County (Colorado) School District.  The decision vacated the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling.  The Tenth Circuit had decided in favor of the school district,  ruling that “the child received some educational benefit while in the District’s… Continue reading Supreme Court Renders Decision in Special Education Case

Autism · inclusion · Presuming Competence

The Power of Stories to Share Hope

On March 1, 2017, I saw a whole lot of awesome. My daughter, Amelia, was invited to attend a private “Launch Party” for a brand new booklet, published by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s (CCHMC) Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DDBP).  The booklet is titled “Sharing Hope: The Stories of our Patients and Families”,… Continue reading The Power of Stories to Share Hope

Autism · Presuming Competence

US Supreme Court hears special education case

On Wednesday, January 10, 2017, the US Supreme Court took up the case of Endrew F. v. Douglas County (Colorado) School District. At issue in the case is, “What level of service satisfies IDEA, other education law, and legal precedent?” A text transcript of the arguments put before the court is available from the website of… Continue reading US Supreme Court hears special education case

Education - general · Presuming Competence

The Power of Positive Feedback

Musician Marty Stuart tells this story about a famous fellow Mississippian: “Now there was a young man from DeSoto County, Mississippi, who found himself a mentor in one Dr. Robert Khayat, who at the time was a professor of law at the University of Mississippi.  One of Dr. Khayat’s greatest gifts is recognizing and unlocking the greatness in people.… Continue reading The Power of Positive Feedback

inclusion · Presuming Competence

“When Adaptive Technology and Powerful Messages Collide”

“I attended my first IEP meeting when I was nineteen,” begins Jordyn Zimmerman’s keynote address at the 2016 Building Learning Communities conference in Boston, MA.  It was a pivotal moment in her education, and her life. Jordyn is an amazing young woman.  She has plans to become a teacher, and I can safely say I… Continue reading “When Adaptive Technology and Powerful Messages Collide”

inclusion · Presuming Competence · UDL

Ten Important Things Amelia Needs You to Know

Ohio’s State Professional Development Grant (SPDG) provides resources for select districts to participate in important work around changing outcomes and improving achievement for diverse learners. I was honored to be asked to speak at a state-level meeting of SPDG district representatives at the Battelle for Kids “Connect for Success” conference. My presentation was titled “Ten… Continue reading Ten Important Things Amelia Needs You to Know

inclusion · Presuming Competence · UDL

Teaching Left-handed Kids

Some students in today’s educational system are left-handed.  These students have unique educational needs compared to their typical peers.  Common academic activities such as handwriting, drawing, and using scissors require varying levels of modification to accommodate the needs of individuals who are left-handed. Even playtime activities like baseball or golf require alternative or modified equipment… Continue reading Teaching Left-handed Kids