Category Archives: News

Disproportionality in Special Education

Inequities Fact: Inequities in special education exist for students of color, students from low socio-economic levels, and students with disabilities. These disparities occur because certain racial and ethic groups are inaccurately identified and placed in more restrictive settings. Inappropriate IDEA … Continue reading

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Nurture Confidence & Courage

by Toby Karten Together we grow. Together we learn. Plant the seeds. Support with warmth, water, and smiles. Nurture and believe. Share confidence. Embrace the courage to learn. And the wisdom to fail. So WE can welcome tomorrow’s sunshine.

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Distance Learning Connections

by Toby Karten While delivering an online professional development co-teaching session via a Zoom platform, I received one of favorite private messages in the chat. It was from a participant who was seated six feet away from two of her … Continue reading

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We All Have Special Needs

Co-Teaching: Transitions from Online Learning Back into Classrooms Stability and security are essential despite where and how students are learning. Whether the teaching and learning occurs in person or at home, co-teachers collaboratively ensure productivity. Some co-teachers are walking into … Continue reading

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Resiliency, Creativity, and Knowledge

Resiliency, Creativity, and Knowledge   These are extraordinary times for our society and our world. The COVID-19 pandemic impacts us all-physically, emotionally, economically, and educationally. As a special educator, inclusion coach, and a firm believer in resiliency, creativity, knowledge, and growth, … Continue reading

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#Texas Strong

My heart and prayers are sent to our Texas colleagues as they begin their school year. As an inclusion consultant in Victoria, Bloomington, Edna, and Corpus Christi, I have personally witnessed the steadfastness, compassion, resourcefulness, and intelligence of my Texas … Continue reading

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Navigating the Core Curriculum: RTI Strategies to Support Every Learner

Diminishing Barriers to Learning Sneakers, planes, rockets, and boats. Getting from place to place happens with a structured itinerary, whether one is on foot, in the air, in space, or on water. Education, like navigation embraces the planning, collaboration, and … Continue reading

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Learning & smiling is nonnegotiable:-)

Life is filled with many surprises as we continually blow out one more candle and, sometimes not by choice, a tire as well. One thing I have learned in almost 60 years of candles is that we can only control, … Continue reading

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Inclusion Strategies That Work-NEW EDITION!

I am beyond excited to share that ISTW will be released in January 2015 in its 3rd edition! The research-based interventions are connected to the CCSS.  In addition there are innumerable online downloadable interactive resources for planning, instruction, collaboration, and documentation.  As … Continue reading

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ELPH-Easy Look Up to Phone Home

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