Jenna Mancini Rufo on Reimagining Special Education

Key Points

  • It’s important to not jump to the conclusion that a child with a difference has a disability. 

  • We have to make sure we have supports available for all students. 

On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Rebecca Midles is joined by Jenna Mancini Rufo, co-author of Reimagining Special Education: Using Inclusion as a Framework to Build Equity and Support All Students alongside Julie Causton.

Jenna is the CEO of empowerED, an education consulting firm specializing in inclusion, special education, and equity.  In addition to being a special education teacher, Jenna has experience as a former Assistant Superintendent, Special Education Director, and Policy Specialist. Today she spends her time supporting organizations and schools in rethinking special education. 

Let’s listen in as Jenna and Rebecca discuss learning models, intervention, co-teaching and much more. 

What if, instead of focusing on the challenges our students face, we focus on their strengths? We call this re-storying our students.

Jenna Mancini Rufo

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