Affirming the Needs of Students with Disabilities in 21st Century Learning
By: A. Parsi. The inclusion of students with disabilities has come a long way. It's time to push for inclusion in 21st-century learning systems too.
Serving Students With Special Needs: Five Key Values We Instill in Our Leaders
By: Toni Barton. One graduate school of education shares how they work with leaders to incorporate five values that they've found make a powerful difference in empowering exceptional special education learners.
Bootcamps: A Viable Alternative to College
By: Anthony Wood. Teaching hard and soft skills in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the price of a four-year college, bootcamps can be an attractive alternative for learners and employers alike.
Improving Autism Education with Community—And Robots
By: Dr. Lisa Raiford. To give students with autism the best possible opportunity to thrive in general ed classrooms, the South Carolina Department of Education is connecting educators, parents, students, and robots.
A 21st Century Model of Special Education
By: Megan Gross and Ace Parsi. Special needs students will be entering the same world as their peers, a world where rote tasks are increasingly automated or outsourced. And yet we do little to prepare them for their future.
Life After School: Preparing Students with Disabilities for Success
By: Dr. Amy Spriggs. Research has shown that participation in vocational training or job-related activities in high school can lead to better post-school outcomes for individuals with autism and other disabilities. Learn more here.
How Project-Based Learning Helps Special Needs Students Collaborate and Connect
By: Jill Koenemann. We were looking for a curriculum that would move beyond teaching the classics and would help students connect what they were learning with their own lives. The conversation quickly shifted to project-based learning (PBL). This approach suits children with learning difficulties because it allows them to work at their own levels of differentiated learning.
Working with Special Needs Students: What Do All Teachers Need to Know?
All teachers need to be invested in providing for all students. We also need to make sure that the families have access to the information and resources they need in order to provide support at home as well. By setting up a means of communicating with our colleagues, the families, and continuing to look for and share resources, it becomes easier to facilitate the best possible learning opportunities for all students.
6 Steps to Ensuring ILPs Better Support Inclusive Personalized Learning
By: Ace Parsi and Curtis Richards. By taking these steps, we can ensure that the process leading to the development of a quality Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) is a meaningful learning experience for students, educators, counselors, and students’ families.
Inclusion Drives Innovation, and Inspires Microsoft’s Newest Updates
By: Madison Edmiston. Microsoft is committed to “empowering every person and organization on the planet to achieve more.” Implicit in that statement is a commitment to those with learning disabilities. Learn more about their work in that area here.