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Literacy for All

Read Across America Day is just a few weeks away! On March 2nd, Dr. Seuss’ birthday, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers will bring together kids, teens and books, which is exciting because we all know how important literacy

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Spotlight Teacher of the Month: Earnestine Chambers

Position: Special Education Teacher District: Jackson Public School District, Mississippi Ms. Chambers is a Special Education Teacher from Peeples Middle School.  Peeples is one of thirteen middle schools in the Jackson Public School District in Jackson Mississippi.  Jackson Public School

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Top 5 Questions to Ask For Data-Based Decision Making in the Classroom

Students served by special education have many different types of learning differences that one must take into account to determine the best teaching strategy.  Part of a teacher’s job is to determine the right teaching strategy to ensure that the student

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Special Education and Its Discontents

Better training, support, and resources are key to retaining special education staff in 2016 In the world of special education, now, it seems, is the winter of our discontent. With 49 out of 50 states reporting special education teacher shortages

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4 Tips for Setting Students Up for Success in Inclusion

Making specific decisions about the goals you write and the kinds of data you collect is crucial to student success in inclusion As special education teachers, it is our job to ensure that all students are presented with meaningful inclusion

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3 Problems Facing Special Education Teachers in Today’s Schools

Retaining High Quality Special Education Teachers is Integral to Fulfilling the Promise of IDEA This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), the law guaranteeting the right for students with special needs to access a free, appropriate

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Preparing School Paraprofessionals for Success

Combining Technology and Coaching Can Support School Paraprofessionals in Being More Effective in the Classroom Over the past 20 years, there has been a 123% increase in the number of paraprofessionals employed in the educational system.  School paraprofessionals are responsible

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Rethinking the Silo Mentality in Special Education

How a More Holistic Approach to Education Can Create Opportunities for Blending and Braiding Funds As a condition for receiving access to federal funds, districts have recently been required to submit increasing amounts of data and evidence on how the

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Best Practices to Motivate Student Learning

How Reinforcement Strategies Can Motivate Student Learning and Improve Outcomes Discovering what will motivate your students to learn is the first step in making real gains in student achievement. Investing real time and effort at the beginning of the school

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3 Tips for Building an Effective Classroom Team with Your Paraprofessional Staff

How to engage your paras in building an effective classroom team Building a collaborative classroom team with your paraprofessional staff is some of the most challenging and valuable work you can engage in as a special education teacher.  Unlike other educators,

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