• More thoughts on that AASA report–Rethinking Special Education Due Process

    In the long saga of education reform, with all its talk, writing, and action, special education has been largely absent. It stayed on the back burner. Reformers seemed afraid to touch it. Until now. The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) just issued an important, ground breaking, and controversial report, Rethinking Special Education Due Process.  http://www.aasa.org/headlinecontent.aspx?id=27966&showcontent=1 The AASA, the national organization of general and [...]
  • Boston Children’s Museum exhibit of international road signs–video presentation

    Here's a video, a few moments long.... of the children's school crossing signs exhibit at the Boston Children's Museum. Boston Children's Museum exhibit of international road signs. I hope you enjoy it. The video, made by Warren Zapol, cuts into the middle of my discussion about how this collection came to be. You'll see glimpses of many school crossing signs from around the world. It was a wonderful exhibit and I thank the Children's Museum for it. Boston Children's Museum exhibit [...]
  • Thank you, AASA for fostering the dialogue to fix special education due process.

    The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) just issued an important, ground breaking, and controversial report, Rethinking Special Education Due Process. http://www.aasa.org/headlinecontent.aspx?id=27966&showcontent=1 The AASA, a national organization of general and special education administrators, placed reforming special education due process squarely on the nation’s education reform agenda. That is a huge step forward and I applaud them for it. AASA hopes to "spark a [...]
  • Finally! A major group (AASA) is looking at special education’s broken due process system…..

    The American Association of School Administrators just issued its report, Rethinking Special Education Due Process. It is well worth reading. Agree or disagree, I applaud the AASA for stepping out and promoting this important national discussion. The due process system is broken, as I have written--and spoken about-- for many years. It's well beyond time to fix it.  Let's hope we now have a robust national discussion. http://www.aasa.org/rethinkingdueprocess.aspx Notably, the AASA report [...]
  • Boredom is good for you!

    When I raised my two children (back in the dark ages!), how often did I say to them, "That's good. Boredom is good for you." Obviously in response to a complaint, "Mommy, I'm bored."  They were unhappy with that but I had a good sense about it. Boredom is good for you! Little did I know that I was ahead of the brain research on this matter!  I was gratified to read this report from Great Britain on boredom's contribution to creativity. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21895704
  • Let’s go back to ability grouping.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/03/lets-go-back-to-grouping-students-by-ability/274362/ Here's a piece in The Atlantic on bringing back ability grouping that, I believe, is related to inclusion. The non-tracking idea was also based on ideology, notions of 'equality,'  not research, as the inclusion movement seems to be based on rights.  The author writes.... "Unfortunately the efforts and philosophies of otherwise well-meaning individuals have eliminated the achievement [...]
  • Defining bullying down–op ed in the New York Times

    In case you missed this op ed--I found it very thought provoking, especially after reading the many comments it garnered. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/12/opinion/defining-bullying-down.html. One question for me is whether bullying--no matter how it is defined, broadly or narrowly--is a problem that Congress or state legislatures can solve. Think about that. More layers for schools to deal with --with questionable effectiveness--and, of course, less time for teaching and learning. Just [...]
  • Paperwork reduction in schools… for what purpose?

    Many states are looking at paperwork reduction--teachers and administrators are inundated with requirements. In special education alone, back in 2002, there were 814 monitoring requirements for states and districts. It's gotten worse. We are certainly losing the so called 'paperwork reduction efforts (PRE).'  I applaud efforts to reduce paperwork and bureaucratic requirements. But, I want to be sure that in our efforts, we stay focused on the big purpose,  lest we lose track (MT4TO).  It's [...]
  • My new PayPal account! Still learning the ropes.

    Thanks for visiting my website. Here's the Picasa link to the road sign collection. https://picasaweb.google.com/111922357335807924669/ChildrenGoingToSchoolRoadSignsFromAroundTheWorld. You may have to cut and paste it... If you are interested in buying the greeting cards on line, here is the PayPal account:  http:/tinyurl.com/awwydzh. You may have to cut and paste this also, for now. I hope you can use it. Let me know if there are issues. I'm still learning the ropes on this!    
  • Mark Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin, How about a Milner Prize to fix special education?

    This is exciting!  Silicon Valley entrepreneurs (the chief executive of Facebook, Mr. Zuckerberg, and the co-founder of Google, Mr. Brin) have  teamed up with investor Yuri Milner to create a new prize to spur innovation. Called the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, it provides $3M to each of a  group of 11 scientists to spur breakthrough discoveries.  Here's the Wall Street Journal article about it. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323549204578315480875059390.html HMMM.  [...]