• Education Week: the AASA special ed proposal and our Massachusetts SpedEx!

    Go Massachusetts!  It's great to see that our innovative reform, SpedEx, has gone national! http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/05/08/30iep.h32.html SpedEx is an alternate dispute resolution model for parents and schools. It provides them with a jointly selected consultant who will assist them in resolving their dispute about the child's IEP (Individualized Education Program). SpedEx is child focused, trust-building, free-to-the-parties, and so far, a successful innovation! Please read [...]
  • Special Education lawsuit against California Department of Education proceeds…..

    If you read down to the bottom, you'll see me quoted about SpedEx andthe fact that no one is happy with the current system. This is a lawsuit to watch. http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_23161202/special-education-california-parents-lawsuit-could-force-expansion
  • SpedEx at CADRE–Here’s the video

    In October 2011, CADRE sponsored it's 5th National Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Special Education. I was invited to present about SpeEx.  Since SpedEx has become so timely and national (see my last few blogs), I am happy to provide my material and this video. Enjoy! http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/freedmanvid.cfm In the intervening years, SpedEx has continued to be successful and grow (though it is still a pilot program) in Massachusetts.  For those of us who have been [...]
  • Education Week highlights SpedEx–our Massachusetts reform–in discussing that AASA report!

    http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/speced/2013/04/school_leader_group_proposes_c.html?print=1 I hope you have a chance to read this blog in Education Week. It summarizes the American Association of School Administrators recommendations to fix special education due process.  The AASA recommends four dispute resolution processes, including a consultancy model--and the end of due process hearings. Amazingly, Ed Week reports that the AASA cites our Massachusetts reform effort--SpedEx--as its [...]
  • 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 [...]