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Posted on March 17, 2017 in Collaboration, News

Remember the rap video I created with my co-author, Julie Causton, last year? Really…how could you forget?

Now that I have refreshed your memory, take a look at this video sent to me by a group of Chicago Public School Teachers at Brentano Math & Science Academy. I worked with teachers at Brentano during an inclusive education workshop series this year.

This clip of them dancing in their …

Flashback Friday: Co-teach with students

Posted on March 14, 2014 in Collaboration

This “flashback” idea is from the You’re Going to Love This Kid DVD and Professional Development Kit, and is a snapshot of Kendra Larmour, a middle school science teacher, co-teaching with one of her students with disabilities. Kendra regularly collaborates with kids and finds opportunities for impromptu co-teaching moments in her lessons.

Have you tried planned or impromptu …

DAY 11: The One World Schoolhouse

Posted on December 23, 2012 in Collaboration, News

If you are interested in personalized learning or are just have a love for technology, you have to pick up The One World Schoolhouse. This is written by Salman Khan (you know, the guy from Khan Academy) and it is as fascinating as it is fun. You will learn about…

The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined

A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere: this is the goal of the Khan Academy, a passion project that grew from an ex-engineer and hedge funder’s online tutoring sessions with his niece, who was struggling with algebra, into a worldwide phenomenon. Today millions of students, parents, and teachers use…

DAY 6: Carly’s Voice

Posted on December 18, 2012 in Collaboration, News

If you have followed Carley’s story at all (on Ellen, Larry King Live and The Doctors), you were probably as excited as I was to finally get her book. I am somewhat obsessed with autobiographies and when it is an autobiography that sheds so much light on…

Book cover for Carly's Voice
Carly’s Voice

At the age of two, Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with severe autism and an oral motor condition that prevented her from speaking. Doctors predicted that she would never intellectually develop beyond the abilities of a small child. Although she made some progress after years of intensive behavioral and communication therapy, Carly remained largely unreachable. Then, at the age of ten, she had a breakthrough…

WEBSITE WEDNESDAY: The Accessible Principal

Posted on August 15, 2012 in Collaboration, News

I am so thrilled to share the The Accessible Principal with you, which is a new blog that was launched this summer by one of the best administrators I have ever met.

Marilyn is a school and district leader in a suburb here in Chicago and she has interests ranging from…

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