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TASH: Three days of learning in Chicago

Posted on December 16, 2013 in Advocacy, Families, Inclusion

So I just experienced three days of learning about advocacy, inclusion, communication, support, and abilities right here in my backyard of Chicago, IL. The TASH conference took place in our wonderful city for the first time in over a decade. Unfortunately, visitors were welcomed with freezing temperatures and ice lining the streets!

The conference, however, was fantastic. I attended some dazzling …

Day 11: Protocol books

Posted on December 11, 2013 in Differentiating Instruction, Families

Teachers often spend the first six weeks or so of school teaching their students various classroom routines such as handing in homework, using the classroom library, changing classes, submitting late assignments, lining up, getting lunch, and finding a book for silent reading. Students learn these routines by practicing them every day, but this management time can be …

A plan for Pedro

Posted on August 26, 2013 in Families, Inclusion

One of the most exciting parts of writing a book for children is seeing all of the ways it is used by students, families, and teachers. I got one email from a parent telling me that she used Pedro’s Whale to teach her children about their brother with autism.

At one of my workshops, a principal told me that he used Pedro to teach his staff about…

Summer reading ideas for the whole family

Posted on June 05, 2013 in Families, Literacy

A big thank you to the sweet moms who have sent me these snaps of their kiddos enjoying my books!

I loved these great snaps of Cooper reading Pedro’s Whale to his bunny! A great shared reading experience always makes me smile. That is one lucky bunny.

My friend, Miriam, sent me this fantastic photo of…

A conference of one’s own

Posted on May 15, 2013 in Families, Inclusion

For the last 20 years, I have long traveled to inclusion conferences in other cities and states. I have seen how an annual conference organized around inclusive schooling can help families, teachers, and administrators learn new skills and provide support to one another.

This is one of the reasons I wished for an inclusion conference here in Illinois. Last week, that wish came…

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