To help students become more independent, write one-page manuals for different routines (e.g. “how to check a book out of the classroom library”; “how to submit extra credit”).

This website is dedicated to promoting inclusive schooling and exploring positive ways of supporting students with autism and other disabilities. Most of my work involves collaborating with schools to create environments, lessons, and experiences that are inclusive, respectful, and accessible for all learners.

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It’s not even my birthday…

Posted on June 30, 2017 in News

For no reason at all, I was presented with an awesome gift today! My youngest daughter and my mother-in-law conspired to make me a bedazzled 30 Days to the Co-Taught Classroom card! Look closely…and you will see the “Paula” on the card is wearing apple earrings to go with her…

Apple sweater shuffle

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 …

Resolutions for the inclusive classroom

Posted on January 04, 2016 in Inclusion, News

Happy New Year!

I had a lot of great feedback about this post last year, so I am sharing it again with an updated goal sheet for the new year. I hope it will help you meet your inclusion-related goals as you get back to work this week.

Those that know me well, know that I love goal setting. I love teaching it to students and I love using it as a tool in my consulting. I also love using it in my own life, especially at this time of year. At my annual New Year’s Eve get together, I always ask guests to share a goal or two at dinner. When this tradition started, it was met with a bit of …

Celebrate your success

Posted on October 26, 2015 in News

I love the first few weeks of school. I like all of the getting-to-know-you activities, the fresh new classrooms and the novelty of starting over. I know many teachers share my excitement.

I know others, however, who have more than a little anxiety this time of year. Fall can be a tough time of year in inclusive schools. You may be getting to know students with complex learning needs and working hard to figure out the right combination of supports for them. In some cases, you may also be working through new collaborative relationships with colleagues.

One way to deal with these challenges is to …

It’s back-to-school time

Posted on September 01, 2015 in News

Today is back-to-school day at my house so that officially signals the end of summer for me. One of my daughters started middle school this year, so it was an especially eventful day. I have so much nervous energy today so I thought I should channel my energy and share a few thoughts, ideas and resources with all of you.

The most exciting news I have is not really news. Well, not yet anyway. In a few weeks, I will have an update on a new co-teaching book I am doing with Dr. Julie Causton. It will be available in late fall, but we are already …

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