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Flashback Friday: Coach and collaborate

Posted on October 24, 2014 in News

If you are a paraprofessional or work with a paraprofessional, you know just how challenging this role can be. One of the primary difficulties of the job is getting feedback in a way that is streamlined, efficient, and useful. Paraprofessionals are typically busy in their direct support of students and classrooms; this leaves little room for meetings and collaborative planning. One way to be sure that paraprofessionals get the support they need is to …

Day 16: There’s a Boy in Here: Emerging from the Bonds of Autism

Posted on April 16, 2014 in News

Today, Sean Barron is a successful advocate, writer, and journalist, but as a child, he isolated, unhappy, and constantly frustrated. Confused about how to interact with others , he shares that he often felt like an alien—even in his own family.

There’s a Boy in Here-written by Sean and his mother-is such a touching and unique account as we hear family stories from two voices and two perspectives. These dual vantage points helped me a lot in my early days as a teacher, because I had never before considered that the child’s experience could be so different from my own. After reading this book, I would regularly try to …

Day 4: How Can I Talk If My Lips Don’t Move?: Inside My Autistic Mind

Posted on April 04, 2014 in News

I am a fan of all of Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay’s work including this newer book. How Can I Talk if My Lips Don’t Move is-above all-a poetic and compelling story of a life. The book provides a glimpse into the experiences of a child who had very little reliable communication for most of his life. The reader follows Tito’s journey as he gains access to his voice through typed communication and handwriting and shares his thoughts on his autism, on living without expression, and on misunderstandings of autism. Tito shares many struggles in these pages, but sums up ..

Wordless Wednesday

Posted on March 26, 2014 in News

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Speaker Spotlight: Katie McKnight

Posted on March 25, 2014 in News

Want to learn some improv skills for the inclusive classroom? Need ideas for cool new apps? Want your vocabulary lessons to have a bit more zip? If you answered “yes” to any of these, you need to come to Illinois Includes and stop into Katie McKnight’s sessions.

Dr. Katie McKnight is an author, educator and consultant. Her career in education began as a high school English teacher in the Chicago Public School system more than 20 years ago. Today, she serves as a professor of secondary education at National Louis University and an onsite professional development consultant for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Katie is passionate about creating …

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