Create a classroom blog to give students authentic opportunities to write, learn new tech-related skills, and experiment with a range of genres (e.g., book reviews, critique, debate).

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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Speaker Spotlight: Cheryl Jorgensen

Posted on March 19, 2014 in Inclusion

We are so lucky to have one of the best inclusion advocates in the country coming to Illinois Includes this year. Cheryl Jorgensen was one of the first to engage in work on inclusive high schools, to address the need to provide high quality academic experiences to all, to talk about the need to support students with significant disabilities in inclusive classrooms and to discuss the connections between the Common Core State Standards and inclusive education. Currently, Dr. Jorgensen is …

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 …

Wordless Wednesday

Posted on March 12, 2014 in News

Inclusion What Will You Do?

Flashback Friday: A plan for Pedro

Posted on March 07, 2014 in News

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 …

Speaker Spotlight: Patrick Schwarz

Posted on March 06, 2014 in Inclusion, News

Another not-to-be-missed speaker at the Illinois Includes Conference is Dr. Patrick Schwarz.

When it comes to Patrick Schwarz, I almost have no words (and that is saying a lot for someone like me who seemingly never stops talking). He is an amazing presenter with equal parts heart, soul, and energy. Let’s just say that if you have never seen Patrick speak you are in for a treat and a half. People describe him as dynamic, energizing, and motivational. I see him as all of these things and …

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