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New year, new goals

Posted on January 07, 2020 in News

Happy New Year!

I had a lot of great feedback about this post in the last few years, so I am sharing it again to kick off 2019. 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 …

Coaster is here!

Posted on December 13, 2019 in News

Do you love dogs as much as I do? If so, read on!

A few years ago (when I adopted my own dog), I had an idea for a children’s book about a shelter pet.

The book is about a dog who is admired (in part) for his snazzy wheels.

Here is the description of the book:

Coaster lives in an animal shelter with many puppies (and a few kittens) who are looking for homes. All the pets know he will be the first of the bunch to be adopted. After all, he has a fine coat, floppy ears, and …

Off the Page #10: Are “Coffee Carts” Inclusive?

Posted on June 09, 2019 in Inclusion

Do you have a coffee cart at your school? These little businesses are popping up at schools across the country and many of them are run by students with disabilities. Some of them are even created in the name of meaningfully including students with disabilities in the life of the school, but is the coffee cart inclusive? Watch …

Do you have a co-teaching vision?

Posted on March 06, 2019 in Collaboration, Inclusion

Have you been using 30 Days to the Co-Taught Classroom to learn about co-teaching or to teach your staff about co-teaching? If so, you may have used the tools on Day 2 to create vision statements/pictures. This section of the book is designed to give teams an opportunity to envision their ideal environment, classroom “feeling”, teaching practices, and co-teaching relationship.

I have used this tool with several teams, but …

Thanks for the motivation, coach

Posted on January 25, 2019 in Inclusion

Some of you may have heard me talk about Kellen Ehrenhardt in the last few years. He is the son of a dear friend and amazing advocate, Teri Ehrenhardt. Kellen has always been a person who has had a vision. He had a full high school career of academics, sports, volunteering, and church activities and he has not slowed down in his young adult years. He still has a lot going on in all arenas of his life, but one of the most powerful …

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