- Are you an educator in the Northshore, Shoreline, or Edmonds School ...Districts? The Cascade Uniserv Council has a Special Ed Law training coming up! This training is very popular and useful for both general education and special education teachers. Check out the link for more details and registration. Members can register for $20 and non-members can register for $150.
- "Meaningful Inclusion" with Dr. Ilene Schwartz, Director of the Hari...ng Center for Research and Training in Inclusive Education Tuesday, January 16 in Redmond at the Lake Washington School District Resource Center
- Shoreline Special Needs PTSA - Thanks so much for inviting us to spe...ak last night. Really enjoyed meeting the school board candidates too. Great meeting!
"Every day, someone tells the parents of a toddler with a disability that they “can’t”. Every day a teacher decides to work on other areas because a student with disabilities “can’t” or because they don’t demonstrate “reading readiness”. "
University of Indiana:
"In reality, inclusion is not a special education issue. For schools to successfully support students with diverse learning needs, special education reform must be viewed within the broader context of school restructuring."
Thanks to all who voted!
The results are in. Both Shoreline Schools Replacement Levies have passed! Thank you to everyone who voted. Initial results are below.
Proposition 1: 66.4% approval
Proposition 2: 67.9% approval
This is *so* important. Kids with disabilities are a vulnerable population, and teaching them to always be compliant is literally dangerous.
And they have a right to autonomy.
They have a right to opinions....
They have a right to say no.
"One of the most important things you can teach a child with complex communication needs is refusal."
Inclusive education is one important piece of a larger fight for inclusion in society. It's time more of us learned the history - and current activism - of Disability civil rights, and of the Disability Pride movement.
"Shalaby argues, and rightly so, that our troublemakers are “canaries in the coal mine.” These children, in their defiance, are warning us of something fundamentally destructive — in Shalaby’s words, toxic — about our schools and our expectations for all young people."
"Most importantly, UDL suggests a fundamental shift in how we understand learning challenges. It puts an emphasis on remediating the classroom rather than the student."
"I have said it before and I will say it again: inclusion is not a person or a place or a program; inclusion is a mindset, a way of thinking, and it needs to be who we are as much as it is what we do."
"But here is the primary problem I see in education and behavior therapy: when we insist that vulnerable children control their behavior before they’re able to, there’s a potential to do more harm than good to their mental health and social-emotional development.
We can shift the paradigm by using developmental approaches that are informed by neuroscience and based in compassionate best-practice principles."