Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! To celebrate, here are some thankful thoughts from our Reality 101 bloggers.
Rob: I get by with a little help from my colleagues
Teaching is a tough business. There are so many things that influence our jobs on a daily basis that we have absolutely no control over. What we do have control over is where and who we work with. I am thankful for my colleagues. Over my past two+ years at my school, I’ve worked with fantastic people who keep me going day in and day out. They listen when I need to vent; they talk things out when I need to problem solve; they fight for me when I need them to. Without them, I never would have made it through the first two y (Read more...)
Everyone here at CEC hopes you have a wonderful holiday with your friends and families. We could not achieve our goals without the tremendous support we get from our members. We are thankful for YOU and everything you do for children and youth with exceptionalities!
On Nov. 21, 2013, Room G-50 in the U.S. Senate Dirksen Building was once again overflowing with those advocating for the U.S. ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), with Secretary of State John Kerry testifying to the Foreign Relations Committee. Kerry is no stranger to the treaty, as he pushed for its ratification when he was chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee in the Senate.
Last week Kerry spoke on behalf of the continued effort to ratify and addressed the many concerns that are still being raised about topics such as homeschooling, the case of Bond v. United States, and the protection of American Sovereignty.
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Last week’s Policy Insider featured our Action Alert: Carve Turkeys, Not Education. Meanwhile, Congress continues to make decisions that will determine the amount of funding provided for education programs. Some lawmakers believe Sequestration must continue, but others are still on the fence. In honor of tomorrow’s celebration of Thanksgiving here in the United States, please join CEC and the Committee for Education Funding -- a national coalition of more than 100 education organizations -– in telling Congress to ‘Carve Turkeys, Not Education!’
The other day one of my kindergarten friends had a birthday. Every time someone in the inclusion kindergarten room has a birthday the classroom teacher has her kids make a book for the Birthday Star. Each child makes a page that says "_______ is my friend because..." The students draw a picture as the teachers go around and write each child's thoughts about their friend.
A lot of them end up reflecting typical kindergarten friendships--we play together, we sit at the same table, we have the same lunch box. For this friend in particular, I wasn't sure what to expect because, as can sometimes happen in an inclusion setting, this child tends to work alone during the day.
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It's time for the Monday question. How would you change the Rowley FAPE standard if at all? We will later do a post featuring some of your ideas. This post will repeat every week until we have a number of responses to report. Thanks for your input.
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