Special Education is a Service, Not a Place

I have a strong belief that I want to share with you today. In the past, students with special needs were sent to separate schools, buildings and even separate homes. We have come a long way in how we see, treat and educate people with special needs. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal special education law originally passed by Congress in 1975. It has been amended several times, most recently in September 2011. IDEA basically states that all children with disabilities have the opportunity to receive a free and appro...

your back to school survival guide (pandemic edition)

Going back to school in 2021 is going to look different, but in some ways, it’s going to look the way it did in 2019. Parents will still rush to fill lunch boxes and backpacks with the essentials. New and old students will experience first day jitters as they wonder how they’ll be able to handle their new workload. Yet, in the midst of the familiar, we still battle the same fears that plagued us last year: Mask or no mask? What about the vaccine? Will it help? Is social distancing still a thing? Should we go in-person, virtual, or some type o...