Vulnerability is the New Superpower

I spend most of my time studying; studying myself, studying other humans. I am intrigued by leadership psychology and the manner in which people lead themselves and organizations. I am not talking about managing, I…

Sensory Friendly Excursions

Looking for ideas for sensory friendly summertime fun?! During the school year, the emphasis is on inclusion, so why should that stop just because it is summer?  There are tons of programs available which offer…

Special education and stigmatization

I have been a part of many ARDs where parents are concerned about what they consider to be the stigma of special education. More often, parents invision special education as a completely separate area of…

Deciphering the Alphabet Soup of SPED

The SPED world runs on acronyms and abbreviations which can be VERY confusing. Everywhere you turn someone is talking about scheduling an ARD to ensure FAPE (what IS that?!) because an IEP (come again?!) needs…

Retention or Social Promotion?

This is the time of year in which parents and school staff start asking whether to retain or socially promote students from all grade levels. We live in a time when there is pressure on…

Special Education Eligibility

  There is a two-part process for determining whether a student is eligible for special education and related services.   Based on the results of an FIE, a student must meet eligibility criteria (have an…

Maslow’s Hierarchy of School Needs

Hello Evaluators! Time to use those Glr skills and think back to grad school or even your undergrad… to a psychologist named Maslow. His theory revolved around motivation and the different circumstances that motivate people-…

Let’s talk about the fishbowl!

To begin, I will say I did not come up with this analogy (although I wish I had). I attended a training and the presenter used this analogy to illustrate a brilliant point that needs…