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March 16-17, 2013, I attended the ASCD National Conference in Chicago, Illinois.   On March 16, I did a book signing for my latest book with ASCD, Neurodiversity in the Classroom:  Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Succeed in School and Life (see photo of me and Lindsey Smith, the ASCD graphic artist who designed...
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A new study at Michigan State suggests that there is limited vocabulary instruction in kindergarten classes across the U.S., particularly for those students living at the poverty level.  The is problematic because numerous studies have noted how building a good vocabulary right from start of schooling is directly related to later academic achievement and to success in a...
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On March 16, 2013, from 5:00-6:30 CST,  I’ll be in Chicago doing a presentation at the 2013 ASCD Annual Conference,  entitled:  “First, Discover Their Strengths: Success Strategies for Students with Special Needs.”   Some of the topics I’ll cover in this 90 minute session include: Strengths Awareness:tools that will enable you as an educator to identify the strengths of...
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Today I did an online chat (text-based), which was sponsored by Education Week Teacher, and moderated by Associate Editor Liana Heitin.  Basically the way it worked was, people from around the country (and the world, too, I think) sent in questions that everyone could see in a window on their browser, and then I’d answer...
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Today’s edition of Education Week,  education’s news site of record, contains a Commentary piece that I wrote on the importance of valuing the strengths of students with special needs.  In the article I write about my experience as a special education teacher almost forty years ago, and the disillusionment I felt when I realized that special...
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