#NationalSchoolWalkout Activities for Elementary Students

On March 14th, 2018, teachers, students, and families will participate in a #NationalSchoolWalkout organized by the Women's March Youth EMPOWER. The walkout is meant to last 17 minutes in protest of congressional inaction after the 17 people murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The Parkland shooting seems to have reignited a [...]

[OPINION] All “Armed” for Our Students

This is an opinion piece from one of our writers. To read more of our opinions around (not) arming teachers, please click Dear Generation X, #ArmMeWith Campaign, and many more here.   In the wake of the recent tragedy in Florida, some people have been quick to call for (more) gun control. The usage of guns [...]

Students Need “Specials”

What is the practical purpose of those "specials" kids have in school- you know, P.E., Art, Music, Library? There is even another special to simply help kids keep up with the gadgets that find their way into schools: a Technology class! Do these specials interfere with the demands for academic proficiency? Do they make it [...]

Black History Month and PBL: Ideas for Educators

As we enter February, 2018, schools across America will engage in activities celebrating Black History Month in the United States.  There is a strong current in secondary education today where the goal is to move classroom activities away from teacher-centered activities toward “project-based learning” or PBL. This trend has specific criteria that ensure rigorous learning [...]

Dealing With Difficult Parents

I am in a new position this year.  It's new all the way around: new school, new families, new to the public arena of special education. I was chosen by my principal for the position I took this year. I unexpectedly walked into several messes that were leftover from last year, and because of that, parents [...]