Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Ask the Related Arts teachers how many inservice trainings actually apply to them. Probably, the answer is “almost none.” Then ask them about inclusion. Chances are you’ll find that when students with disabilities are first included in a general education setting, they start in Art, Music, or Physical Education, where the curricular demands may be considered by many to be less stringent or challenging.
Related Arts teachers often have novel and creative ways to minimize a child’s disability and build on her strengths. They are good at making changes on the fly to include everyone in the activity. We could learn a lot about inclusion from them. But research shows that we rarely seek out their expertise.
This group of staff has unique learning needs. That’s why PLC Consultants developed an online learning community just for them. Not only can they showcase what works, they can ask questions and learn about the ins and outs of Special Education and how it affects them directly. They can get plugged in to the latest changes in Special Education, learn about policies and procedures for identification and support, and connect with experts.
Take a look at how this module can meet the needs of this group of uniquely qualified teachers.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
You don’t need a degree in Statistics to use data to your advantage. Take a look at the online learning module offered by PLC Consultants. It could be just what you or staff needs to take the guesswork out of data.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Assistive Technology makes advances every day. It’s hard to keep up. And if you’re a classroom teacher, knowing how to match the right tool for the right task to the right student, the challenges are compounded. Most teachers use some form of AT without even realizing it. Those colored overlays you use for struggling readers: AT. That large-print book for the kid with glasses: AT. The spell-checker that you provided to the kid finds editing more trouble than it’s worth: AT.
With so many options available, it’s hard to know what tool, system, or program is best. But there are several really good formats to guide you and the educational team through the process of selecting the right form of AT. We have to take prerequisite skills, parent wishes, learning goals, budgets, and most importantly, the student’s needs and abilities into account.
Chances are good your staff would benefit from a PLC about Assistive Technology. Take a look at the online learning module offered by PLC Consultants. It can put a spotlight on real answers to real problems with real kids.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
We talk about the idea of “community” often in education. But what is that really? The word “community” has its roots in Latin (communitas) and is defined as a social group of any size who share common goals and values. Educators create a feeling of community within their classrooms by having their students develop the ground rules for the group. Community fits in nicely with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. A sense of belonging to the group is closely tied to self-confidence, achievement, and mutual respect. But “community” within Special Education doesn’t stop there.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Developing a truly inclusive classroom is hard work. But others have done it successfully and we can too. There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel when we have our collective expertise and creativity to rely on and to share. PLC Consultants’ Module 5: The Inclusive Classroom provides the vehicle for ongoing, meaningful, and productive collaboration in a secure environment where sharing successes AND failures are an important part of the learning process. Take a look.