Special Education Today Newsletter 2(3)
What was available the week of 6 June 2022?
Hello and welcome to the third issue of the second volume of the weekly newsletter for Special Education Today. This issue (2,3) covers the week ending 19 June 2022.
As has happened in previous issues, readers will find the types of contents quite familiar. There is a status report, some notes of appreciation to readers, a table listing the contents from the past week, and a little commentary.
Please feel free to read it all on the Web at https://www.specialeducationtoday.com. And please feel free to share it widely.
This past week, as in the last few weeks, SET is holding steady. There were the same number of subscribers as there were previously. I am—you may not be surprised— hoping to see the number of free and paid subscribers increase. To help accelerate growth, I hope readers are telling administrators, teachers, parents, and others about SET.
I am moving toward fully implementing the paid side. All readers will still see posts available for free (e.g., this newsletter). They will also see some posts that only show the first few paragraphs before displaying a paywall. Paid subscribers will see everything immediately. Paid subscribers have the opportunity to comment on any post.
You, dear subscribers, are almost certainly the reason for any growth in SET. I don’t think people new to SET just found it randomly—”licked it up from the grass,” as one of my all-time favorite teachers described how people came to know about things. To the extent that you share SET posts and recommend SET to colleagues, you help boost the base. Thanks!
Recognition (AKA: Flashes of the electrons)
As regular readers will recognize, I’m happy to acknowledge the contributions of readers who comment on posts, register their “likes,” and let people on other media know about SET. Here are recent data:
Joel M. posted a comment this past week and his comment provided a link to additional evidence about the post (“Big DI in Kenya”) about which he was commenting. Thanks for the amplification, Joel!
Jane B., Clayton K., and Michael K. each registered likes on posts this past week. Thanks!
Thanks to all y’all who have followed @SpecialEdToday over on Twitter (and elsewhere). Special thanks to @BetsyTalbott1 who keeps tagging @SpecialEdToday and my personal account @JohnWillsLloyd on her posts. Additional thanks to peeps who tagged @SpecialEdToday in their tweets about special education:
Follow these folks to keep up with what they’re discussing!
As some of you know, I’m a bit concerned about TW’s influence. I often find it a forum for amplifying misinformation. But it can be a way to disseminate accurate info. To the extent it does amplify accurate info, I hope that users find it a great way to keep up with what’s happening with SET. We speducators can help promote the dissemination of accurate information by calling out BS about sped when we see it and by promoting sensible and responsible tweets.
I know I need to do a better job of announcing posts on mediums such as TW and FB. As I get a chance, I’ll push notices to followers of that TW account, @SpecialEdToday. I need help with Facebook, ‘cause I abandoned that medium about 10 years ago. Please help SET by retweeting appropriate notices and posting your own follows-tweets-etc. about content (or critiques) even when I don’t.
Table of contents
Maybe it was a dull week. Maybe I only posted uninteresting notes this past week...maybe that’s been true throughout the life of SET.... But, anyway, here’re the messages I posted to the Web site during the past week. Sometimes, I push one (or more) of those posts out via the email list, but you can see them all if you visit the site regularly.
Big DI in Kenya: How’s it working?
Musical interlude #0: What songs is John thinking abut recently?
ABA and big social problems: What should behavior analysts be doing about solving problems?
Greg Ashman on “binary thinking” about disabilities: Are decisions about disability services an all-or-none proposition?
Make sure you go to the Website to see the most current contents; new posts will drop throughout the coming week. You’ll find an HTML-formated version of this newsletter (much prettier than this version—which is also HTML formatted, but not with the same CSS—that comes in the e-mail) as well as any newer posts.
It’s the Juneteenth holiday. I hope folks have a wonderful celebration! In my view, the connections between the African-Amerian community and special education should be a source of hope and joy; both communities want to provide benificial opportunities for students who need help. Let’s go there!
I took some time off this past week. Pat and I spent a few delightful days in the Blacksburg neighborhood in southwest Virginia. We were participating in an event sponsored by the Virginia Society of Ornithology. Yep, if you hadn’t inferred it from some previous posts (e.g., Birds and sped) we’re both birdwatchers...I, at least, am a dedicated amateur. I do have grey hair and a not-so-flattering hat (function over form).
Yes, indeed, folks who watch birds frequently, who go outdoors to look for birds when the weather is cold and the spring skies are still dark, are a special group of people. I know many of them, including Barb Bateman and Dan Hallahan
Barbara Bateman was among the earliest of my bird friends. When I was even more of a duffer than I am now, as a graduate student I would sometimes call Barb (land line!). I’d describe a bird, and ask her where to look in Peterson’s book. She’d oblige me (e.g., “probably a Cedar Waxwing; look in the index”).
Dan Hallahan was another. At Dan’s urging, he and I took a class together (it had quizzes and was graded and all that!). I learned so much and thank him very much for his encouragement to take the class. (We’ve also gone on many other walks, which he arranged.)
What’s the point of this commentary? Maybe it’s not as obvious as it seems to me, but let me just state it plainly. I learned a lot from my colleagues about the academic-professional aspects of special education, but my colleagues also taught me a lot about how to live in the world, how to appreciate not-so-professional things...how to live a fuller life.
I hope that today’s special educators have as many valuable guides as I had. Let’s get together about outside interests. Let’s be collegial, in the broader sense.
I know Barb and Dan agree with the idea of teaching our teachers to promote effective instruction, and I hope other readers do, too. So, I ask you to join us in recommending that educators take care of ourselves (e.g., wear those seatbelts), take care of others (e.g., use masks in situations that put yourself or others at risk), and teach our children well.
SET Editor guy
SET should not be confused with a product with the product that uses the same name and is published by the Council for Exceptional Children. SET predated CEC’s publication by decades. Despite my appreciation for CEC, this product is not designed to promote that organization.