Welcome to the second issue of the first year of the newsletter for Special Education Today. This issue has a few house-keeping notes, a listing of recent posts, and a little bit of gratuitous commentary.
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This week, you can find new articles about various topics in the magazine. Read 'em up!
News: NPR reporting on special education during the pandemic—Can legal assistance correct for children's losses?
News: US ED promotes violence Webinars—What US government resources are available to help prevent community violence?
Editorial: Subtypes of LD—Could identification of sub-groups help guide instructional programming?
News: TV personality considers dyslexia a "super power"—Kevin O'Leary of the TV show "Shark Tank," discussed his views on dyslexia
Editorial: Schools contend with shortage of special education teachers for summer school—What is this problem? Why is it occurring?
I'm planning additional features for the magazine. It'll take a while for me to get them completed, but I hope that they are useful. Here are just a few:
Question-&-answer posts: These will be quasi-interviews with special educators who make a difference. They will be in the form of a series of questions that I pose and answers that knowledgable members of the community provide. They will be oriented around efforts that subscribers can make to improve outcomes for learners with disabilities.
Podcasts: Of course, for those who like to listen to a little professional development during their workouts, I'm hoping to create traditional a series of podcast interviews with eminent special educators. The interviewees should not be limited to the usual cast of famous researchers. I want to include them, of course, but I also hope to interview in-the-trenches teachers, administrators, and others. (Send me suggested interviewees and questions!)
Origins: I'm considering a series of topical posts in which we examine an idea (examples: positive reinforcement for appropriate behavior; the 3-cuing system in reading; frequent responding; learning styles) not as a matter of whether they are good or bad, but how they have been represented over the years in sources that educators read.
Thanks for dropping comments! I am so pleased that some of you are not just reading the magazine (and this newsletter), but also clicking the heart symbol to express a "like" and—ESPECIALLY—sharing posts. Whoohoo! Thanks and flashes of the electrons to Jane B., Tina C., Kathleen L., and others who have clicked the like button on a post or dropped a comment!
Also, I hope readers with find the magazine to be a way to discuss matters that concern special educators and others who provide related services (e.g., administrators, researchers, psychologists, speech-language peeps, and others) as well as parents, and even individuals with disabilities themselves. Please Share posts. Comment: Tell me where I've erred. Amplify the content with your own experiences. Suggest additional content.
After a couple of Chamber-of-Commerce gorgeous days, summer's humidity and heat have made another appearance. My morning walks were really nice a couple of days this past week, but Pat Lloyd has taken to suggesting that I wear swimming gear the last couple of days.
I sometimes see things that I find interesting during my walks. I should maybe post a photo of the week, though it probably wouldn't be related to special education.
I hope everyone is safe and happy. Remember to take care of each other, and (of course) to teach your children well.