Special Education Today Newsletter 1(50)
Anything in this week’s news and info for 30 May 2022 that's of interest?
Welcome to this edition of the weekly newsletter for Special Education Today. In addition to this photo of a Great Crested Flycather who was nesting ouside our window, you'll find the usual contents: a status report, some thanks to readers, a table of contents, and a (very) little commentary. Please feel free to read it all on the Web at SET.
I hope the photo brings readers a little peace before they remember the horros of this past week.
There was one unsub and one sub on the free side this week. Let no one say SET is unbalanced!
I am moving toward fully implementing the paid side. All readers will still see posts available for free. They will also see posts that only show the first few paragraphs. Paid subscribers will see everything.
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Flashes of the electrons
Part of the reason the community has continued to grow is that SET pals interacted with the site last week. I want to acknowledge them here.
Accolades to folks who have opened very many posts over the past 7 days: Sheldon H., Ed P., Kimberly V., Anita A., John R., Mary-Anne L., Clay K., Alison C., and Cindy O.
Thanks Clay K., Luann D., Bree J., Jeannie K-T., Peggy K-S., Shu-Fei T., Ronnie D., Debbie G., Stacey B., Laura McK., Benner S., Tina C., Jennifer L., Christine T., Angelique W., and Jan B. for dropping “likes” on posts recently. It’s wonderful that you found some of the content worthy of “liking,” and I appreciate the feedback.
Thanks to all y’all who have followed @specialedtoday. Twitter’s a great way to keep up with what’s happening with SET, though I need to do a better job of announcing posts on that medium. As I get a chance, I’ll push notices to followers of that TW account. And a special flash to Betsy T., who keeps mentioning SET on Twitter.
Help SET by retweeting those notices and posting your own tweets about content even when I don’t.
Table of contents
I hope readers recognize that I post messages to the Web site repeatedly during the week. Sometimes, I push one of those posts out via the email list, but you can see them all if you regularly visit the site.
Readers will not be surprised that this past week included posts about school shootings. There was more, to be sure. Here is the list:
Please be sure to check the Website to keep current. You’ll find an HTML-formated version of this newsletter (much prettier than the funky version in this pedestrina e-mail) as well as any newer posts.
So, my friends, this was a week that reminded me about my abiding concern for teachers and students. A man with a weapon killed two teachers, and lots of children. He could have done it with a machette, knives, his hands. Regardless of the weapon, he had malice.
We need to teach our kids and other kids to harbor no spite, maliciousness, or unkindness. We need to teach children not to disparage or despise their peers. We need to teach our kids to resist urges to cast aspersions on others.
We need to do these things ourselves. That will help us to help our students.
We need to teach our children to care for others. So, as usual, I recommend that you take care of yourselves (e.g., wear those seatbelts), take care of others (e.g., use masks in situations that put yourself and others at risk), and teach our children well.
John Wills Lloyd, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, UVA School of Ed & HD
Co-editor, Exceptional Children
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