Special Education Today Newsletter 1(19)

Another week's gone by....

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I’m late preparing this, so let’s get right to the usual content: (a) activity news, (b) the week’s contents, and (c) maybe an observation or two.

Activity news

Overall, the Web site continues to attact visitors. Although traffic spikes on a weekly basis, it rarely falls as low as it was in the first weeks (just a visitor or two in a day); on only about 25% of the days over the last four weeks have there been fewer than 10 visitors on a day. Now, how many of those visitors are you, dear readers, and how many are coming from the masses, I don’t know.

Over the past 90 days, we’re picked up > 50 e-mail subscriptions. Some of those must be a result of y’all sharing newsletters and links. Thank you!

For the week that just passed, the post on reading education was far and away the most read entry and the one about Midwest Symposium nominations the least read (see table of contents).

For their participation and dissemination, flashes of the electrons to

  • Tina C.

  • Jean C.

  • Michael K.

  • Elizabeth T.

  • Jane B.

  • Clay K.

and any other suspects whom I’ve overlooked in the accounting. I greatly appreciate y’all engaging with the newsletter and site, whether directly here or on other media!

Table of contents

There were five new posts this week. I don’t know (nor do I have the patience to count) how many posts there have been in the history of the site. It has to be > 60…not that it is a goal of mine, but I suspect it’ll be hard to make it to 100 by the half-way point of SET’s first year. Sigh…anyway, here’s the posts added since last week’s newsletter.

Notes and such

Well, I didn’t make headway on a lot of long-standing projects. Those who know me well will remember that I’m pretty dang expert at putting off until tomorrow what I could get done today. I remember what Joanne said while we were working on her dissertation: “I’m not worried. I know I can walk into your office and put something in front of you and you’ll work on it right away. I just don’t want to let anything fall into one of your stacks.” Well, I kept that post about reading in front of me and, even if it has flaws, I published it! Sigh…the next installment in the behavior management series went into a to-do stack; I promise to get back to it.

I was really glad to have Besty Talbott’s assistance in creating the post about the efforts by Friends of IES to promote greater funding for NCSER. For those of us who conduct research in special education and for those of us who benefit from it, I express my thanks to the panel (F. Levine, C. Bradshaw, E. Talbott, and F. Helsel—and those who helped them!) for their successful efforts to explain to lawmakes (and budgetmakers) the value that NCSER adds to educational efforts.

There are lots of other possible notes I could include here, but I promised to make it brief, didn’t I? Still, please remember to take care of each other and teach your students well!

John Wills Lloyd, Ph.D.
SET founder & editor
Charlottesville, VA