Special Education Today Newsletter 2(19)
The week’s news and info for 7 November 2022
Dear Colleagues, Friends, and all y’all,1
You, faithful e-mail folks, are receiving the 19th issue of the second volume of Special Education Today. As I thought about that numbering system today, I realized that it means I’m writing to people who were original SET subscribers for the 69th time. I want to tip my cap to those who have stuck with SET from the beginning. I greatly appreciate the on-going expression of support from those of you who have been along for the entire ride—especially for those who have provided paid subscriptions!
As regular readers will recognize, this issue refers to posts published on the Web site this past week. Thus, some folks who frequently check (haunt?) the site will find mostly familiar content in this issue of the newsletter. Others may find new (and I hope, interesting) content.
There is also an updated status report for the community and the newsletter, a note about a new feature, and a bit of commentary at the end. Sound familiar?
As in the previous weeks, there was growth in the number of e-mail subscribers. Yes, we lost one or two, but there were more new subscribers than losses. There are now nearly 500 e-mail subscribers. I appreciate all that you recipients of this newsletter do to promote the site and its contents. Keep on sharing!
Also, I realize that some of you are, as a form of sharing, forwarding the newsletter to others. Thanks! Please encourage those friends and colleagues to sign up for free (or even for a paying sub)! If you can add a note to your forwarded message saying, “I recommend that get your own copy by joining the SET e-mail list,” I’d be grateful!
In addition to those ~500 subscribers’ visits to SET’s pages, there are many more each week. Indeed, as many as 1000 separate visitors come to the site a day! Thanks for reading! I’m coming back to this in my commentary that I drop at the end of these newsletters.
Flashes of the electronic high beams
This week’s incomplete list of SET pals who interacted with the magazine recently. Thanks to everyone, especially including Mary-Anne L., Laura McK., Clay K. Kris B., Cindy F., Mike G., Kathleen L., Joel M., Shufe T., Kate P., and Michael K. Y’all’s likes and comments are wonderful additions to SET. Thanks!
This Week’s ToC
Well, I posted a lot of notes (was it a dozen?) on SET since the last newsletter. I hope that they are helpful. Be alert that there are new posts coming. For example, there’ll be a story about parents who found their tiny baby had an extraordinarily rare genetic disorder (PGAP3), so rare that it doesn’t have a name. Coming quite soon, this week.
Remember that you can find the latest SET posts by simply going to the main page at https://www.specialeducationtoday.com. O.K., here we go...since the newsletter of 2(18), these are the posts:
Phew! And there’s one more...it’s my newest attempt to create a community among us, to engage people in discussion about what’s important in special education and disabilities. Over the years, I’ve created multiple mailing lists that allow people to discuss stuff. Those lists have been limited in lots of ways (despite Michael K.’s recent effort to popularize them using one of the awful, evil social media platforms). This is my invitation to join an exclusive discussion group: https://www.specialeducationtoday.com/p/join-my-new-subscriber-chat-space. Please join the discussions!
Note, please, that I’m also begging—*begging*—you, dear readers, to let me know what you like and don’t like. For sure, add comments to the posts. But know that you can write to me directly to provide feedback!
Okay, the foregoing notes represent at least the introduction to this commentary, if not the abstract fot it. The idea of SET, at least to me, is to provide (a) easily consumed news, information, commentary, and guidance to people concerned about special education and (b) a forum for interaction. I don’t want to provide traditional academic content (I think readers know I can do that and they know they can find it). I want to provide a place where those of us who want to communicate about special education, disabilities, and such can engage with intelligent consumers who are concerned about same topics.
I tell y’all all the “stuff” about subscriptions, interactions, and such because I find it rewarding that things seem to be moving forward for us producing a special education community. My BIG goal is to create an on-line space where people (parents, teachers, other educators, advocates, policy peeps, and those who are just curious about kids with disabilities and their education) can not just read my drivel, but also share with each other in a respectful way.
I hope that SET is helping readers to connect with each other regarding disabilities, special education, and etc. Please drop comments, participate in discussions, and let me know what’s good and...also, not so good.
That is, I hope readers will let me know how it’s going. Send me a DM via Twitter @JohnWillsLloyd or write to me directly (my name and e-mail addresses are plastered on many walls around the intertubes).
I hope that with this 69th (?) issue readers are getting a sense of what SET provides. And I hope that what it provides is valuable. Please spread the word.
Now, here are the usual admonitions:
*(a) Wear your seatbelts and strap your children in, too; remember to affix them when you get into your car! (b) Get vaccinated for COVID and etc. (c) Keep safe social distance, wash your hands, and use masks. (c) Keep taking care of each other. And (d) please, please teach your children well.
Charlottesville (Peggy calls it “center of the universe”)
SET should not be confused with a product with the same name that 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.
As some of you have heard me say previously, I was born in Richmond, VA. I know that the plural of “y’all” is “all y’all.”