Believe Differently

Believe Differently

At the core of every educator is a belief system that guides their practice. The challenge lies in consistently reflecting on this personal belief system to ensure that it continues to lead instruction in a manner that supports the needs of every student they encounter.

At its core Equitable Teaching is a belief system. One that is founded on the opinion that every child can have their learning outcomes met through the accessibility of their general education teacher. This is a shift in the perspective from the idea of “inclusion” which solely focuses on location, where students may join their…

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When our beliefs, behaviors, or attitudes conflict within ourselves we are experiencing cognitive dissonance, according to a theory developed by Leon Festinger (1957). Imagine you are trying to save money for a down payment on a house and you order a $50 steak or buy a $200 pair of jeans. That nagging or uneasy feeling…

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Every time I hear the term “sped student” it absolutely makes my skin crawl. Not only is this not person first, it also automatically assigns an identity to the student being referenced. How often is the term “gen. ed student” used in reference to one particular student? I will answer that, rarely, or never. Students…

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The goal of intervention is to help students develop skills. As educators when we recognize that a student may need additional support in a skill area, interventions must ALWAYS be considered before special education services. The skill area may be academic, speech and language, social, functional, behavioral, organizational, or a specific focus unique to the…

Read more Advocacy Series #9 Intervention begins with self-reflection…

It is our responsibility to provide EVERY student with opportunities, to learn, improve, and grow.

Transparency and honesty are essential to the IEP process. The relationship that is established between educators and parents is crucial to student success. Communication is a cornerstone to this relationship. When educators and parents are honest, open and respectful with their communication this provides optimal support for students. I remember early on as a parent…

Read more Advocacy Series #6 Promote open, honest, and respectful communication