October 2018 - Special Educator e-Journal

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Special Education Legal Alert

By Perry A. Zirkel

© September 2018

This monthly legal alert addresses the significant rulings of two recent, officially published federal appeals court decisions under the IDEA— Krawietz v. Galveston Independent School District, which reinforced the ad hoc nature of “child find,” and L.H. v. Hamilton County Department of Education, which provided a new twist on both least restrictive environment and reimbursement for private placements. For automatic e-mailing of future legal alerts, sign up at perryzirkel.com

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    The Effectiveness of Head Start Program in Early Childhood Education

    By Sarah AL-Sharif


    Head Start program presents information on practices embraced to ensure children, including the ones with disabilities and special needs, get opportunities and benefit from early childhood education. It ensures they get family and community support and as well focus on interactive and responsive practices in enhancing children emotional security, grasp of problem-solving and critical thinking skills. It also avails the focus on the use of individualistic interventions to meet children learning and developmental needs hence optimizing opportunities for their respective cognitive development. The adopted model as well focuses on family engagement and social services and identifies children needs. It has nationwide recognized activities such as ‘National Reading Month’ which enhances awareness. Other recognized activities include involvement in physical activities, partnerships, and sponsorships which ensure continued support for early childhood learning, educational and developmental needs.

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      The Effect of Music on Social and Emotional Learning

      By Karina Constantine


      This paper will examine the idea of using music as a tool to help attain social and emotional well-being during morning meetings, as an adaptation for non-verbal special needs students, while reviewing the following four academic articles obtained from Library.FIU.edu’s social and psychological, and educational databases on the topic of music in SEL:

      1. A study of teacher formative influence upon and student experience of Social-Emotional Learning climate in secondary school music settings. 
      2. So many lifetimes locked inside: reflecting on the use of music and songs to enhance learning through emotional and social connection in Trainee Clinical Psychologists.
      3. Exploring the rationale for group music activities for parents and young children: Parents' and Practitioners' Perspectives.
      4. Can music enhance school-readiness socioemotional skills?

      While the research is varied and data somewhat conflicting due to the varied age groups and settings, it is clear from these experiments and research articles, that adding music to a modified morning meeting can only benefit and help the outcome of establishing healthy and positive Social and Emotional Learning.

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          Special Education and Health Care: A Literature Review

          By Elizabeth Haddad


          Are special healthcare needs being implemented effectively in Special Education? When children with severe disabilities and special health care needs are in school, there are many considerations and precautions to be made. The life, health, wellbeing, safety of a child is in the hands of educators, school nurses, and other employees of the school they attend. It is important that all aspects of their health are addressed, documented and shared with their primary care doctors, parents and specialists.

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            Book Review: Lead Like a Pirate (Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff)

            By Katherine McMeekin


            Lead Like a Pirate: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff, by Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf is an insightful and motivating read for educational leaders and professionals in the educational system.  The review looks at the book and states main themes, key quotes and strong and weak points from the book.  The review compares the book to Leading in a Culture of Change, by Michael Fullan, and the similarities both books have regarding empowering educational leaders. 

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              Book Review: If You Don’t Feed The Teachers They Eat The Students!

              By Valerie Omans

              Neila A. Connors, Incentive Publications Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, Printed by Sheridan Books, Inc., Chelsea, Michigan, www.incentivepublications.com, 2000, 143pp. ISBN 978-0-86530-457-4. US$16.99

              If You Don’t Feed The Teachers They Eat The Students! is a success guide for administrators and teachers written in a very practical format. This book is written as a guide to choosing the delicious food at restaurants and combing true ingredients for incredibly successful recipes. The author was born in Lexon Dale, Massachusetts. Degrees were obtained from St. Leo College (Bachelor’s) in Florida and Florida State University (Master’s and Doctorate). Dr. Connors is the founder and president of N.A.C. (Networking and Client) Connections Inc. This corporation promotes positive attitudes and actions for a successful life. Dr. Connor’s enthusiasm and positivity invite the reader to an experience of pleasurable cuisine and a fine dining experience.

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                Book Review: Working on the Work

                By Danielle Williams


                How can we increase student achievement? This question is the driving force behind everything we do as educators. Phillip Schlechty’s Working on the Work proposes that we should focus not on improving teachers or students, but rather on creating tasks for students that inspire curiosity and motivate them to genuine engagement with the content. This book review explores Schlechty’s ideas and considers its connections with Michael Fullan’s Leading in a Culture of Change. Implications for classroom practice as well as systemwide reform are discussed.

                Schlechty, Phillip C. Working on the Work:  An Action Plan for Teachers, Principals, and Superintendents. San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass, 2002.  128pp.  $30.00.  ISBN 978-0787961657.

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                    Portions of this or previous month’s NASET’s Special Educator e-Journal were excerpted from:

                    • Center for Parent Information and Resources
                    • Committee on Education and the Workforce
                    • FirstGov.gov-The Official U.S. Government Web Portal
                    • Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals (JAASEP)
                    • National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
                    • National Institute of Health
                    • National Organization on Disability
                    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
                    • U.S. Department of Education
                    • U.S. Department of Education-The Achiever
                    • U.S. Department of Education-The Education Innovator
                    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
                    • U.S. Department of Labor
                    • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
                    • U.S. Office of Special Education

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