July 2020 - Special Educator e-Journal




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Special Education Legal Alert

By Perry A. Zirkel

© June 2020

This month’s update concerns two issues that were subject to recent court decisions of general significance: (a) FAPE in a dyslexia methodology case, and (b) parents who proceed in due process hearings without an attorney.  For further examination of such issues, see Publications section at perryzirkel.com

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Replacing the “Special” in Special Education

By Steven Benson, Ed.D.

Abstract

The use of language and words describing students with the advent of disabilities has changed over time with new medical, clinical, social advancement, and contextual circumstances.  Replacing “special” education with the current emphasis on individual educational minimizes a cookie-cutter entitlement for teaching strategies, supports services, and accommodations.  The Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) still remains as the cornerstone of a quality education for each student identified with a disability.  A more responsive learning environment is predicated on the diversification of educational experiences.  There is no abandonment of legal mandates for equity, accountability, or excellence in education for students with disabilities established by federal acts.  The philosophy follows that every student, regardless of his/her disabilities, has the right to be incorporated fully into the educational practices of the school, as well as being included into the fabric of society.

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Children with an Intellectual Disability in an Inclusive Setting

By Keishla Candelario

Many students with intellectual disabilities access their education in a self-contained setting. The only acquaintance they have in an inclusive environment is during electives and or specials. It is unlikely to see a child or children with an intellectual disability in an inclusive setting. The decision of the student’s placement is determined by the M-Team, which consists of; the parent, the special education teacher, general education teacher, school psychologist, district representatives and therapist (if needed). Although the child’s Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) is taken into consideration, it is often determined that a child with intellectual disabilities be placed in a self-contained classroom. However, other options should be considered because the label does not determine the setting. Many students with intellectual disabilities can benefit and show growth in different areas from being in an inclusive setting. It is important that if they are able to perform in an inclusive setting that they be given the opportunity. In this meta-analysis, I will discuss the benefits and challenges of children with an intellectual disability in an inclusion setting.

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Visual Supports for Students with Disabilities: A Review of Literature

By Krystal Fernandez

Abstract

This literature review seeks to study and evaluate the beneficial effects of visual supports and students with disabilities. Students with disabilities encounter struggles in understanding, communication, and expression. These struggles put a strain on a student’s learning process, evidently a student’s education. Studies have shown implementing these visual supports rather than the use of written or auditorial methods, facilitates understanding and communicative expression

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Masters of Morphology: Explicit Multisensory Structured Metacognitive Language Strategies to Foster Adolescent Learners’ Content Vocabulary

By Samantha Ashley Forrest

Bibliographic Information

Elke Schneider & Kavin Ming (2019) Masters of Morphology: Elicit Multisensory Structured Metacognitive Language Strategies to Foster Adolescent Learners’ Content Vocabulary, The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 92:3, 101 – 111

  1. Major Points

    • Multisensory Structured Language Instruction
    • Vocabulary: Prefix – Root – Suffix Instruction
    • Adolescent Learners: Middle and High School
    • Effective Strategy for Both Native and Non – Native Speakers

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An Analysis of the Interactions between Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, and Conduct Disorder, and Implications with Juvenile Delinquency

By Justin M. Tarradell

Abstract

This review analyzes characteristics of ADHD and environmental factors/stressors and evaluates whether these characteristics are predictors for future juvenile trouble. This review will also analyze the relationship between ADHD and Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD) and draw conclusions/predictor variables to future juvenile issues. The results of the research generally agree upon the fact that adolescents with ADHD generally have issues with executive functioning skills that may/could last into adulthood, including but not limited to poor planning, poor impulse control, and emotional dysregulation. The results of the research also agree upon ODD being an important steppingstone in differentiating ADHD without comorbidity and ADHD with CD. The results of the research generally agree that any combination of the three disabilities covered in this review (ADHD, ODD, and CD) may lead to an increased risk of juvenile issues and misbehavior. This review is not aimed at generalizing the entire ADHD population automatically becoming delinquents. On the contrary, this review exists to establish relationships between ADHD, ODD, CD and several environmental factors that may lead to juvenile delinquency.

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Book Review: Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love

By Bridget Barahona

Abstract

To be a leader is to be the example, one cannot do it all. What does it take for a leader to get his team to be plugged in to the vision? The book Hacking Leadership by Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis covers ten ways a great leader inspires learning. Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis speak on the importance of a leader being supportive and knowing that being a leader is not always being the front runner but the central plug which fosters new ideas and grit. 

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Book Review: Lead Like a Pirate

By Demetria C Johnson

According to dictionary.com, synonyms for a pirate are adventurer, daredevil, hero, heroine, opportunist and voyager. Being a leader in the education arena you must be a daredevil and an opportunist, ready to steer through the many changes that comes with leading. A leader must be ready to navigate through policies, procedures, behaviors and people to service one of our greatest commodities, students. Each part of being a Pirate leader has a compass to guide you. Also, there are cannonballs to avoid along the way. This book gives leader a guide on how to navigate leadership in a manner that requires guts and will. PIRATE leader lets sail out and be ready to ANCHOR our conversation.

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Book Review: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You (10th Anniversary Edition)

By Bryanna Nunez

John C. Maxwell is an American pastor, speaker, and author who has written several books focused on leadership. One of his most famous and respected books is The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You. This book inspires people from all around the world to embrace change and become the best leaders possible. Maxwell is a reliable source of information. After leading several churches, teaching, and running a hugely successful company that provides leadership education and training to various businesses and Fortune 500 companies, he has much to share.

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Acknowledgements

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

The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) thanks all of the above for the information provided for this or prior editions of the Special Educator e-Journal


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