A place for teachers and other providers of special education services to support each other, share information, and discuss topics, including assessment.

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Deven Black Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

Its nice to see so many new people arriving here. Please take a few moments to tell us about yourself, especially about your interests beyond the classroom.

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Hi, I'm Debbie and I have been teaching students with Special Needs for 25 years. I have been at the HS level for 19 years. I can honestly say that I still love working with the students I have!! Even at the HS level.

I like seeing new things done in a classroom. When I say that, I don't mean that they have to be brand new ideas or the same thing with different names. I like to see teachers who have taught for awhile evaluate what is going on in the classroom and decide to do something different to get better results. I think that is why people join groups like this; at least that is why I join a group. It is the difference between a teacher who teaches the material and a teacher who teaches the students.

Outside of school I enjoy traveling, sewing, reading, and spending time with my family.

Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

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Hi Debbie, its a pleasure to meet you. Feel free to comment on any of the conversation threads I've started or to start your own.

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Hi Debbie and Deven:
Nice to meet you both. I am an Admin for a large school dist in NJ. There are constant changes in Special Ed (as I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir) and I am always interested in staying abreast of what's happening in other school districts around the country. The biggest challenge I see in my district has to do with state assessments. Students are not making AYP. Any ideas as to how we can improve the current status?

k-12 Special education teacher, Rocheseter, NY

Hi everyone, I'm so excited

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Hi everyone,
I'm so excited to find a place for educators to share ideas in such a great way. I have been teaching special ed. for nearly ten years. I've had the privelege, as a spouse of an enlisted service man, to travel to numerous schools across the country and learn how lessons, and modifications are performed in many states. It has given me such a desire to share my knowledge, as well as persue more to help bring about more inclusive practices for all learners.

Special Ed Teacher for students with emotional and behavioral disorders

Hello, I am a career-changer

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Hello,

I am a career-changer who graduated in May 08. After subbing for most of last year I accepted a position with Hillside Children's Center as a teacher in their Halpern day treatment programs.

My class is self-contained and with 5 students spread across grades 10-12. All of the students at Halpern have emotional/behavioral disturbance classifications. The job is difficult and challenging.

I am not a big fan of segregating special ed students and at Halpern we regularly see the results of having a population of troubled students whose only social experience is with each other. At the same time, I really would not want any of my students to be in a general education setting as it would not be fair to students, faculty, and staff.

I'm looking for colleagues interested in sharing experiences and also for ways to integrate the great ideas published by Edutopia into my classroom.

Hi- I am a special education

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Hi-

I am a special education teacher at a vocational high school in Western Ma. I have been teaching for ten years, and I work with students in grades 9-12. My class is called "Applied Academics" and it feels like a resource room. I see my students once a day for a period.

I am wondering how other programs are designed. Do people have classes of students grouped by disability? Are your classes subject specific, or do you work on whatever the students need help with?

I am hoping to exchange ideas with, and seek advice from other special educators.

Thanks :)

Special Education: K-6 Inclusion Resource Teacher from Phoenix, Arizona

"Lovin' It":K-6 Inclusion Resource Teacher: Gilbert, AZ

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I have the best job ever! I am an Inclusion Resource Teacher in a public elementary school in Gilbert, AZ. I've taught for 23 years, 9 of those years in a cross-categorical resource room, and the rest in the inclusive environment of the general ed. classroom. I work with and among 10 special education teachers: 4 pullout resource, 2 inclusion, 2 primary Autism programs,and 1 intermediate Autism program. Our campus also includes other sp ed programs and staff. We have a large special education population.

Our special education population is divided into two main groups, pullout and inclusion. Pullout students are included for whatever time they are not in resource.

Besides working on IEPs and small groups, my inclusion colleague and I collaborate with each teacher on our campus monthly. Our program not only facilitates support services for inclusion special needs students, it also promotes support services for teachers in their efforts to provide a richer learning environment for ALL students.

It's a wonderful community, but not without problems. Of course paperwork is an ongoing issue, as is facilitation of accommodations, burnout, etc., etc..... I'm sure there are other effective ideas and methods out there that could help us improve or add to our current services for special needs students and their teachers. Hopefully I will be able to contribute and gain from the experiences of this group.

Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

Lovin' it

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Welcome to the group, Shirley. Thanks for the run-down on your job. How many special ed students are on your campus, in your school?

I look forward to learning more about you and your program.

Special Education: K-6 Inclusion Resource Teacher from Phoenix, Arizona

Thank you Deven. Currently

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Thank you Deven. Currently we have about 125 special needs students.

High School Special Education Teacher-Resource Room

Hi! I'm in my 11th year

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Hi! I'm in my 11th year teaching in a high school resource room setting. I'm extremely interested in the impact of technology on teaching and learning.

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