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Marisa Kaplan

Former NYC teacher, Consultant, Creator and writer of

My name is Marisa Kaplan and I am a former New York City teacher. I recently left the system to pursue other avenues of creativity with the major goal of making an impact in education. Certified in special education, my main area of expertise is in modifying curriculum and learning strategies to meet the needs of all students. One of the main perks of being a special education teacher is the opportunity to collaborate with so many colleagues. Throughout my years in the classroom I have always been part of a strong team of child-advocates including teachers, families, therapists and counselors. I feel in many ways like I have become a Rolodex of strategies and tools just by virtue of working in contact with so many amazing individuals. If you are interested in learning more about my educational and professional experience please visit

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  • Teacher Collaboration

    Collaborative Team Teaching: Challenges and Rewards

    Veteran special ed teacher Marisa Kaplan shares the challenges and rewards of co-teaching, including the fun of having another adult in the classroom.
  • Teacher Leadership

    What Does the "Special" in Special Education Mean?

    Blogger Marisa Kaplan offers a fresh perspective on how, in education, one size does not fit all.
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    Creating a Strong Parent Community

    Many parents want to help but do not know how. Blogger and elementary teacher Marisa Kaplan shares some ideas for getting parents engaged and involved.

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