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Not Business as Usual | ALA Midwinter 2017

In spite of intermittent rain, the mild temperatures of Atlanta, GA, made it a welcome destination for the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, held January 20–24. Current events—notably the inauguration on Friday of Donald Trump as the 45th president—drove a series of offerings that were definitely not business as usual.

Trump Doubles Down On Another "Colossal Untruth"

... in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in theShow More Summary

Transportation: IRREGULAR BUS SERVICE RESULTS IN NO TRANSPORTATION – NO FAPE?

Jessamy: I am a social work intern at a public defenders office. One of our juvenile clients was transferred out of district to a school that is supposed to provide Continue Reading ?

Transfers: TRANSFERRING SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Brooke:  Our current school district’s special education system is not so good. The district just a few minutes away has a fantastic one. Are there any laws or loopholes we Continue Reading ?

Retaliation: RETALIATION FOR TEACHER SPEAKING UP FOR PARENTS

Carolyn:  Retaliation for doing the right thing. Can a Special Education Teacher be assigned multiple IEPs to write and discuss for meetings to be held on the same day? I Continue Reading ?

Transportation: TRANSPORTATION FOR SPECIAL NEEDS

Teri:  I live in Ohio, my 3 year old nephew attends preschool. the bus picks him up at home then drop off is a block away. He has autism & Continue Reading ?

Discrimination: MAGNET SCHOOL APPLICATION ASKS IF CHILD HAS IEP OR 504

Marianne:  Are magnet programs (public school) application allowed to ask if a child has an IEP or 504? I am concerned that they will use this information as a way Continue Reading ?

Restraint: TRANSPORTATION HARNESS – RESTRAINT AND SECLUSION?

Susan:  Would keeping a student’s transportation harness on while doing a community activity, such as going to a store, in order to hold on to the student to prevent wandering Continue Reading ?

Mondays in the Morning with Sixth Graders

by Susan Ohanian Our local elementary school regards community service as a high priority, and every Monday at my town Senior Center, which is a social gathering place for activities and information, four sixth graders give up their lunch & recess to volunteer as helpers for the popular lunch we provide once a week. Show More Summary

How exactly did the Department of Defense end up in my child's classroom?

from Wrench in the Gears You cannot fully understand what is happening with Future Ready school redesign, 1:1 device programs, embedded assessments, gamification, classroom management apps, and the push for students in neighborhood schools...Show More Summary

Booki Vivat On Doodling, Finding Your Purpose, And Laughing At Life’s Mortifying Moments

Booki Vivat’s exuberant Frazzled introduces readers to Abbie Wu, a wisecracking sixth grader struggling with the transition to middle school.  Her two best friends have thrived in their respective activities, while at home she is bookended by a brilliant older brother and adorable younger sister. Abbie’s voice, by turns droll and vulnerable, is bolstered by Vivat’s […]

Good News, Bad News

Good News: The Clark County Education Association’s Teachers Health Trust is reportedly on stronger financial footing after nearly going “belly up” in 2013. Bad News: Its “journey of change” was accomplished the old-fashioned way with increased premiums and co-payments from teachers, and a $9.8 million bailout from the school district.

Librarian's list of 'predatory' journals reportedly removed due to 'threats and politics'

Topic: Libraries “Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver, has decided to no longer maintain or publish his research or blog on open-access journals and ‘predatory publishers,’” the spokesperson said. Show More Summary

Buffoonery, De Damned

Just back from DC, where the Women's March brought out more than a half million people to assert their determination to maintain a constitutional democracy and the civil and human rights that our predecessors over many generations have fought and died for. Show More Summary

Leader Of The Year

Are You Making a Difference? Tell us how you lead by using technology in education. Enter Tech & Learning’s 2017 Leader of the Year Program Tech & Learning is once again honoring K-12 administrators,..

DragonBox Big Numbers: Addition, Subtraction Integral to Engaging Gameplay

A very tactile game with intrinsic motivation and extensive addition/subtraction practice.

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