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Let’s Talk About Special Education Kids and Suspensions

Why are so many special education kids being suspended? And what can we do about it? Writing for you on this drizzly day here in Eugene. It’s been such a busy time for me, probably you, too. But here and there things have managed to creep in, catch my eyes and tell me I need […]

Turtles

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The little boy dropped his backpack on the kitchen floor and thrust his writing assignment at his mother. She could barely understand him through his sobs. “She didn’t even read it!” he shrieked. “I spent all night writing. She told us to write about what we know…and she didn’t even read it!!” His mother wiped […]

Is There a Pill?

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“Mr. President, the pilot has announced he will be landing the plane in Dallas in ten minutes.” “You know, I don’t have a good feeling about this. Tell the pilot to turn the plane around and head back to Washington. Okay?” Such was a typical exchange between me and Luke, an eighth-grade special needs student. […]

Thank You and Goodbye…

Last Thursday was the end of a mini-era. It was my last day as principal of Brookfield Elementary School, a K-8 out of district placement for students with behavioral and emotional difficulties. In 8 years as an educator, I have worked in 4 different schools. Each departure from a school has been difficult emotionally for […]

Hometown Inclusion Hero

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Once in awhile we meet Henry. He may be your child. Henry inspires and teaches that we all belong together. Tonight I am writing about Inclusion, in particular, one young spirit who overcame many obstacles, and his devoted mother. Mama love. Get your tissues, this story is like Rudy, Rocky and every feel-good inspirational book […]

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