Special Education

Improving Autism Education with Community—And Robots – Education Article

By: Dr. Lisa Raiford Like other educational institutions in the country, we’ve seen rapid growth in the number of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in South Carolina’s public schools. In South Carolina, in fact, we’re serving twice as many students with ASD as we were five years ago. Of course, that influx puts quite a strain on the organizations and the teachers that serve them directly. As the Education Associate for autism with the South Carolina Department of Education…

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Pam Harbin Wants to Go From Pittsburgh School Board Watchdog to School Board Member – Education Article

  My friend Pam Harbin is trying to undergo a startling metamorphosis.     She wants to transform from an education activist into a Pittsburgh School Director.    Now that Board President Lynda Wrenn is stepping down after 4 years, city voters in District 4 will have to decide whether Harbin can make the change. The election is on May 21.     Residents in parts of Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze, Shadyside and North Oakland already know Harbin as a…

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If Educators Won’t Support Parents of Children Who Are Struggling, Who Will? – Education Article

If your child is “failing” one or more classes but is planning to party or chill this weekend, this article is for you. If your child had an in-school suspension two weeks ago, but you can’t remember what consequences you gave them when you found out, this is for you. If your child’s grade is a “60%” in two or more classes but still has the latest iPhone, read this. If you are a case manager for a student with…

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What Happened to 2018 As The Year of the Teacher? – Education Article

  This year teachers took their mission way beyond the classroom.   Starting in West Virginia, we staged half-a-dozen walkouts in red states across the country demanding a better investment in children’s educations and often getting it.   Then we took that momentum and stormed our state capitals and Washington, DC, with thousands of grassroots campaigns that translated into seats in government.   It was so effective and unprecedented that the story began circulating that 2018 would be known as…

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