It’s More Than Just Educational Funding: Families and Children in the Current Economy

The current economic downturn is hugely reducing educational funding: class sizes are increasing, great teachers are being laid off, programs are being cut, and at the same time, academic standards are increasing. The effects of smaller school district budgets are visible by most people, but there are many more negative effects of the economy on families and children that we see in our jobs as teachers.…

Parents Faced with Navigating the Special Education Maze

It happens every day. Parents of a child who is newly diagnosed with a developmental disability find themselves thrust into a new world, walking down a road they never expected to take.

ASD2Parents of children diagnosed with mild disabilities usually hope that specialized services or treatments will prepare their children to live independent lives.…

Meaningful Conversations about Disciplinary Equity

I recently attended the “Closing the School Discipline Gap” conference organized by the UCLA Center for Civil Rights Remedies and the Research to Practice Collaborative on Race and Gender Disparities in Discipline. The school discipline gap, i.e., inequitable discipline outcomes for students from different racial/ethnic backgrounds and abilities, affects students across the country.…