Awards, Inclusion, Trauma Informed: Can We Have It All?

Awards celebrations have long been a part of the school year and school culture. Honor Roll and Attendance Awards are so ubiquitous people have bumper stickers touting these accomplishments! In the last decade, though, as we have worked to become more inclusive and more responsive to our students’ unique needs and experiences, these routines are …

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All Are Welcome

All are welcome PDF In response to requests, I have posted this in pdf and png.  I can have 16×20 prints printed on Canva for $6 or you can download the file and order it from your favorite printing site/place.   Jen NewtonJen Newton, PhD is an assistant professor in early childhood/early childhood special education (isn’t …

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A quick browse Teachers Pay Teachers is all the evidence you need that fonts are very popular.  In doing a little digging into the literature on the use of fonts and literacy learning and accessibility, I found some interesting facts.  I’ll post some resources here. Retrieval-induced forgetting: evidence for a recall-specific mechanism   Jen NewtonJen …

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IEP Writing 101

Just to give a little background on myself. I am a graduate of James Madison University (JMU; and former student of Dr. Jen Newton)! I remember after my first day of her class, I sat down with her one-on-one and we probably spent a good 90 minutes talking about educational assessments and problems with special …

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Engagement: The Holy Grail of Teaching

Recently, a colleague asked me for recommendations of books about developing growth mindset.  He wanted to be able to recommend something to parents whose children are “apathetic toward school.” Learners.  Apathetic.  Toward.  School. Why may that be? Okay, yes, I can collect some literature.  There are most certainly books.  (I always always always recommend Willingham’s Why …

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