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Sent Home: The Impact of COVID-19 on Special Education Students

2021 school year was in full swing. Students had settled into a routine of taking notes, waiting for the bell, and meeting friends between classes—that is, until the COVID-19 pandemic sent them home. The pandemic forced virtually all U.S. public and private schools to shut down for the remainder of the school year, disrupting the…

What Can I Do With a Master’s Degree in Literacy?

An alarming 32% of fourth grade students in the United States lack basic reading skills. Nearly a quarter of eighth graders suffer from the same limitations, and the upheaval in education spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated these deficits. The ability to read is essential to every individual’s potential for living a productive,…

Teachers, Can You Recognize the Signs of Autism in Students?  

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects an estimated 1 in 68 school-aged children. Children with this neurodevelopmental disorder learn differently than nondisabled students and can experience hardships throughout their lives if unassisted by parents, teachers, and special educators.   As a teacher, you’ve likely encountered children with ASD and potentially students who’ve yet to be diagnosed. Spotting…

The Critical Role of a School Superintendent

Along with teachers and fellow administrators, school superintendents are responsible for providing students with a safe, inclusive learning environment, yet their role is often misunderstood. In many ways, superintendents are managers who oversee the day-to-day operations of a school district, but they are also leaders who aspire to improve student achievement. Moreover, superintendents are advocates,…

Career Paths for Teachers and Administrators

Teachers and administrators often refer to their profession as a calling. A passion for teaching and a desire to make a difference in the lives of students is often what draws people to education, but that alone isn’t always enough to succeed in this field. Individuals working in education must envision a clear professional path;…

Tips for Sharing Your Love of Reading With Students

Nothing compares to seeing a student’s eyes light up as they lose themselves in a good book and share in the journey of a hero or heroine. An adventurous hobbit, a boy who lived, or a girl who fell down a rabbit hole could be compelling them to read on, and as they turn the…

3 Myths About Special Education Debunked

14% of all public-school students received special education services in 2019. And yet, the misguided notion that special education students represent a statistically insignificant population persists. This is one of many misconceptions about special education that, while not always harmful, can leave the public misinformed about this pivotal branch of education—and at worst, can result…

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