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Can we do better than the title, “Case Manager?”

In IEP, Learning Differences, Parent Voices by Lee Ann Jung1 Comment

Usually, when I submit a post to the blog, I’m primarily wearing my hat as a special education scholar. I see my place as to translate recommended practices and research into doable steps and effective professional learning experiences and courses for educators and leaders. But today, I’m writing as a parent, and as a person with a background in early …

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Why Do Parents Need To Know All of This Anyway?

In IEP, Learning Differences, Parent Voices by Nicole DeZarn0 Comments

Before becoming the mother of three children with very different disabilities, I was a special educator. In many ways, my experience informed my decision making and parenting. Occasionally, however, I admit that it makes me wince. One of these wince-worthy areas is in parent communication. In my defense, I had close relationships with my students’ parents, and many of them …

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On Metaphors and Proprietary Blends

In General by Lee Ann Jung2 Comments

I recently read a compelling blog post by Peter DeWitt and Thomas Guskey (2017) on the misuse of educational language. They boldly took on the topic of creating what I would call “proprietary blends” of educational concepts and accepting credit for the original concept. Wait! I used “proprietary blend” as a metaphor… Is this okay? Is it alright that I use the …

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Is it an accommodation or a modification?

In Learning Differences by Lee Ann Jung2 Comments

Adapted from Jung, L. A. (2017). In providing supports for students, language matters. Educational Leadership, 74(7). The adaptations that teachers make to the curriculum and assessments on a daily basis can be classified into two categories: accommodations and modifications. Rarely, though, are educators compelled to define which type of support was provided. Even on IEP forms there is often a global …

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Differentiated Assessment and Grading Model (DiAGraM)

In Equity, Standards-based Learning by Lee Ann Jung0 Comments

Scholars in the field of measurement have developed sophisticated procedures for competency and standards-based grading with a variety of recommendations that converge into a theme: grades should be an accurate reflection of what students know and can do; these grades should indicate what students know and can do at the present time; students’ behavior should not be included as an …

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How can Goal Attainment Scaling help schools respond to Endrew v. Douglas County?

In Equity, Learning Differences by Lee Ann Jung0 Comments

Districts and special education departments all over the country are talking about Endrew F. versus Douglas County School District, the US Supreme Court case, decided on March 22. Drew’s family withdrew him from public school and enrolled him in a private school for students with disabilities because they did not feel the school was using sufficient evidence-based practices to ensure …

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How Do We All Fit? Deciding Who Is On the Early Intervention Team

In Learning Differences by Lee Ann Jung0 Comments

Once a child qualifies for services, deciding who is on the early intervention team can be a difficult question for teams. Each potential team member has valuable expertise and knowledge. With best intentions, it is possible that in our efforts to help, we can actually be intrusive and even harmful to families. Research has indicated that when more people are …

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Why IEP Goal Banks are a Bad Idea

In Learning Differences by Lee Ann Jung0 Comments

If we know what makes a measurable goal and can define many examples, then why not have a bank of goals from which teams choose? After all, this would ensure that every IEP, for example, has measurable goals and meets the requirements of the law, right? Plucking a goal from a list would certainly be quicker than convening a team …