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Jesse Magee of Rock-Able, an organization that aims to take the "dis" out of disability through motivational speeches on disability awarenss, diversity, and bulling.  Click here for the full story.

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Assessment Paradoxes

Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, Ph.D, of B2K Solutionsâ„  Ltd, shares her thoughts about the growing number of paradoxes in early childhood assessment. Her latest blog post is here

Apps for Everyday

Dexteria  helps children develop their motor skills and improve their handwriting readiness in preparation for kindergarten. Featuring the usual array of colorful and engaging multimedia elements, Dexteria Jr. also has the benefit of not relying on in-app purchases and it has no advertising.

Make Your Voice Heard

Parents or guardians of children ages 3 to 21 who are receiving special education and related services through their local school system have the opportunity to provide feedback on how well their local school system is doing involving parents in their child's educational planning process.  The annual Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey will arrive by mail at your home during the early part of April 2014.  We encourage you to take five minutes of your time to tell us how well we are doing in this area and how we can continue to enhance our parent involvement throughout the state of Maryland.  Click here to go directly to the survey, which will be available beginning April 7th.  For additional information or to watch a short video about the survey, click here.


It's a Very Special Day!

Learn about the Very Special Arts Festival, a Baltimore County initiative designed to celebrate the possibilities and ABILITIES of all children.  The event organizers extraordinnaire,Susie Swindell and Sara Egorin-Hooper , share their very special story of how this event came to be and how it has grown to 3,000+ attendees. Click here for more details.


Leadership to Go

 

We know that school leaders have little time to spare.  So we have created a set of “Leadership to Go”  professional development cards to help you.  Read the information online or print it out and you are ready to go whenever you want to share information with members of your team.  Topics include professional development, teachnology, creating a school vision, teacher evaluation, student assessments and community. To learn more visit the Leadership Channel.


 

Best Buddies Thriving in Maryland

Tom Waite, Deputy Director of Operations for Best Buddies Maryland, sat down with us for an in-depth interview about this unique program that helps to build social connections between typically developing youth and teens and their peers who have disabilities.  Learn how the program is now expanding to serve adults.


Events

April 9-12:  Council for Exceptional Children Convention. Click here for details.

April 25:  MCIE Event:  Supporting Inclusion, Learning, and Relationshiips for Adolescents with Autism: Practical and Promising Strategies -- Presented by Dr. Erik Carter. Click here for details.

May 8:  MATN Institute at the JHU Center for Technology in Education

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