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|Comment||Thanks for your thoughtful response. I emailed the state board of education and got a response supporting that our son should be offered a school day. I was able to forward this to the school, and they have now decided to have programming for Dan's class on the day of testing. It was helpful to hear your thoughts as well. Since the issue did not seem clear-cut for either side, I think the school decided to change their plan to avoid any legal involvement, but they didn't admit any wrongdoing. Typical, right? I totally agree with your remark that FAPE may be violated for all of the students being asked to miss school, but I doubt we would win that fight. The IEP makes the case stronger. Thanks again.|
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I have spent nealy 40 years in the area of Special Education. I have had the pleasure of teaching pre-school, elementary, middle, high school and college levels, as well as, served in school district administration buildings in classroom/legal support positions. I have also spent some time working in a State Department of Education Exceptional Student Services Office and am now currently Division Head and Director of Institutional Research at Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Kentucky. I also teach special education classes on campus. I have also taught full time teacher preparation at Northern Arizona University on the Tucson Campus, Seattle Pacific University, and at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. In addition to that I have taught adjunct at Seattle Pacific University, City University in Seattle, Ashford University, and Grand Canyon University.
I have experienced directly special education legal issues, process and procedure, and have taught at all levels in every special education category except gifted. My major expertise is diagnostic prescriptive teaching, literacy as it relates to disabilities, technology in special education, and Educational Leadership. My greatest passion in the field is building new programs, implementing and doing the research to see how they work. My Dissertation and principle research interest is in the area of inclusive education, primarily co-teaching of students with disabilities in the general education classroom.
Council for Exceptional Children, Association for the Supervision of Curriculum, National Reading Council.
Teaching Exceptional Children, Published computer assisted instruction, titled PAL, Special Education Basics, college Textbook, Teaching with Precision, college Textbook, Various devotionals at the website, Preachitteachit.com.
I have a B.A. in Secondary Education, a Masters in Special Education (cross categorical), administrative certification, and a second B.A. in Elementary Education. I completed my doctorate in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University.
Awards and Honors
Best Summer Program in the Nation (Honorable Mention, when I was Teaching) Multiple local awards