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June 01, 2006


Lauren Naset

Hi Charlie - this is Lauren, the mouthy special ed teacher from the meeting in Evanston the other day ;). Great blog!!! I will have to return here often to get a cheat sheet of what's happening in the special ed world!! Nice to meet you. Thanks!

...about the article...
I think that definitely is some wise advice for all high school students... disability or not. I think it is the responsibility of the school community, though, to promote such advice as the community can create an environment possible to consistently do the things asked of the child. Having taught high school spec. ed, I'm definitely a fan of kids taking responsibility, "owning" their disability and how to live and achieve with it, and staying open and appreciative of the entire process. But for the most high achieving, successful student that is difficult. And I've seen many legitimate reasons why kids with disabilities feel excluded, "dumb," or up against a wall... and their outlook is not what is to blame. I guess I'm just saying that if we want, and expect, kids to act in such a mature way (and they are definitely able to... maybe not allll the time, but who does;)... that great, so long as we don't negate our repsonsibility is to support their inclusive needs, and model to them what engaging and inclusive learning looks like. Over and over, so their environment is consistent and they can believe their efforts and positive outlook is not in vain.

David Kuriniec


Thank you for your very insightful and pointed comments on my article. I agree wholeheartedly with you that it is the responsibility of the school to create an environment where kids face these pressures as little as possible and with appropriate services in place to combat their negative effects. In the piece, I emphasize that the inclusive process is a two-way street, and I have not yet expounded in full on what teachers and administration need to do to create the environment of which you write. In the meantime, though, I would urge you to read my prior piece under the Inclusion section of the blog for at least a broad overview of how to implement such an environment.

Thanks again, and I look forward to a further dialogue.

David Kuriniec

Mark Kirk

Dear David:

I could not be more proud of you.

Congressman Kirk

Jullie Calkins

As a special ed teacher and a parent of a young man who lives with autisim I am thankful for every opportunity I get to read, hear and receive information from the "inside". I learn so much from your experiences and insight.
Thank you,
Jullie Calkins

It's good to hear about inclusion from a new point of view. I think it's important that both sides can learn, and I think much of the talk has been one-sided. Sure it'll be another change tacked onto the typical high school life of a teen, but this change is good. As he stated, kids learned from the ecperiences that they shared together. No matter what the fad or what's "cool" at the time, we're all just people that want to belong. Inclusion allows us to become all one group and lessen the boudaries typically created that later turn into walls that must be torn down.

CMC Sherrard Cohort

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