Inclusive Education

Special Education Teachers and the General Education Curriculum

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Season 1, Episode 7 — 25 April 2016 About this episode Professor Amy Petersen discusses her study of the challenges Special Education teachers face in providing access to the general education curriculum for their students. About the presenters Amy J. Petersen is Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa,… read more

Reflections of Erin – Inclusion Looks Like…

Guest Author: Barb McKenzie, Chair of Ohio TASH “Our daughter, Erin, unexpectedly passed away just two months after graduating from high school in 2004. Her sudden death brought forth a multitude of people, each expressing how he or she had been personally transformed by Erin’s presence and full participation in school and in life. Throughout… read more

DOE Proposes Rule Under IDEA Addressing Racial Disproportionality

On February 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education published a proposed rule under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) addressing racial disproportionality in special education. The power of a good education, based on high expectations and quality instruction for ALL students, cannot be overstated. TASH enthusiastically supports this action by the Department of… read more

TASH is in Vienna, Austria!

This week, TASH’s Barb Trader and Jenny Stonemeier visit Vienna, Austria to present at the 2016 Zero Project Conference on Inclusive Education and ICT. TASH is being recognized for innovation in inclusive education around its policy analysis and alignment work with the SWIFT Center, a U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs national… read more

A Brief History of PBIS with Rob Horner

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Season 1, Episode 1 — 26 January 2016 About this episode For the inaugural episode of Amplified, TASH’s new podcast series, Rob Horner talks with our own Jenny Stonemeier about Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). As one of the founders of the field, he is perfectly placed to tell us about the origin and… read more

TASH Recognized Internationally for Education Policy Work

Wow – 2016 is off to a great start! TASH is being recognized for innovation in inclusive education by the international body monitoring global progress on implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. TASH’s policy analysis and alignment work with SWIFT Center, a U.S. Department of Education Office of Special… read more

Barb Trader on Mississippi’s Restraint & Seclusion Policy

On October 22, 2015, TASH’s executive director, Barb Trader, joined the Mississippi Department of Education for a public testimony on its restraint and seclusion policy. Before this year, Mississippi was one of five states that did not have a statewide policy or voluntary guidelines governing how schools use restraint and seclusion as punishment—if at all. In… read more

Inclusive Education at the TASH Conference

For decades, TASH has been a leader in promoting inclusive practices in education. The guidance and training TASH offers is firmly grounded in evidence-based practices and research, while also highlighting innovative and promising practices. At this year’s conference, educators, students, and parents will come together to discuss practical models that work in the classroom. Attendees… read more

Don’t Blame My Kid – Educate Him

The NAEP scores are out. Rather than hearing a constructive conversation about the complicated factors that have contributed to a national decline in reading and math scores for 4th and 8th grades, I’m hearing a chorus of voices—from Secretary Duncan to Michael Petrilli—who are placing blame.  They’re blaming my kid, and all other kids with… read more