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Jun 13 2012

NYC’s SPED Reform Rollout

If you haven’t heard yet, NYC is planning on launching it’s latest and ‘greatest’ special education reform in recent memory. This started out as a pilot launched by Special Education Deptuy Chancellor Laura Rodriguez, who is interestingly departing the DOE before the implementation takes full effect this fall; yes, in your classroom. New York City has a problem. It’s special education is one of the least inclusive in the country, meaning that more students are in special classes and special schools proportionally than students who are in ICT (Integrated Co-Teaching), formally known as CTT (Collaborative Team Teaching) than other cities. While personally I believe inclusion is a wonderful setting for many students (I was an ICT teacher), I don’t think it’s for every student and have seen students perform better when put in smaller classes. Unfortunately, smaller classes are just not trendy. Inclusion is trendy. So, NYC is just trying…

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Jun 13 2012

The Obigatory Explanation

Hi there perusers of the Internet and more than likely folks who googled Teach for America special education New York City (let’s be real, I don’t know how else you would end up here), this is my blog. Let me tell you a little about why I’m writing it. I worked in Bushwick, Brooklyn teaching…

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