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Educational LeadershipApril 2017 / Volume 74, Number 7Differences, Not Disabilities
Neurodiversity: The Future of Special Education?Thomas ArmstrongThe special education field needs to rid itself of its negative baggage and embrace a more progressive way of educating students who learn differently.
Inclusive Education: Lessons From HistoryBarbara BorosonMeaningful inclusion of students who are different has long been a fraught issue in U.S. education.
Finding Common GroundJeffrey BensonSuccessful co-teaching partnerships between regular and special educators are built on shared perspectives and mutual ownership.
If You Show Up, They’ll Surprise YouCarrie C. SnowA big part of supporting students with autism is being truly present, which entails building trust and maintaining an openness to possibilities.
How Did You Get to Harvard?Thomas HehirHigh-achieving students with disabilities shed light on the strategies that helped them.
In Providing Supports for Students, Language MattersLee Ann JungTo help all learners grow, educators have to understand—and use—the distinction between accommodations and modifications.
IEP Meetings: Building Compassion and ConversationJanice Fialka and Emma Fialka-FeldmanHow to get beyond labels and diagnostic test results and forge positive relationships.
Expanding Opportunities for Students with Intellectual DisabilityMichael F. GiangrecoSix ways schools give students with intellectual disability greater access to supported inclusion.
UDL: A Blueprint for Learning SuccessSpencer J. Salend and Catharine R. WhittakerUniversal Design for Learning can help educators build a framework to accommodate their students’ learning differences.
Dyslexia: Disability or Difference?Kyle RedfordMany students with dyslexia have unique intellectual abilities, but discounting their disability classification could work against them.
Supporting Deaf Students—And All StudentsChristina Yuknis, Joseph Santini, and Thangi AppanahDeaf students epitomize the benefits that student learning differences can bring to the classroom.
From Labels to OpportunitiesDeborah WolterWhy struggling readers need to be viewed outside the lens of disabilities.
COLUMNS / DEPARTMENTS
Perspectives/Making Space for Learning DifferencesAnthony Rebora
Research Matters/Learning Styles: It’s ComplicatedBryan Goodwin and Heather HeinThe research on learning styles is problematic—but that doesn’t mean teachers should disregard the concept.
Show & Tell: A Video Column/Digital Tools to Broaden LearningDouglas Fisher and Nancy FreyTech enhancements are making it easier than ever to provide supports that bridge learners to content.
The Techy Teacher/When Students Drive the Pace, Space, and Path Catlin TuckerIn a flexible classroom, learning differences become assets.
Principal Connection/Leadership Lessons from the South PoleThomas R. Hoerr In ultra-challenging situations, a strong team is everything.
One to Grow On/Recognizing Personal QuestsCarol Ann TomlinsonWhat does teaching look like when it ensures that every student belongs and contributes?
Index to Advertisers
Tell Me About . . ./How You Support Students’ Differences
ASCD Community in Action
EL Takeaways/Eight Takes on Honoring Differences
What I’ve Learned as a Teacher with a DisabilityAlison VenterA teacher reflects on discrimination she has faced—and the positive message she hopes her example sends to her students and colleagues.
Recognizing Dyslexia’s Strengths in the ClassroomFernette EideHow teachers can expand academic opportunities by catering to the unique intellectual capabilities of students with dyslexia.
EL Study GuideNaomi Thiers
Inservice Guest BloggersEdward Hallowell, Thomas Armstrong http://inservice.ascd.org
Educational LeadershipSeptember 2016 / Volume 74, Number 1Relationships First
What to Do in Week One? Rick Wormeli The first days of school set the learning dynamic for the year ahead.
Correcting Our Connecting Eric Toshalis Are you demanding trust too soon? How do you respond to anger? Questions to ask to make your student outreach more effective.
Unlocking Boys’ Potential Michael C. ReichertHow to help boys want to learn from you.
The Trauma-Sensitive Teacher Susan E. Craig Insights on how trauma influences the brain—and how to reach children suffering from its aftermath.
More Than a Safe Space Michael Sadowski What LGBTQ students seek is what every student deserves: safety and belonging.
Helping Black and Latino Males SucceedRobert Jackson Lessons about pride, insecurity, and the need to be respected.
Building Bridges with Students Who Have ADHDLisa Medoff Tips on how to reach kids whose behavior might puzzle you.
Let Care Shine Through Elizabeth Bondy and Elyse HambacherCaring for students is a moral imperative, a way to take steps toward social justice.
The Principal Factor Tim WesterbergFrom being visible to modeling respect, these six principles for principals are central.
Choosing to Be Positive Stephanie M. Jones, Rebecca Bailey, Gretchen Brion-Meisels, and Ann ParteeHow to handle those moments when you must decide: How should I address this behavior?
Classrooms that Put People First John HaywardIdeas to abide by as you continue to get to know your students.
What My Refugee Students Taught Me Sidney Brown Justice was the theme that year; building bridges, the challenge.
Perspectives/How Does Trust Happen?Marge Scherer
Research Matters/“High Touch” Is Crucial for “High Tech” Students Bryan GoodwinThe cyber generation needs more than online-only connections.
Show & Tell: A Video Column/2 x 10 Conversations Doug Fisher and Nancy FreyIn two minutes a day, you can begin a problem-solving process for improving behavior.
The Techy Teacher/Don’t Waste the First WeekCatlin TuckerSome low- and medium-tech ways to break the ice.
Principal Connection/New School Year Resolutions Thomas R. HoerrIf you want to achieve your new initiatives, share your new ideas.
One to Grow On/Fox Taming and TeachingCarol Ann TomlinsonWhat the fox taught the child and vice versa.
EL Takeaways/The 4th R: Relationships
Tokens of ConnectionTheresa Crowley Tools to use one-on-one with students, especially those who may lack trust.
Take a Tip from the CubsJames Fornaciari Help your kids develop a mission, work as a team, and recapture the joy of learning.
Cs for Effective TeachingChristopher EmdinHow building positive relationships and creating an academically challenging classroom go hand in hand.
One Chapter at a TimeCherish R. Skinker Her passion for To Kill a Mockingbird left a lasting impression on her students.
Tell Me About. . .How you connected with a hard-to-reach student.
EL Study GuideKim Greene
EL Interview Baruti Kafele talks about the benefits of the Young Men’s Empowerment Program and how teachers can build relationships with students whose backgrounds differ from their own.
Inservice Guest BloggersMichael Sadowski and Lisa Medoff
Educator Alexis Wiggins provides a step-by-step guide for the implementation of Spider Web Discussion, covering everything from introducing the technique to creating rubrics for discussion self-assessment to the nuts-and-bolts of charting the conversations and using the data collected for formative assessment. She also shares troubleshooting tips, ideas for assessment and group grading, and the experiences of real teachers and students who use the technique to develop and share content knowledge in a way that’s both revolutionary and truly inspiring.