Time To Act: November Is Coming

On Wednesday, May 3, 2018, the Arizona House of Representatives debated the K-12 education budget bill late into the night. Educators and supporters filled the lobby or gallery of the House of Representatives and watched for several hours as pro-public education amendments would be introduced and debated, but not passed. It had already been a... Continue Reading →

BE ENGAGED! The Politics of Education

If you haven't said it, you've heard it said.  "I don't get into politics"  I understand, REALLY. I've never been openly political in my entire life. That is until 2018. I generally keep my opinions to myself, research candidates and issues, vote regularly and expect that my representatives would vote based on the needs of... Continue Reading →

Team Leadership: Essential But Not Easy

If you are a special education teacher who works with paraprofessionals in your classroom, you might find it challenging to be the team leader. Even if you manage to set aside time for team meetings, it can be hard to cultivate collaboration, delegate tasks, create vision, and manage conflicts as they arise. Or perhaps you... Continue Reading →

What About the Side Effects?

I feel so good when I find someone expressing an idea that I can totally relate to. It’s like I’ve found a friend across Twitter and clicking that little heart is like shouting, “YES!” Yong Zhao of the University of Kansas earned a huge like from me for his July 16, 2018 blog post, “What... Continue Reading →

Calm down! Take it easy!

  The everyday life of children and adolescents today is characterized by increasing sensory overload and high, often exaggerated demands on their performance and psychological capacity. It is not uncommon for young people to be under great pressure of expectations and to be unsettled in their self-esteem and self-image. The mental health of our students... Continue Reading →

Headed To The Stars!

Dear LFIC Readers, I hope you have been enjoying the new content as much as I have! This isn't just a relaunch--we are headed to the stars! I am proud to announce that even MORE fabulous teacher leaders have joined our team. Here is a brief introduction to get you excited about what is yet... Continue Reading →

Go Rogue: Apathy Isn’t Working!

In 1997, I was 24 years old and new to teaching. I was young and naive, but I was excited to make a difference. During the first ten years, I was teaching, working on my Masters Degree, taking countless professional development classes to improve my practice, and I was starting a family. You would think... Continue Reading →

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