Teacher’s post on why her neurotypical classroom looks like a special education one goes viral

When a New York teacher wrote a Facebook post about why she designed her classroom for neurotypical students to resemble one that caters to special education, she was surprised by the reaction.

“I honestly thought I was saying something that everyone already knew,” Karen Blacher told “Good Morning America.”

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Not so, she came to quickly find out. Her post was shared almost 2,000 times, and the comments were overwhelmingly in agreement and appreciative of the inclusivity.

She wrote in part, “All of my students are neurotypical, but my classroom looks very much like a special education classroom. I teach mindfulness and emotional literacy. I provide fidgets and sensory toys. I have a calm corner and use it to teach self-regulation.

“My students are thriving.

“And that made me realize something.

“When we treat autistic children the way the world tells

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Education post candidates stress need to assure quality instruction to all students :: WRAL.com

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Mary Ann Wolf’s “Final Word” from the Oct. 3, 2020 broadcast of Education Matters -“A discussion with the N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates.” Wolf is president and executive director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina.

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D211 Post: Hoffman Estates Teacher Named Illinois Special Education Teacher Of The Year

September 29, 2020

Hoffman Estates High School Special Education teacher Katie McGarvey has been named the 2021 Illinois Special Education Teacher of the Year. McGarvey was told of her selection during a meeting between with Principal Michael Alther, District 211 Superintendent Dr. Lisa Small, and representatives from the Illinois State Board of Education September 21.

As part of this year’s Teacher of the Year program, the Illinois State Board of Education added three new categories including Bilingual Teacher of the Year, Early Childhood Teacher of the Year, and Special Education Teacher of the year. With these additions, McGarvey became the state’s first Special Education Teacher of the Year recipient.

McGarvey said she was shocked when she was notified that she had been selected.

“I am so honored to have been selected,” McGarvey said. “This was incredibly unexpected. I am glad to have the opportunity to represent Hoffman Estates and District

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Progress on Lao kids’ health, education at riskPhnom Penh Post

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Students study in a primary school in Lao PDR. The impact of coronavirus could setback Lao’s children’s development. WB

The Covid-19 pandemic threatens hard-won gains in the health and education of Lao children, who could lose half a year of schooling on average, a new World Bank Group analysis has found.

The analysis shows that pre-pandemic Laos and most nations around the world had made steady progress in building the human capital of children, with the biggest strides made in low-income countries.

Due to the pandemic’s impact, more than one billion children globally, have been out of school and could lose, on average, half a year of schooling.

For Laos, the figure is 46 per cent, reflecting difficulties in providing health and education services, with the measles vaccination coverage dropping from 83 per cent to 40 per cent from the end of last year to May this year.

In Laos,

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Ministers to offer ‘free college courses and digital boot camps’ in post pandemic jobs plan

Digital ‘boot camps’ will be offered to help people retrain and reskill after the economic fall-out of the coronavirus crisis, Boris Johnson is set to announce Tuesday.

The courses will be extended to sectors like construction and engineering next year.

Adults without an A-Level or equivalent qualification will be offered a free, fully-funded college course from April – and can study at a time and location that suits them.

Higher education loans will also be made more flexible, allowing adults and young people to space out study across their lifetime. There will also be more apprenticeships, especially in technical areas.

Mr Johnson is planning to say: “As the Chancellor has said, we cannot, alas, save every job.

“What we can do is give people the skills to find and create new and better jobs.

“So my message today is that at every stage of your life, this Government will help

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Challenges and the way forwardPhnom Penh Post

Rampant sporadic civil wars and conflicts had all but brought education in Cambodia to a standstill, most notably so during the Pol Pot regime.

Once known as one of the most powerful empires during the Angkorean era, the Kingdom is now a developing country nestled in the Southeast Asian region.

There is no doubt in the selfless efforts taken by the Royal Government of Cambodia to rehabilitate education to be more robust and prosperous given that it is one of the most vital sectors to leverage economic growth through human resource development.

In the same vein, adult education will play a crucial role in developing human resources and driving the Kingdom’s economy across the threshold to become an upper-middle-income country by 2030 and a high-income country by 2050.

At the World Education Forum held in Senegal in April 2000, approximately 1,100 participants from 164 countries adopted the Dakar Framework for

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Education post Covid-19: UNESCO to convene special session of global education meeting next month – education

The UNESCO will convene an extraordinary session of Global Education Meeting (GEM) next month for exchange among high-level political leaders, policy makers and global education experts to protect and rethink education in the current and post-COVID-19 world.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s session on October 22 is convened with an aim to protect and promote education at a time when education financing is at considerable risk of being left behind in the governments’ domestic budgets, stimulus packages and international aid, the UN agency said.

“By convening this extraordinary session of the GEM next month, our aim is to secure commitments from political leaders to position education at the centre of national and international efforts to recover swiftly, inclusively and sustainably from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director of Education at UNESCO.

Giannini said the overarching concern is to at least maintain, if not increase, education

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A Guide to Online Bachelor’s Degrees Post Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard for all of us. Education has been heavily impacted by the pandemic, forcing students to transition from in-person learning to an online format. These courses were never intended to be taught online. Many factors have caused both students and parents much uncertainty about how learning will continue in the future, including social distancing, campuses remaining closed this fall, and the threat of catching the virus.

Online learning may be the only option for students to continue their plans for higher education while staying safe during this pandemic. East Central University is aware that there are many questions and concerns regarding obtaining a degree entirely online.

At East Central University, they hope to provide all the necessary information for you to make decisions confidently. They offer you this guide created by leaders in higher education research and online education, Wiley Education Services, in partnership with

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