May 2014

Build Followers, Not Fear

  • Posted on: 19 May 2014
  • By: Tina McCoy

One of my favorite authors, Thomas Sergiovanni, wrote about the concept of 'followership'. He expressed the idea that without followers, there are no leaders. This begs the question, 'What is a follower?' From my perspective (and in the context of education), followers are professionals who think critically and choose to align themselves with a leader in order to fulfill a mutual cause or achieve a collective goal. Well, the age of accountability has been really hard on followers... the people who do the real work of educating our students.

Join DISES for an International Perspective!

  • Posted on: 19 May 2014
  • By: Tina McCoy
Join DISES

Have you ever wanted to learn more about special education and related services in other countries? Do you wish to communicate and collaborate with professionals across the globe who are working to better serve students with exceptional education needs? Well, if we don't 'reach out', then we will 'miss out'. While the challenges in our own communities will always demand our time and attention, we can learn and benefit so much by establishing communication and relationships with others around the world.

ONE BOOK for Summer Reading!

  • Posted on: 19 May 2014
  • By: Tina McCoy
Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn

In terms of this year's summer reading, Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn is a clear winner! Don't end your summer with a long list of books that you 'didn't get to'. Instead, focus your reading on one phenomenal book, and broaden your perspectives on teaching and learning in the context of current research.  This book is guaranteed to make you think more deeply about practices in your organization, and will make you a stronger educator, leader, mentor or consultant.

Ten Important Assumptions About Curriculum!

  • Posted on: 9 May 2014
  • By: Tina McCoy

Assumptions are the things you believe to be true…and we all have them. They can change and evolve, become refined or rigid. They can blind us, or increase our resolve. Our assumptions are informed by our unique layers of life experience and learning. They are the lenses through which we view every situation, make every decision, take every action, and form every reaction.

While schools are expected and legally obliged to serve many purposes, my central assumption is:

Fantastic Friends Make a Difference - Please Share!

  • Posted on: 6 May 2014
  • By: Tina McCoy
Fantastic Friends

My name is Marissa Hacker and I am 17 years old and I am the founder of Fantastic Friends. I have a twin brother, Matthew, who has Autism, and his autism makes him face problems with socialization and making friends. 

The night before our 15th birthday, Matthew came home crying, from a summer camp. He told me that he was upset because he didn’t have any friends. This made me want to help him make friends as fast as I could, because in that moment I truly understood his pain of being lonely.