April 2014

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 McCoy Educational Consulting, LLC Newsletter

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. ~Anne Bradstreet

Despite the many professional demands that are placed on you during the spring season, be sure to take time to enjoy this time of renewal.  A brisk walk in the fresh air or a few minutes to feel the sun on your face may help give you the energy and mental focus you need to get through this 'busiest time of the year' with a smile on your face. 

As you are finishing up this year, planning summer programs and preparing for the next school year, you may need assistance.  Call McCoy Educational Consulting, LLC at (603) 490-5874 if you need customized professional learning for your staff, specialized consultation, or mentoring for new employees. We can also assist with strategic planning, systems improvement, or other projects pertaining to special education and related services.  Our team is growing rapidly, so that collectively we will be well rounded and better able to serve the diverse needs of your school system or organization. Be sure to look for information on new associates in each monthly newsletter.

Happy Spring!  For more ideas and resources, follow us on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/thexmccoy/.

Be a Hero, Dump the Zero

Schools across the country are frantically looking for ways to raise student achievement and state test scores. Consultants are working with school staffs to improve teaching, purchase computer programs, engage students, and redesign courses to get students “back to basics.” But the problem with our schools’ low student achievement might be something much more basic...

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Meet Meg Rugg

Meg has 30 years of experience successfully serving and supervising high quality public preschool programs in southern New Hampshire.  She has also worked closely with private preschool programs to insure successful implementation of programs for preschool students with disabilities. She attended graduate school at...

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Check Out PowerUp What Works! 

If you haven't heard of this incredible resource, it's time for you to learn about it! PowerUp What Works combines evidence-based practices, technology, and personalization of learning to help school systems support standards-based learning for all students. This federally funded website is free for all to use. Using research related to reading, writing and mathematics... 

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The Cure for the Common Core 

Announcing a new partnership between Dr. Michael White of Educational Consulting Services and Dr. Tina McCoy of McCoy Educational Consulting, LLC!  Tina and Mike both have a passion for helping schools to serve students better. They believe strongly that organizational improvement can be best achieved through systemic focus and perseverance, not by 'piling on' layers of complexity... 

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'Must Read' Article on IEPs

Once in a while I read an article that is so useful, I think everyone should read it.  I recently found such on article that addresses the topic of procedural errors in the IEP development process. On the surface, it sounds like old news.  (Procedural errors... hmmm... obviously we want to avoid them.)  

However, the way this article is written sets it apart from many others that tend to induce sleep rather than provide relevant guidance. What is this article and why should you share it with every professional who serves on an IEP team... 

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Information: Too Much of a Good Thing?

There's more information available through a handheld device than all the teachers you've ever known could convey if they taught 24/7 for the next 100 years. Did I make that up?  Yes, but honestly I think they would have to teach infinitely longer than 100 years. Information is everywhere, and it can be obtained quickly and easily.  The 'playing field' of education has changed...   

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