June 2014

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McCoy Educational Consulting, LLC Newsletter

Keep Calm It's Almost SummerAnother school year is quickly coming to a close! Can you believe it? Your head may be spinning right now, but soon things will quiet down and you'll have some time to rest and reflect. As you consider your school system's needs for the upcoming year, please keep McCoy Educational Consulting, LLC in mind. Whether you require specialized consultation, customized professional development, mentoring for new professionals, or other types of supports, our team is ready to serve your unique needs.

We hope you have a fantasic summer full of both adventure and relaxation! Our next Newsletter will be issued in September. In the meantime, you can keep in touch with us by following us on social media, by visiting our website at mccoyedcon.com, or by calling us at (603) 490-5874. We would love to talk to you about your organization's goals and how we can help you achieve them.

Read below for articles on summer reading, 'Fantasic Friends', curriculim assumptions, professionalism & accountability and more! Happy Summer!

Build Followers, Not Fear

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.

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Meet Kristen Beckley

Kristen BeckleyMs. Beckley has been working as a school psychologist for 10 years. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts and her graduate degrees in school psychology from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Ms. Beckley has provided comprehensive school psychological services to schools with children ages 3 to 21. A few examples of these comprehensive services include...

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Fantastic Friends Make a Difference - Please Share!

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.

Fantastic Friends

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ONE BOOK for Summer Reading!

In terms of this year's summer reading, Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn is a clear winner!

Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn

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...

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Ten Important Assumptions About Curriculum

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 Dr. Heather Driscollour 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:

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Join DISES for An International Perspective

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'. Hands of the WorldWhile 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. Yes - others around the world are facing many of the same challenges that you are facing. Just think how much more we could help the children of the world if we could work together on...

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