Content Warning: the concept/term “cr*zy” is used throughout this piece. As you will read, the author does this to better understand and defang the term as someone diagnosed with a disorder. The effect of calling someone cr*zy, whether it be the polite rhetoric of “mental illness” or the aforementioned unsophisticated slur, is the obfuscation of the fact that we exist in … [Read more...] about The Necessary Insanity of Dual Power
One of the most surprising things about teaching Shakespeare to intellectually disabled teenagers is how easy it is. It takes practice and patience, but once you understand what it actually means to teach Shakespeare, you can get those ninth graders arguing about Julius Caesar or A Midsummer Night’s Dream or pretty much any complex text as if it were the most interesting thing … [Read more...] about What Does an Inclusive Study Group Look Like?
On March 1, teachers won a nine-day charter school strike at Summit Academy in Parma, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb. Summit Academy serves around 200 K-12 students and is specifically tailored for students with special needs, such as those with ADHD and autism. The workers’ victory at Summit Academy marks the fourth charter school strike in the USA (so far all successful). Among … [Read more...] about Teachers Strike Wins at Special Needs Charter School