identity

Kids Need to Learn About LGBT Heroes Like Edith Windsor

Look at this photo of Edie Windsor. When was she ever photographed looking anything other than confident and jubilant, arms extended and something bright, some swath of super-saturated color breaking...

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Diversity

The Big Gay Way to End the School Year

Happy Pride, y’all! June 1 marks the start of a month-long celebration of LGBT history and culture and of our extraordinary leaps forward in terms of equality in recent years. If what you know of...

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Parent Involvement

Coffee Break: Minneapolis' Erin Clotfelter on Special Education, The Belief Gap and Coffee in Bed

Erin Ecklund Clotfelter is the mother of four: 7-year-old twins who were diagnosed with autism at age 2, a 6-year-old recently diagnosed with ADHD, and a 2-year-old. She lives in Minneapolis’...

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IEP

Why the School Funding Judgment in Connecticut Could Jeopardize Education for America’s 6.5 Million Children With Disabilities

A couple of years ago I got a call from an occupational therapist who introduced herself as a member of my son Corey’s special education team. Would I mind, she asked, if she took herself off of the...

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IEP

My Son Has Asperger's and Wants to Attend a Rigorous College: Why Shouldn't He?

A few days into the eighth grade my son Corey taught himself the Pythagorean theorem. It’s not typically taught until ninth grade, but he loves baroque language and was drawn to the unit when it...

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U.S. Department of Education

How These Middle-School Students Took First Place at a Startup Accelerator

When Fidel Jonapa heard his team declared the winner of a design competition late last month, he was momentarily baffled. It had to be a mistake. The event was a weekend-long contest in which...

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