Over the last 7 years I have shared Colton's Journey with Education Majors and Early Childhood Education Majors at Iowa State University (each semester), Mt. Mercy University (yearly), Wartburg College and our local AEA.
With each passing year, we have gained valuable knowledge and experience in how to ensure students with challenges learn, grow and develop just like their peers. Every child has the same hopes and dreams, whether they are a typical child or a unique child with challenges.
Colton's Journey will help parents, future Educators and current Educators understand those unique students, how to focus on their abilities and capitalize on their uniqueness and ensure they reach their highest potential, and quite possibly, beyond!
Please contact me if you are interested in having me share Colton's Journey with your group. College Education Majors, School staff & Educators are my target audience, however I am happy to share with any group interested.
You may contact me at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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