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The Bully: One Third of the Tragedy

How do you identify a bully? Since knowing the common behaviors or characteristics of a bully is important in helping resolve this social issue, this information may be helpful to know. Visit


Added by Monica Rouse on April 15, 2013 at 11:26am — No Comments

Our Schools’ Responsibilities in Addressing Bullying and Harassment

The topic of bullying and harassment has been in the hot seat in education for several years. Interestingly enough, rather than getting easier to contol and/or manage, it is more difficult than ever because of technology access, a misunderstanding of what constitutes a bully or harassment situation, a cultural perspective that downplays such behaviors as "kids will be kids" or promotes (somewhat innocently even) that surviving a bully encounter is some "rite of passage" that all kids must…


Added by Monica Rouse on April 2, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Bully Epidemic: Understand this tragedy

Bullying is a community problem; a society problem; a problem for our entire culture. Adults sometimes minimize, trivialize, or even deny it. Schools develop policies to combat it, but it continues. Until we understand the dynamics of the participants in a bully situation, we are destined to continue this societal problem. This is the first in a series of articles on this hot topic. The foundational resources for this series include Iowa law regarding school district requirements and many…


Added by Monica Rouse on March 26, 2013 at 11:35am — No Comments

A Written Intervention Plan for Response to Intervention? YES!

This final installment of articles in the RtI series will bring together the components of RtI and show a written intervention plan from start to finish. As I read this case study, RtI became much easier for me to explain and "see" in my mind. The entire case study as well as additional information for parents about RtI can be linked to from the blog. This is great way to finish out our initial series of articles on Response to Intervention.…


Added by Monica Rouse on March 12, 2013 at 9:15pm — No Comments

House Rules - a Novel

I was at the Des Moines library this past weekend looking for my next book to read. Now, I'm a huge Jodi Picoult fan and recently finished her novel "Plain Truth." Most of Picoult's books have to deal with the legal system in some way, shape, or form. I'd picked a random book of hers off the shelf and began reading its summary and was instantly compelled to bring the book home.

HOUSE RULES is about Jacob Hunt, a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social…


Added by Nicole Hill on March 11, 2013 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Do not fear progress monitoring in RtI

Progress monitoring during the RtI process is not something to be feared. It does not have to be confusing or overwhelming. The key is consistency and accurate record keeping. Parents can help in the data collection process by understanding what data is being collected on their child and how the data will be used to make future educational decisions for that child. Keeping is simple is important. Connect to the blog below to start to understand the data collection process for RtI.…


Added by Monica Rouse on March 5, 2013 at 11:02am — No Comments

Don't you just love a success story?

Follow this link to a great story about a young man from New Mexico with Down Syndrome who has achieved his dream of running his own restaurant while he is still in his twenties!  We all need to keep thinking and aiming higher. …


Added by Connie B. Fanselow on March 4, 2013 at 10:58pm — No Comments

MTV and Transition - Tonight!!!

The "World of Jenks", a MTV documentary style series begins it's second season tonight at 11:00 pm ET.  The series is following three adults with disabilities as they transition to adulthood. One of this season's stories will be to follow a high school age student as he prepares for the next steps of his life. 

Has anyone seen this program? Was it good?

Added by Paula S. Connolly on March 4, 2013 at 9:04am — 1 Comment

Iowa Disabilities Group for Youth

With the transition of program support for the former ID Action Youth Advisory Board to Community Youth Concepts (CYC) in Des Moines, the youth decided it was time for a name change.  The new name, created by the youth, is the Iowa Disabilities Group (IDG).…


Added by Renee Mallo on February 6, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Connecting Response to Intervention and Service Eligibility

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a process that involves changing instruction for a struggling student over the course of time to help determine the reason(s) the student may be struggling in school. The student's response to the intervention(s) will help determine if the student needs to be tested for special education eligibility.

Added by Monica Rouse on January 29, 2013 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Is My Child Eligible for Special Education Services?

There are many clues that your child may be having difficulty learning. Some disabilities affect hearing or vision. Others may affect speech or communication skills. Still others may be less visible but still affect learning. The key to determining eligibility is communication, and communication most often begins between the parent and the teacher.…


Added by Monica Rouse on January 25, 2013 at 10:53am — No Comments

Inspiration for a Friday Morning

Hi everyone!  This link is out of this world!! You really have to take the time to watch will inspire anyone that puts many things in perspective quickly.. Please share with others! 

When you get to the site there also some other quick clips about these remarkable brothers!…


Added by Karen Thompson on January 25, 2013 at 9:14am — No Comments

Your experience: Is Iowa Serving all Eligible Infants and Toddlers?

A recent national study has been published showing states, regardless of their eligibility standards, were still not serving all the eligible children (known as Part C services) in their state:

Do you have an eligibility story to share?  How is Iowa doing serving children in our state program known as Early ACCESS?

Added by Paula S. Connolly on January 11, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

An Assistive Technology Resource

You'll find awesome information the Iowa Compass newsletter!  If you are not familiar with this publication, it is a free publication that is one of the services from Iowa's Center for Disabilities and Development.  The newsletter focuses on both low and high assistive technology resources.  I have found great information and resources for my son.  To subscribe to their newsletter directly:…


Added by Paula S. Connolly on January 9, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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