“Smartness” is a Culturally Biased Term (Essay)

Smartness as Property: A Critical Exploration of Intersections Between Whiteness and Disability Studies by Zeus Leonardo & Alicia A. Broderick — 2011 Background/Context: Two scholars who each primarily identify as a scholar of critical race/whiteness studies and a scholar of disability studies, respectively, engage in this article in a purposeful dialogue that responds to the … Continue reading “Smartness” is a Culturally Biased Term (Essay)

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Education Reform Movement’s Effect on Teacher Image and Teacher-Student Relationships (article)

Cultural Narcissism and Education Reform Background/Context: Scholars have described American culture in recent decades as narcissistic, manifested by displays of self-absorption tantamount to a pathological syndrome that has reached epidemic proportions. An education reform movement that is highly critical of public schools, teachers, and students has simultaneously emerged, espousing a wide array of seemingly disconnected … Continue reading Education Reform Movement’s Effect on Teacher Image and Teacher-Student Relationships (article)

Pathway to Inclusive Educational Reform (Article)

Summary: Having brought together scholars to consider inclusive education within both their own and others’ disciplines, research perspectives, and agendas, the content of this concluding article reflects on what these contributions say—individually and collectively—about inclusive education. Furthermore, the authors critically consider what all of this says to and means for educational scholarship, schooling, and society … Continue reading Pathway to Inclusive Educational Reform (Article)

Critical Multiculturalism: Theory and Practice (Book Review)

Excerpt from review: Popular support for multicultural education has withered, undermined by test-driven educational policies, homogenizing academic standards, and eroding commitments to affirmative action and bilingual education. “For many, ethnic, linguistic, and cultural diversity are no longer something to be celebrated, but rather feared” (p 1). Book: Critical Multiculturalism: Theory and Praxis by Stephen May and Christine E. … Continue reading Critical Multiculturalism: Theory and Practice (Book Review)

A Bullet for the Teacher

Summary: Commentary explores the disconnect between recent educational reforms and Americans’ beliefs about teachers and teaching. Excerpt from article: Rather than reward intelligence, innovation, or compassion, American educational policies tend to valorize compliance and the attainment of ever-higher test scores.  Politicians in states across the country are rushing to ratify laws that tie teacher pay … Continue reading A Bullet for the Teacher

Inclusive Educators and Advocates Unite Here!

Below is one of my favorite resources for inclusive education.  Please pass this information on to your followers, students, friends and others if you agree with me!  The Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) is a web-based educational resource for families, schools and communities that promotes inclusive educational practices. This resource has grown out of Inclusive Schools Week™, … Continue reading Inclusive Educators and Advocates Unite Here!

How to Create an Inclusive Learning Environment 

Author/Source: Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University. Copyright 2008, 2015. Accessed on Sept. 8, 2016 from http://www.cmu.edu/teaching/designteach/teach/learningenvironment.html. Impact of climate on learning and performance Listed below are some of the ways in which classroom climate can impact learning, positively or negatively: Climate regulates the circulation and construction of knowledge. For instance, … Continue reading How to Create an Inclusive Learning Environment