Self-Care In the New Year: Reducing Stress and Embracing Support

The holiday season, while filled with joy and festivity, can also be a time of heightened stress for child and youth-serving professionals. Balancing the demands of work with the personal commitments of the season can be challenging, especially in environments committed to inclusive practices and positive behavior support. After all of the holiday hustle and…

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How Max Braverman Won Student Body President

“Some people may say having Asperger’s is bad, but I think it’s my best quality.” At KIT, we’ve written before about Parenthood, the show that taught us all about the stresses and joys of having a child with Asperger’s (among other stories within the show). I, myself, had never seen the show before, and I…

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Happy Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week!

This week is National Afterschool Association (NAA)’s Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week! This week is a chance to thank the people who make an incredible range of afterschool activities possible for children and families across the United States. With two parents who worked full-time, I attended after-school activities throughout my childhood. I had the opportunity to…

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Whose Kids Are They, Really?

“When you test your kids…” “I want to make sure your kids get what they need.” “What should we do about your kids?” As a special education teacher, I cannot count how many times I have heard general education teachers use some of the above phrases, referring to students with disabilities. As role models to the children with whom…

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The Importance of Social-Emotional Learning

Imagine a child with whom you have worked in the past who had significant difficulty regulating his or her emotions. Perhaps this child came into school or daycare after getting into an argument with a sibling, and he or she was highly aggressive with adults or other kids. Maybe the child is a camper who…

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The Case Against Competition

Growing up, I was very active in the performing arts– dance classes, choir, the school play, you name it! However, I always felt a sense of anxiety as the season began because the start to the season meant that auditions were coming. At auditions, I would be judged by my leaders and compared to my…

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What It’s REALLY Like to Teach Middle School

When I tell people I work as a teacher, the conversation inevitably goes like this: “Oh, that’s wonderful! What do you teach?” “7th grade sp–“ “You teach middle school?! That is rough. I hated middle school. I cringe when I think back to my time in middle school. It takes a special kind of person…

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The Power of Teamwork

Today, I’d like to tell you a story about a student of mine named Elena. Elena  is a seventh grade student who has been working so hard all year. She comes in to office hours before school, takes home extra study materials and extra credit work, and has significantly improved her self-advocacy skills. She is a…

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Different Abilities. Same Determination.

Ruben and Javier were both 16 year old students in my ROP (Regional Occupational Program) Retail Sales class.  The class consisted of 19 students – 3 of which were in our district’s special education program. Ruben and Javier both had learning disabilities, according to their IEPs, and their academic skills were below those of the…

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Laura Panetta, International Inclusion Advocate, age 7

Isn’t the universe cool? Recently here at Kids Included Together, we were notified that we have been granted special consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. This makes us part of a select group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that can contribute to information dissemination, awareness, policy advocacy, and development education, and…

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