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CASE/NASDSE Conference in Milwaukee

Drs. Frances Stetson and Melinda Barnett, Stetson and Associates, Inc, attended the CASE/NASDSE Conference in Milwaukee on September 25-27, 2016. The central themes of this conference were a revitalized look at Multitiered Systems of Supports for struggling students, an emphasis on Positive Behavioral Supports and their critical role in MTSS and components for Successful Online… >

Active Learning: How Do We Make It Happen?

Student Response Systems Introduction To make "active learning" more than a vague buzz word, consider using a Student Response System.  These are techniques and strategies proven to be effective at increasing the number of times students respond in class; the number of times they engage successfully with the work.  There are various Student Response Systems… >

WEBINAR: 5 Easy Ways to Fail in Education

The Imperative for Reinvention in Special Education Join Dr. Frances Stetson as she discusses the five easiest ways to fail in education in this webinar hosted by PresenceLearning. She will focus on how to avoid the following problems that so often arise in Special Education today. 1. Lose the Vision 2. Admire the Problem 3. Avoid… >

We’re Reading…Models of Professional Development

Inclusive programming for students with disabilities is still a change for many school systems.  We know that creating change in an educational system requires training, follow-up and ongoing support.  Why?  Because it is too easy to continue doing what we have been doing and implementing change in our practice can be a lot of hard… >

Powerful Lessons from the Field

After 44 years of teaching and working with others as they teach, I am totally convinced that the #1 most powerful strategy to impact success is the teacher’s ability to pull students into small group instruction. This one intervention builds relationships that calm behavior issues, differentiates instruction to address learner needs, and supports novice learners… >

Making Connections

Connecting with challenging students that were often reprimanded by teachers or school officials has always come naturally to me.  Their tough exterior, a defense mechanism, made me want to get to know the child behind the façade and discover why they were acting out. Once I decided to become an educator, one of my personal… >

Intelligence…Are you Born with It?

Does anyone remember being graded according to the “Bell Curve”?  I have vivid memories of my first class in undergraduate school and my English professor clearly explaining that everyone would be graded on the curve.  The top 10% of the class would receive an ‘A’, the second 10% would get a ‘B’, the middle 60%… >

We’re Reading…Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World

  As June approaches, I look forward to a less hectic work schedule and a little summertime fun.  I picked up Giving 2.0:  Transform Your Giving and Our World by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen (http://laaf.org) for two reasons- 1.  I need some advice about how I might better spend my “free” time and 2. the format of the… >

We are Reading…Total Participation Techniques

  (2011) Written By:  Drs. Persida Himmele and William Himmele.1 In classrooms across this country, students with disabilities and those who struggle for a variety of reasons are often the students who are still the least engaged.  A large national study funded by the US Department of Education2 showed that two out of three students… >

Teach Like It’s Friday Night

What if your students had to perform every Friday night in a stadium of cheering fans?  If you observe them preparing for that performance during the week, you will notice two key ingredients also found in a quality curricular lesson. The athletic skills utilized during practices are the number of repetitions each athlete practices for… >

Effective Co-Teaching Partnerships

Frequently when I am working with teachers who are considering co-teaching or have been assigned to co-teach I am asked, "What does effective co-teaching look like and how do the teachers create effective partnerships?" Part of my job involves working with teachers providing technical assistance and support, providing staff development and program evaluations so I… >

Frequently Asked Questions about Culturally Responsive Instruction

Today’s students are increasingly more diverse in their cultures, languages, abilities, interests and learning styles. As educators we are held accountable to ensure that all learners achieve at least minimum state standards. Thus we must create classroom environments where student differences are supported and celebrated so that all students have the best opportunity to learn… >

Paraeducator Institute

This interactive, engaging one-day institute for paraeducators was designed at the request of paraeducators and administrators to address the paraeducator's ever-changing role in schools. Each participant will have the opportunity to attend four 90-minute breakout sessions and a 3-hour overview on Responding to Challenging Behavior. Sessions may be assigned based on the services provided by… >

A Missing Link

In my career as a special education teacher, curriculum supervisor, and then principal, Inclusion was a priority focus; however, there always seemed to be a missing link in the process of including students with disabilities—especially more severe conditions—into the general population of students. I had an early spring meeting with a fellow principal whose elementary… >

Stetson Online Infographic

Everything you need to know about Stetson Online is summarized in this infographic! See what our courses have to offer, how to get started implementing them and there is even a guest login for you to check out the courses for yourself… >

Instructional Leadership

As a former school administrator, the words I heard most to describe my job function was “instructional leader.” This phrase was number one on the job description, used throughout the interview, and the focus of many training topics I attended, yet, if the truth be told, most of what consumed my days as an administrator… >

Developing and Nurturing a Positive Culture and Climate in your School

As a consultant I have had the opportunity to visit schools all across the nation.  What strikes me most is how positive and student-centered the campuses I visit are. Teachers are in the hallways not only supervising students, but are creating a more welcoming experience by talking and sharing smiles with them as they walk… >

Key to Effective Instruction

Inclusion Resources

If you agree that classroom walk-throughs should provide you with the necessary data to help you assist your teachers in improving their classroom practices but you find yourself short on data, here are some tools to help. You should observe these key activities on a daily basis in your classrooms. Clear and written objectives Flexible… >

Time for Success

As a consultant, everywhere I travel I find administrators in search of the “Silver Bullet.” What unique master schedule will maximize instructional time in order to make the biggest difference? Various changes in schedules are probably the most common solutions attempted. With many assortments of time manipulations from forty-five minute classes to ninety minute time… >

Teaching Strategies up your Alley

While bowling with my senior bowling team today, I observed a husband and wife team that epitomized the importance of good teaching strategies. As the wife stepped up to bowl, the husband patiently observed her stance and delivery of the ball. He then modeled for her a couple of techniques that might improve her delivery… >

Winning Leadership

I recently had the opportunity to work with a central office staff in a large school district.  They had lots of questions and concerns about how they could influence campuses when they do not have direct supervisory authority over the teachers or principals.   I can remember working in that kind of position, and how challenging… >

The Skinny on Leadership

I recently read Motion Leadership: The Skinny on Becoming Change Savvy by Michael Fullan.  Communication without action is almost meaningless is one of the key concepts discussed in Fullan’s book.  This really stopped me in my tracks and started me thinking about how many times as school leaders we talk and talk, but nothing happens. … >

What We’re Reading (My Stacks)

Just in time for Holiday Shopping! While I love to get lost in the drama of an intricate and finely written crime novel, nothing invigorates me more than researching a professional question. My daughter thinks that I need to get a life, but what I’ve come to realize is that this IS my life! For… >

A Differentiated World

As a consultant, I spend a lot of time at airports.  Often, I am just sitting around waiting for a flight.  Don’t misunderstand, I am not complaining.  Sitting around waiting for a delayed flight or just waiting for the only flight available (or suffering through any other inconveniences of traveling) is such a small price… >

Survival Guide to Teaching the 21st Century Learner (Part 2)

Now that you've had time to let the technology soak in, here are a few more tips that will save your sanity! It is an interactive Web 2.0 World, so pack light. Gone are the days of keeping up with the latest software installation discs. Software of today lives on the Internet in "The Cloud"… >

Survival Guide to Teaching the 21st Century Learner (Part 1)

Long past are the days where teachers lecture from the chalkboard. The clumsy unforgiving tools of overhead projector transparencies and rote worksheets have been replaced by more intelligent, interactive devices and applications that previous generations never imagined. At their fingertips, teachers have access to multiple classroom computers, web cams, interactive whiteboards, student response systems and… >

Back to School: The Sequel!

My Homework—"The dog ate it!" As a teacher, I have heard many answers to the question, "Where is your homework?" In fact, I have often thought it would be a great title for a children's book.  As a parent, I think more arguments probably occur in households regarding homework than most any other school issue… >

Back to School: Is it Really That “EASY”?

Although the familiar Staples commercial, may suggest "back to school" and "easy" in the same sentence, is it really that easy?Already those unsullied backpacks are crammed with papers and unidentifiable objects and many of those brand new supplies are nowhere to be found. How quickly the excitement of the start of another school year gives… >

Teaching Strategies: Getting to the Point

  Good teaching cannot be reduced to techniques; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher. ~Parker J Palmer, The Courage to Teach Teachers Do Make a Difference Observing the bowling coach and his wife, I couldn’t help but think about another skill that effective teachers use- summarizing and note taking strategies. … >