Archive for September, 2010

Critical Policies to Kick Start Special Education Reform: From My Side of the Looking Glass by Kathryn Burke

Posted in Kathryn's Column on September 30th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – 1 Comment

What will it take to get special education reform kick started throughout our continent? As a parent beginning my eleventh year of advocacy within the school system for our son, I am frustrated with the lack of progress in meeting the needs of exceptional learners.  I have a great deal of empathy for children who […]

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Social Media as a Tool for Adults with LD: My Love-Hate Relationship with Facebook by Dina Hendzel

Posted in Articles, Dina's Journey on September 27th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

Never have I been so popular as I am online.  As a child I was lucky to have one friend and see family members on major holidays.  Today, I have over 160 friends and family members that I keep in touch with, off and on, at any given time.  For someone with a learning disability, […]

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Why are we stalled in improving special education? By Kathryn Burke

Posted in Kathryn's Column on September 23rd, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – 2 Comments

Eleven years ago this month, our son started kindergarten. As he went through the door to the kindergarten classroom, so began our journey of advocacy to support his exceptional learning needs. But, at that time, we did not know that he had exceptional needs; that recognition would come later. Since we began our advocacy journey, […]

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What I have been Hearing about Inclusion: Perspectives of a School Trustee Candidate by Michael Janz

Posted in Articles, Experts Speak on September 16th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – 4 Comments

The purpose of LDExperience is to share. In this unique piece, Michael Janz, who is presently a Trustee Candidate for the public school board in Edmonton, Alberta, shares his observations from the campaign trail on the issue of special education. Mr. Janz is one of a unique group of younger Trustee candidates who has invigorated the normally sedate Trustee election process. […]

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Observations about ‘Waiting to Fail’ in the Pre-School Years by Kathryn Burke

Posted in Kathryn's Column on September 10th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – 6 Comments

I have just finished writing a book about our family’s journey of advocacy for our son. He is affected by learning disabilities and ADHD. I have found the experience of writing this book to be therapeutic. It has also provided me with some insights that I might not otherwise have gained without the intense scrutiny […]

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Special Education: My Perspectives on the Role of a Trustee by Dave Colburn

Posted in Articles, Experts Speak on September 8th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

In Canada, K-12 education is a provincial jurisdiction. The highest level of authority is the provincial Minister of Education. With the exception of New Brunswick which has abolished Boards, the highest local levels of authority are School Boards which consist of locally elected Trustees. A majority of Trustees determine the actions and positions of Boards. These […]

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Talking to Parents of Children with Exceptional Learning Needs: A Parent’s Top Ten List for Teachers by Kathryn Burke

Posted in Kathryn's Column on September 3rd, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

Some teachers find me a bit frightening! Well perhaps it is not me personally, but people like me – a parent of a child with exceptional learning needs. It is not hard to imagine that it could be difficult for some teachers to muster up the courage, particularly if new to teaching, to share their […]

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