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Conversations about inclusive education and what inclusion looks like in the real world.

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Breaking the Curve: How Standards-Based Grading is Transforming Education

Dr. Thomas Guskey delves into the complexities of traditional grading systems and explores the potential of standards-based grading to revolutionize how learners are evaluated. The episode kicks off with Dr. Guskey discussing the gaps between grading knowledge and practices and how the reliance on traditional models has impacted education.
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*FEED DROP* Learn with Dr. Emily

This week, we have a feed drop from a fantastic podcast, Learn with Dr. Emily. Dr. Emily King is a child psychologist and former school psychologist specializing in raising and teaching children and teens diagnosed with autism, ADHD, anxiety, learning disabilities, and/or giftedness. Each week, she shares her thoughts on a topic related to psychology, parenting, education, or parent-teacher collaboration.
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Beth Leipholtz: Advocate for Inclusion and Accessibility

Tim Villegas welcomes guest Beth Leipholtz to a dialogue that navigates the intertwining paths of personal narrative, maternal advocacy, and the pursuit of inclusive environments. Beth provides a window into her world as the mother of a deaf child equipped with cochlear implants, touching on the role of American Sign Language (ASL) in their lives and the decisions that have shaped their journey. 
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How PINE is Revolutionizing Professional Learning for Inclusive Education

In this episode of Think Inclusive, Lauren delves into her origin story and how a research-focused professional found her calling in New York City's public schools, ultimately leading her to champion an education model embracing inclusion and neurodiversity. We talk about PINE's structured professional development solutions and how the organization's systemic approach enables educators across entire school systems to support neurodiverse students effectively. The conversation underscores the transformative potential of inclusive education when professional development becomes a shared language and responsibility.
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Dr. Carolyn Teigland Chosen for the Leadership Maryland Executive Program’s Class of 2024

Dr. Teigland is one of 52 individuals chosen for the Leadership Maryland Executive Program’s 31st class, who will complete the eight-month, hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital issues. The program will run from April to December, and include five, two-day sessions focused on Maryland’s five main geographic regions and the most vital issues impacting economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment, and multi-culturalism/diversity across the state. More than 100 experts representing Maryland’s business, government, education, and non-profit communities will serve as panelists and guest speakers.
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Principals Show Disability Discrimination in School Access, Study Finds

In this episode of the Think Inclusive podcast, Tim Villegas interviews Lauren Rivera, author of the research article "Not in My Schoolyard: Disability Discrimination in Education Access." Rivera discusses her study on how school principals respond to requests for school tours from families with children with disabilities. The research reveals significant discrimination based on disability and race, with principals less likely to respond to families with children who have an IEP, especially if the family is perceived as black. Rivera emphasizes the importance of shedding light on these discriminatory practices and working towards more equitable education for all children.
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Love is a Classroom: Steps Toward Inclusive Practices with Andrew Goff

In this episode of Think Inclusive, Tim Villegas interviews Andrew Goff, author of "Love is a Classroom." They discuss the transformational moment that changed Goff's perspective on inclusive education and the importance of love and compassion in the classroom. Goff shares his experiences advocating for inclusion and offers advice for educators navigating the tension between being an advocate and an employee. They also discuss Goff's new book and the importance of leadership in creating inclusive learning environments. Don't miss this insightful conversation on the power of love in education.
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Fostering Inclusion and Resilience in Education: The Impact of Circle of Friends

In this episode, Tim Villegas welcomes Robyn Stack Reagan, the dynamic CEO of Circle of Friends, for an engaging conversation that dives deep into the organization's mission and the tangible impact of inclusion in educational settings. This candid discussion unveils the profound effects that fostering genuine friendships and promoting anti-bullying can have on students of all backgrounds, particularly disabled learners and those facing adversity.
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Jeannie Gainsburg Discusses LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Allyship in Education

Tim Villegas interviews Jeannie Gainsburg, an expert in LGBTQ+ inclusion and allyship. They discuss their personal journeys to becoming allies, the importance of inclusive education, and strategies for respectful conversations with people who may have different views on LGBTQ+ issues. Jeannie shares tips for using gender-neutral language and gathering and using pronouns respectfully. They also discuss the need for self-care and sustainable allyship. This episode provides valuable insights and practical advice for anyone interested in promoting LGBTQ+ inclusion.
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Promoting Peer Engagement and AAC in Inclusive Classrooms

Elizabeth Biggs and Erin Turner discuss the importance of fostering friendships and peer relationships in inclusive classrooms. They emphasize the need to prioritize social-emotional learning and provide practical tools for supporting peer engagement. The conversation also touches on the role of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) in facilitating communication and connection among students. The Enhancing Peer Network Project, a research initiative focused on building capacity for friendship and social communication development, is highlighted as a valuable resource for educators and families.
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