Managing Technology

I’ve been preparing for a presentation on Apps and Ethics this week in North Carolina and was reminded of a good book for Non-Profit leaders…Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission…which reminded me of a great website for Non-Profit leaders…NTEN.

From the Book: (book can be found on Amazon)                                                     

How do you determine a good ROI?

How do you budget and staff for technology?

What is effective Online Communication?

From the Website:

The Non Profit Technology Network (NTEN) strives to provide resource and support to non-profit technology leaders. This is a membership organization, but there is a FREE journal subscription – NTEN Change!


Handy Desk Reference

“It looks like they’re bringing in the new regulations manual.”

IDEA – A Handy Desk Reference to the Law, Regulations and Indicators, 2012 Edition

Published in collaboration with the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), LexisNexis has updated its coverage of the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA – A Handy Desk Reference to the Law, Regulations and Indicators includes:

•  New special education case law,
•  New Part B and Part C Regulations,
•  A table of the newly revised State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report Indicators
•  A comprehensive annotated bibliography of case law, and
•  Key Supreme Court decisions

IDEA – A Handy Desk Reference to the Law, Regulations and Indicators is the essential legal resource that contains the revised statutes and new regulations with legislative summaries prepared by our team of lawyer-editors. This publication offers a side-by-side comparison of IDEA 1997 Regulations, IDEA 2004 Regulations and IDEA 2007 Regulations to help you see the amended sections at a glance and stay informed about the most important changes made by the 2004 reauthorization.

More special coverage includes the full text of three key court decisions (Schaffer v. Weast, Arlington v. Murphy, and DRW v. Wisconsin DPI) as well as a helpful subject index.


Education Challenges – Brain Injury


My copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding the Brain is well traveled and loved…

One of my favorite courses in grad school was Brain Function/Impact Brain Injury. It was meant to be a Brain 101 for educators who might work with individuals with brain injury in their teaching careers. It was FASCINATING! Our main “text book” was The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding the Brain…AWESOME book!!! There are two other books I’ve gleaned from regarding brain injury and education. Definitely worth a look and a few notes!

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Study Skills

With the onset of fall semesters in both secondary and post secondary learning, I thought I’d share a link regarding study skills. I’ve mentioned CAST previously, but directing you in this post to a particular book Learning to Read in the Computer Age and in particular, Chapter 3 Developing Reading Strategies. Great insight for teachers and parents for helping to develop strong(er) study skills for our students/kids…and maybe ourselves as well!

Collaboration and System Coordination – Book

I am preparing to address another graduate class at GWU tomorrow and have spent several days delving back into an excellent book…

Collaboration and System Coordination for Students with Special Needs From Early Childhood to the Postsecondary Years, by Carol A. Kochar-Bryant.

Dr. Kochar-Bryant was a professor of mine at GW and has written several texts, but this is one of my “most used.” Great resource, excellent case studies for review, sage wisdom regarding families and system coordination and more. It’s not a light read, but very much worth the effort, especially for administrators or practitioners who want a better grasp on collaboration throughout the education continuum.


Yes, I do indeed like my sticky page tabs…and highlighters too!


With the weekend approaching, what does your time graph look like? Are you running from game to game with the kids? Or trying to catch up on all of the errands needed for the following week? Life if full. Life is busy. Life can be overwhelming…if we do not have Margin. 

In his book, Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives, Richard A. Swenson, MD discusses the pains of margin-less living and the prescription for building margin to bring a more healthful balance. Not an easy task in today’s society, but one which is so needed if we are to raise up the next generation with full steam!



Beyond the Bake Sale

I’ve focused mainly on web resources, but there are so many awesome books like yesterday’s  post, Lucy Lettuce. So today’s resource is an excellent tool for administrators, educators and families: Beyond the Bake Sale – The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships

The more the relationship between families and the school is real partnership, the more student achievement increases.

This partnership doesn’t happen overnight. It takes vision, effort and most importantly, a focus on the student/child outcome. Beyond the Bake Sale identifies Four Versions of Partnership (which can be ascertained by utilizing the provided scoring guide).

  • Partnership School
  • Open-Door School
  • Come if We Call School
  • Fortress School

Once identified, there are research based tips and strategies for engaging families and schools in partnership, including surveys, tips for developing a School Family Involvement Policy and School Vision Statement. (Example below)

Parents are their children’s first and most important teachers. Research tells us that parent involvement makes a big difference. When Schools welcome families, establish personal relationships among families and staff, help parents understand how the system works, and encourage family-staff collaboration to improve student achievement, students do better in school-and the schools get better.

Our school is committed to being family-friendly and to working as partners with our families to help all our students learn to high levels. Our school encourages families to be:

  • Teachers of their children at home
  • Supporters of our school and of public education
  • Advocates for their own and other children
  • Decision makers in school policy and practice

An excellent resource for PTAs, PTOs, administrators, staff, families…this is a recommended read if you are involved in public education.