Our Focus for the Summer 2013 Edition...
Chart your Summer Learning!
It’s finally here! Summer 2013! What a school year this has been for teachers and students alike! Now you can relax, rejuvenate and reflect on all you have accomplished this year. In addition to catching up with our families, hopefully taking a vacation to new places, and stepping up our yoga or jogging, there are some great learning opportunities to enjoy. This ISN Summer Edition has something for everyone...
For teachers we have great links to resources for summertime work. We also have highlighted research on summer learning programs and ways to make summer reading effective for students. For leaders, we are featuring an online guide to effective ways of engaging older youth in summer learning along with a resource to locate funding to support summer learning programs. Start planning now to create an even better summer learning experience!
For parents of children with special needs we have wonderful resources for planning summer activities and ways to create a literacy-rich summer! Visit the link to Camp What-A-Wonder for great online learning to enjoy with your child.
At the close of the school year, I was asked to speak to educators in Loudoun County, VA on the topic of inclusion. This ‘mini-session’ was offered during their brief thirty-minute lunch break and needed to concisely describe the characteristics of inclusive educators. We have included a short video featuring these 12 Characteristics of Inclusive Educators
. We hope you enjoy it and would love to hear from you if you want to add to this brief list of characteristics.
Finally, in planning for the new school year, Stetson & Associates has added a wonderful tool
you will want to use again and again. It is a list of instructional accommodations with available technology enhancements to support successful learning for every student. We all know accommodations are a critical part of successful instruction for almost any student! Spend part of your summer practicing with technology to prepare instructional accommodations. We encourage you to incorporate these into your instructional planning this fall!
Frances Stetson, Ph.D.
President, Stetson & Associates, Inc.