Parenting

Link: It’s Okay – They Come in Peace

            I came across this post about Family Engagement this morning, written by Parent Engagement Advocate and Activist, Nancy Angevin-Sands. In the post, Nancy explores the often uncomfortable feelings between teachers and parents, and provides three thoughts on how to move beyond these to embracing family engagement. I encourage you… Continue reading Link: It’s Okay – They Come in Peace

Advocacy, Champions, Education

Guest Post: The Power of A School Wide Experience

There is a quote from Jane Goodall that says: "You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." At the beginning of May, I was invited to speak to… Continue reading Guest Post: The Power of A School Wide Experience

Advocacy, Champions, Education, Parenting, Workshops and Presentations

Re-Thinking the Iceberg

Author: Karen Copeland Most of us are familiar with icebergs, and that you really only see a small piece of an iceberg above the surface; there is so much more underneath. In the human services realm, the iceberg has become a metaphor for exploring deeper below the surface instead of relying solely on what we… Continue reading Re-Thinking the Iceberg

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Advocacy, Champions, Education, Parenting

Let’s Be Blunt: The Illusion of Inclusion

Author: Karen Copeland This is a post I have been wanting to write for a long time now. Most of you will not be surprised this post is about the challenges families face with their children who have special needs being included in the public education system. How we are simply dropping our kids into regular classrooms… Continue reading Let’s Be Blunt: The Illusion of Inclusion

Champions, Education, Parenting

Do You Know Her?

Author: Karen Copeland She sits quietly in your classroom. Completes her work. Not always on time, but mostly. She might be hesitant to raise her hand to answer a question. She likes school, but doesn't love school and would rather learn about things that matter to her. She might not be the one to readily… Continue reading Do You Know Her?

Champions, Education, Parenting

Shifting from Awareness to Acceptance

Author: Karen Copeland I've been thinking a lot about awareness lately, and reflecting on how our family has moved from a place of awareness to a place of acceptance. I thought about those times when people were "aware" of the challenges we were experiencing but this did not necessarily translate into "acceptance". In one of… Continue reading Shifting from Awareness to Acceptance

Advocacy, Education

Why Should Parents Attend #EdCamp?

I wrote this post last year after attending #EdCamp35, hosted by the Langley School District. Shawn Davids graciously posted it on his blog, Leadership with Purpose (because I didn't have one then). Now that registration has opened for the 2016 #EdCamp35, I am re-posting the article here in the hopes that I can encourage more… Continue reading Why Should Parents Attend #EdCamp?