The Quest for Meaningful Special Education

The Quest for Meaningful Special Education

by Amy Ballin


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Every child should have access to an education that works. The Quest for a Meaningful Special Education follows the educational journeys of nine students with a language-based learning disability (LBLD) who, through a combination of parental advocacy and luck, were removed from a debilitating learning situation and enrolled in a school designed to address their particular learning needs. In the process of following their journeys, the book explores the role of cultures within and outside the school and examines some of the ways that the construction of special education has affected student learning.

In the context of the ongoing national conversation about student academic success, high school dropout rates, the disproportionate number of prison inmates with learning disabilities, the costs of educating students, and the controversy over the placement of minorities in special education, The Quest For a Meaningful Special Education is a timely book that will add a new perspective to current debates

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475827590
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/30/2016
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Amy Ballin, MST, LICSW, PhD, is an associate professor of practices at Simmons College in Boston Massachusetts, where she teaches special education law, classroom collaboration, and social work. Her scholarship and activism focus on creative approaches to teaching pedagogy and social action to eradicate injustices embedded within our educational system.

Table of Contents

Preface: My Personal Educational Journey
Part I: A Broken System
Chapter 1: Unexpected Consequences
Chapter 2: Special Education: How Did We Get Here?
Chapter 3: The Serendipitous Pathway in the Quest
Chapter 4: Measures of Success
Part II: The Kelsey School: A Model That Works
Chapter 5: Dedicated to the Mission
Chapter 6: The People Method
Chapter 7: Teachers as Learners
Chapter 8: A Carefully Selected Population, a Consistent Academic Structure
Chapter 9: Communication at Kelsey
Chapter 10: Supportive Community
Chapter 11: Safety
Chapter 12: Drawbacks and Privilege
Part III: The Change That Is Possible: Every Child Can Succeed
Chapter 13: A New Vision for Educating All Children
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