The other night, I met with a small group of parents and we engaged in a discussion of the EC Department’s goal to improve instruction for students with disabilities. Throughout the energetic conversation, each parent asked the same question in their own way. Their question was, “what can I do, as a parent, to ensure… Read More Just Show Up…..
Over the summer, I experienced two serious health scares with family members resulting in hospital stays, one with my daughter and the other with 89 year old mother. While they both received great hospital care, their cases were complicated involving detailed treatment plans and multiple medicines with side effects and interactions. I found myself in… Read More Back to School Tips for Families of Students with Disabilities
Last week, I answered a phone call from an upset parent. After a long conversation and follow-up work to resolve the situation, the call still hangs in my mind because the parent’s concerns were based on very reasonable expectations. This student struggles in math to the point of having an IEP (Individualized Education Program) in… Read More Endrew, ESSA and Quality Support for Students
While most of my blog posts are directed to anyone who has a special interest in students with disabilities, this blog post is dedicated to school leaders. Why? Because recently, I returned again to the importance of school leaders. “School is the Unit of Change” is a reminder that any instructional change, climate improvement, or… Read More School is the Unit of Change
The holiday season is over and, as I dig out from the bills, I wonder about gift selection. Did we score home runs in choosing what to place under the tree? It seemed like the Bluetooth speaker was a hit at the family gift exchange game. And my daughter seemed pleased with the many items… Read More Post-Holiday Thoughts on What Parents Want for their Kids….
I just got back from a road trip to Atlanta where I spent the weekend with my three college pals. We four have been close friends since the 1980s and have committed to one weekend every year to catch up with one another on a girls trip. Though we choose a different destination every year,… Read More We all need a friend
The other day, I ran into a problem. And then, I ran into the same problem again. And then on another day, I hit it again. After several stubbed toes and much frustration, I agree with experts on leadership that COMMUNICATION is one of the most important leadership skills. Here’s what happened…. As a team,… Read More Communication… why is it so important?
Two weeks ago, the EC Department launched a new name for several of our classrooms. These classes will be called Extensions. In the Extensions classrooms, students will study the NC Extended Content Standards created by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. A link to these instructional standards can be found at the end of… Read More What’s in a Name? …more than you think
My name is Ann Stalnaker and I am starting a blog. This blog will focus on public education in North Carolina with a special interest in issues, services and resources for students with disabilities in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). This is my interest area as I have recently (May 1, 2017) taken the position of Assistant… Read More Welcome to my blog!