10 Ways to Give Your Child With Special Needs a Head Start

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Since having a child diagnosed with special needs, I’ve learned so much about navigating the special-education process. First thing: the special education system is a hot mess—even for savvier parents, it’s incredibly difficult to navigate. The second thing: Early intervention can make all the difference. To give you a head start, I want […]

Your Neighborhood School May Not Make the Rankings But That Doesn’t Mean It Isn’t Right for Your Kid

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When moving into my neighborhood, my husband and I never considered our neighborhood school a viable option for our children. It wasn’t “good” based on any list we consulted when choosing schools. The scores were all over the place and honestly, it just wasn’t special. It was just a regular […]

The Racial Achievement Gap Can’t Be Fixed With a #BlackLivesMatter Sign in Your Yard

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“How can I be sexist? I have a mother, a wife and daughters!” If you’re a woman reading that sentence, you almost certainly won’t have a problem finding the flaw in its all-too-common reasoning. There are plenty of men in the world who love their mothers, wives and daughters while […]

Here’s Everything You Need to Know When You’re Done Denying Your Kid Has Special Needs

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Before I had my younger daughter, I had no idea about special education. I had never heard of an IEP (Individualized Education Plan). And if I am being completely honest, I associated “special-needs students” with cruel jokes about “the kids on the short bus.” So when at 2 years old, […]

How I Got 350 People to See “Hidden Figures” For Free in 4 Days

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Like so many Black women, I was excited about the movie “Hidden Figures.” My enthusiasm skyrocketed when I got a letter from Trinity United Church of Christ’s First Lady and Black woman engineer, Monica Moss, inviting me to a showing of the movie for families on Chicago’s South Side. Even […]

#MyBlackHistory Does Not Begin With Slavery. It Starts in Africa.

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To commemorate Black History Month, Education Post is featuring stories from parents, students and educators that connect past to present in the continued fight for better schools for Black communities using #MyBlackHistory.   One of my dreams as a child was to know what part of Africa my family was […]

Parents Shouldn’t Need a Lawyer to Get Special Education Support for Their Child

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Back to school time is approaching, and with that comes all the “to-do’s” and “suggestions for parents” that make huge assumptions about parents, about kids, and most importantly, about the causes, symptoms, treatments, and solutions for children who are “misbehaving.” The biggest mistaken assumption is that if a child is […]