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Melissa Defayette | Transitioning from Teacher to Researcher

By MCIE / 2023-01-26
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For this episode, I speak with Melissa Defayette, who is a current third-year Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland. She achieved candidacy in the Fall of 2022. Her research is focused on creating and implementing mathematic interventions for students with moderate to severe disabilities to be used in general education settings while aligned to grade-level content. She has co-authored three articles with the research team led by her advisor, Dr. Yakubova. 

Melissa and I discuss what it is like being on the research side versus the classroom teacher side of education, why it’s so hard for general education teachers to want to change their mindset regarding students with extensive support needs, and how her inclusion journey started in middle school. 

And just a quick note that our interview was recorded in early 2022. 

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Dr. Temple Grandin | Visual Thinking

By MCIE / 2023-01-19
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For this episode, I speak with Dr. Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Colorado State University and the author of New York Times bestsellers Animals in Translation, Animals Make Us Human, The Autistic Brain, and Thinking in Pictures which became an HBO movie starring Claire Danes.

Temple and I discuss why she wanted to write Visual Thinking, what educational advocates can learn from how she helped improve the welfare of farm animals, and what educators can do to support visual thinkers.

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Show Notes: https://bit.ly/TI-Temple-Grandin

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Ashley Barlow | Perfectly Imperfect Advocacy

By MCIE / 2023-01-12
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For this episode, I speak with Ashley Barlow, a special education attorney advocate and host of the podcast Special Education Advocacy with Ashley Barlow. In a former life, she was a German teacher in Jefferson County Public Schools and Cincinnati Public Schools, having taught nearly every grade from K to 12.  Ashley practices statewide in Kentucky and also operates a business to empower and inspire parents and advocates in special education, which can be found at www.ashleybarlowco.com. She is also the Director of Education at the National Down Syndrome Congress.  

We did something a little different for this episode. Ashley and I interviewed each other and are posting the same interview on our respective podcasts. Cool right? We discuss several things related to inclusive education, including … what inclusive ed really means and using Dear Colleague Letters as a strategy in IEP meetings.  

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Show Notes: https://bit.ly/TI-Ashley-Barlow

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Jay Ruderman | All About Change

By MCIE / 2022-12-22
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For this episode, Tim speaks with Jay Ruderman, the President of the Ruderman Family Foundation, focusing on inclusion, diversity, and social justice. He hosts All About Change, a podcast focused on activism, change, and courage. 

Jay is a social justice activist who has spent his life promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities. Through his foundation, he has been an integral part of holding the entertainment industry accountable for its lack of authentic representation of people with disabilities. 

Just a quick content warning, Jay and I discuss some sensitive topics, such as suicide, school shootings, and gun violence. Our conversation was recorded in May of 2022. 

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Show Notes: https://bit.ly/all-about-change

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TASH | Characteristics of Fully Inclusive Schools

By MCIE / 2022-12-08
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For this episode, Tim speaks with members of the Inclusive Education Community of Practice from TASH, Debbie Taub, Diane Ryndak, and Mary Fisher, about TASH’s position statement on the characteristics of fully inclusive schools.

So just a point of clarification. We recorded this interview earlier this year before the annual conference in Phoenix, the first weekend of December. Tim will give his full recap and reflection of that TASH conference in his audio newsletter, The Weeklyish. Go to weeklyish.substack.com to subscribe and get it in your inbox when it drops next week.

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Charmaine Thaner | The Art of Advocacy

By MCIE / 2022-11-10
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In this episode, Tim Villegas speaks with Charmaine Thaner, an inclusion advocate and founder of Collaborative Special Education Advocacy. 

They discuss her journey from being a self-contained special education teacher to an inclusion advocate and including her son with Down syndrome in school from preschool to college. Charmaine describes her early work as a special education teacher in the 1970s when few students with disabilities were in public schools. She also talks about her work today, equipping families and educators to advocate for inclusive education.

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Show Notes: https://bit.ly/TI-Charmaine-Thaner

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Is Getting a Masters in Special Education Worth It?

By DNW Contributors / 2022-11-06
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Is Getting a Masters in Special Education Worth It? My answer is that it depends on your circumstances! In this episode I talk about my own experience going through a masters in special education program. Topics covered are methods, networking, the slight pay bump, and cost.

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Kanwal Singh | Inclusive Education in India

By MCIE / 2022-10-27
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For this episode, Tim speaks with Kanwal Singh, former director of the Vishwas school and author of Hanging On: A Special Educator’s Journey into Inclusive Education.  

Kanwal and Tim reflect on her career working with students with disabilities in special schools and why her attitude changed toward inclusive practices. They discuss her experience as the director at Vishwas school and what she’s learned about sustaining inclusive education over the years. And what teachers need to know if they want to keep inclusive education going in their school or district. 

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Teaching in a Red State vs Blue State

By DNW Contributors / 2022-10-24
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As a teacher I have taught in California which is a historical blue state and Arizona which is a historical red state. I want to share my observations as a teacher of color, working in special education in both of these states.  I will be going over differences in  state standards , funding, general vibes, unions, and talking about Critical Race Theory. 

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Russ Ewell | Inclusive Leadership

By MCIE / 2022-10-13
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For this episode, Tim Villegas speaks with Russ Ewell, Founder of E-Soccer and Digital Scribbler, CEO of Hope Technology Group, host of the Lead Different Podcast, and father of children with disabilities. We discuss the characteristics of being an inclusive leader. And later in the interview he turns the tables on Tim and asks him some questions about why inclusion is important to him.

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Think Inclusive is written, edited, and sound designed by Tim Villegas, and is produced by MCIE.

Original music by Miles Kredich.

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