When Bodies Don't Behave - Why Special Educators Need to Resist 'Don't Say Gay' Bills

Jun 1, 2023

“The history of disabled queer and trans people has continually been one of creative problem-solving within a society that refuses to center our needs.” - Alice Wong Currently in Florida, Governor Desantis has signed into law the “Protections of Medical Conscience” Bill, creating blanket legal protection for healthcare providers or payors to refuse to provide any medical treatment on the basis of a “sincerely held...

Championing Kids in An Epidemic of Isolation

Mar 27, 2023 by Aqua Stovall

As a twice-exceptional student who knew what it was to be expelled, I knew that not every teacher was like Mrs. Jordan. I noticed immediately that she treated me differently - she didn’t judge me based on my previous behaviors. She didn’t make me sit in a chair if I didn’t want to. I could stand, take breaks, or finish my work early and go to a quiet space in the classroom. And so I thrived in her class. At a pivotal point, star...

SELF Announces Agreement with Idaho-based Nonprofit Bluum

Jul 19, 2022

SELF is in the news! SELF recently announced a new multi-level partnership with Bluum, an Idaho-based nonprofit aimed at helping Idaho become a national model for how to maximize learning outcomes for children. This partnership gives SELF access to grow innovative leaders and school models though the Idaho New School Fellowship while offering school support and management, and learning innovations to help education thrive in Idaho and beyond.

What does independence mean for schools?

Jul 18, 2022 by Aqua Stovall

Since my last note, we have celebrated Juneteenth and the Fourth of July. Coming up on July 29th, we will celebrate the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, National Disability Independence Day, which guarantees access to economic and civil rights to Americans with impairments. With these celebrations of independence, let’s think about what independence means for schools. Imagine a school where expert teachers empower all ...
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