Intervention Publications


What is Capable Support?

ASCD Inservice May 24, 2017

I am an Instructional Coach and Reading Specialist at a large urban high school.

I am also Ani’s mom.

Ani is autistic and intellectually disabled.  According to the National Autism Center, “Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by deficits in social interactions and social communication and by restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior.”  If you ask Ani what autism is, she’ll tell you she gets confused.

I brought Ani home from a Bulgarian orphanage when she was five years, 11 months.  Her mind and body suffered greatly.  She weighed 23 lbs., had no language, was not potty trained, and focused on bizarre hand movements.  It was clear she had had no mental or physical stimulation.  When I met her for the first time, she sat under a shelf and rocked back and forth – endlessly.

But the one thing that kept going, that never diminished was her spirit.  Through all of the heart-wrenching sorrow within the first several years of her life, she has kept her indomitable spirit.

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Struggling Reluctantly

NCTE March 23, 2017

It’s become a personal quest of mine, something that I repeatedly profess in professional meetings, in presentations, on Twitter, and on my own personal blog.

The terms “struggling” and “reluctant” cannot be allowed to reference readers who need our support. Those terms come from a deficit model of thinking, in which somehow these students will never become the readers we want them to be but, rather, will continually fail according to some district initiated benchmark or criterion.

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When a Minute is a Minute

ASCD Inservice February 23, 2017

As you prepare your next lesson, step back and allow your students the time they need and the time they’ve earned to think through their thoughts; you will be inspired by what a minute can do!

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Don’t ‘Should’ Me

Education Update June, 2016 

A writing teacher changes her language to stop ‘shoulding’ on her students.

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Compliance, Control and Consideration

ASCDExpress February 11, 2016 

It’s the little things that builds a relationship. Here’s how to demonstrate respect without losing one’s authority.

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The Literacy of the Visual Arts

ASCD Inservice June 29, 2016

When the lesson doesn’t work, don’t blame students.  Here’s an opportunity to look inward.

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Giving Students What They Want and What They Need

Literacy Daily August 18, 2016

While all of us have had challenging students in our class, here’s one suggestion for success.

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