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Working with special education students in your classroom is the norm; however, we can sometimes be overwhelmed with the challenges they may present. We realize that people are more alike than different and that including children with disabilities and special needs is beneficial to them as well as to the other children in your classroom. 

JPAS Domain IV Indicator 56 helps you maximize your understanding of individual learner differences and allows you to demonstrate a curriculum that meets the needs of varied students.

Here are three thoughtful articles that may help you make their lives and yours easier this year. You may feel an article is aimed at one specific age group, but all the suggestions listed in each article are excellent suggestions for all ages and classes.

New findings shed light on best approaches
By Sarah D. Sparks


“A Review of Educational Research analysis of 46 studies found that strong teacher-student relationships were associated in both the short- and long-term with improvements on practically every measure schools care about: higher student academic engagement, attendance, grades, fewer disruptive behaviors and suspensions, and lower 

school dropout rates. Those effects were strong even after controlling for differences in students' individual, family, and school backgrounds.”

“We know that strong, secure bonds with teachers are really important in social-emotional development. To suddenly lose out on that under such strange and unprecedented circumstances can be really hard on kids.”

Teachers--  You are important!  Keep up the good work you are doing.  Your presence is needed as much as ever!

The quote is from Jamie Howard, a senior clinical psychologist in the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute and the director of the Center’s Trauma and Resilience Service.  For more information, please visit:

Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.”  --Lady Bird Johnson

Our students are amazing! Amidst the global crisis, they are finding ways to overcome and rise together, creating more unity for Utah. These student body officers are great leaders in this moment for their peers. 

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