Megan Jones Shea (CEC)

Why I’ll Be Sharing My Story on Capitol Hill

When I first started in education as a paraprofessional, I was drawn to our students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) and Autism spectrum disorders (ASD). I quickly formed bonds with them and, through our relationship, could put out most fires during the day.  As such, my colleagues called me “The Whisperer.” With any challenging behavior, they would be sure ...

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3 Tips for Classroom Set-Up on a Budget

Setting up a classroom can be a daunting task. Here are my top tips for stretching a small budget to get the things you need.

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Reflecting on How Far We’ve Come This National Autism Awareness Month

In April, we in the special education community come together to honor National Autism Awareness Month.  As we set aside time to celebrate those on the autism spectrum, I can’t help but reflect on how far we’ve come over the past few decades thanks to the tireless work of exceptional educators to improve the lives of our students with autism ...

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How I Stay Organized During IEP Season

For special education teachers, the spring often means one thing: IEPs. Between analyzing data, drafting goals, writing PLOPs and transition plans, and the various other components involved in drafting an IEP, it can be a stressful and overwhelming time. Fortunately, I’ve been able to develop a few strategies that have helped make IEP season a little easier and I’m happy ...

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How to Approach IEPs Without Losing Your Mind

In this episode, you’ll hear what you need to prepare for your first IEP meetings from legal expert Julie Weatherly.

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How to Make Grading Easier

Grades and grading can be a source of angst for new and experienced teachers alike – particularly when trying to ensure that grades for students with disabilities are meaningful and support learning. Grading is just one of the topics addressed in CEC’s newly released Survival Guide for New Special Education Teachers. This week, I chatted about grading with Catherine Martin and Clara ...

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Co-Teaching in the Real World

In this episode, co-teaching expert Marilyn Friend is here to talk about some of the biggest challenges facing new co-teachers—and how you can solve them.

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Teaching Exceptionally Podcast

Welcome to CEC’s new podcast, Teaching Exceptionally. We’ll be talking to the experts you trust to get the strategies that you need to be successful—whether you’re a new teacher or a seasoned veteran.

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Surviving Your First Year as a Teacher

In this episode, we’re talking with Catherine Creighton Martin and Clara Hauth, authors of the brand-new edition of The Survival Guide for New Special Education Teachers, a handbook full of realistic strategies teacher candidates and new teachers need to succeed in their first years in the classroom – and beyond. You’ve got the right stuff to be a special educator, but Catherine and ...

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