Megan Jones Shea (CEC)

How I Encourage Independence in the Classroom

Student reach the greatest levels of independence when all staff members are working together to teach and encourage new independent skills. Here are three ways I encourage independence in my classroom and work to build my students skills each and every day.

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A Welcome from My First Day as Executive Director

My New Year’s resolution was simple this year: Make 2020 a great year for CEC. And when I walked into headquarters this morning to start my new job as executive director, I came ready to make that happen!

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3 Ways I Build Strong Relationships With My Students’ Families

As a special education teacher, I know that the majority of my job is centered around helping my students learn, grow, and thrive. Something I didn’t realize going into the field, however, was just how critical building strong relationships with my students’ families would be to achieving this goal.

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We’re Winning But We’re Tired: How I’m Keeping the Momentum Going From Our Fight for Educational Equity Both In and Out of the Classroom

It’s officially Fall, and teachers everywhere are celebrating the recent victory of the Chicago Teachers Union. At the same time, we are tired, burnt out, and counting down the days until Thanksgiving break. Here's how I'm keeping the momentum going – not only on a political level, but in the classroom as well.

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3 Tips for Teacher Self-Care

Late October/early November is often said to be one of the most difficult periods of the year for teachers. So today, I’m sharing 3 practical ways teachers can advocate for themselves and remain healthy, balanced, and encouraged!

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Meeting the Collaboration Challenge

Collaboration is critical for both special education teachers and their students - but it comes with a distinct set of challenges. Here are some of the strategies my school employs to foster teamwork, sharing, and communication.

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Get Your Vote On for the 2020 Board of Directors!

We're looking five dedicated members to serve on the 2020 CEC Board of Directors. Meet the candidates and get your vote on today!

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3 Simple and Quick Behavior Management Tips You Can Implement in Your Classroom Tomorrow

Although managing behaviors can be a difficult part of teaching, you can easily implement these three research-based strategies and ideas with limited prep work.

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Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time-Saving Tips for Special Education Teachers

I've already started the 2019-2020 school year, which has come with a lot of stress. Here's my game plan for taking a step back and maximizing my available time and resources.

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How I’m Preparing for the Upcoming School Year

With the school year quickly approaching, I, for one, am feeling the pressure. Here's how I've been getting ready to step back into the classroom this fall.

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3 Questions for Special Education Teachers to Ask Themselves This Summer

Summer is a great opportunity to reflect on the previous school year and identify opportunities for growth. Here are three questions I've been reflecting on over the past couple months.

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Why I’ll Be Sharing My Story on Capitol Hill

As a special educator, I quickly learned that relationships are key when it comes to making an impact. That's one of the reasons why I'm so excited to attend the upcoming Special Education Legislative Summit on Capitol Hill.

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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 honor of National Autism Awareness Month, I'd like to take a step back and appreciate how far we've come to improve the lives of our students living with ASD.

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How I Stay Organized During IEP Season

As a special education teacher, IEP preparation can be a stressful and overwhelming addition to your to-do list. Fortunately, I’ve been able to develop a few strategies that have helped make IEPs a little easier.

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