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Restorative Practices Overview

***Post written by Jessica Andrew, therapist and psychologist for Region V BOCES*** As school districts around the nation struggle to find effective solutions to improve campus safety and security, an often overlooked component is the building of strong community and...

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Addressing Burn Out in Our Teams

***Post written by Annastashia Teepe, Southeast representative for WSPA*** As the school year begins to draw to a close for many school staff members across the state, it may be necessary to assess the mental health and wellbeing of our team members. School...

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Book Review: Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks

***Post written by Carol Kramer, Northeast Representative for WSPA*** Shortly after Oliver Sacks died in August of 2015, I decided that I wanted to read all of his books.  Dr. Sacks, the neurologist, had always been a person for whom I respected and marveled over, as...

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District Programs in Special Education

***Post written by Sarah Perkins, Website Administrator, Membership Chair, Publications Chair, and President-Elect for WSPA*** As our district is pretty large (as least for Wyoming), we have several district programs for special education students. These programs can...

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9th Grade Boys

***Post written by Don Rentz, Scholarship Chair for WSPA*** This is my second year working at a high school. I have previously worked many years at the middle school level. I have noticed that 9th grade boys are overrepresented in student earning failing grades. They...

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The Home Stretch: Rounding the Last Turn to Finish Strong

***Post written by Howard Wakkinen, Graduate Credit Chair for WSPA*** It was many years ago that I ran track. I was usually more of a 100 meter or 200-meter sprinter, but on occasion, my track coaches would have us all partake in the opportunity to run the 400-meter...

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What is the parent involvement in the referral process?

***Post written by Scott McGuire, Elections Chair for WSPA*** I realize that the referral process is a general education duty but there does not need to be confusion on how it works as long as everybody works together.  Our district’s schools have great teams of...

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Students and Social Media

***Post written by Annastashia Teepe, Southeast Representative for WSPA*** With the recent Momo Challenge and continued concerns among educators about students use of social media, educators and staff can continue to review social media use data and facts and tips...

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Instruction in Reading

***Post written by Laura Lane, Secretary for WSPA*** WSPA has had Dr. David Kilpatrick come to present at conferences 2 times.  I have brought this information back to my district’s reading intervention team at the K-3 level.  They have taken this on and in January of...

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