Aug 182014

How a Student Can Teach and a Teacher Can Learn

Kristina rolled into my life in 2004. Literally. You see, she has cerebral palsy and gets around in a wheelchair. She came to me as a sixth grader; a passionate, expressive girl whose difficulty verbalizing her thoughts hindered her ability to express herself.

I was her special education teacher. She would eventually become my teacher.

“What do you see yourself doing after high school?” I asked one day as I wheeled her to the elevator. She was then in eighth grade. Kristina wryly replied that she was not going to be a professional soccer player. She wanted to be a part of a publishing company and write.

Oct 052013

Dale and Kristina Writing #10We are excited to announce that we will hold not one, but two book signings for our book, The Epitome of Grace: A Journey of Student and Teacher at HearthFire Books in Evergreen, CO.

We will hold our book signings on Wednesday, October 9th and Monday, October 21st starting at 5pm. HearthFire Books is located in the Bergen Village Shopping Center at 1254 Bergen Parkway, Suite D118, Evergreen, CO 80439.

You will have an opportunity to meet the authors and purchase your own personalized copy of The Epitome of Grace. In addition, you will be donating to two charities that support programs for those with special needs and their families.

Sep 022013

One of the major concerns I have with our current “reform” movement in education is the preponderance of testing that we do with our special needs kids. In addition to this heavy load that our students are expected to bear, teachers already are or will soon be evaluated on how the students do on these tests. Student performance on the assessments will be reflected on teacher evaluation instruments. For teachers in general, and for teachers in the special needs realm, this can be a rather concerning situation.

Aug 132013

Dale giving Kristina Book Proof on BirthdayAugust 9 was a very special day. Kristina turned 21 and received the proof of The Epitome of Grace. It was a complete surprise. This is the beginning of a special sojourn; the marketing of the book that she co-authored with her teacher. It was truly an honor to present her with the proof.