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The Think Inclusive Podcast
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Category: K-12
Location: Marietta, GA
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For nearly a decade, Tim Villegas has worked in the field special education and with people with disabilities. Recently, Tim ha...


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April 13, 2015 07:58 PM PDT

Recording from Farspoken Studios in beautiful Marietta, GA...you are listening to the Think Inclusive Podcast (Episode 12) brought to you by Brookes Publishing Company. I am your host Tim Villegas. It is has been a few months since we have published a podcast interview here at Think Inclusive and there is a good reason. Since we have been expanding the website…we have been upgrading our sound equipment and computer hardware. In addition we are changing the format slightly so that hopefully we can produce more podcasts for you to listen to. Today you will hear two edited interviews that I did from almost a year ago. The first is with Audri Gomez and Aja McKee, educators that have had experience in the classroom as well in teacher training. They give a unique perspective on how we can prepare teachers who are about to enter into the field of special education and also highlight what a degree in Disability Studies looks like. My second interview is with a Middle School teacher who works here in the Atlanta Metro Area. Her book SPED is about a fictional character, Jack Parker, as he navigates the complexities of having learning disabilities in 8th grade and being in special education. At the time of this interview SPED2 had not come out yet but is now out on Amazon Kindle and in Paperback. I’ll have links in the show notes page. I’ll also tell you how you can hear the complete unedited versions of the interviews at the end of the podcast.  So… without further ado… let’s get to the Think Inclusive Podcast… thanks for listening.  Stay tuned to the end of the podcast to learn how you can hear the complete and unedited version of my interview with Audri and Aja. And now my interview with educator Re Marzullo…author of SPED and SPED2. That concludes this edition of the Think Inclusive Podcast... For more information about Audri and Aja and what Disabilities Studies really means you can visit chapmandisabilitystudies.com. For more information on Re Marzullo’s books you can visit her website remarzullo.wordpress.com as well as download SPED and SPED2 from Amazon.com. Remember you can always find us on twitter @think_inclusive or on the web at thinkinclusive.us. Visit our sponsor at BrookesPublishing.com and receive 25% off your order using the promo code: TIMBD25  If you are interested in hearing unedited versions of the interview, become a Think Inclusive+ Member today and download them from our members content area. Other benefits of membership include an online curated newsletter that includes inclusion related links from around the web, access to the Think Inclusive Archive, book excerpts and exclusive articles, and coming later this year video modules and other resouces from our sponsor and partner Kids Included Together specializing in providing best practices training to community based organizations who are committed to including children with and without disabilities. Use the promo code PODCAST to receive $10 off a yearly membership to Think Inclusive. Today's show was produced Farspoken Recordings talking into condenser microphone, Xenyx Mixer, a MacBookPro, garageband, and a skype account. Exit music by SS41 with the song “Heart of It“…you can download it from iTunes or stream it on Spotify. You can also subscribe to the Think Inclusive podcast via the iTunes music store or Podomatic.com (the largest community of independent podcasters on the planet). From Marietta, GA...please join us again on the Think Inclusive podcast...thanks for your time and attention.

August 15, 2014 07:59 PM PDT

Recording from my living room in beautiful Marietta, GA...you are listening to the Think Inclusive Podcast Episode (011) brought to you by Brookes Publishing Company. I am your host Tim Villegas. Today I will be speaking with Debbie Taub, an expert in the field of special education alternate assessment. For those of you who don’t know, alternate assessment is the state test or portfolio that is administered or collected for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities - around 1-2 percent of all students in a typical school district. 

I had the pleasure of visiting with her one evening in February of this year. Debbie and I discuss what exactly is alternate assessment and what it has to do with inclusion. At the end of the podcast, Debbie lists some resources that may be helpful for any educator who wants to know more about modifying grade-level curriculum for students with significant disabilities. All in all we had a great conversation. 
So without further ado...Let's get to the Think Inclusive Podcast...Thanks for listening.

Keystone Assesment Resources

National Alternate Assessment Center

Council for Exceptional Children

TASH

Dynamic Learning Maps - DLM is responsible for developing an Alternate Assessment based on the Common Core State Standards.

National Center and State Collaborative – NCSC is responsible for developing an Alternate Assessment based on the Common Core State Standards.

Assessment Services Supporting English Learners Through Technology Systems - ASSETS is developing an Assessment for English Language Learners based on the Common Core State Standards.

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers – PARCC is developing a Common Core State Standards Assessment.

Smarter Balanced – Smarter Balanced is developing a Common Core State Standards Assessment.

May 12, 2014 07:53 PM PDT

Recording from my living room in beautiful Marietta, GA...you are listening to the Think Inclusive Podcast Episode (010) brought to you by Brookes Publishing Company. I am your host Tim Villegas. Today I will be speaking with Cheryl Jorgensen, one of the premier experts on inclusive education with over 30 years in the field.

I had the pleasure of visiting with her one evening in January of this year. Cheryl and I discuss why it has taken so long for inclusive education to catch on in the United States and what needs to happen to break the barrier for it to become part of best practices for education. She even gives me advice on whether I need to quit my job or not. You will not want to miss her surprising answer. 

So without further ado...Let's get to the Think Inclusive Podcast...Thanks for listening.

Partners in Policymaking (MN)

The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen J. Gould

 

February 28, 2014 08:49 PM PST

Recording from my living room in beautiful Marietta, GA...you are listening to the Think Inclusive Podcast Episode (009) brought to you by Brookes Publishing Company. I am your host Tim Villegas. Today I will be speaking with Russ Ewell, the CEO of Digital Scribbler, Founder of Hope Technology Group which started Hope Technology School (a nationally recognized full-inclusion school and Founder of E-Soccer, an all-volunteer inclusive soccer program.

I had the pleasure of visiting with him one evening in November of last year. Russ and I discuss the beginnings E-Soccer and how for all intents and purposes it happened by accident. We also talk about how sports programs can become more inclusive when everyone has the right attitude and gets training on how to be proactive instead of reactive. Russ even makes me blush near the end of the interview so make sure to listen to the entire podcast. 

So without further ado...Let's get to the Think Inclusive Podcast...Thanks for listening.

January 21, 2014 06:41 PM PST

Recording from my living room in beautiful Marietta, GA...you are listening to the Think Inclusive Podcast Episode (008). I am your host Tim Villegas. Today I will be speaking with Dr. Julie N Causton, an associate professor in the Department of Teaching and Leadership at Syracuse University and creator of the website Inspire Inclusion which includes a ten-part video series about inclusion for parents of children with disabilities. I had the pleasure of visiting with her one evening in November of last year. Julie and I discuss what the necessary steps for schools to become more inclusive which include, professional development, re-imagining school district's service delivery model, and using the law as leverage for systems change. This is one of the most interesting conversations on the podcast to date so please (if you can) listen to the entire episode. So without further ado...Let's get to the Think Inclusive Podcast...Thanks for listening.

Download Dr. Causton's checklist of sample supplemental supports, aids & services: http://www.inspireinclusion.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/checklist_full.pdf

September 27, 2013 06:40 PM PDT

Recording from my living room in beautiful Marietta, GA...you are listening to the Think Inclusive Podcast Episode (007). I am your host Tim Villegas. Today I will be speaking with Dan Habib about his new film Who Cares About Kelsey? **You may be familiar with Dan because of his previous groundbreaking documentary about his son "Including Samuel"** The film will be broadcast on public television beginning the weekend of September 28th. In addition to the film there are 11 mini-films available to watch on the website: WhoCaresAboutKelsey.com that support the message of inclusion and positive behavior support. Dan and I talk about Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, the importance of leadership in systems change and the all important question...who we think is going to win the World Series?

So without further ado...Let's get to the podcast...Thanks for listening.

September 05, 2013 09:35 PM PDT

Recording from my living room in beautiful Marietta, GA...you are listening to the Think Inclusive Podcast Episode (006). I am your host Tim Villegas. Today I will be speaking with Ariane Zurcher, a Huffington Post blogger as well as creator of the blog Emma's Hope Book, a chronicle of sorts about her autistic daughter. She is one of the leading voices in the autism community and I had the pleasure of visiting with her one evening in June. Ariane and I discuss what it was like to go from knowing nothing about autism when her daughter was first diagnosed to being such a strong advocate for the autistic community. We briefly talk about inclusion and what that looks like in her family. So without further ado...Let's get to the Think Inclusive Podcast...Thanks for listening.

September 05, 2013 07:06 PM PDT

Recording from my living room in beautiful Marietta, GA...you are listening to the Think Inclusive Podcast Episode (005). I am your host Tim Villegas. Today I will be speaking with Paula Kluth, an internationally renowned author and speak about inclusive education. Her books are some of my favorite resources and I am constantly recommending her work to my colleagues. A little confession about this recording...it was recording in May and I am finally getting around to editing it. It has been a very busy summer with vacations and me being home with the kids. My littlest one just turned one and my wife and I are coming up on our 10th wedding anniversary. Anyways...during our conversation...Paula and I discuss whether reverse inclusion can be a stepping stone to authentic inclusion, we also discuss ways educators can promote inclusion at their locals schools, as well as if technology in the classroom is all that it is cracked up to be. So without further ado...Let's get to the Think Inclusive Podcast...Thanks for listening.

April 16, 2013 07:44 AM PDT

Recording from my living room in beautiful Marietta, GA...you are listening to the Think Inclusive Podcast Episode (004). I am your host Tim Villegas. Today I will be speaking with Joshua Hyfler, a graduate school candidate in Applied Behavior Analysis (or ABA). Joshua also participates in our Team Inclusion Hangouts on Google Plus. Team Inclusion tries to meet once a month to discuss issues related to inclusive education and communities. If you are interested in joining us for one of our Thursday night discussions…email me at timvillegas@thinkinclusive.us and I will make sure you are invited to our next event. For this conversation, Joshua and I discuss the meaning of Applied Behavior Analysis (what it is and what it isn't) as well as delve into some the deeper struggles therapists and people with disabilities have with the field of behaviorism. Just quick audio quality note…I use Skype for my phone interviews and this one has a little bit of a buzz…so I apologize in advance for those with sensitive ears. Saying that…I throughly enjoyed my conversation with Joshua and I know you will too. Let's get to the Think Inclusive Podcast...Thanks for listening.

March 07, 2013 06:36 PM PST

Recording from my living room in beautiful Marietta, GA...you are listening to the Think Inclusive Podcast Episode (003). I am your host Tim Villegas. Today I will be speaking with Marvin, Sharon and Dana Fialco...authors of the Starabella book series. Starabella is a new series of books about a very courageous little girl with learning differences who expresses her thoughts and feelings through music. The books are based on the real life experiences of Marvin and Sharon's daughter, Tara who exhibited a surprising musical talent when she was very young but would later present perplexing challenges. Not able at the time to get a diagnosis, they were left with a mystery. Tara would not be diagnosed with autism until she turned 21. Tara, now an adult, went on to earn a degree in Early Childhood Education. The Fialco's and I discuss what is was like to observe Tara's amazing musical talent and how she developed her voice through melodies and lyrics. Dana Fialco, Tara's younger sister, describes what is was like growing up with Tara and what she has learned from having a sibling who was not like everyone else. All of this and more on the Think Inclusive Podcast...Thanks for listening.

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