Learning How to Give up Control

Learning How to Give up Control by Jack Pearpoint My personal monster is control. I love it. But I know I have to ‘give it up’ in order to grow. I learn by experience. I need to create learning situations where I “give up control” and experience ‘interdependence’. By taking myself ‘to the edge’ where […]

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Kick Em Out or Keep Em In: Exclusion or Inclusion – Forest & Pearpoint

Kick Em Out or Keep Em In Exclusion or Inclusion by Jack Pearpoint & Marsha Forest Youth who exhibit severe aggressive behaviours constitute a formidable challenge to educators in terms of inclusion and maintenance of all students In the mainstream of school and community life. In regard to students who exhibit such behaviors, there are […]

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And Now They Need a Life – John O’Brien

And Now They Need A Life A Formative Evaluation of Wisconsin’s Money Follows The Person Grant as It Influenced Services for People with Developmental Disabilities  Restructuring has gone well for almost everybody, but we’re not finished yet.   The next phase has to focus on people having more fulfillment in their lives.   They have […]

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A Disgrace to the Nation John O’Brien – 2005

REFLECTIVE PIECE “A disgrace to the nation” A Turning Point in the Struggle to Replace Institutions John O’Brien 1 Tizard Learning Disability Review 10:1, 12-17 (2005). 1 This paper was written with funding to Responsive Systems Associates, Inc from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation, U.S. Department of Education awarded to University of Minnesota […]

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An Ethics of Possibility – John O’Brien

An Ethics of Possibility John O’Brien 1 johnwobrien@gmail.com Ethics is the quest of less and less trivial  modes of human relatedness. –Herbert McCabe (1968/2003) When people count on personal assistants to make it through their day, what is possible for them depends to an important extent on the way those assistants show up in their […]

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Great Questions and the Art of Portraiture – John O’Brien

Great Questions and The Art of Portraiture by John O’Brien Among my friend Judith Snow’s wise sayings is her definition of a great question. “A great question refuses to be answered, and so it leads us into deeper thinking and deeper connections.” Visual play with the word shows that questions contain quests. Great questions move […]

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Communitas: The Community Place

COMMUNITAS The Community Place Manchester, CT 06040 phone: 860-645-3177 email (Bev Jackson): bjsbuggy@juno.com George Ducharme, Pat Beeman, Bev Jackson Article from the Manchester Extra A courant Community News Section Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001 From a post office to a gathering space BY BRENDA SULLIVAN COURANT STAFF WRITER Manchester _ A young man walks briskly to the […]

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Quality Education: “It’s Not a Choice!” Forest & Pearpoint

Quality Education: “It’s Not a Choice!” by Marsha Forest & Jack Pearpoint Segregation is NOT acceptable. It is bad pedagogy (for ALL children), it is uneconomic, immoral and unethical. In short, segregation must stop. This newspaper is about how to integrate children, end segregation, and improve educational outcomes for all. Annie, Tommy, Jay, Andreas, Katherine, […]

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MAPs and PATHs – A Family Perspective

MAPs and PATHs A Family Perspective by Bryn and Clark Fortune As often happens, unexpected blessings occur when we step out and try new things. As a result of a professionally motivated educational experience, our family wound up with a fresh look at ourselves in an affirming, revealing process called a MAP. Bryn is the […]

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Hope Restored with PATH – Cochrane

Hope Restored with PATH Glenn Cochrane Gang Prevention Coordinator Winnipeg, Manitoba I decided I wanted to do something that truly might be in the area of prevention, not wait until kids were in trouble but get to them early. I phoned the principal of a downtown Winnipeg core area school (Dufferin School) where I knew […]

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Inclusion! The Bigger Picture: Forest & Pearpoint

Inclusion! The Bigger Picture by Marsha Forest & Jack Pearpoint Our key question as we initiate a new millennium is “How do we live with one another?” Inclusion is about learning to live WITH one another. Inclusion means “being with.” Inclusion means inclusion! It means affiliation, combination, comprisal, enclosure, involvement, surrounding. It means WITH… Inclusion […]

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A Diamond in the Rough: Kanienkeha:ka/Gayokohno Immersion Schools

A Diamond in the Rough:  Kanienkeha:ka/Gayokohno Immersion Schools on the Six Nations Reserve Jack Pearpoint They are everywhere – in the most unlikely places – pockets of excellence, quality and learning.We were hesitant to write about the First Language Association on the Six Nations Reserve – because sometimes, notoriety can spoil the beautiful simplicity and […]

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