Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Awards, Honors, Bells & Whistles: The definition of FAPE

We were very pleased to learn that this blog is now second in the voting for Best Educational Blog in the hotly contested Blogger's Choice awards. The exposure from being second has gotten us a bunch of new readers. Welcome. Thanks to all those who have voted for us. Those who haven't yet voted can click on the badge on the left side of this blog or you can vote at the following link (note- you must first register with some username and then confirm the registration by email) :

We are honored by your support. We also appreciate our recognition as a winner of the Blog of the Day Award. Our most recent honor is that this blog has been listed on the Alltop lists of top blogs in the areas or education and law. As the button on the left side of the blog notes, "we're kind of a big deal." Thanks to the folks at Alltop. You can check out their lists by clicking on the Alltop button.

Concerning the bells and whistles, you can, and you really should, subscribe to this blog by clicking on the links on the left-hand side of this blog just below my picture. You can subscribe by getting each post through an email, or by getting an RSS feed to a reader. That way you won't ever miss any new post when it is fresh off the presses. (For you digital natives, that expression refers to the days of newspapers.)

We've also changed some of the elements on the left side of the blog. we've removed some of the older polls and added a brand new one. The question in the new poll is "Has the definition of FAPE changed?" Some feel that the No Child Left Behind Act has changed the definition of FAPE because state standards are now higher. Some have always felt that the Rowley standard, ie that FAPE requires only that the child receive some meaningful educational benefit, sets the bar too low. Others like the current definition of FAPE, either because Rowley is just right or because it is too high but we're stuck with it. Or as one very cynical educator said to me once, special ed kids should get the same crappy education we give to everybody else. Anyway however you feel, please vote so that we can gauge the sentiment of our readership on this issue which is now being hotly debated in special education law circles.

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  1. National FORUM of Applied Educational Research Journal
    21 (3) 2008

    An Exploratory Phenomenological Study of African American Male Pre-Service Teachers at a Historical Black University in the Mid-South

    Lucian Yates, III, Dean
    Barry A. Pelphrey, Associate Dean
    Patricia A. Smith, Assistant Professor
    The Whitlowe R. Green College of Education
    Prairie View A&M University
    Member of the Texas A&M University System
    Prairie View, Texas
    This exploratory phenomenological study was conducted to ascertain which factors caused African American male pre-service teachers to persist at a HBCU in the Mid-South. The work is grounded in the conceptual framework called resiliency. Resiliency asks the question, “How do children, adolescents, and young people “make it” when they are exposed to or face major stress and adversity? The results of this study point to what are commonly called “protective factors” that exist in the lives of these young men. They are: (1) families/communities, (2) the individual, and (3) the school. To see entire article, go to:

    Concluding Remarks

    This study underscored the notion that despite the abject conditions that many African American males face in the country and despite the current conditions and dearth of African American male teachers in America’s schools, colleges or schools of education can create programs and conditions that will improve the number of African American males in the teaching profession. This article showcases the work done by a program called Protégés and Provocateurs at a small HBCU in the mid-south. Replication of this model and further research is suggested to triangulate and institutionalize these results.

    Formatted by Dr. Mary Alice Kritsonis, National Research and Manuscript Preparation Editor, National FORUM Journals, Houston, Texas.