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About danblanchard

Parent, Educator, Author Dan Blanchard the Award Winning Author and Speaker, two-time Junior Olympian Wrestler, and two-time Junior Olympian Wrestling Coach who grew up as a student-athlete. Dan admits that as a youth he was more of an athlete than a student. Since then, Dan has successfully completed twelve years of college and has earned seven degrees. He teaches Social Studies in Connecticut’s largest inner-city high school. In addition, Dan is a Teacher Consultant for the University of Connecticut’s Connecticut Writing Project. He was chosen by the American Federation of Teachers as their face and voice of educational reform. Dan has authored the two dynamic teen leadership books, Feeling Lucky? and Feeling Good. His third book of the Granddaddy’s Secrets series, Feeling Strong! will be out next winter. As an educator, coach, author, and speaker Dan feels that it is his duty to positively influence our youth every chance that he gets! He lives with his wife, Jennifer, their five children, and family dog, Daisy.

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The Current State of Education Blog 19   This week of August 2022, we learned a lot of things that were very concerning from John Eisenberg, the executive director of the National Association of State Directors for Special Education (NASDSE). Over a decade ago, John founded the Virginia Aspiring Leadership Academy for Special Education that [...]

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Case Studies and IDEA Blog 18             This week I learned a lot from our distinguished presenter Bud Turnbull sharing two case studies of boys named Nathaniel and Endrew. Nathaniel had social, emotional, and behavioral issues and is now sitting on death row. And Endrew, who is an autistic boy, his case for equity in [...]

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CABE, Policy, Laws, and the Special Education Director Blog 17   While driving my car this week and thinking about the special education leadership lessons I'm learning in the Connecticut Aspiring Leadership Academy for Special Education, a thought hit me. Years ago, my wife and I were involved with the Special Olympics. But as our [...]

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Special Education Law with Attorney Sullivan Blog 16   This week was interesting to me. Our presenter for this week's special education lessons for CT's first cohort of the CT Aspiring Leadership Academy for Special Education was an interesting senior law partner named Christine Sullivan. Attorney Sullivan has been practicing law for 33 years. She [...]

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Blog 15: Public Policy for Special Education   I just read an article called, Public Policy Models and their Usefulness in Public Health: The Stages Model. Our presenter for our special education class this week, once again, was the brilliant Deborah Ziegler. She reminded us more than once how much she found the abovementioned article helpful in [...]

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The History of Special Education Through a Policy Lens Blog 14  In my Connecticut Aspiring Leadership Academy for Special Education, I have begun working on Tier Two of our learning, which consists of the special education laws. Our presenter this week was a very impressive woman named Dr. Deborah Ziegler. Dr. Ziegler has worked as [...]

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Blog 13 Leading Self We’re finishing up with Tier One with Leading Self this week in our Connecticut Aspiring Leadership Academy for Special Education. We’re learning about developing our action plan, identifying outcomes, and doing a job audit of what we do at work on a typical day to be more prepared to write good [...]

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Blog 12 Roles and Goals             This week we talked about roles and goals. I went into this week with the Connecticut Aspiring Leadership Academy for Special Education with the idea of eventually obtaining a fellowship for the U.S. Department of Education next year and becoming capable of doing a special education leadership position in [...]

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Using Data to Make Decisions about Professional Growth Blog 11   This week we learned about using data to make decisions in our professional growth in our weekly session at the Connecticut Aspiring Leadership Academy for Special Education. Our presenter was Mary Beth Bruder. She casually and deftly slipped in again and again on how [...]

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How to be a Special Education Leader Blog 10             This week I got to meet Deborah Richards. She was our presenter on what kind of leader we want to become in the special education field. Richards is with the Connecticut State Board of Education and Director of Student Services at Capitol Region Education Council [...]

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