Caroline Ensor is a recent graduate with a degree in Dual Early Childhood Special Education and Elementary Education Major here at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She spent 12 exciting and challenging weeks student teaching at the Central Government Primary English School in Yaounde (Yaa-un-day) Cameroon, Africa. On her first day she walked into her classroom and was greeted by 40 young unfamiliar faces staring back at her. Unlike many other student teaching programs, after the first week she was in charge of teaching and lesson plans with minimum help from her cooperating teacher.
Wisconsin’s two candidates for the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction are participated in a March 1, 2013 candidate forum at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh focusing on special education policy.
Today’s educational system emphasizes the ability to write long essays, read pages upon pages from textbooks and always use proper spelling and grammar, an expectation challenging enough for many students but even more challenging for students who struggle specifically with language-based learning.
Inclusion isn’t really about disability; it’s a matter of social justice and re-defining disability as a natural part of the human experience.