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Dreams for This School Year

I asked coordinators from the Elizabeth Lee Black School to provide their dreams for this school year, and I received some very uplifting and timely responses. Plus, I added a few of my own dreams. “I dream of being able … Continue reading

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Why Do I Beat the Beast?

Now that our Founder Day’s celebration is over, I wanted to share a few final thoughts on the Beast. We had 1,100 participants on the 10-mile course and 100 on the adaptive course.  A beautiful day greeted our 300+ volunteers. … Continue reading

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Building Bridges and Opening Doors: The Enduring Legacy of Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Continues

Let the festivities begin! Friday is Founder’s Day, a celebration held each year in honor of Dr. Gertrude Barber’s birthday and to commemorate our enduring mission. On this day, I often reflect on her accomplishments. If we take a look … Continue reading

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Beat the Beast at This Year’s Adapted Course!

Calling all walkers and runners to the Beast on the Bay Adapted Course at Waldameer this Saturday, September 10th! If you are 12 years of age or older and have Autism, Intellectual Disability or a Physical Disability, the course is … Continue reading

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Embarking on A Milestone: Our 70th School Year!

I’d like to share with you my opening remarks to staff for the 22/23 school year: As we kick off our 70th school year, I can feel the enthusiasm and excitement and energy in all of you. I can imagine … Continue reading

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Starting the School Year Strong: Tips for a Successful Transition

I recently heard a Back-to-School ad on the TV and immediately thought, “Can it be time for this already?” Ryan graduated many years ago, but I can still recall how I felt as July turned into August and we began … Continue reading

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An Experience of a Lifetime: Come Work at the Elizabeth Lee Black School!

Happy Summer! As we are enjoying the waning days of July, we are very actively recruiting for staff for the Elizabeth Lee Black School.  We have a number of open positions: Special Education Teachers (Full and Part time) Para Educators/ … Continue reading

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Celebrating 32 Years of Progress Since Signing of Americans with Disabilities Act

Next Tuesday, we will celebrate a second independence day in July. Yes, less known, but just as important! On July 26th, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the historic Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law that prohibits … Continue reading

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ESY 2022: An Opportunity to Embrace a New Normal

It was so exciting to walk into school last week! For the first time in over two years, I was “unmasked”. The Barber National Institute Board has approved the revised Health and Safety Plan in which we adopted all CDC … Continue reading

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Survey Suggests Schools Experienced Both Challenges and Successes During Pandemic

I have been frequently asked what I thought was the impact of remote learning on our students. I have numerous thoughts but minimal data to support my views other than data from IEPs. So, I was very interested in the … Continue reading

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