I’m Ba-ack!

This post is an explanation of my absence, and a preview to anticipated changes over the next several months.  Read on…

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything.  A few days ago, when I tried to enter a new post, I discovered it had disappeared.  All I could think about was years’ worth of data down the tubes.  Quite a bit of activity involving this site occurred during the past several months, it turns out, which collectively resulted in the site “going away” temporarily.  No, I didn’t miss any payments; and no, I didn’t accidentally wreck it myself. Here’s what happened.

Recently, this site was to be updated by someone, a professional site developer and marketing person who also happens to be a relative. Instead of being updated, the site was basically destroyed.  My suspicion is that the updater was less familiar with the site configuration than she believed herself to be.  Unfortunately, she did not want to admit this and made the classic “young person’s” mistake of not backing up the site before “updating” it.  I was afraid I would need to start all over again.  However, between WordPress and GoDaddy (where I host this site), enough backup information was available from the last successful post on this site that everything was restored.  (Hooray for WordPress and GoDaddy!!)  From now on, all changes will be done by me, regardless of my limited computing skills. Both companies offer plenty of resources and certified web site developers that, if I get frustrated, professional help is available.

Another reason for no activity here: a month or two ago, a serious illness knocked the wind out of my sails, leaving me unable to work much on the computer at all, much less at almost anything else.  Although I still have more “off” days than “on” ones, I’ve made the decision to concentrate on my blogs and the distribution of information related to education, and stop worrying about consulting.  There will be some changes to the way the site looks as well as the way the site operates.  However, the information will be as up to date as possible, and I hope to reach not only education professionals, but also parents and other professionals who work with children.  Features I hope to add include webinars and recorded videos targeted at learning problems and behavioral issues.  There will be guest blogging professionals, both in text and visual media.  Links to related reading and other materials and resources will be increased for your convenience.  These changes will take place gradually, so don’t expect everything at once.  As I said, I’m no longer a professional computing person, and it will take some time to get everything up to speed.  But updating this site will be as much a learning experience for me as a way to share what I know, especially about special education and behavioral issues.

So please bear with me as this site gradually develops into something more useful to all of us.  Thanks for your patience with me and support for the posts to date.  Without your readership, this blog would have folded long ago.

Watch for the changes!

Mostly, watch for my next posts that might be important to you and your students or offspring.

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Third Annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit

From my inbox, a summit on bullying in schools:

U.S. Education Secretary to Address Third Annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit

08/02/2012 11:15 AM EDT

The U.S. Department of Education will host the third annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit Monday – Tuesday, Aug. 6 – 7, 2012, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver remarks at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

URL: http://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/us-education-secretary-address-third-annual-federal-partners-bullying-preventi

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Financial Aid Tool, Bullying Prevention Summit, College Access

The items below were in this morning’s inbox. A single email contained items related to student financial aid tools, upcoming meetings on prevention of bullying, higher education access and affordability, and the remarks made at the annual GEAR UP conference.

Read on.

Message 1
From: U.S. Department of Education <ed.gov@public.govdelivery.com>
Date: 07/20/2012
Subject: Education Department Launches New Website and Social Media Tools to Help Students Navigate Financial Aid Process

You are subscribed to Press Releases from the U.S. Department of Education.

Education Department Launches New Website and Social Media Tools to Help Students Navigate Financial Aid Process

07/20/2012 09:18 AM EDT

Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced a new streamlined website and several social media tools that will make it easier for students and families to navigate the financial aid process and make informed decisions about paying for college. The launch of the new website, StudentAid.gov, follows a report from the U.S.

Message 2
From: U.S. Department of Education <ed.gov@public.govdelivery.com>
Date: 07/20/2012
Subject: Upcoming: U.S. Department of Education to Host Third Annual Bullying Prevention Summit.

Upcoming: U.S. Department of Education to Host Third Annual Bullying Prevention Summit

07/20/2012 10:33 AM EDT

The U.S. Department of Education will host the third annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 6-7, 2012, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. The summit will focus on ensuring that anti-bullying efforts are coordinated and based on the best available research.

Other Items

Senior Department Officials to Discuss Administration’s Higher Education Access, Affordability and Completion Efforts at NASFAA conference

07/20/2012 11:03 AM EDT

The U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter, Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education David Bergeron, and Senior Advisor to the Secretary on College Access Greg Darnieder will make presentations at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) annual conference in Chicago July 23-25.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Discuss College Access at NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

07/20/2012 10:29 AM EDT

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver remarks at the 2012 National Council for Community and Education Partnerships’ (NCCEP) Annual GEAR UP Conference in Washington, D.C.

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