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THIS IS JADE

Jade has worked for ORP since 2011 as a Special Education Teacher. She grew up with a brother diagnosed with autism and worked for four years as a line therapist for an autism treatment program. She enjoys outdoor activities such as snowmobiling and canoeing.

“My goal is to provide an environment in which our students feel safe, loved, and proud of themselves.” - Jade Gorecki, Teacher

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The Sometimes Long and Winding Road to an Individualized Education Program

Written By Geoff Campbell | Resource Creation By Bridget Morton | Design By Sunny DiMartino
The Sometimes Long and Winding Road to an Individualized Education Program

Maintaining an open line of communication with parents is important and often difficult, even in the best of circumstances. This is especially true when a struggling student is being evaluated for a possible disability—and an IEP—and a teacher’s continued updates throughout the process can provide worried parents with much-needed reassurance.

Scaling Emotional Hurdles in the Classroom with Emotional Scaling

Written By: Geoff Campbell | Resource Creation By: Bridget Morton | Design By: Christy Bui, Sunny DiMartino
Scaling Emotional Hurdles in the Classroom with Emotional Scaling

Some children have difficulty understanding their emotions, which can sometimes lead to class-disrupting episodes of anger. By working closely with students and using strategies like emotional scaling, teachers and educators can help students better understand emotions, changes in intensity, and coping strategies, which often leads to increased self-control in the classroom.

Helping Students Follow Classroom Expectations and Rules with Collaborative Problem Solving

Written By: Amanda Ronan | Resource Creation By: Bridget Morton | Design By: Sunny DiMartino
Helping Students Follow Classroom Expectations and Rules with Collaborative Problem Solving

Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) is an effective alternative to delivering negative consequences to students who aren’t consistently following basic classroom rules and expectations. A relationship-based, nonconfrontational approach, CPS helps teachers and students work together to understand everyone’s concerns, then arrive at a mutually beneficial solution.

Treatment for Mental Health and Addiction Finally Gets a Level Playing Field

Written By: Christine Walker
Treatment for Mental Health and Addiction Finally Gets a Level Playing Field

Christine Walker, author of Chasing Hope, was on hand last week for the announcement that the White House would issue the final rules to the Mental Health And Addiction Parity Act of 2008. Thirty-Three years overdue, this change will have a momentous impact on the lives of those sufferering from mental illness and addiction.

Advocating for your Adopted Child with Complex Developmental Trauma

Written By: Aleksandra Corwin, Lizzie Vance | Resource Creation By: Bridget Morton, Keli McNeill | Design By: Sunny DiMartino, Nathan Lueth, Christy Bui
Advocating for your Adopted Child with Complex Developmental Trauma

Lori Hetzel is the mother of a child diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder (RAD). She describes the struggles her family encountered obtaining special education and resources for their daughter after they adopted her from Russia at age nine.

Sitting in the Light of Human Connection

Written By: Katie Gutierrez
Sitting in the Light of Human Connection

A reflection on the beauty of special education staff and their dedication to the kids with disabilities that they serve. Bodies of Light.