Entries by Sarah Sandelius

ABC’s New and Improved Quality Special Education Framework

Today, we’re thrilled to share the results of that hard work – sixteen research-based competencies that are the foundation of our Quality Special Education Framework! The competencies are designed to provide leaders and educators with a vision for how to transform the way students with disabilities are served in their schools and districts. These competencies give leaders a guide for developing and implementing the systems needed for quality special education programs while also empowering educators to create an authentically inclusive school community and team that works together to meet the unique needs of all learners.

Responding to Recovery Needs by Creating a More Equitable Whole School Schedule

There are many places where the rubber hits the road to operationalize this vision, but perhaps none is more underrated (and critical) than the master schedule.  The master schedule sets out class rosters, teacher assignments, co-planning sessions, time for professional development, opportunities for parent engagement, and so much more.  Educator time is perhaps our most valuable school resource, and a well-planned master schedule can mean the difference between a strategically planned lesson plan and chaos. 

2021 Year-End Impact Report

Below is our 2021 Year-In-Review snapshot, aligned to our new 5-Year Strategic Plan. We are enormously proud of the work we accomplished in 2021 and how 2021 has set us up to impact more schools, educators, and students in 2022.   

We May Be Looking for You!

We’ve got tremendous news to share! We’re growing! If you are looking for a part-time role working with schools and districts to transform special education, this opportunity is for you. Take a look at the job description below, send it to your network, and reach out with questions.

In Memory of Alan Paller, An Unparalleled Advocate For Educational Opportunity

By Sarah Sandelius  It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of one of The Ability Challenge’s most generous and long-term donors and supporters.  As founder of SANS, the world’s largest cybersecurity research, and training organization, Alan Paller established himself as one of the earliest and most influential cybersecurity advocates and worked to foster a diverse cyber workforce Alan was a man of immense community vision and impact. He strove to inspire […]