Six Additional Schools Choose Inclusion for 2018 – 2019

We’re excited to welcome six additional non-public schools who are partnering with CLC Network this year. Through this partnership, they will focus on inclusive education for all students. Thanks to donor support, we’re able to partner with Christian and Catholic . . .

Adventures in Homework Part 1: 3 Foundational Building Blocks

 One topic that frequently arises when I talk with parents is the nightly homework battle.  I hear reports of kids “shutting down”, arguments, hours of labor, and tears. A common refrain is, “What can we do to make this time go better?”  . . .

Educational Evaluations 101

What makes a CLC Network Educational Evaluation different?  As a CLC Network School Psychologist, I’ve been asked this question in various forms over time as I’ve interacted with parents and school staff.  Generally, this question arises when someone is trying to determine which type of evaluation would . . .

The Power of “Hello”

Parent and Jenison Christian School (Jenison, MI) administrator, Tim Paauw, reflects on the power of “hello” in today’s post. As a dad of two non-verbal boys with autism spectrum disorder, I have become accustomed to the feeling of “everyone is . . .

Announcing Betsy Winkle, Director of Evaluation Services!

We are thrilled to introduce Betsy Winkle, S.Psy.S. as CLC Network’s new Director of Evaluation Services! In this role, Betsy will lead our team of five School Psychologists to continue to help our partners know students most excellently. After nearly . . .

Making the Puzzle Complete: Disability in Community

Just as every teacher in the school has the potential to change someone’s life, every student has the potential to shift the air, just a little bit, and change the culture in a school. As a Christ-centered community, we “learn . . .

Bold Beginnings: Following Christ into Community

Beginnings can be simultaneously exciting and gutsy, joyous and terrifying, inspiring and challenging. To take an idea, planted by God’s Spirit, and breathe it into life requires boldness. This boldness is rooted in the faith that the sowing will produce . . .

Summer Reading: 15 Books to Support Inclusive Community

Looking for a book to keep your learning alive this summer? Our staff shared fifteen books (listed alphabetically) they’ve recently read (or plan to read this summer) related to inclusive school and church communities. Becoming Friends of Time: Disability, Timefullness, . . .

Tips for a Smooth Independence Day Celebration

It is almost Independence Day in the United States, which for many families is a time of festivity and celebration as we commemorate the nation’s independence with colorful parades, juicy BBQ’s, loud concerts, and booming fireworks. These activities can bring many . . .

Plymouth Christian Elementary- Jeff’s Fund Reflections

The students at Plymouth Christian Elementary (Grand Rapids, MI) enjoy participating in Circles of Friends—intentional social inclusion Circles that promote friendship and fun among students with and without disabilities. Through discussions and fun activities, the students have learned important lessons . . .