Rachel Turniansky Blog

What's Autism Got To Do With It?

rachel-t-new-web.jpgA blog post by Rachel Turniansky, Coordinator of Special Education Services; Principal of Gesher LaTorah and TAG 

In the aftermath of horrible tragedy people scramble to make sense – any kind of sense of something senseless. It’s human nature. But in the process of that scramble one thing stood out to me. The media is reporting that the perpetrator of this horrific incident may have had Asperger’s Syndrome.

Love of Reading

rachel-t-new-web.jpgA blog post by Rachel Turniansky, Coordinator of Special Education Services; Principal of Gesher LaTorah and TAG

Interesting statistics:

1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.

42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college.

80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.

(Source: Jenkins Group) more stats here.

A Work in Progress - Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

rachel-t-new-web.jpgA blog post by Rachel Turniansky, Coordinator of Special Education Services; Principal of Gesher LaTorah and TAG.

In July of 2010 President Barack Obama signed an executive order calling for the hiring of 100,000 workers with disabilities over five years. Today, however, a new report from the Government Accountability Office finds that federal agencies are not making enough headway.

“Nearly two years after the executive order was signed, the federal government is not on track to achieve the executive order’s goals,” investigators wrote. The report found that just 20,000 employees with disabilities were hired in 2010 and 2011 in the federal government. 

Increasing Happiness

 

A blog post by Rachel Turniansky, Coordinator of Special Education Services and Principal of Gesher LaTorah.

turniansky.jpgWith the Hebrew month of Adar approaching, we are told MiShenichnas Adar Marbim BeSimcha – when Adar comes in, joy is increased!  The joy of Adar stems mostly from the holiday of Purim, which falls in the month of Adar. We celebrate that the Jewish people were saved from Haman’s wicked plan to destroy us.

What’s in a name?

A blog post by Rachel Turniansky, Coordinator of Special Education Services and Principal of Gesher LaTorah.

turniansky.jpgHow many of us were taught the old adage, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never harm me?” How long did it take us all to learn how untrue that is? Words can harm, I’d say much more than any stick or stone ever could.

Everyone Included

A blog post by Rachel Turniansky, Coordinator of Special Education Services and Principal of Gesher LaTorah.

turniansky.jpg"A human being mints many coins from the same mold and they are all identical. But the holy one, blessed be God, strikes us all from the mold of the first human and each of us is unique." -Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5

A Kosher Thanksgiving?

A blog post by Rachel Turniansky, Coordinator of Special Education Services and Principal of Gesher LaTorah.

turniansky.jpgThink about the upcoming holiday of Thanksgiving many people automatically conjure up images of turkey and cranberries, football and parades, Pilgrims and Native Americans. But is celebrating Thanksgiving a Jewish practice?

Some people feel that it’s an American tradition and wouldn’t think of missing a chance to get together with friends and family for the time-honored tradition – not to mention the pumpkin pie.

Education in Bloom

A blog post by Rachel Turniansky, Special Education Coordinator and Principal of Gesher LaTorah.

turniansky.jpgHow often do you think about thinking? For many teachers, that’s half the challenge of educating their students. Our challenge is not just to teach them, but teach them to think. Bloom’s Taxonomy is one way to help teachers think about thinking. Bloom’s taxonomy is a well-known way of helping teachers do just that. 

Back to School for ALL Students

blog post by Rachel Turniansky, Coordinator of Special Education Services and Principal of Gesher LaTorah.

turniansky.jpgEvery member of the Jewish people is obligated to study Torah – regardless of whether one is rich or poor, physically able or with physical disability, according to Rambam. (Maimonides,

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