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Newsletter Issue 17: 01/29/10


SpecialQuest Birth–Five Newsletter


Welcome to a new year and a new decade!

I wonder how we will change the face of inclusion in the next ten years.


Can you imagine what it would be like to lose the word "inclusion" from our vocabulary because it is the norm rather than the exception?

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Learning to Dance Together:

What We Learned from the Shoshone and Arapaho Head Start Community

an Effective Practice from the Field


SpecialQuest consultants, Lou Landry and Evelyn Klimpel, were asked to engage the local community in the planning and implementation of two training events which would be culturally competent and responsive to local needs. Denise Aragon (Assistant Director) and Judy Tidzump (Staff) from the Shoshone and Arapaho Head Start, were vital cultural guides, voicing the local perspective and ensuring that the trainings met the local needs.


Read about 10 effective practices for working with Native American groups.


Evelyn Klimpel and Lou Landry provided training and consultation to the Shoshone and Arapaho Head Start 0-5 Program as part of the Wyoming State Leadership Team's strategy. The Shoshone and Arapaho Head Start is a SpecialQuest graduate community program. For more information, contact either Evelyn or Lou.


Free and Easy Collaboration Tools

By Rebecka Anderson, SpecialQuest Technology Coordinator

We all visit the Internet with the intention of getting something whether it be a set of training materials from SpecialQuest or a weather report. But did you know that the Internet is more than a repository of information? It is host to a variety of FREE and EASY to use tools that can support outreach and communication efforts, resource sharing, and collaboration. In all future editions of the SpecialQuest Newsletter, I will be sharing a variety of free, easy-to-use online tools and strategies that you may find helpful in your professional and personal life.





By Rebecka Anderson, SpecialQuest Technology Coordinator

Doodle is a free web-based tool that allows you to quickly schedule a meeting/event with multiple people without the hassle of email flying around or a registration process. Doodle relies upon the old adage of "less is more", offering only two options and minimal instructional text. Options include: "Schedule an Event" or "Make a Choice". Both allow you to "poll" your audience on their availability and preferences. Once you've created your poll you will receive a web address which you can then distribute freely and independently of any passwords or login processes for you or the person completing a poll. If you do happen to get lost, Doodle offers step-by-step instructions on how to create your poll or event scheduler. Help Scheduling an Event | Help Make a Choice



Ideas For Creating Engaging Environments

a SpecialQuest production for creating engaging learning environments


Have you ever wondered why SpecialQuest sets up the rooms they way they do? Watch this short, humorous introduction to room arrangements for training and learning events.



Inclusion! What's In It for Everyone?

a SpecialQuest community blog


Have you read about Cooper? What can you learn from Deborah, Barb, Deb, and Janet? What is the promise for our future from students like Tina
and Madison*? Who is blazing the path and providing examples of possibilities like Micah and his friends*?


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*posts coming soon



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