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Summer Resources and Programs for Gifted Students in Denver

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr Are you wondering what to do with your gifted student over the summer? Below is a list of resources and ideas for engaging gifted children, as well as resources to create community for your child and family. Summer is one of the best times for social interaction […]

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Parents Get Inclusive

Written by Bethany Todd, in collaboration with Laura Barr Inclusion is a mindset. Inclusion is a culture. Inclusion is a right. Inclusion goes beyond the classroom. It’s a community e.Merging has partnered with Enlightened Inclusion. We join them in their mission: “committed to transforming the conversation around what it takes to create a culture that intentionally […]

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Enlightened Inclusion and our Parent Education Series

e.Merging is excited to announce  Laura Barr’s participation and creation of a new non-profit called Enlightened Inclusion.  This fall, Enlightened Inclusion, will be sponsoring Lunch and Learn Series.  Come listen, share, and eat with speakers who are on a mission to “enlighten” parents about pressing inclusion topics. Enlightened Inclusion Mission: to compel a substantial shift in the national culture, design, and […]

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Arts Integration, Common Core, and Getting the Community Involved

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr Getting Clear about Arts Integration When I first started learning about Arts Integration, I was a bit confused. I was asking myself, What’s new about this idea? Teachers integrate the arts all the time, right? I was recalling my own fifth grade book illustrations and treasured […]

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What to Do When Your Child Talks about Transgender and the Bathroom

Written by Laura Barr, in collaboration with Bethany Todd We have recently talked a lot about creating a culture for inclusion. Recent events and discussions surrounding transgender and bathrooms is no different. So, let’s talk about it. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN your elementary school child tells you that a child is transgender and will be using […]

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Self-Defense Classes for Teen Girls in Denver

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr “Females ages 12 to 24 are at the greatest risk for experiencing rape or sexual assault.  In fact 1 in 4 college women will experience sexual assault in their first year of school.” Department of Justice via Impact   Rather than letting those unsettling statistic scare us, let’s […]

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How to Re-think Recess so that it’s Accessible To All Students

Written by Laura Barr I love my job! I have spent the last few years traveling the world looking for people on the planet who care deeply about inclusion.  My latest trip had me at Stanford University for the annual Autism Spectrum Disorders conference. One of my new and favorite discoveries was hearing about a program called Remaking […]

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Guiding Principles of Inclusion

Written by Laura Barr Inclusion is a human right We believe that inclusion is a better way of responding to diversity and that inclusion benefits all learners and community stakeholders, not just the excluded. Inclusion means ACCESS and requires intention Inclusion is about intentionally securing a  “place” for those typically marginalized, and providing opportunities for learning experiences […]

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Intentionally Creating Rich Play Spaces for Kids: Adventure Playgrounds and Nature

Written by Bethany Todd, in collaboration with Laura Barr I recently read Playground, by Mies van Hout to my daughter. While the illustrations and art took me on a whimsical journey through caves, ant hills, clouds, and rivers, I was struck by the simple and plain image at the end. (Spoiler Alert) It’s a simple plain swing set. […]

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Teaching your Child to Be a Good Sport

Written by Laura Barr, in collaboration with Bethany Todd At e.Merging, we provide parent coaching on a variety of topics based on our clients’ needs. One challenge that often comes up for parents is teaching children to be good sports.  Telling children to just “be a good sport” assumes that they know what a “good […]

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