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June Behrmann

June Behrmann is a longtime special education teacher (pre-K to grade 6) who retired for about two seconds, and is now prospecting for accessible instructional resources. Follow June on Twitter @aimnoncat. Thank you to AIM-VA: Accessible Instructional Materials for sharing this blog with us.

"Leap into Learning Differently" Website Debuts with BAM Radio Podcasts for All Educators

February 23, 2015

"Leap Into Learning Differently," a new website by Sharon LePage Plante, is crafted carefully to include "amazing people who care about learning for all students." She is site founder and also a tireless teacher, tech director, and social-media-in-education aficionado who won a 2014 Bammy Award for her work with special needs students.

Time To Thrive

Watch the site grow with information, opinions, podcasts, and resources that she chooses as key components to creating an educational environment where students can thrive even when they learn differently. Headmaster Ben Powers at Eagle-Hill Southport, a Connecticut-based school for bright students with dyslexia and learning disabilities, publicly praised her efforts there as a resourceful user of assistive technology to support student learning and improve their educational outcomes.

AIM-VA featured her views about using proven evidence-based reading programs (AIM-VA, Oct. 1) with fidelity even when technology is not part of that instructional method.

The SPED Podcasts

Leading off, Plante shares podcasts that she was invited to host for Bam Radio Network. Through the voices of experts here and on her site, Plante hopes that that ideas, passion, and their energies can make a difference in education, and help to bring new voices into the conversations that inform instruction.

Listen to the podcasts on Bam!radio's™ Special Education Channel:

Check out the first posts on the Leapintold website:

New sections will be added. There is also a spot to join a mailing list for site updates.


For students who struggle to read due to print disabilities, federal special education and copyright laws provide accessible educational materials. These come at no cost to students who are found eligible by their school's educational teams. In Virginia, find out more about the services and free training for teachers on the AIM-VA homepage. In other states, ask a special education teacher or a school administrator about eligibility for accessible learning materials under the Individuals with DIsabilities Education Act.

Thank you to AIM-VA: Accessible Instructional Materials for sharing this blog with our Reading Rockets audience.

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