For a New Blogger, It Feels Like the First Day of School

September 01, 2009 1 min read

The beginning of the school year is always a time to reconnect with old friends, and get to know new people. Allow me to do that here. My name is Lisa Fine, and I’ll be writing about special education and gifted education for this blog while Christina Samuels spends this academic year as a Knight-Wallace Fellow at University of Michigan. I’ll also be writing stories about these topics for Education Week.

This is a return to the subject for me. I covered special education and gifted education for Education Week from 2000 to 2004. I’ve missed our readers and my colleagues at Education Week, and it’s exciting to be back. In many ways, I feel like a brand-new student on the first day of school.

I look forward to reacquainting myself with the complexities of delivering quality education to learners with special needs, and with discovering new areas that are of concern to our readers. My hope is to stay on top of the trends, innovations, creativity, triumphs, and challenges of special education and gifted education.

I would love to hear your suggestions from the front lines. Please contact me with story ideas and issues that you are talking about in your schools, as well as comments on these fascinating subjects. My e-mail address is

A version of this news article first appeared in the On Special Education blog.