Anita Newman: Clark the Colorblind Chameleon – 476

By Steven Miletto

Teaching Learning Leading K12 provides resources for classroom teachers and school-based administrators.

Anita Newman talks with me about her children’s book – Clark the Colorblind Chameleon. This is episode 476 of Teaching Learning Leading K12.
Anita Newman has taught in Massachusetts and Rome, as a Kindergarten, First Grade, Bilingual and all-levels Vocal Music teacher. 
As a teacher of young children she had the opportunity to closely observe students with special needs struggle to come to terms with physical and academic limitations. She understands learning disabilities and how they are overcome (not eradicated). 
As a School Psychologist she has tested for disabilities, written educational plans and practical strategies for students’ help in learning. 
Clark the Colorblind Chameleon is one of the stories she wrote for her students to help them better understand themselves and their classmates. 
She has a Masters Degree in School Psychology and is a Labor Law Attorney using her skills as President/ Grievance Chair and Negotiator of local Teachers Unions in both Sutton and Bridgewater/Raynham Schools. 
She is also a National Board Certified Teacher. 
Anita has written and produced ten different musicals for Kindergarten and First Grade students, as well as been the lead soprano in the Intimate Opera Co. of Worcester, MA, and Correspondent for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. She currently lives in Carver, Massachusetts, where she sings, writes, and causes “Good Trouble.”
Our focus today is on her book Clark the Colorblind Chameleon…
So much to learn today!
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Length – 28:23