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A smile as big as the moon : a special education teacher, his class, and their inspiring journey through U.S. Space Camp

Author: Michael E Kersjes; Joseph Layden
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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After reading an article on NASA's Space Camp, high school football coach and special education teacher Mike Kersjes decided that this program -- where students undergo tests used to prepare astronauts for journeys on the space shuttle -- was just the experience his special education students needed. There was just one problem: convincing administrators, parents, and the students themselves that even with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Named Person: Michael E Kersjes; Michael E Kersjes
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael E Kersjes; Joseph Layden
ISBN: 9781250012623 1250012627
OCLC Number: 773276193
Notes: Movie Tie-In January 2012.
Description: x, 276 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Mike Kersjes with Joe Layden.

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After reading an article on NASA's Space Camp, high school football coach and special education teacher Mike Kersjes decided that this program -- where students undergo tests used to prepare astronauts for journeys on the space shuttle -- was just the experience his special education students needed. There was just one problem: convincing administrators, parents, and the students themselves that even with disabilities like Tourette syndrome, Down syndrome, and dyslexia, they could succeed in a program originally designed for gifted students. With limitless faith in his students and unswerving persistence, Kersjes finally got his kids to Camp, where they turned in a performance no one will ever forget. Kersjes' story is one of determination and perseverance, of empowerment and empathy. This book is for anyone who likes to see the underdog triumph.

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