We know all about how to be teachers. This year I challenge you to be leaders. Leaders model what they want others to emulate. Brett Lewis, a friend of my family-entering his Junior year of high school- recently went “live” with his fabulous TED Ed talk on YouTube. Brett calls to action all students to be leaders for students with disabilities. I urge you to do the same in your classrooms. Do more than advocate for students with special needs. Model for your students how to be patient, compassionate, and willing to help special needs students get a fair shake at a good education.