Administration

Family Engagement? Check!

You know family-centered interventions are recommended for creating supportive and consistent learning environments for children with disabilities. But do you know how to put that into practice? This week’s FREE tool is a checklist to help you engage with families in meaningful ways that are sensitive, respectful, and culturally responsive. The checklist will ask you to both self-reflect and reach ...

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Spread the Word!

For many regions, October brings fall leaves, cooler temperatures, and more pumpkins than a person can know what to do with. And for all of us, October also brings a call to raise awareness about learning disabilities, because October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month! In the spirit of spreading the word about how to support students with learning disabilities at ...

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Good IEPs Don’t Grow on Trees

IEPs are highly individualized documents, so they can’t be created in a vacuum or drafted from dime-a-dozen templates. Good IEPs grow out of collaborative discussions among students, their families, and their teachers. To guide you in this process, this week’s FREE tool is a checklist of activities to be performed before, during, and after the IEP meeting. The action items ...

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It Takes a Well-Managed Village

A successful transition to life after high school requires more than the work of one transition specialist or special education teacher: It requires the coordinated effort of a well-managed interagency transition team. To help you cultivate and maintain the kinds of school and community partnerships needed for successful transitions, this week’s FREE tool is a table listing strategies to help ...

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School Counselors: Whose Hat is Whose?

School counselors wear so many hats it can be easy to imagine they wear all of them. While school counselors can play an important role in supporting students with disabilities, it’s important to define that role so that administrators and educators understand how best to collaborate with these important colleagues. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a table listing ...

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Adaptations for All

The concept of universal design originally came from architecture: why construct a stairs-only building that will require a ramp later when you could simply start with the ramp? The same concept applies to universal design for learning. Why create a classroom environment that requires work-arounds? To help you make learning accessible to more students more easily, this week’s FREE tool ...

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Who’s Responsible for That?

It’s transition time—when high school seniors have flown the coop for bigger things, and teachers begin to turn their sights to the next crop of students preparing for this major life change. To help special education teachers, school counselors, and transition specialists plan for this important journey, this week’s free tool is a chart that articulates the way students’ rights ...

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The IEP in Parts

The IEP is the central document guiding students’ special education supports and services. But the document itself can feel overwhelming with all of its moving parts. To demystify the IEP and its purpose, this week’s FREE tool describes all of the essential parts of the IEP. Tack it to your conference room wall, pass it out to parents, and keep ...

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Ready, Set, Publish!

Do you have great ideas about special education that you’re looking to share? Whether you’re a new graduate student, a veteran teacher, or a practicing academic, writing and submitting a research article for publication can feel daunting. This week’s FREE tool is designed to help. It’s a table of questions you should ask yourself before submitting, and corresponding guidelines to ...

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It’s all in the Family

Families are often an overlooked resource for special educators. Families can support the academic progress of their student in multiple ways, from providing a good breakfast to reinforcing school practices at home. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a table to get you thinking about the role of families. The table comes from “Charting the Course: Special Education in ...

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