Administration

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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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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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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You’re on the case

The Survival Guide for New Special Education Teachers

For special educators, case management takes top priority, but what does that mean? Case management responsibilities can vary among districts and among schools within those districts. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a case manager’s checklist to help you establish your responsibilities from day one. Should you create IEP progress reports? Check! Monitor behavior plans? Check! With this list, ...

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TAAFT: There’s an Acronym for That!

Do you ever feel like you’re speaking a foreign language when talking about special education? We know how you feel! That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a handy list of special education acronyms and their meanings to help you keep your ducks (and your letters) in a row. Laminate it and post it on the wall so you’ll never ...

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Schedules you can sail through

Administrators, we have our eye on you with this week’s FREE tool—a table full of scheduling guidelines to help you keep your ship sailing smoothly! By following these tips, you’ll discover how small things like setting limits you can follow and seeking feedback from staff can help you create a schedule that works for everyone. The tool comes from CEC’s ...

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Tips for transition

With a student-to-counselor ratio of 491 to 1, there’s little doubt that school counselors are some of the hardest working professionals in our schools. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a set of tips to help school counselors (and anyone working with transitioning youth) support students who are transitioning out of middle or high school. From goal setting to ...

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Charting Inclusion

This week marks a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle for most schools, and that includes charter schools. If you work at a charter school, this week’s FREE tool will help you take this time to reflect on your school environment and its openness to the idea of inclusion. Are educators trained in how to support students with disabilities? ...

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Covering all bases

This week’s FREE tool is a checklist to help charter school decision makers contract outside providers for special education services. Like traditional public schools, charter schools may find it necessary to hire outside professionals in some instances. This can occur when students need only intermittent support or when a school lacks the capacity to hire specialized teachers for low-incidence disabilities. ...

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