Administration

Evaluating Testing Accommodations

It seems another state assessment is always around the corner, so it’s never too early to start thinking about ways to ensure all students can access these tests. This week’s FREE tool is a template to help you determine test accommodations for students with disabilities by asking questions about the student’s characteristics, the barriers to the test, the accommodations that ...

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A Baker’s Dozen Style Tips for APA

Calling all writers! This week’s FREE tool is a “baker’s dozen” of style tips for writing in APA style. Stick this list on your bulletin board or plop it on your desktop, so you can find the answers to 13 common style questions without opening a book! Need to know more? The list comes from How to Prepare a Research ...

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Professional Development Needs Assessment

For this week’s FREE tool, we’re still working on getting you ready for the new school year with a variation on last week’s theme: self-assessment.  Last week we sent you a tool to help you think about positive behavior interventions in your classroom. This week we’ve got a great table, the Professional Development Needs Assessment, from CEC’s book Collaborate Smart: ...

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Ideas for Increasing Team Communication

August is almost upon us, so this week’s FREE Tool of the Week is for administrators and co-teachers who are gearing up for the new school year. This table provides at-a-glance suggestions for improving communication among students, parents, teachers and administrators. It comes from CEC’s book, Leading the Co-Teaching Dance, where the author identifies communication as the first of four ...

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Mediation Programs and Resources

This week’s FREE tool is a table from the CEC book Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Schools. The table lists mediation programs and resources to help teachers and administrators practice de-escalation when students exhibit threatening or violent behaviors at school. The book responds to public controversy over the use of restraint and seclusion in schools by focusing on prevention. This ...

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New Teacher Observation Checklist

Everyone can get in on the action with this week’s FREE tool! It’s a handy checklist for observing new teachers that will keep busy administrators organized and remind them of what to look for during teacher observations. Teacher mentors can use it as an instructional tool when helping teachers see their lessons in the big picture. And teachers, what better ...

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Section 504 Eligibility Flow Chart

Special education processes can get bogged down in jargon, conflicting opinions, family emotions, or just too many details. This week’s FREE Tool of the Week is a flow chart to help school counselors determine 504 eligibility. This flow chart will get you back to basics, so pin it on a bulletin board in your office or staple it inside your ...

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Managing and Implementing Intervention Reviews

Each school or district has its own RTI process that identifies students requiring interventions (whether academic or behavioral) and the specific nature of those interventions. Generally, however, it is the classroom teacher who identifies a struggling student and seeks assistance from the RTI team; this may be an informal or formal process. This week’s Tool of the Week provides a ...

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Summary of Performance

A recent discussion on the CECommunity All-Member Forum focused on the Summary of Performance – a document all schools are required by IDEA to provide to any student who has received special education services via an IEP and is graduating or aging out of secondary school. Completed during the student’s final year in high school, the document should provide a ...

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Preparing for the IEP Meeting

This week’s Tool of the Week, “Preparing for the IEP Meeting,” provides a checklist to help ensure that you’re fully prepared for a student’s IEP meeting. This tool comes from A Principal’s Guide to Special Education, Third Edition. What else do you need to be prepared for IEP meetings? Sign up today for David Bateman’s webinar, What Principals Need to ...

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