Strategies

Write it out

For many school districts, the holidays mark the end of the semester or quarter, and finalizing a grading period often involves end-of-unit tests or even midterm exams. To help your students keep cool during times of high pressure, this week’s FREE tool is a “test prep journal” students can use to record and rethink their nervous thoughts. Do they worry ...

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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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We’ve got Brain on the Brain

After a decade of expanding research on the brain, we know more than ever about how learning occurs. This new knowledge strengthens the case for using differentiated instruction that is rich, stimulating, and focused on the learner. This week’s FREE tool is a table aligning brain research findings with the ways those findings might influence classroom instruction. The table comes ...

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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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Writing with Pizzazz

Good writing drips with delectable tidbits of interesting detail, but students can struggle to generate the kinds of specifics that will draw in their readers. To help your students fill their paragraphs with the juicy stuff they need to engage readers, this week’s FREE tool is an organizer for answering question words like Who? When? and How? The organizer comes ...

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Celebrating Literacy for all Readers

On Friday, September 8, educators and students around the globe will be celebrating International Literacy Day. Here at CEC, we don’t want to miss the chance to draw attention to the magic and power of reading, so this week’s FREE tool is a literacy tip and table of literacy resources designed for teachers of students with intellectual disability. The table ...

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Summer Cool Down

This week marks the first day of summer! For many of us, temperatures outside are rising, but this time of year can also mean tensions inside are rising as final exams or state testing schedules progress. To help cool things off, this week’s FREE tool is a simple set of breathing exercises for you to do with your students before ...

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Reap the Rewards

Positive feedback and rewards can be powerful ways to reinforce desirable behavior, but coming up with appropriate rewards that feel new and enticing can be a challenge! To help you keep a few surprises up your sleeve, this week’s FREE tool is a table filled with acceptable reinforcers or rewards for students in both elementary and secondary school. With motivators ...

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Data Duties Spelled Out

Have you ever spent precious time collecting data about your students’ progress only to find you’re left with more questions? In today’s data-driven classrooms, this can create quite a conundrum. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a simple table of data types that identifies the uses for each type. It will help you choose the right data to collect ...

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