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Recent Posts

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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Comparisons of Characteristics of Gifted Students and Twice-Exceptional Students

This week’s Tool of the Week, “Comparisons of Characteristics of Gifted Students and Twice-Exceptional Students,” can help you identify if a student needs further support. The table  is a compilation of characteristics and behaviors that are associated with giftedness that, and includes a column about how a disability may influence that behavior. This tool comes from “Beyond Stereotypes: Understanding, Recognizing, and Working With Twice-Exceptional Learners,” from TEACHING ...

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Behavior-Tracking Applications for iPad/iPod

This week’s Tool of the Week, “Behavior-Tracking Applications for iPad/iPod,” provides a list of behavior data collection apps for iPod and iPad that will help you track your students’ progress in meeting behavioral goals. This tool comes from Friendship 101: Helping Students Build Social Competence, which offers teachers a practical guide for ensuring students develop the social skills that they need ...

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Instructional Behavior Plan

This week’s free Tool of the Week, “Instructional Behavior Plan Worksheet,” will help you teach students alternative strategies for coping and new ways to communicate their intent. This tool comes from When Behavior Makes Learning Hard: Positive Steps for Changing Student Behavior, which provides practical strategies, approaches, and tools that teachers of students of all ages can use to improve ...

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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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Developing Narrative Writing: Story Pitch Graphic Organizer

This week’s Tool of the Week, a “Story Pitch Graphic Organizer,” helps your students develop their narrative writing skills by creating a plan to interest readers in their stories. This tool comes from “The Digital Media Writing Project: Connecting to the Common Core,” from TEACHING Exceptional Children 46.1.

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Using Embedded Instruction to Enhance Social-Emotional Skills

This week’s Tool of the Week, “Tips for Teachers: Using Embedded Instruction to Enhance Social-Emotional Skills,” from Friendship 101:  Helping Students Build Social Competence, shows you each component of embedded instruction focusing on what to teach, when to teach, how to teach and how to evaluate.  

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IDEA Disciplinary Procedures for Students with Disabilities

This week’s Tool of the Week, “IDEA Disciplinary Procedures for Students with Disabilities,” outlines the procedures that must be followed as part of and subsequent to the decision to remove a student with disabilities from school. This tool comes from A Principal’s Guide to Special Education, Third Edition.   Want to know more about appropriate disciplinary actions for students with ...

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Peer Support Arrangements as an Evidence Based Practice

This week’s Tool of the Week, “Peer Support Arrangements as an Evidence Based Practice,” will help you implement a peer support system in your inclusive classroom and help your students develop social skills and friendships. This tool comes from Friendship 101: Helping Students Build Social Competence.

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Identifying Street Signs/Signals in the Community

Use this week’s Tool to create a lesson for helping students understand street signs and signals at a crosswalk or in the community. This Tool of the Week comes from Getting Around Town: Teaching Community Mobility Skills to Students With Disabilities.

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