The IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University develops and disseminates free, engaging, online resources about evidence-based practices to support students, particularly struggling learners and those with disabilities. These resources are designed to bridge the research-to-practice gap. As a user-friendly way to learn which of the IRIS resources align with high-leverage practices (HLPs), the center has developed a… Read More Alignment Tool: HLPs for Special Education Teachers Resources at the IRIS Center
The Council for Exceptional Children has partnered with the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR), to develop and publish a set of High Leverage Practices (HLPs) for special educators and teacher candidates. The fundamental purpose of the project was to identify effective practices for supporting special educators (McKleskey, et al, 2017). The… Read More High Leverage Practices in Special Education
Walk-throughs provide a snap shot of student learning. Protocols can effectively structure classroom visits and focus them to observe for components of effective instruction. Brief, frequent, routine classroom visits with explicit “look-fors” can be powerful opportunities for collaboration between educational leaders and teachers (Protheroe, 2009). Literacy Walk-throughs Principals and literacy leaders can access this collection… Read More Leadership Tools and Literacy Walk-through Protocols
Increasing Number of Students with Autism In the 10-year span from 2004 to 2014, the number of students served under IDEA Part B with a disability category of autism rose by 202% (U.S. Department of Education, 2018). With the continued rise in the number of students with autism, more teachers are faced with the challenge… Read More Professional Development to Meet Rising Needs in Autism
The Virginia Board of Education Comprehensive Plan: 2018 to 2023 includes Assistive Technology (AT) as a means to help students use technology to engage in their learning. AT teams and specialists in school districts, help teachers and IEP Teams to determine and use AT in the classroom. The start of the new school year may… Read More Resources for Assistive Technology Teams
Dear School Administrators, You would likely agree that the interests and needs of your faculty members are as diverse as those of your student body. We would like to take this opportunity to discuss T-TAC Online, a treasure trove of curriculum and instructional resources. It is our hope that you will take a few moments… Read More Resources for Your Diverse Faculty
School leaders play an integral role in setting the stage for a positive, inclusive mathematics learning environment. Here are five ways that administrators can promote a math-positive culture: 1. Recognize and Support Effective Math Teaching In a school with a high-quality mathematics program, every student has the opportunity to learn challenging, worthwhile, engaging, and relevant mathematics (Seeley,… Read More How to Promote a Positive Math Culture at Your School
There are many books in the T-TAC ODU Lending Library that are excellent resources for administrators seeking to promote mathematical best practices in their schools. Here are a few new math resources that are available: What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Mathematics This must-have resource offers a knowledge base to improve mathematics… Read More Math Resources for Administrators
This downloadable book excerpt, from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), is based on the type of problems principals face and questions they have asked regarding special education. It is designed to help administrators coordinate the daily work in the education of children with disabilities.
Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services.
Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) is an international professional educational organization which is affiliated with the Council for Exceptional Children whose members are dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual in society.
- Virginia Council of Administrators of Special Education (VCASE) is a professional organization that promotes professional leadership through the provision of collegial support and current information on recommended instructional practices as well as local, state and national trends in Special Education for professionals who serve students with disabilities in order to improve the quality and delivery of special education services in Virginia’s public Schools.
Inclusive Schools Network
The Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) is a web-based educational resource for families, schools and communities that promotes inclusive educational practices.
National Center on Intensive Intervention Mission and Approach
NCII builds the capacity of state and local education agencies, universities, practitioners, and other stakeholders to support implementation of intensive intervention in literacy, mathematics, and behavior for students with severe and persistent learning and/or behavioral needs
- Resources to help educators and other building-based personnel find tools and resources to support students with intensive needs
- Intensive Interventions: A Teacher’s Toolkit of activities and resources to assist practitioners in designing and delivering intensive interventions in reading and mathematics
- A Parent’s Guide To Special Education (available in Spanish)
- Virginia’s Guidelines for Educating Students with Specific Learning Disabilities (ADA compliant version)
- Specific Learning Disability Supplementary Guide on Dyslexia: Frequently Asked Questions
- Universal Design for Learning
- Superintendent’s and Principal’s Memos