Systematic instruction (HLP 12) is instruction that is taught in segments and follows sequences that are carefully and logically planned toward a specific goal. Prioritizing that instruction and creating a logical instructional sequence can be the key to progress for students with disabilities. Teachers plan effective instruction when they unpack the grade level content, prioritizeRead More A Plan for Planning Systematic Instruction
Introducing High-Leverage Practices in Special Education: A Professional Development Guide for School Leaders “High-leverage practices in special education reflect new research on the effective methods that help struggling learners succeed (CEEDAR, 2017).” The downloadable online guide is packed with activities for engaging teachers to learn how high-leverage practices (HLPs) can enhance student learning. High-leverage practicesRead More A Professional Development Toolkit for School Leaders
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process that allows children and adults to effectively understand and manage emotions. It allows individuals to set and achieve goals, feel and show empathy, establish and maintain relationships, and make responsible decisions. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has developed a 3 Signature Practices Playbook to fosterRead More Practical Ways to Introduce and Broaden the Use of Social Emotional Learning
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 aRead 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). TheRead 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 collectionRead 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 challengeRead 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 mayRead More Resources for Assistive Technology Teams
Practical ways to introduce and Broaden the use of SEL practices in classrooms, schools, and workplaces.
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.
The Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) is a web-based educational resource for families, schools and communities that promotes inclusive educational practices.
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