What do teachers do in the summer? Learn!

Contrary to popular belief, teachers don’t have summers “off” to work on their tans and sip Mai Tais. Many work summer jobs to make ends meet, cover a summer session or two, or complete coursework for additional certifications or advanced degrees. And nearly all teachers engage in some type of professional learning. As state and district budgets continue to shrink, more and more of that professional learning is self-directed. So, if you’re … [Read more...]

Summer learning and fun on a shoestring

Cross-posted with permission from our friends at Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC). ECAC is a Regional Parent Technical Assistance Center and the Parent Training and Information Center in North Carolina serving families of children with disabilities, their teachers, and other professionals. Visit ECAC’s website at http://www.ecac-parentcenter.org/Default.aspx to access free publications, training opportunities, and other resources, … [Read more...]

NICHCY’s website can talk!

By Kori Hamilton and Elaine MulliganNational Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)Here, at NICHCY, we try to be keep our website user friendly and accessible. Our website is easy to navigate, compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, written in plain language, and translated into Spanish. As much as those things contribute to our ability to provide information to a vast audience, there are still many web users who … [Read more...]

What’s in a diagnosis?

Cross-posted with permission from our friends at Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center. Matrix is a Regional Parent Technical Assistance Center and a Parent Training and Information Center in California serving families of children with disabilities, their teachers, and other professionals throughout the northern San Francisco Bay Area. Visit Matrix’s website at http://www.matrixparents.org/ to access free publications, training opportunities, … [Read more...]

The Five Secrets to Being A Special Education Teacher And Still Love Your Job

The job of a special education teacher is not an easy one, and additional pressures from budget cuts, new school initiatives, and professional development can be overwhelming. One of our favorite special education teachers, Tim Villegas, shares how he manages to stay positive and connected to kids and families in NICHCY’s latest guest blog.------------------Do you want to know the secrets to working in Special Education and still love your job? … [Read more...]

Check out our new look on your mobile device!

By Elaine Mulligan National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)The power of the webHere at NICHCY, we spend a lot of time talking about, tweaking, and trying to improve our website. That’s probably 10% because we’re technology geeks and 90% our acknowledgement of the power of the web. We’re a small organization made up of six individuals, so we know that our website can reach exponentially more users than our six sets … [Read more...]

Six things you might not know about IEPs

By Elaine Mulligan National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)It’s time to start a new school year, and that means familiarizing yourself with the IEPs of your students with disabilities. For most teachers, that means checking out each student’s learning goals for the year and, if appropriate, the accommodations the student needs in the classroom. But there’s so much more to the IEP! Here are six aspects of the IEP … [Read more...]

Multiple Disabilities in Your Classroom: 10 Tips for Teachers

By Sarah Escowitz National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) More than 132,000 students with multiple disabilities receive special education and related services in our public schools. Is there a child with multiple disabilities in your class? He or she clearly has special learning needs, so how is teaching this student different than teaching a student with just one disability? How can you address the student’s learning … [Read more...]

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