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Teachers on the Team

by Lisa Küpper National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)  So you made the team—the IEP team, that is, of a student with a disability. That’s a very good thing, because as a general or special educator you bring critical experience and educational know-how to the discussions that go on at IEP team meetings. This blog takes a closer look at what your role on the team involves and why it’s so important that you’re … [Read more...]

The Importance of Including Your Child in the IEP Meeting

by Dennise Goldberg Cross-posted from Special Education Advisor We as parents spend a lot of time advocating for our children when they are young. However, there comes a time when our children become older and they have to learn how to advocate for themselves; knowing when the time is right will depend on your child. If your child is still attending elementary school, they are most likely NOT mature enough to participate. For those of you who … [Read more...]

Jerry: Paraprofessional, Part Three

This three-part series on Paraprofessionals is adapted with permission from the Council on Exceptional Children’s (CEC’s) Reality 101 series. Jerry is a special educator teaching in a self-contained classroom for K-5 students. Find his ongoing blog series at http://www.cecreality101.org/blogger-jerry/ ********************************************************************************************************************** I know a paraprofessional … [Read more...]

Accommodations and modifications: Wait, they’re not the same?

by Kori Hamilton and Elizabeth Kessler, professional special educator and NICHCY advisor Being able to provide ample opportunities for success to all students requires a clear understanding of the needs of each individual student. Every student has a unique learning style, and some students require more help than others. Students who receive special education services have a plan in place to identify the type of support(s) that’s needed. One … [Read more...]

Jerry: Paraprofessionals, Part Two

This three-part series on Paraprofessionals is adapted with permission from the Council on Exceptional Children’s (CEC’s) Reality 101 series. Jerry is a special educator teaching in a self-contained classroom for K-5 students. Find his ongoing blog series at http://www.cecreality101.org/blogger-jerry/ ********************************************************************************************************** The services provided by paraprofessionals … [Read more...]

Social Skills Can Help Some “Problem Behaviors”

Cross-posted with permission from our friends at Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC). ECAC is a Regional Parent Technical Assistance 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, and be sure to check out their Ask ECAC blog … [Read more...]

Jerry: Paraprofessionals, Part One

This three-part series on Paraprofessionals is adapted with permission from the Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC’s) Reality 101 series. Jerry is a special educator teaching in a self-contained classroom for K-5 students. Find his ongoing blog series at http://www.cecreality101.org/blogger-jerry/********************************************************************************************************Many paraprofessionals who assist with instructional … [Read more...]

Connecting to Evidence-Based Teaching Practices

by Kyrie Dragoo National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities You know what’s hot these days? Data. You may have heard about New York Times blogger Nate Silver’s remarkable 50-for-50 correct predictions of the presidential election this year. Possibly, you’ve been following the monthly “jobs report” on unemployment in the U.S. and seeing the data graphs that accompany it. Or perhaps you’ve just been working in schools … [Read more...]

The Case For Inclusion (Part Three): Sea Change

Guest post: Tim Villegas is a special educator and inclusion advocate. His Think Inclusive website and blog are intended to create a bridge between educators, parents, and advocates. This guest post represents Tim’s perspective and does not necessarily reflect the full range of options for service delivery in IDEA.  A version of this post was originally published at Ollibean. This concludes the three-part series.Connecting to general educationThe … [Read more...]

Getting Clear on Response to Intervention (RTI)

By Kori Hamilton and Elaine Mulligan National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) There seems to be some confusion as to what Response to Intervention is and how teachers and schools can use this approach to help children. So, let’s start with some basics: RTI is not an action verb. You cannot RTI a student to support his or her learning and behavioral needs. RTI is not a place or a room in your school; you cannot send … [Read more...]

NOTICE: The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) is no longer in operation. Our funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) ended on September 30, 2013. Our website and all its free resources will remain available until September 30, 2014.