Differentiated Instruction in Today’s Classrooms

by the IRIS Center The IRIS Center is a national center that provides high-quality resources about students with disabilities for college and university faculty and professional development trainers. Visit IRIS' website to find free, online, interactive training enhancements that translate research about the education of students with disabilities into practice. http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/ ******************************************************************************************************** Now, … [Read more...]

Intensive interventions for students struggling in reading and math

This publication provides research-based guidance that reflects "best practices" for intensifying instruction in reading and mathematics for students with significant learning difficulties in K-12, including students with disabilities. It can also be used as a resource for instructional specialists and special education teachers who are searching for broad guidelines on the design and delivery of intensive interventions. From the Center on Instruction. … [Read more...]

Reducing behavior problems in the elementary school classroom

Designed for elementary school educators and school- and district-level administrators, this Practice Guide from the Doing What Works Clearinghouse offers prevention, implementation, and schoolwide strategies that can be used to reduce behavior problems that prevent students from engaging in instruction. (link updated, October 2012) http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/practiceguide.aspx?sid=4 … [Read more...]

Intellectual Disabilities in Your Classroom: 9 Tips for Teachers

by Lisa Küpper and Kori Hamilton National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)  More than 445,000 students with intellectual disabilities receive special education and related services in our public schools. Perhaps you’re one of their teachers. If you have a student with an intellectual disability in your classroom, you already know that he or she has special learning needs. But how do you address those learning needs … [Read more...]

Identifying what works for struggling readers | Educator’s guide

This guide summarizes Effective Programs for Struggling Readers: A Best Evidence Synthesis, a research review conducted by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Research and Reform in Education. The achievement outcomes of alternative approaches for struggling readers in grade K-5 were evaluated. This guide for educators presents the evidence on how effective the following approaches have proved to be for improving student reading: one-to-one tutoring, … [Read more...]

Teaching tools based on brain facts

Looking for strategies to better engage students and pique their interests? Brainfact.org has a collection of multimedia resources for teachers develop engaging and interactive lessons. (posted September 21, 2012)http://www.brainfacts.org/educators/ … [Read more...]

Educator’s guide to the military child during deployment

The Educator's Guide to the Military Child During Deployment informs educators about the impact of deployment on military families and provides them with strategies of overcoming the challenges their students face. (posted November 5, 2012)http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/os/homefront/homefront.pdf  … [Read more...]

How great principals build and lead great teams of teachers

Ongoing research points to the significant impact an exceptional teacher can have on the success of students, but teachers know that a supportive principal makes all the difference. This study by New Leaders examines 200 successful schools and identifies specific actions the strongest principals take to ensure great teaching and academic success. Their findings compare principals with great coaches who "invest time and resources in training the talent … [Read more...]

5 critical mistakes schools make with iPads (and how to correct them)

Over the last few years K-12 schools and districts across the country have been investing heavily in iPads for classroom use. EdTechTeacher has been leading iPad professional development at many of these schools and has seen firsthand how they approach iPad integration. While there are many effective approaches to incorporating iPads successfully in the classroom, EdTechTeacher's been  struck by the common mistakes many schools are making with iPads. … [Read more...]

Autism: Evidence-based practices

Want to know more about what professional practices have been found to be effective with children on the autism spectrum? Explore the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders' Evidence-Based Practice Briefs. The Center has created briefs on each of 24 identified evidence-based practices. A rich treasure trove, indeed! (posted January 24, 2013)http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/content/briefs … [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.