Staff Training and Development

Resources updated, December 2012Looking for resources you can use for professional development in early childhood and early intervention? Here they are!We also recommend that you use NICHCY's state resource sheets as a starting place to enter the early intervention system in your state and see what training modules or other training materials may be online for professional development purposes. There are quite a few. Even those from other states … [Read more...]


Alert! Alert! Because NICHCY's website will only remain online until September 30, 2014, most of its rich content has moved to a new home, the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR), where it can be kept up to date. The new address of Paraprofessionals at the CPIR is: Updated February 2013My kids continued to grow and develop as learners in a happy and caring classroom community. … [Read more...]

Effective Staff Development

October 2010 Resources updated, April 2013NICHCY is pleased to offer you this page of resources focused primarily upon staff development for teachers (both general and special educators) and the paraprofessionals who assist them in the classroom. Whether you're a school administrator responsible for the professional development of others, or a teacher or a paraprofessional looking after your own professional development, we hope you'll find information … [Read more...]

Preparing teachers to provide effective learning strategy instruction

Teacher Preparation and Professional Development in Effective Learning Strategy Instruction describes learning strategies and how learning strategy instruction can effectively transform ineffective learners into effective learners. The author also explains the kinds of knowledge and skills teachers must acquire to be competent learning strategy instructors and makes recommendations related to teacher training programs that specifically address learning … [Read more...]

Teacher preparation to deliver inclusive services to students with disabilities

This Issue Paper briefly reviews the legal and policy foundations and best professional practices for inclusive services. It also discusses the key components of inclusive services that should be incorporated in teacher preparation at the preservice and inservice levels and offers an Inclusive Services Innovation Configuration, which can be used to evaluate general and special education teacher preparation and professional development programs. … [Read more...]

June 2011 | News You Can Use

June 2011 IN THIS ISSUE This Month from the National Dissemination Center From Our Friends at the IDEA Partnership It All Families...and Communities The Little Ones: Early Intervention/Early Childhood Schools, K-12 State & System Tools Greetings! June is the time of year when most schools let out for the summer and students breathe a sigh of relief for completing another school year. For teachers and families, … [Read more...]

Maintaining Quality of Services on a No-Money Budget

July, 2011 Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. - Booker T. WashingtonBudgets are tight in schools these days, and it’s not going to get better any time soon. In an effort to help states make the most of their education dollars, the U.S. Department of Education recently released two documents encouraging states and districts to maximize the effectiveness of … [Read more...]

Video training | Helping little children use AT

This training module from CONNECT includes an example of how a child care provider, speech therapist, and parent work together to help a two-year-old communicate and participate in everyday activities using assistive technology (AT).  … [Read more...]

Dialogic reading practices

Project CONNECT offers this free online module for early childhood practitioners. Meet Tenisha, a pre-K teacher who notices that some children are not paying attention during storybook reading, and learn how she implements dialogic reading practices to engage the children and help them develop language and literacy skills. … [Read more...]

Videos for early childhood practitioners

In fact, videos galore, at Results Matter! Results Matter is an early childhood initiative of the Colorado Department of Education, but the videos emerging from the project can be used nationwide by early childhood educators individually or as part of professional development, team meetings, observation practice, and parent orientation. More than 30 videos have been added recently to the video library, so there’s lots to choose from, use, and share. … [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.