Staff Training and Development

 _________________________________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 Staff Training and Development at the CPIR is: updated, December … [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...]

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...]

Related services: Common supports for students with disabilities

This training module from the IRIS Center describes related services and offers an overview of the benefits they provide to students with disabilities in the general education classroom. It highlights 5 commonly used related services (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, social work services, and psychological services) and briefly highlights many of the other related services identified in IDEA ’04. … [Read more...]

Early identification of autism spectrum disorders | Online module

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders offers this free online module addressing the importance of early identification, early characteristics of ASD, and a recommended set of practices that will lead to early identification of ASD. The module also provides information about national resources and initiatives committed to early identification for the purpose of follow up and referral to services, resources, and supports. … [Read more...]

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...]

NOTICE: NICHCY is going away, but its resources are not. Find hundreds of legacy NICHCY publications, as well as our training curriculum on IDEA 2004, in the Center for Parent Information and Resources' Library at This website will remain available until September 30, 2014. After that date, web visitors will be automatically redirected to