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. http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/rs/chalcycle.htm … [Read more...]

Professional development module on RTI

This professional development resource provides educators with background and implementation knowledge on RTI. It provides information on identifying students' needs; implementing Tiers 1, 2, and 3; and strategies for providing differentiated instruction. Additional resources and examples for using an RTI framework to support reading are also provided. This package of materials includes four PowerPoints, presenter notes, participant packet, handouts … [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...]

Tiered instruction (online module)

Tiered instruction is a means of teaching one concept while still meeting the different learning needs of children. This CONNECT module is designed to help learners understand the purpose, use, and potential benefits of tiered instruction, and to use it with young children in early care and education programs. (Posted June 12, 2012)http://community.fpg.unc.edu/node/218 … [Read more...]

Teaching math to high school students with disabilities

Learn how to make your math class more effective for students with disabilities. SciTrain offers free online courses for teachers that you can take at your own pace and learn about classroom accommodations, adapted tests and laboratories, assistive technology, laws and policies and much, much more. (posted September 7, 2012)http://www.catea.gatech.edu/scitrain/   … [Read more...]

Teaching science to high school students with disabilities

Learn how to make your science class more effective for students with disabilities. SciTrain offers free online courses for teachers that you can take at your own pace and learn about classroom accommodations, adapted tests and laboratories, assistive technology, laws and policies and much, much more. (posted September 7, 2012)http://www.catea.gatech.edu/scitrain/  … [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...]

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