Especially for…Schools and Administrators

Learning is a treasure that follows its owner everywhere. ~Chinese Proverb Welcome to NICHCY’s hubpage for schools and administrators. We are glad you're here and would like to say "thank you" for all the work you do with, and on behalf of, students with disabilities---all students, really. They are our national treasures and our future, as you well know. Through this entry page, we hope you find lots of information to support your work in … [Read more...]

Restraint and seclusion

From the U.S. Department of Education, this resource document outlines 15 principles for educators, parents, school districts, and others to consider when developing policies and procedures to support positive behavioral interventions and avoid the use of restraint and seclusion.  Additionally, the document provides a synopsis of ongoing efforts by federal agencies to address national concerns about using restraint and seclusion in schools. (Posted … [Read more...]

Free cyberbullying toolkit for educators

Every day, you see how cyberbullying hurts students, disrupts classrooms, and impacts your school's culture. So how should you handle it? What are the right things to do and say? What can you do today that will help your students avoid this pitfall of our digital world? Standing up, Not Standing By: A Free Cyberbullying Toolkit for Educators has been created to help you take on those questions and take an effective stand against cyberbullying. … [Read more...]

Educator’s guide to bipolar disorder

This guide provides a discussion of various dimensions of pediatric bipolar disorder. Contents cover (a) definition, diagnosis, and symptoms; (b) bipolar disorder, the brain, and learning; (c) treatment approaches; and (d) school accommodations. From the Balanced Mind Foundation. (posted August 23, 2012)   … [Read more...]

FASD: What school systems should know about affected students

This 1-pager summarizes how educators can address the special learning needs and behavioral problems to help children with fetal alcohol syndrome disorder (FASD) reach their maximum potential. (posted October 11, 2012)  … [Read more...]

The 100 best video sites for educators

Bringing multimedia into the classroom is a great way to engage students in learning. Supplementing lessons, opening up new interests, and offering inspiration, online videos make for an incredible teaching tool. From Edudemic. (posted October 12, 2012)  … [Read more...]

Educating students with TBI

The TBI Education website offers evidence-based information and resources for people working with students who have a traumatic brain injury. (posted October 12, 2012) … [Read more...]

Balancing school safety and student privacy: Guide to FERPA for schools

This pamphlet from the U.S. Department of Education provides information about FERPA and the steps that school officials are allowed to take in order to ensure school safety, including during health or safety emergencies. Also explained are whether FERPA applies to law enforcement unit records (collected by security staff at schools), security videos, and personal knowledge or observation. (posted November 5, 2012)  … [Read more...]

Reducing bullying in classrooms | 2 training modules

This free, two-module training toolkit is designed to help classroom teachers and educators reduce incidents of bullying as well as cultivate meaningful relationships with students while creating a positive climate in the classroom. Developed by the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center, supported by the U.S. Department of Education. (posted November 5, 2012)  … [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...]

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.