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...]

The ultimate guide to special needs teaching: 100+ resources and links

Whether you have an entire class of students with special needs, or you’ve welcomed a student with a disability into your traditional classroom, this massive list of resources will help you research different disorders and conditions, review special lesson plans, and find the support you need to work with your students and help them succeed. There are sections devoted to teaching students with: visual impairments, deafness or hearing loss, autism, … [Read more...]

Preparing skilled and effective teachers of young children

This policy brief comes from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) and the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE). It argues that there has been too much focus on debating baseline qualifications such as AA and BA degrees for teachers of young children and not enough focus on the actual education these teachers receive, the support they get for ongoing learning, and the effects of the workplace environment on their … [Read more...]

Preparing general educators to improve outcomes for students with disabilities

Today 57% of students with disabilities spend more than 80% of their day in general education classrooms, yet general education teachers consistently report that they do not have the skills they need to effectively instruct diverse learners, including students with disabilities. This 32-page report was prepared for American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) and the National Center on Learning Disabilities (NCLD), because they believe … [Read more...]

NEA’s diversity toolkit

NEA is the National Education Association, an organization with thousands of teachers as members. NEA offers this online toolkit to teachers to provide an introduction to the multiple facets of diversity. Chapters include: class and income, cultural competence for educators, English language learners, gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, and social justice.  … [Read more...]

Educator’s guide to getting accessible materials for your students

From the center that knows all about accessible instructional materials, the AIM Center.  (posted September 1, 2011) … [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...]

UDL: Creating a learning environment that challenges and engages all students

This online training module provides information on the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and examples of implementation in the classroom. It utilizes a case example to highlight goals, instructional materials and methods, and assessment considerations when implementing UDL. Developed by the IRIS Center for Training Enhancements. (Posted May 3, 2012)  … [Read more...]

Using instructional routines to differentiate instruction: A guide for teachers

This publication from the Center on Instruction helps educators plan differentiated instruction using 72 formatted activities called Instructional Routines, which provide a structure for teaching specific foundational reading skills. Included is a table that displays the alignment between the Instructional Routines and the Common Core State Standards organized by the five reading components (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension). … [Read more...]

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