Planning for terrific transitions!

This guide/training package focuses on the need to smooth children’s transition to kindergarten. It’s designed to help transition-to-school teams improve their transition processes through more effective planning, implementation, and evaluation. The training package includes the trainer’s guide, a participant’s guide, a CD with all the transparencies needed, and a copy of all the handouts necessary for the training. … [Read more...]

Working effectively with children with autism spectrum disorder

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC on ASD) has identified 24 evidence-based practices for working effectively with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and is in the process of developing free online modules for each of these practices. Evidence-based practice (EBP) briefs for these 24 practices have also been developed. These include an overview of the practice, directions for implementation, an implementation … [Read more...]

Addressing Disruptive and Noncompliant Behaviors

The IRIS Center has produced these two online training modules for teachers. Part 1 is called Understanding the Acting-Out Cycle. It discusses problem behavior in terms of the stages of the acting-out cycle and suggests ways to respond to students in the cycle's different phases.  Part 2 is called Behavioral Interventions. It describes interventions that can increase initial compliance to teacher requests as well as interventions that can be implemented … [Read more...]

Early childhood inclusion training resources

SpecialQuest's Preschool Inclusion Series videos and training sessions explore several aspects of including preschool-age children who have disabilities in programs and settings with their typically developing peers. … [Read more...]

Training modules for early childhood educators

Visit Project CONNECT, and you’ll find training modules in both English and Spanish specifically developed for early interventionists and early childhood educators.  … [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...]

How to retain your special education teachers

Addressing the Revolving Door: How to Retain Your Special Education Teachers is a training module from the IRIS Center. It's designed to help frame discussions at the state and local level to address special education teacher retention issues. … [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...]

Self-paced modules on transition

TransCen, Inc., has developed a series of free online self-paced modules that provide an overview and orientation to main concepts of transition planning, geared to help people understand the basics of transition services. The modules are aligned with competencies endorsed by national initiatives. (posted December 28, 2o11)  … [Read more...]

Autism training: A developmental-behavioral pediatrics curriculum

This training curriculum from the CDC, called Autism Case Training (ACT), is designed to help educate primary care practitioners about finding, diagnosing, and managing autism spectrum disorders. The training uses real-life scenarios and consists of 7 modules, each with a facilitator's guide and supporting presentation and videos. All course materials can be downloaded and used in the classroom or for independent study. Training module topics are: … [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.