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What Not to Miss at CEC2017

The CEC Special Education Convention and Expo is one of our favorite events of the year. There’s always so much to look forward to. We’ve been talking to our friends at CEC and getting updates online at http://www.cecconvention.org/, and some of the highlights we’ve identified for this year are the…Read the full article…

Endrew v. Douglas County: How Much Progress is Enough for Students in Special Education?

The following review of the recent Supreme Court Case Ednrew v. Douglas County is written by guest blogger David Bateman. In what many experts predicted, the Supreme Court last month overturned the 10th Circuit ruling on what level of educational benefit is “appropriate” for students with disabilities in the Endrew…Read the full article…

Bring Mindfulness to Your Life and Your Classroom Starting Now

New Quick-Reference Guide for Teachers Now Available Schools across the country are introducing mindfulness to students as early as kindergarten, with many classroom teachers now allotting time throughout the day or week for mindfulness practice. The reason for the growing popularity of mindfulness is simple: It works. As recently reported…Read the full article…

Putting Differentiated Instruction to Work in the Classroom

By guest blogger Helene Hanson, author of Differentiated Instruction: Enhancing Teaching and Learning Educational literature is replete with well thought out and researched strategies and programs that are designed to improve the teaching process and improve student learning. In many cases there is data to demonstrate success based upon implementation…Read the full article…

Stacy Dean’s Universal Design for Learning Recommended Resources

The following are recommended resources cited in the laminated reference guide UDL and ESSA by Stacy Dean. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines: www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/udlguidelines_theorypractice Strategies for Multiple Means of Representation Schedules– use visual aids to prepare students for transitions or to complete tasks. www.pbisworld.com/tier-2/individual-visual-schedules/  QR Codes – easily link to any online…Read the full article…

Working with Your Students’ Parents: Forging Productive Relationships

A guest blog by Dr. Kenneth Shore, author of The Bullying Prevention Book of Lists, A Teacher’s Guide to Working with Parents, and others. Most teachers learn a vital lesson soon after entering the classroom: you are more likely to have success teaching your students if you have a close…Read the full article…

Bullying of LGBT Students: What Schools Need to Know and What They Can Do

Nearly thirty percent of all students in grades 6-12 experience bullying. While that percentage is unacceptably high, it pales in comparison to the percentage of LGBT students who are bullied. According to GLSEN’s School Climate Survey, nearly seventy five percent—fully three quarters of all LGBT students— reported being verbally bullied…Read the full article…

Get Expert Guidance on Using UDL to Implement Florida State Standards

The Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as the federal legislation for K-12 public education, gives states greater responsibility and flexibility to set rigorous academic standards and design high quality assessments that are accessible to all students. The law calls for states to use…Read the full article…

Bullying Prevention Month Strategies and Resources for Teachers, Administrators and Paraprofessionals

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, with 2016 marking the 10th anniversary of this annual campaign against bullying. Over the past 10 years, increased public awareness of the epidemic of bullying in schools and online has given rise to significant developments. In recent years, state after state has adopted bullying…Read the full article…

Inclusive Education Best Practices: Differentiated Instruction [FREE Download]

Does your school provide quality inclusive education? The Inclusive Education Checklist is a new book by Richard Villa and Jacqueline Thousand, that is designed to assist schools, districts, administrators, policy makers, community members and professionals interested in education, as well as parents and youth, assess, develop, and implement inclusive services…Read the full article…