Laura Vaughn

Teens on the team

Learning self-advocacy is an integral part of a student’s progression towards a smooth transition to life after high school. One way to engage students in decision making about their future is to actively involve them in their own IEP meetings. To get you started on that path, this week’s FREE tool is a set of questions designed to help students ...

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Group think at its best

Special educators don’t work in a vacuum. To best serve students, they must collaborate with colleagues, administrators, and other service providers. So, how to avoid having too many cooks in the kitchen? To help teams of educators work well together, this week’s FREE tool is a worksheet for group reflection. It asks team members to answer a set of questions ...

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Ready, set, publish!

Do you have great ideas about special education that you’re looking to share? Whether you’re a new graduate student, a veteran teacher, or a practicing academic, writing and submitting a research article for publication can feel daunting. This week’s FREE tool is designed to help. It’s a table of questions you should ask yourself before submitting, and corresponding guidelines to ...

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Reap the rewards

Positive feedback and rewards can be powerful ways to reinforce desirable behavior, but coming up with appropriate rewards that feel new and enticing can be a challenge! To help you keep a few surprises up your sleeve, this week’s FREE tool is a table filled with acceptable reinforcers or rewards for students in both elementary and secondary school. With motivators ...

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Data Duties Spelled Out

Have you ever spent precious time collecting data about your students’ progress only to find you’re left with more questions? In today’s data-driven classrooms, this can create quite a conundrum. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a simple table of data types that identifies the uses for each type. It will help you choose the right data to collect ...

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Science with the family

In honor of Earth Day, this week’s FREE tool puts a science spin on last week’s family theme. We’ve got a take-home science lesson about soil for your students to do with their families. Yes, we want to get everyone out digging in the yard where they can ask questions like, “What is soil made of?” and “What things are ...

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It’s all in the Family

Families are often an overlooked resource for special educators. Families can support the academic progress of their student in multiple ways, from providing a good breakfast to reinforcing school practices at home. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a table to get you thinking about the role of families. The table comes from “Charting the Course: Special Education in ...

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Keep it simple

Are you looking for ways to simplify content instruction in your inclusive classroom? If so, this week’s tool is for you. It’s a table with ideas for how you can modify both the level of content difficulty and the means by which instruction is delivered. From pre-teaching vocabulary to incorporating hands-on activities, you’ll find ways to adapt your lessons to ...

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Fun with friendship

To kick off April as Autism Awareness month, this week’s FREE tool is a table full of ideas for teaching friendship skills using Lego® Bricks. From picking flowers together to going down a slide, you can introduce play scenarios that will help students learn to interact with others in ways that will help them express their interests, develop a sense ...

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Spring into Science!

In less than a month, education professionals from all over the world will travel to Boston for CEC’s 2017 Convention and Expo. So this week’s FREE tool involves the story of a pair of mallards who raise their ducklings in the city of Boston! The story is part of a K–3 science lesson about life cycles and habitats that you ...

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