Administration

Charting Inclusion

This week marks a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle for most schools, and that includes charter schools. If you work at a charter school, this week’s FREE tool will help you take this time to reflect on your school environment and its openness to the idea of inclusion. Are educators trained in how to support students with disabilities? ...

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Covering all bases

This week’s FREE tool is a checklist to help charter school decision makers contract outside providers for special education services. Like traditional public schools, charter schools may find it necessary to hire outside professionals in some instances. This can occur when students need only intermittent support or when a school lacks the capacity to hire specialized teachers for low-incidence disabilities. ...

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Signs of Child Neglect

This week’s FREE tool is a figure to help you recognize the signs of child neglect. Child neglect results from a caregiver’s failure to meet a child’s basic needs. It is the most common form of child maltreatment, especially in the United States. Because the definition of neglect is broad, it can be difficult to determine when neglect has occurred. ...

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Integrating Transition Planning Into the IEP Process

Graduation brings many exciting changes for students with disabilities who are moving into a life after high school, so the groundwork for success needs to be laid early on. This week’s FREE tool is a table to help you and your interagency transition team identify team goals and choose activities to help you meet them well before graduation. From methods ...

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Setting SMART Goals

This week’s FREE tool is a nifty mnemonic to help you set SMART goals when transition planning. It comes from CEC’s Building Alliances, which identifies goal setting as the first step when building an action plan for transition. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results focused, and Time bound—and they’ll make an excellent springboard for your transition team action plan! ...

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The Many Functions of the IEP

For this week’s FREE tool, we’ve got something for the conference room wall. It’s a flow chart to help you keep track of the many functions of the IEP. The IEP is the central educational document for students with disabilities. It serves as a tool for: instruction, communication, management, accountability, and progress monitoring. This flow chart illustrates a big-picture view ...

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Case Manager Checklist

The Survival Guide for New Special Education Teachers

This week, a new and improved version of CEC’s tried and true Survival Guide for New Special Education Teachers is rolling of the presses! To celebrate, this week’s FREE tool comes straight out of the new book. In fact, we’ll be surprised if the ink is dry! The tool is a Case Manager Checklist that will help you manage your ...

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Evaluating Testing Accommodations

It seems another state assessment is always around the corner, so it’s never too early to start thinking about ways to ensure all students can access these tests. This week’s FREE tool is a template to help you determine test accommodations for students with disabilities by asking questions about the student’s characteristics, the barriers to the test, the accommodations that ...

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Ideas for Increasing Team Communication

August is almost upon us, so this week’s FREE Tool of the Week is for administrators and co-teachers who are gearing up for the new school year. This table provides at-a-glance suggestions for improving communication among students, parents, teachers and administrators. It comes from CEC’s book, Leading the Co-Teaching Dance, where the author identifies communication as the first of four ...

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New Teacher Observation Checklist

Everyone can get in on the action with this week’s FREE tool! It’s a handy checklist for observing new teachers that will keep busy administrators organized and remind them of what to look for during teacher observations. Teacher mentors can use it as an instructional tool when helping teachers see their lessons in the big picture. And teachers, what better ...

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