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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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Rules of the Game

In the coming weeks, professors and graduate students will be taking a well-earned break from the rigors of higher education. This is a time when many academics catch up on research and polish up article drafts for publication. So this week’s FREE tool is a brief list of common rules to remember when formatting an article in APA style. You’ll ...

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Remember: person-first!

It never hurts to be reminded about ways to make everyone feel respected and included, so this week’s FREE tool is a refresher on using person-first language. This quick-and-dirty table will give you the low-down on what to say and what not to say when communicating with or about people with disabilities. Everyone benefits when teachers learn to use these ...

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Getting Around Town

Are you working on a real-world curriculum? Then you’re going to love this week’s FREE tool! It’s a checklist for pedestrian skills to help you support students who are working on “getting around town” independently. The list will help you track progress and set priorities on skills that range from walking without difficulty, to understanding crossing rules, to walking in ...

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Specialty Sets for Initial Preparation Programs

This week’s FREE tool is a flow chart to guide you through the selection of specialty sets and initial preparation standards for your special education practice. It comes to you from CEC’s What Every Special Educator Must Know—famously known as the Red Book. If you are a practicing teacher developing a professional development plan, a faculty member evaluating curricula, or ...

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Tips for Practitioners Working with Families on Transition

When supporting students with disabilities who are transitioning to post-school, families are our friends! They can observe behavior, collect data, support student work, and reinforce learning. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a list of Tips for Practitioners designed to help you team up with your students’ families. From information sharing, to educating, to listening and consulting, these ideas ...

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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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Tips for Parallel Teaching Success

This week’s FREE tool is a list of tips to help you achieve parallel teaching success. Coordinating space and time with your coteacher are crucial elements to conducting effective lessons side-by-side. This week’s tool gives you the quick and dirty on chair placement, use of space, noise control, and time management. It comes from the CEC book Leading the Co-Teaching ...

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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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