Teacher Tools

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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IEP Transition Goals Checklist

The Survival Guide for New Special Education Teachers

This week finds us shifting gears into the season of winter holidays, so we’re thinking about transitions! This week’s FREE tool is an IEP Transition Goals Checklist. With this handy one-pager, you’ll leave no transition stone unturned. From ensuring proper instruction, to including your students in planning, to addressing postsecondary opportunities in the community, this checklist will keep you on ...

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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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Social and Cognitive Aspects of Play

Did you hear about the new character on Sesame Street? The show recently introduced Julia, a Muppet who has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). CEC is proud to be among the organizations who worked with Sesame Street to develop this character, and we’re excited about Julia because not only can she validate the experiences of the 1 in 68 children who ...

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Student Behaviors that Facilitate Inclusion Success

November is already upon us, and that gets us thinking about happy things like Thanksgiving and togetherness. In the spirit of the month, this week’s FREE tool focuses on inclusion. It’s a table called, “Student Behaviors that Facilitate Inclusion Success,” that will help you assess and target the key social skills students need to function in an inclusive classroom. Many ...

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Constructing a Monthly Budget

This week at CEC, we’ve been thinking a lot about financial literacy, especially after reading in this article about how states can do more to educate children about personal finance. So this week’s FREE Tool of the Week is a lesson plan for teaching students how to create a monthly personal budget. It includes classroom notes and student activities for ...

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Promoting Student Participation and Ownership of the IEP Process

This week’s FREE tool is a list we should all hang on our conference room walls: Promoting Student Participation and Ownership of the IEP Process. What better way to celebrate the fact we are right smack in the middle of Learning Disabilities Awareness Month than with a list of ways to put students with IEPs in the driver seat! This ...

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Transition Program Evaluation Process

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month! In observance of the need to prepare students with disabilities for lift after high school, this week’s FREE tool is intended to help schools evaluate their transition program. Federal regulations require schools to prepare students for a range of educational, employment, and independent living opportunities with the greatest independence possible. This week’s Tool ...

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