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Getting it right for ELs

Addressing the needs of English learners (ELs) can be complex, so this week’s FREE tool is a table to help you identify the potential difficulties you may encounter with literacy instruction for these students. From phonological awareness to comprehension, you’ll find guidance and tips for effective reading instruction along each step of the way. The tool comes from “English Language ...

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Finding Friends in Your Community

Plan, plan, plan! That’s the ticket to an effective transition to post-school where youths have the chance to become involved members of their communities. The best transition plans are masterworks of collaboration that connect students to the community resources they need after high school. But how to find and vet these community resources? This week’s FREE tool is a handy ...

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A Behavior Plan that Makes the Grade

  We want you to feel jolly about classroom behavior, and holiday break is a good time to step back and evaluate your classroomwide behavior plan. So this week’s FREE tool is a self-assessment checklist to help you evaluate second- and third-tier positive behavior intervention and support (PBIS) in your classroom. Do you have knowledgeable staff to assist in behavior ...

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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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They Grow Up so Fast!

We all know how time flies. Before you know it, those bright-eyed kindergarteners turn into sixth graders, and those high school freshman are preparing for graduation. We don’t want you to get caught by surprise, so this week’s FREE tool is a table to help you plan IEPs that aim for adult outcomes in areas such as job training and ...

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Mobility equals possibility!

Learning to ride the school bus is an important step toward independence for students with disabilities, especially for those who may eventually use public transportation to move independently around town. So this week’s FREE tool is checklist for teachers to use when assessing school bus safety for students working on this important skill. The tool comes from CEC’s, “Getting Around ...

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Write it & check it!

Writing teachers, are you looking for ways to foster independence in your young writing students? This week’s FREE tool is a writing checklist for students to use when composing narratives. Line items such as “I tried to use my 5 senses” and “I made sure that each sentence was a complete thought,” will help students check for creative and technical ...

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Talk about ELs

If you work with English learners (ELs), this week’s FREE tool is for you! ELs come to school from a wide variety of backgrounds and with a broad range of experiences. It’s important to recognize these differences and to also see the strengths of bilingualism. This week’s tool is a table detailing the different types of ELs—from simultaneous bilinguals to ...

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Less Stress = More Learning

The new school year is well underway! As tests and projects come due, and interim grades are distributed, student stress levels can rise. This week’s FREE tool is a set of breathing exercises designed to help students find the calm but alert state of mind they need to function best in school. The exercises are great for use with your ...

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Finding the right place

For some children, where they learn can be key to ensuring what they learn. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a checklist to aid in placement decision making. It will help you to literally check all the boxes as you consider the best placement for students with disabilities who are in the general education classroom. The table comes from ...

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