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TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
In fall 2014, the Council for Exceptional Children's (CEC) Board of Directors approved a proposal from the Professional Standards and Practice Committee (PSPC) to develop a set of high-leverage practices (HLPs) for special education teachers. The CEEDAR Center at the University of Florida, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Best Practices, Teacher Effectiveness
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Rowe, Dawn A.; Mazzotti, Valerie L.; Hirano, Kara; Alverson, Charlotte Y. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2015
As a result of the demanding 21st-century workforce, local education agencies are beginning to refocus and retool to ensure students with disabilities have the knowledge and skills to be productive adults and attain positive postschool outcomes. The skills 21st-century transition assessments address are relevant to teachers and students given the…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Transitional Programs, Skill Development, Readiness
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Cannella-Malone, Helen I.; Konrad, Moira; Pennington, Robert C. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2015
The purpose of this article is to provide teachers with tools that they can use to teach written expression to school-age students with intellectual disabilities. These tools are presented around the mnemonic ACCESS: accommodations and assistive technologies, concrete topics, critical skills, explicit instruction, strategy instruction, systematic…
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Writing Skills, Writing Instruction, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)
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Rambo-Hernandez, Karen E.; Warne, Russell T. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2015
Out-of-level testing is an underused strategy for addressing the needs of students who score in the extremes, and when used wisely, it could provide educators with a much more accurate picture of what students know. Out-of-level testing has been shown to be an effective assessment strategy with high-achieving students; however, out-of-level…
Descriptors: Testing, Student Evaluation, High Achievement, Evaluation Methods
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Johnsen, Susan K.; Parker, Sonia L.; Farah, Yara N. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2015
Response to intervention (RTI) was included in the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), specifically as part of an assessment process to determine if a child has a disability. Although IDEA's focus is on students with disabilities, 10 states have developed policies that attend to students with gifts and…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Academically Gifted, Student Needs, Federal Legislation
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Powell, Sarah R.; Stecker, Pamela M. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2014
This article describes data-based individualization (DBI) as a continuous process connecting assessment and intervention in mathematics for students with disabilities. DBI provides teachers with an evidence-based method for individualizing interventions for students who do not demonstrate adequate response. Assessment data gathered through the use…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Intervention, Disabilities
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Cornelius, Kyena E. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2013
Special educators are required to collect data on student progress and use it as formative data to inform instructional decisions. Being told to collect student data without being shown how to effectively and efficiently collect it, may cause teachers to become overwhelmed. This article provides three easy-to-use templates to facilitate quick data…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Special Education, Eligibility, Individualized Education Programs
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Conderman, Greg; Hedin, Laura – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2012
Co-teaching has recently gained popularity and attention as a viable service delivery option for students with disabilities and other special needs. Although co-teaching includes the three components of co-planning, co-instructing, and co-assessing, the professional literature has primarily focused on co-planning and co-instructing. Co-assessment,…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Practices, Outcomes of Education, Response to Intervention
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Salend, Spencer J. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2011
Research suggests that between 25% to 40% of students experience test anxiety, with students with disabilities and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds having higher prevalence rates. Since test anxiety impacts student well-being and the validity of the important educational decisions based on testing data, this article…
Descriptors: Test Anxiety, Test Wiseness, Student Evaluation, Disabilities
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Mays, Nicole M.; Beal-Alvarez, Jennifer; Jolivette, Kristine – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2011
This article outlines a three-step process to help teachers determine whether or not the function of a student's stereotypical behavior is sensory-based and if so, how to select and monitor an appropriate sensory intervention to promote instructional engagement. In particular, characteristics of students who are seeking to gain sensory input in…
Descriptors: Intervention, Autism, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Behavior Modification
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Byrd, E. Stephen – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2011
Parents are encountering a new system that addresses struggling learners. This system is called "response to intervention" or "RTI." Schools are using this philosophy and process to direct choices about school curriculum, ongoing assessment procedures, and decisions about special education services. One positive result of the RTI system is that…
Descriptors: Parent Role, Disabilities, Response to Intervention, Family Role
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Lingo, Amy S.; Barton-Arwood, Sally M.; Jolivette, Kristine – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2011
The Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004), aligned with the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), emphasizes improved student academic outcomes. With this focus on academic outcomes and access to the general curriculum, there is increased pressure for accountability in the education of students with disabilities in general…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Disabilities, Educational Strategies, Educational Practices
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Musti-Rao, Shobana; Hawkins, Renee O.; Tan, Carol – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2011
In recent years, the response to intervention (RTI) model has not only gained popularity as an alternate approach to identifying students with learning disabilities but also offered general education teachers a framework for problem solving at the classroom level. The model emphasizes ongoing progress monitoring of student performance to make…
Descriptors: Intervention, Learning Disabilities, Problem Solving, Foreign Countries
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Cooper-Duffy, Karena; Szedia, Pamela; Hyer, Glenda – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2010
In 1997, the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandated that students with disabilities have access to the general education curriculum. Access means more than being exposed to language arts, math, and science; access means academic progress. In addition, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 requires that all students have…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Access to Education, Mainstreaming
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Ferreri, Anita J. – TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, 2009
This article describes the early literacy journey of a multiply handicapped child placed in an inclusive classroom. Matthew was born prematurely and has Cerebral Palsy impacting his arms, legs, facial muscles, and speech. He is visually impaired, has seizures, and uses a wheelchair. Matthew came to school supported by one-to-one aides, special…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Multiple Disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, Regular and Special Education Relationship
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