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Foegen, Anne; Stecker, Pamela M.; Genareo, Vincent R.; Lyons, Renée; Olson, Jeannette R.; Simpson, Amber; Romig, John Elwood; Jones, Rachel – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2016
Research supports special educators' use of progress-monitoring data for instructional decision-making purposes as an evidence-based practice for improving student achievement. This article describes the Professional Development for Algebra Progress Monitoring (PD-APM) system. PD-APM, is an online system that includes two "hubs" that…
Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Case Studies
Lemons, Christopher J.; Allor, Jill H.; Al Otaiba, Stephanie; LeJeune, Lauren M. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2016
In the past 2 decades, researchers (often working closely with parents, teachers, and other school staff members) have conducted studies that have substantially increased understanding how to effectively teach children and adolescents with intellectual disability (ID) to read. This research focus has been fueled by increased societal expectations…
Descriptors: Literacy, Literacy Education, Intellectual Disability, Children
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Lane, Holly; Pullen, Paige Cullen – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2015
Decoding practice significantly improves students' reading proficiency and is particularly beneficial for those who have or who are at risk for reading difficulties. Finding effective ways to provide decoding practice for struggling readers can be a challenge for teachers. Still, this goal is essential for developing reading proficiency. The…
Descriptors: Decoding (Reading), Reading Skills, Reading Instruction, Reading Difficulties
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Ciullo, Stephen – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2015
Social studies instruction in upper elementary school (Grades 3-5) is important for building foundational content knowledge to equip students for the secondary school curriculum. Due to numerous school initiatives and demands on the time of teachers, social studies instruction can play second fiddle to reading and mathematics instruction, which…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Social Studies, Elementary School Students, Teaching Methods
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Leko, Melinda M. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2015
Maximizing the effectiveness of evidence-based practices (EBPs) requires an optimal balance of implementation fidelity and adaptation so EBPs fit local contexts and meet the individual learning needs of students with disabilities. The framework for classifying adaptations presented in this article can help educators make decisions about whether…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Fidelity, Special Needs Students, Media Adaptation
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Singleton, Sabrina M.; Filce, Hollie Gabler – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2015
Research suggests students with learning disabilities often have trouble connecting new and prior knowledge, distinguishing essential and nonessential information, and applying comprehension strategies (DiCecco & Gleason, 2002; Vaughn & Edmonds, 2006). Graphic organizers have been suggested as tools educators can use to facilitate critical…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Teaching Methods, Secondary School Students, Learning Disabilities
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Povenmire-Kirk, Tiana Cadye; Bethune, Lauren K.; Alverson, Charlotte Y.; Kahn, Laurie Gutmann – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2015
"Cultural competence" is more than a buzzword; it is a best practice for transition educators who work with culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students in special education. Developing cultural competence is easier said than done, and many educators don't know where to start. Knowing the history and definitions of cultural…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Best Practices, Cultural Differences, English (Second Language)
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Papay, Clare; Unger, Darlene D.; Williams-Diehm, Kendra; Mitchell, Vickie – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2015
There is a widespread misconception that transition planning and programming begin in high school. However, there are many opportunities for teachers to infuse transition-focused education into teaching and learning activities for their elementary-grade students. Teachers can engage students with disabilities and their families in…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Planning, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers
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Kellems, Ryan O.; Grigal, Meg; Unger, Darlene D.; Simmons, Thomas J.; Bauder, Debra; Williams, Caroline – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2015
Devices like smartphones, tablets, and MP3 players are becoming everyday tools for the majority of the population. Technology can assist students with disabilities in many self-determination activities, such as choice making, decision making, and self-management. In addition, technology tools can support them in a wide range of transition-related…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Career Development
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Cease-Cook, Jennifer; Fowler, Catherine; Test, David W. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2015
Nationally, the recent focus has been on adopting state-developed standards in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics that build toward college and career readiness. Of the states that have elected to adopt the Common Core State Standards (CCSS; National Governors Association, Council of Chief State School Officers, 2012), states either (a)…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, High School Students, Disabilities
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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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Pence, Alicia R.; Dymond, Stacy K. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2015
Inclusion in school clubs affords students with severe disabilities learning opportunities as well as a natural context for addressing curricula. These learning opportunities expand the number of settings in which students can practice, master, and generalize skills associated with priority IEP objectives. Teaching skills within natural activities…
Descriptors: Clubs, Extracurricular Activities, Severe Disabilities, Student Participation
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Nagro, Sarah A. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2015
Effective communication enhances school-family partnerships. Written communication is a common, efficient way of communicating with families, but potential barriers to effective communication include readability level, clarity of presentation, complexity of format, and structural components. The PROSE Checklist presented in this article can…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Prose, Check Lists, Parent School Relationship
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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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Pereira, Nielsen; de Oliveira, Luciana C. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2015
The population of English language learners (ELLs) in general education classrooms has been increasing over the last few decades. However, ELLs are still underrepresented in gifted programs, and teachers struggle to provide these students with adequate educational experiences. What do teachers need to know about high-potential ELLs? What…
Descriptors: Student Needs, English Language Learners, Disproportionate Representation, Academically Gifted
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