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Couvillon, Michael A.; Yell, Mitchell L.; Katsiyannis, Antonis – Preventing School Failure, 2018
Even though special education law is covered in most teacher and administrative certification programs, it is an area that is continually evolving. The results of the 2017 U.S. Supreme Court case "Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District" will have a lasting impact on the future of special education guidelines; the outcomes of this…
Descriptors: Special Education, Court Litigation, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
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Monahan, Jessica; Lombardi, Allison; Madaus, Joseph – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
College and Career Readiness (CCR) is broadly defined as the ability of an individual to be successful in postsecondary education and employment. Although the definition of CCR continues to develop within policy and research, scholars suggest that both academic and nonacademic skills are crucial components. Recently a CCR framework for students…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, Disabilities, Postsecondary Education
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Hedin, Laura; DeSpain, Stephanie – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Although different authors define the SMART acronym differently, an IEP-related interpretation of the acronym is as follows: specific, measurable, action verbs, realistic, and time limited. In addition to these features, well-written IEP goals reflect students' unique strengths and needs. This article discusses how educators can produce specific,…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Goal Orientation, Educational Objectives, Disabilities
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Rossetti, Zachary; Sauer, Janet Story; Bui, Oanh; Ou, Susan – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Although there has been a consistent vision for multicultural education and family collaboration in teacher preparation programs for decades, collaborative partnerships between culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) families and their children's educators remain elusive (Harry, 2008; Trent, Kea, & Oh, 2008). Family engagement in special…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Partnerships in Education, Special Education, Family Involvement
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Darrow, Alice-Ann; Adamek, Mary S. – Music Educators Journal, 2017
A number of initiatives in special education have occurred in the United States over the years, some mandated by amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Having a working knowledge of these initiatives allows music educators to have informed discussions with colleagues and parents and participate more fully in Individualized…
Descriptors: Music Education, Special Education, Equal Education, Regular and Special Education Relationship
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Epler, Pam; Ross, Rorie – IGI Global, 2015
Educators today are challenged with the task of designing curricula and standards for students of varying abilities. While technology and innovation steadily improve classroom learning, teachers and administrators continue to struggle in developing the best methodologies and practices for students with disabilities. "Models for Effective…
Descriptors: Models, Delivery Systems, Special Education, Academic Support Services
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Caruana, Vicki – Preventing School Failure, 2015
Since the reauthorization of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2004, standards-based individualized education plans (IEPs) have been an expectation for serving students with disabilities in the K-12 public school setting. Nearly a decade after the mandates calling for standards-based IEPs, special educators still struggle…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, State Standards, Writing Strategies, Individualized Education Programs
Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities, 2015
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that each child identified as a student with a disability be provided free and appropriate education (FAPE). This is accomplished through the implementation of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) developed by parents and school personnel. This plan guides the provision of…
Descriptors: Positive Behavior Supports, Intervention, Disabilities, Educational Legislation
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Lastrapes, Renée E. – Intervention in School and Clinic, 2014
Students with emotional or behavioral disorders (EBD) are being included to a greater degree in the general education classroom. Due to the least restrictive environment mandate in the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, more students with EBD are being taught in inclusive settings. As a result, general education…
Descriptors: Emotional Disturbances, Behavior Disorders, Inclusion, Behavior Modification
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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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Whitby, Peggy J. S.; Marx, Teri; McIntire, Jonathan; Wienke, Wilfred – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2013
Special education teachers have a professional obligation to advocate for students with disabilities to ensure students receive a meaningful, individualized education. However, there are potential risks teachers may face when attempting to advocate. Given that effective strategies for advocacy are not always included in special education…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Child Advocacy
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Benedict, Amber E; Thomas, Rachel A.; Kimerling, Jenna; Leko, Christopher – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2013
The article reflects on current methods of teacher evaluation within the context of recent accountability policy, specifically No Child Left Behind. An overview is given of the most common forms of teacher evaluation, including performance evaluations, checklists, peer review, portfolios, the CEC and InTASC standards, the Charlotte Danielson…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Trend Analysis, Special Education, Special Education Teachers
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Millar, Dorothy Squatrito – Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 2013
This article was written with the purpose of informing educators, agency service providers, family members, stakeholders, researchers in the field of transition, and individuals with intellectual disabilities themselves, of the guardianship alternatives that can be used, hence negating the need for a legal guardian. Guardianship refers to the…
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Self Determination, Child Custody, Stakeholders
PACER Center, 2013
Some students with disabilities who receive special education services need accommodations or modifications to their educational program in order to participate in the general curriculum and to be successful in school. While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its regulations do not define accommodations or modifications,…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Special Education, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Assignments
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, 2013
The term "multiple disabilities" is general and broad. From the term, you cannot tell how many disabilities a child has; which disabilities are involved; or how severe each disability is. Many combinations of disabilities are possible. The different disabilities will also have a combined impact. That is why it is also important to ask:…
Descriptors: Multiple Disabilities, Definitions, Evaluation Methods, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
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