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Zirkel, Perry A. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2020
Teachers and parents often find special education law complex and confusing. As one step for a basic foundation in special education law, a previous "TEACHING Exceptional Children" article (Zirkel, 2005) provided a snapshot of the "top five case concepts" based on 10 decisions from the Supreme Court. Each of these decisions…
Descriptors: Special Education, Educational Legislation, Students with Disabilities, Disabilities
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Gross, Kelly M. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2020
Content literacy is necessary for students to be successful in meeting the National Core Arts Standards in the areas of creating, presenting, responding, and connecting. Art educators can with work special educators to support students with disabilities to develop disciplinary literacy using an adapted before-during-after (B-D-A) content literacy…
Descriptors: Visual Literacy, Art Education, Art Teachers, Special Education
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Yell, Mitchell L.; Collins, James; Kumpiene, Gerda; Bateman, David – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2020
This article begins by describing a scenario in which a fourth-grade learning disabled student's individualized education program (IEP) team came together to develop his IEP and in so doing made a number of procedural and substantive errors. The purpose of this article is to examine the procedural and substantive requirements of the Individuals…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Students with Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
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Harmon, Shannon; Street, Michelle; Bateman, David; Yell, Mitchell L. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2020
One of the most important elements of an individualized education program (IEP) is the section on present levels of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP). A well-crafted PLAAFP statement should summarize all aspects of a student's present levels of performance in order to identify the strengths and needs of the student as well…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Individualized Education Programs, Special Education, Educational Assessment
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Yell, Mitchell L.; Bateman, David – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2020
This article begins with a scenario depicting the difficulties encountered by a young student in the Douglas County School District in Castle Rock, Colorado, named Endrew (called Drew by his parents). This situation, which began at Drew's individualized education program (IEP) meeting at Summit Ridge Elementary School when he was in fourth grade,…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Individualized Education Programs, Equal Education, Access to Education
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Yell, Mitchell L.; Katsiyannis, Antonis; Ennis, Robin Parks; Losinski, Mickey; Bateman, David – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2020
The goal of this article is to assist individualized education program (IEP) team personnel to not make errors in the placement of students. To do so the authors: (1) describe what a placement decision is and who makes the decision; (2) review the placement requirements of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2006); (3) examine…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Student Placement, Individualized Education Programs, Decision Making
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Yell, Mitchell L.; Bateman, David; Shriner, Jim – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2020
This article concludes this special issue by highlighting some of the most important points from the U.S. Supreme Courts decision in "Board of Education v. Rowley" (1982) and "Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District" (2017) but also discussing another crucial point to which school district personnel must adhere to ensure…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Program Development, Program Implementation, School Districts
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Goran, Lisa; Harkins Monaco, Elizabeth A.; Yell, Mitchell L.; Shriner, Jim; Bateman, David – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2020
The primary message of the Supreme Court's ruling in "Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District" (hereinafter "Endrew F.," 2017) was that school districts are obligated to "offer an IEP [individualized education program] that is reasonably calculated to enable the child to make progress appropriate in light of the…
Descriptors: School Districts, Academic Achievement, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
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Sayeski, Kristin L.; Earle, Gentry A.; Davis, Rosalie; Calamari, Josie – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
For many, the terms dyslexia and Orton Gillingham (OG) go hand in hand, yet much is misunderstood about both terms. Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin and results in difficulty with accurate or fluent word recognition, reading, and spelling. OG is an approach to teaching individuals with dyslexia to read…
Descriptors: Dyslexia, Special Education, Literacy Education, Reading Instruction
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Lindstrom, Jennifer H. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
There is often confusion about the terms used to label or describe a reading problem. Clinicians and researchers use different terminology than the schools. For example, medical professionals, psychologists, and other practitioners outside of the school often use the term "dyslexia," "reading disorder," and "specific…
Descriptors: Dyslexia, Reading Difficulties, Compliance (Legal), Eligibility
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Fowler, Susan A.; Coleman, Mary Ruth B.; Bogdan, William K. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
The "State of the Special Education Profession" survey was commissioned by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Pioneers Division and supported by CEC. It provides a current snapshot of the state of the special education profession and serves as a foundation for CEC leadership and program development. The goal of the survey is to…
Descriptors: Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Teaching (Occupation), Individualized Education Programs
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Diamond, Lindsay Lile; Hsiao, Yun-Ju – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
This article introduces a center-based direct instruction lesson using picture-based situation cards paired with a problem-solving poster that teachers can implement within the classroom to proactively teach the skill of problem-solving to children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old.
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Decision Making, Preschool Children, Visual Aids
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Blackwell, William H.; Stockall, Nancy – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
It is the responsibility of special educators to understand and interpret the results of high-stakes assessments for educational purposes and for communication to parents. To help teachers understand and accurately communicate high-stakes testing results, the authors describe a set of research-based strategies in the "RISC" process:…
Descriptors: Test Interpretation, High Stakes Tests, Test Results, Special Education
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Sam, Ann M.; Kucharczyk, Suzanne; Waters, Victoria – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Educators continually encounter new challenges that require different tools or ways to utilize current tools in novel ways. Common challenges when working with students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may include addressing interfering behavior, developing communication systems, increasing social opportunities for students, and addressing…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Losinski, Mickey; Ennis, Robin Parks – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Childhood cancers are the second leading cause of death among children. Common childhood cancers include leukemia (34%), brain tumors (23%), and lymphomas (12%; Kaatsch, 2010). Fortunately, survival rates related to these diseases have been increasing (Phillips et al., 2015). There are approximately 388,500 survivors of childhood cancers, with…
Descriptors: Cancer, Children, Special Needs Students, Special Education
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