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Riccomini, Paul J.; Stocker, James D., Jr.; Morano, Stephanie – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Proficiency in mathematics involves the seamless synchronization of conceptual understanding, procedural knowledge, computational fluency, and problem solving (NMAP, 2008). Clearly, fluency with mathematics facts is one element embedded within mathematical proficiency and important for students with disabilities to develop. As more and more…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Concept Formation, Mathematical Concepts
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Ennis, Robin Parks; Blanton, Kimberly; Katsiyannis, Antonis – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Since the enactment of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (IDEA's forerunner) in 1975, an important requirement has been Child Find activities. According to Shapiro and Derrington (2004), Child Find is broadly defined as the entire range of activities, including public awareness, identification, referral, eligibility determination, and…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Federal Legislation, Equal Education, Educational Legislation
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Burke, Meghan M.; Decker, Janet R. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
This article clarifies what extended school year (ESY) is and who is eligible for it. It also describes, how it looks different for individual students, where and when it can be provided, and how to determine whether students are eligible. To illustrate common challenges in determining ESY, vignettes are provided based on four students' cases.…
Descriptors: Extended School Year, Eligibility, Vignettes, Special Education Teachers
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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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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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Weng, Pei-Lin; Bouck, Emily C. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Price comparison is a functional mathematics skill involving purchasing, use of money, and budgeting, with the goal of selecting the best deal based on a person's financial resources (Browder, Spooner, & Trela, 2011). The operational definition of "price comparison" is to compare the magnitudes of the price numbers and then select…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Mathematical Concepts, Special Education Teachers
Swanson, Elizabeth; Vaughn, Sharon; Wexler, Jade – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
When students read more, vocabulary knowledge increases (Cunningham & Stanovich, 2003; Krashen, 2004). Out of every 100 unknown words that students encounter while reading, they learn an average of 15 of them from text alone (Swanborn & de Glopper, 1999). In addition, as students age, they are more likely to infer word meanings, indicating…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Adolescents, Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension
Solari, Emily J.; Denton, Carolyn A.; Haring, Christa – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Struggling readers who are in need of Tier 2 supplemental reading instruction within a multitier system of support (MTSS) or a response to intervention are defined as those who are performing in the bottom 20% in reading-related skills as compared with their classroom peers. An MTSS model is a framework for instruction that provides increasing…
Descriptors: Grade 1, Elementary School Students, Reading Difficulties, Special Needs Students
Breit-Smith, Allison; Busch, Jamie D.; Dinnesen, Megan Schneider; Guo, Ying – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Expository, or informational, text can be defined as a type of nonfiction that describes a topic categorically by moving from subtopic to subtopic with the intent to teach content or convey information (Maloch & Bomer, 2013). One vehicle for teaching the text structure and language of expository text to preschool-age children is through…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Preschool Education, Special Education, Reading Strategies
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Hauser, Marc D. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Individualized education program (IEP) goals and objectives often provide illogical or insufficient methodological detail (e.g., Capizzi, 2008). Insufficient methods can lead to ambiguity among the staff members responsible for data collection or to data that fail to take into account factors that can affect performance or behavioral expression…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Evidence Based Practice, Special Education Teachers, Educational Objectives
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Shepley, Sally B. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Self-instruction may not be 100% successful for everyone with an intellectual disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder; however, it is crucial to provide opportunities for learners to self-instruct to further increase independence. Adhering to the steps and considerations described here, practitioners can at least begin reducing their support and…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Intellectual Disability, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Francis, Grace L.; Haines, Shana J.; Nagro, Sarah A. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Families immigrate to the United States for numerous reasons, including placement by a refugee resettlement agency because of an unsafe country of origin, religious or ethnic persecution, or financial and educational opportunities. Differing cultures and reasons for immigration (e.g., asylum vs. education) result in great variability among…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Family School Relationship, Cultural Differences, Parent Teacher Cooperation
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Bross, Leslie Ann; Travers, Jason C. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Many students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have specialized interests and passions that are highly reinforcing. Such special interest areas (SIAs) are more than mere hobbies or simple curiosities. Rather, the SIAs of an individual with autism may be characterized by (a) significant depth and breadth of knowledge about the area, (b)…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Secondary School Students, Student Interests
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Morgan, Robert L.; Kupferman, Scott; Jex, Eliza; Preece, Heidi; Williams, Shannon – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Youth and young adults with disabilities who make the transition out of secondary settings face formidable odds. For example, they confront challenges in regard to attaining employment and becoming involved in postsecondary education. In many cases, their efforts are unsuccessful. One way to support the transition from school to employment or…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Transitional Programs, Planning, Secondary School Students
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Yell, Mitchell L.; Bateman, David F. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Thirty-five years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in "Rowley" (1982). The case, which was the first special education case to be heard by the Court, ruled on the question of what constituted Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for students with disabilities under the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Public Education, Court Litigation, Educational Legislation
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