Knowing what to do and finding the right materials for your special education students can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Join NASET for the professional development benefits, and you’ll stay because of the supportive community of educators.
Challenges with perception and understanding may qualify students for additional classroom support, and this site is a resource for finding out more about learning disabilities. Educators and parents may find the topics for which they need additional information, and there are plenty of supportive articles.
Telling students what you want them to know is not teaching. Getting students involved in learning by using multiple modalities is more likely to help them learn new concepts. This site offers a plethora of excellent research-based strategies gathered in one place and organized by discipline and grade levels. You’ll find explanations and picture examples of the strategies so that you know exactly what to do. No more searching and searching — it’s all right here.
Many preeminent attorneys charge for access to the information on their websites, but Wrightslaw gives you access to the topics you have questions about, including everything from abuse to transition. As frequently as special education law seems to change, this is a great advocacy resource to come back to again and again.
Special education is full of unique terms and acronyms, and “spec ed speak” can be just as difficult to navigate as the inner city freeway system. This site takes everything special ed and explains it without the jargon, beginning with choosing special education as a career niche and including current education trends to use in your classroom.
Special education data collection can be just as overwhelming as the paperwork that goes into the meeting, but this app makes collection easy. Best of all, the software program replaces those cumbersome folders because all of the data is stored at your fingertips. This is definitely a timesaver!
If a student of yours is having difficulty reading, how do you know where to begin? This checklist may offer some insight. Certainly not all special educations students have dyslexia, nor are all dyslexic students in special education, but this well-written list may help you identify what your next steps should be in getting your students the help they need in reading.
Do you ever get the feeling that you’ll never be able to pay off your student loans? Help may be closer than you think if you teach special education. The Federal Student Aid office is part of the USDE; find out if you are eligible for college loan forgiveness or cancellation.