Setting Up a Classroom to Triennial Preparation
Setting up Your Classroom
- Some good suggestions on several topics
- The really big list of classroom management techniques: There are classroom management techniques tailored to elementary and secondary education, discipline ideas for new and experienced teachers, tips for handling special education, suggestions for getting organized, strategies for preventing behavior problems, sample classroom rules, ways of creating a caring community, and information on new products and services.
Sexual Harassment and Special Education
- Responding to sexual harassment in special education settings: Here are sobering facts: Sexual harassment permeates the culture of American schools. The majority of students report that they have experienced sexual harassment.
- Frequently Asked Questions About Sexual Harassment of Students-From the Office of Civil Rights: Sexual harassment of students is a real and serious problem in education at all levels, including elementary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities. It can affect any student, regardless of sex, race, or age.
- Sexual Harassment in Schools Resources
Spanish Information on Disability Topics (look for "espanol" to the right)
Special Education Research
State Education Departments
State Listings of Agencies, Disability and Parent Organizations
Strategies and tactics for effective instruction (PDF file)
Stress in Children
Assessing Stress in Children and Youth: This brief identifies characteristics of youth who may be particularly vulnerable to stress, provides two scales to measure stress among adolescents, and includes tips and resources for helping youth deal with stress. (PDF file)
Student's Guide to Jobs
- This Student's Guide to Jobs: This booklet is especially for students with significant disabilities such as mental retardation and autism.
Student's Guide to the IEP
- This guide will tell students what an IEP is, why you need to be part of your IEP team, how to help write your IEP, and much, much more!!
Summer Camps for Children with Disabilities
- Guide and listing of special education summer camps
Teacher Checklists for Students with Disabilities
- Checklists for Teachers: This site features mentor teachers, teaching techniques, strategies, checklists and researches on how to teach students with Learning Disabilities. The article on this site that pertains to the aforementioned topic is, The ADD/ADHD Checklist.
- Checklists for students with learning disabilities: This site contains observational checklists that help one determine a child's strengths and/or weaknesses. This is a valuable resource to bring to an IEP meeting or a parent/teacher conference.
Technical Assistance Guide: Helping Students with Cognitive Disabilities Find and Keep a Job
Terminology Used in Special Education
- Extensive source and easy to manage
Test Modifications and Accommodations
- Accommodations and Modifications of Test Administration Procedures for Statewide Assessments-an example of one state's standards
- 20 ways to examine test modifications
- Accommodation strategies
- The diverse classroom
- Accommodation checklist
Test Publishers in Special Education
The Teacher's Guide - Lesson plans, thematic units, book activities, teacher freebies, children's songs, and more.
Guidelines for establishing and maintaining token economies: This site provides the steps in planning the token economy system, behaviors to be targeted, effective reinforcers and the administration of the plan.
This site defines the Token Economy System, and its three levels: Points, Progress and Merit. : school use of a behavior management system utilizing a token economy.
This site describes the token economy system, how to use behavior token economies, activities and discussion questions and links to other sites regarding this topic: One of the most often used behavior management techniques, especially in settings for students who have learning or behavioral difficulties, is the token economy system. A token economy involves awarding tokens, chips, stickers, points, or other items/markings to students who demonstrate desired behaviors identified by the teacher.
- This defines token economy, the goals of token economy, what a token economy looks like, guidelines for creating and using token economy systems: Token economies are one type of secondary (conditioned) reinforcement. That is, tokens begin as essentially neutral stimuli, of little significance in and of themselves. However, as the tokens become increasingly associated with the reinforcers for which they are exchanged, the tokens themselves can become mildly reinforcing, making learning that much more motivating.
FAQ about Tourette's Syndrome
Tourette's Syndrome and yeast
Interesting facts about Tourettes
Tourette's Syndrome in adult life
Medical progress-PDF file
Tourette's Syndrome pen pals
Educating peers about Tourette's Syndrome
School care plan-PDF file
School based occupational therapy services for children with Tourettes-PDF file
Educating children with Tourette's Syndrome
Tips on dealing with Tics in the classroom
Resource guide for teachers on Tourette's Syndrome-PDF file
Guide to the diagnosis and treatment of Tourettes
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Information page
Tourette's Syndrome in the classroom-a teacher's personal story
A good example list from a Virginia school district-PDF Transition Services
Transition Services in the IEP: This site provides the following information: what the transition services are, when the school districts must provide services, who determines what services are needed, how the team determines what services are needed, who provides the transition services, where the transitional services are provided, what the transition services include.
Information on Transition Services: This website provides frequently asked questions and answers about the topic of transitional services.
Transition Requirements: The site provides technical assistance for the appropriate implementation of the transition requirements of Public Law 105-17, IDEA of 1997 and the final regulations published on March 12, 1999. This site clarifies the transition requirements of the IDEA, provides samples, and suggests practices to implement those requirements.
Transition services for children with mental retardation: Cooperative planning and preparation involving both the student and family, school personnel,and community representatives, which extends beyond the student's current educational setting. This planning process was mandated for the first time in educational legislation in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which stipulated that one of the purposes of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) was to plan for needed transition services. Transition planning is an outcome oriented process which creates an important link between school and community and provides opportunities for students with disabilities to discus their hopes and dreams for their future.
Parent's Guide to understanding transition services: This article is a result of a collaborative project of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation, the Ashburnham-Westminster School District, and the May Institute.
Transition FAQ: This section provides brief responses to questions about the transition planning and service process frequently asked by students, parents, schools and community service providers.
Planning for terrific transitions. This guide/training package focuses on the need to facilitate children's transition to kindergarten. It's designed to help transition-to-school teams improve their transition processes through more effective planning, implementation, and evaluation.The training package includes the trainer's guide, a participant's guide, a CD with all the transparencies needed, and a copy of all the handouts necessary for the training.