Laminated Guides

ISET Tools: Technology Tools Menu for Special Educators (UDL Edition)

The Council for Exceptional Children partnered with its Innovations in Special Education Technology (ISET) Division to produce this laminated guide that provides a range of tools for Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Learn about multiple means of engagement tools such as VoiceThread, Flipgrid, Popplet, Symbaloo, and SeeSaw as well as multiple means of representation tools such as Rewordify, Readworks, Explain ...

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Instructional Strategies for Learners with IEPs

This compact yet comprehensive guide provides K-12 educators of students who receive special education services with a brief overview of the purpose and essential elements of an individualized education program (IEP), along with adaptations, interventions, and supports to incorporate into the IEP as part of specially designed instruction (SDI). It includes a framework for step-by-step planning as well as sample ...

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Teaching Students How to Use Self-Management

Self-management is a robust technique whereby students of all ages and ability levels learn how to control their learning and social behaviors. When students effectively self-manage, teachers spend more time on instruction and less time reminding students how to behave, which benefits teachers and students. Additionally, students learn independence when they self-manage. This guide presents a 10-step instructional sequence for ...

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Mindfulness in the Inclusive Classroom

Emotions and cognition are connected, with social and emotional learning integral to students’ academic and personal growth. Mindfulness–being aware of the now in our thoughts and actions–allows students and their educators to have their hearts, bodies, and minds focused on the present moment. People who practice mindfulness are better able to recognize and attend to their surroundings, feelings, and thoughts ...

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HLPs in Special Education Collaboration Laminated Guide (#1)

Effective special education teachers collaborate with a wide range of professionals, families and caregivers to assure that educational programs and related services are effectively designed and implemented to meet the needs of each student with a disability. This laminated guide, the first in a series of laminated guides about High-Leverage Practices, provides a practical tool for teachers to implement the ...

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Dyslexia: Strategies, Supports and Interventions, 2nd Edition

Intense, explicit and systematic instruction in reading and writing is essential to helping students with dyslexia and related learning disabilities succeed in their academic careers and beyond. This updated and expanded second edition of the laminated reference guide Dyslexia: Strategies, Supports and Interventions by Sandra Rief offers teachers practical classroom strategies and proven accommodations for addressing the language and literacy ...

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Cultivating a Growth Mindset in Students

Why do some highly capable students not excel in school while others achieve great success? Why do some individuals consistently exert effort when faced with challenges while others give up? And what can teachers do to help ensure all learners work hard and meet their full potential? The answer comes down to mindset. This quick-reference laminated guide looks at the ...

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Transition to Adulthood for Students with Disabilities

The transition to adulthood after high school graduation is a critical juncture for students with disabilities. Educators need to help parents and students start preparing for this transition long before high school, when a formal transition plan is legally required in a student’s IEP. Effective transition planning is a long-term, ongoing process that can greatly influence the lifelong outcomes of ...

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Social Skills: Effective Instruction for Exceptional Learners

In every category of exceptional learners, there are some learners who struggle with social skills. This guide provides PreK – 5th grade teachers with evidence-based, practical, teacher-friendly, strategies for helping children with special needs build social skills. Written by experienced classroom teachers, this guide recommends interventions for strengthening important social skills, including communication, conflict resolution, and team building skills. It ...

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Inclusion Succeeds with Effective Strategies and Collaboration, Grades 6-12

Inclusion succeeds when teachers use diverse instructional strategies, scaffolding, multiple types of instructional supports, and ongoing formal and informal assessments to deliver curriculum standards. At the middle school and high school level, successful inclusion also entails promoting the development of social and emotional skills, self-efficacy, self-esteem, and personal identity in adolescent students. This newly updated and expanded laminated reference guides ...

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Differentiated Instruction: Creating Inclusive Classrooms

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ADHD & LD: Classroom Strategies At Your Fingertips

ADHD & LD: Classroom Strategies at Your Fingertips is an invaluable quick-reference classroom tool for teachers, paraeducators/paraprofessionals, and all who serve students with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and other learning disabilities (LD) in schools. This newly updated, six-page (tri-fold) laminated guide by Sandra Rief is also an excellent teacher-training / professional development resource for educators ...

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PBIS: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

This reference guide by Christine Ditrano provides both school wide, as well as classroom strategies for preventing disruptive behavior and enhancing a school’s organizational climate using Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, or PBIS. The multi-tiered PBIS problem-solving model is proactive and flexible, and provides a unifying framework for all school improvement efforts. It consists of four elements: Data for decision ...

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Assistive Technology: What Every Educator Needs to Know

This reference guide is designed to help educators better understand the value of assistive technology (AT) in increasing all students’ access to the general education curriculum and improving the teaching/learning process for students with special education needs. In this guide, Brian Friedlander shows how incorporating AT can help them teachers incorporate the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and ...

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Transitioning to College: A Guide for Students with Disabilities (2nd edition)

School personnel, parents, and high school students with disabilities will all benefit from this new and expanded (6-page) laminated guide. It offers detailed suggestions of ways students with disabilities can start preparing for the transition to college as early as freshman year of high school. Transitioning to College reviews five key areas of preparedness: Understanding laws that govern how colleges ...

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