Special Education Today

How to Create the Best IEP and IEP Results…Even from a Distance

As someone who has spent her career delivering speech therapy to students and schools online, here are some tips based on my experiences to ensure that you and your IEP team are able to keep IEP meetings productive, positive, and consistent during this inconsistent time.

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4 Steps for Transition Planning: Valuing the Process

As a high-school intervention specialist, my personal transition planning process has evolved over the years. Regardless of your approach to transition planning, however, there's one thing we can all share: If you value the process, your students will appreciate the growth.

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Be the Change

The nation has been rocked by the deaths of numerous Black people in the past weeks. What does this have to do with special education? Here's some insight from one Black male special educator.

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10 Tips for Combating Frustration With Online Student Engagement from the CECommunity

As you work to provide special education remotely, here’s some advice for keeping students and families engaged from the CECommunity All-Member Forum.

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Preparing Students for the Real World with LCE

As educators, one of our most important goals is to prepare students to become fully participating members of their communities. And for students with disabilities, the life skills education and training they acquire in school may be the only resources they receive to help them transition from being students to life as independent and productive adults.

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#NationalVolunteerWeek: Special Educator…Ninja…Same Thing!

Take a moment to read this special thank-you message from CEC President Dr. Jennifer Lesh in honor of National Volunteer Week,

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“It. Will. Be. O.K.”: What I’ve Learned About Navigating COVID-19

As a brand new central office administrator, I have learned a lot through the COVID-19 crisis. One of the most important things I want teachers and other practitioners to know is that you are not alone.

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How CEC Volunteers Are Making Strides: Spotlight on the LDC

To learn more about CEC’s leadership and the various ways our members are making strides in the special education community, we chatted with Leadership Development Committee (LDC) Chair, CEC Past President Mikki Garcia.

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Policy Committee Launches Into Action (and How You Can, Too!)

What is CEC's new Policy Steering Committee and what does it mean for special educators like you? We sat down with committee chair, CEC Past President Margaret McLaughlin, to answer these questions and more.

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3 Tips for Remembering Behavior-Specific Praise

The type of praise you give your students matters, and behavior-specific praise is shown to be the most effective. But, it is also the one that comes least naturally. Here's how I remind myself to consistently implement behavior-specific praise in my room.

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How I Encourage Independence in the Classroom

Student reach the greatest levels of independence when all staff members are working together to teach and encourage new independent skills. Here are three ways I encourage independence in my classroom and work to build my students skills each and every day.

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A Welcome from My First Day as Executive Director

My New Year’s resolution was simple this year: Make 2020 a great year for CEC. And when I walked into headquarters this morning to start my new job as executive director, I came ready to make that happen!

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3 Ways I Build Strong Relationships With My Students’ Families

As a special education teacher, I know that the majority of my job is centered around helping my students learn, grow, and thrive. Something I didn’t realize going into the field, however, was just how critical building strong relationships with my students’ families would be to achieving this goal.

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We’re Winning But We’re Tired: How I’m Keeping the Momentum Going From Our Fight for Educational Equity Both In and Out of the Classroom

It’s officially Fall, and teachers everywhere are celebrating the recent victory of the Chicago Teachers Union. At the same time, we are tired, burnt out, and counting down the days until Thanksgiving break. Here's how I'm keeping the momentum going – not only on a political level, but in the classroom as well.

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3 Tips for Teacher Self-Care

Late October/early November is often said to be one of the most difficult periods of the year for teachers. So today, I’m sharing 3 practical ways teachers can advocate for themselves and remain healthy, balanced, and encouraged!

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