Tell the Right Story: How Does the Student’s Disability Affect Involvement and Progress in the General Education Curriculum?
Present levels of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP) must include a statement on “how the disability affects the child’s involvement and progress in the general education curriculum.” I think of this section as providing the rationale for all subsequent decisions on what special education, related services and supplemental aids and services the student requires. Pretty important!
How to Create Strengths-based IEPs
If asked, special educators can describe their students’ strengths, as well as their needs. But when asked to self-assess IEPs they’ve written, they often find far more information about students’ weaknesses than strengths.Continue Reading
Supreme Court Ruling on Special Education: What’s Next for Schools?
The question of whether or not our country needs a new standard for supporting special education students has now been answered by a unanimous and affirmative decision from the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 0-8 decision, the Supreme Court sided in favor of expanding the rights for children with disabilities. But immediately following the court's ruling last month, a series of new questions — both from inside and outside of the education community — started to pop up in the news and on social media.
Educational Diagnosticians’ Week
It’s Educational Diagnosticians’ Week! To celebrate these special educators turned evaluators, we asked two former diagnosticians to share testimonials about their lives as student evaluators, including their fondest memories. Diagnosticians have the unique ability to see the daily differences that can be made in the classroom to help students thrive.Continue Reading
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Is RTI Making a Difference?
The next generation holds as much diversity as it does potential, so having the best possible intervention systems in place is critical. From classroom curriculum to afterschool programs to employee professional development, your district’s ability to cope with the various challenges students face will play a huge role in your impact on students’ education.Continue Reading
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How To: Managing Problem Behaviors with Check-In/Check-Out
Sometimes the simplest strategies work best. While every student is different and may require differing levels of intervention, if you want to motivate students to improve classroom behaviors, you need at least two things.Continue Reading
[How-To Guide] Addressing Student Conduct With Behavior Contracts
Every teacher has dealt with students who are more challenging than others: acting out in class, refusing to raise their hand or being disruptive. For a student who doesn’t respond to typical classroom management strategies, a behavior contract might be an appropriate step to take.Continue Reading
How School-Home Notes Help Your Interventions
Managing a classroom full of 2nd graders is challenging enough. Finding effective, practical strategies that successfully address problem behaviors of younger students? That can prove especially difficult. With a team approach, though, teachers and families can work together to help every student improve behavior, stay focused in the classroom and succeed academically.Continue Reading
Centris and Frontline Education: Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about the Centris Group becoming a part of Frontline Education? You've come to the right place! Here are a few of the most frequent questions we hear from school districts who are wondering what the move means for them. Don't see your question here? Don't hesitate to contact us!Continue Reading
Recruiting & Hiring
5 Things Your Teachers Want You To Know
Can you believe it's almost back to school time? As administrators work feverishly to get ready for another year, teachers are also gearing up for school – and in a recent survey, gave us some insight into challenges they expect in the 2013-2014 school year. Do you know what challenges your teachers are facing – and how you can help?Continue Reading