Teacher Collaboration Between General and Special Education: Hopes and Fears for the Future
Teacher collaboration can have a direct effect on student outcomes. And meaningful collaboration between general and special education teachers is a pillar of supporting students with disabilities. But a recent survey of pre-service teacher candidates in both areas indicates that collaboration across these two very distinct areas continues to cause some concern.
The Hidden (Practical) Value in End-of-Year Special Education Data
What if you could use current special programs data to solve student coverage and caseload management issues, before they become problems — without working 80 hours a week?Continue Reading
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
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New Data Report: How Special Education Teachers Spend Their Work Day
It's not breaking news that the administrative side of working in special education can be overwhelming. Thanks to recent research, we can now quantify the approximate value of “overwhelming” – it amounts to several hours of each teacher’s time lost to paperwork — every week. That adds up fast.Continue Reading
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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.Continue Reading
eSped & eSTAR FAQs (Now Frontline Special Education Management)
Questions about eSped/eSTAR becoming a part of Frontline Education? You've come to the right place!Continue Reading
To All Working in Special Education: Thank You
Across our nation, unsung heroes of our children patiently educate, care for and respect thousands of students with special needs. These Special Educators are far more than meets the eye. They educate children with the highest needs, often putting in hours far beyond the regular school day to plan and execute lessons with modifications to meet individual student needs and abilities.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
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