Educator Resources

Teaching Students With Disabilities:

  • Special Needs Students in Career and Technical Education: Data confirms that many career and technical centers/schools have a large population of special needs students, some as high as 50% of their total population. While problems associated with this population can be challenging, there are strategies that can provide effective interventions and supports for struggling students.
  • Advice to Educators: Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about teaching students with disabilities. What should you do if you suspect a student has a disability? What do you do if you disagree with the contents of an IEP? What are the confidentiality rights of special education students? What are the liability concerns? 
  • Asperger's Syndrome and Autism: An overview of Asperger's Syndrome and Autism including definitions, causes, and effective strategies for teaching students with Asperger's Syndrome and Autism.
  • LRE, Educational Placement and the Gaskin Settlement: Information on the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Law for IEP students, supplementary aids and services, alternative placements, types of service, types of support, and key settlements provisions from the Gaskin v. PDE class action lawsuit.

Hands-On Tools:

National Education Resources:

  • Report: The Puzzle of Autism: The information contained in this guide will benefit all education personnel who work with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A student with ASD presents a unique combination of strengths and challenges that influences their academic achievement and social integration. This guide is not an all-encompassing guide for the education of students with ASD; rather, it should be considered a brief summary of these students' strengths and deficits, the challenges these deficits create in the classroom, and strategies that education personnel can use to facilitate positive educational and social experiences for students with ASD.

Research-Based Strategies for Special Needs Students

  • Behavior Self-Management: Research on student self-management began in the 1970’s and has evolved into a process that incorporates strategies that enable a student to monitor and assess his or her own behavior as opposed to relying exclusively on an external evaluator, the teacher. The advantages to student self-management are many.
  • Graphic Organizers: Are you looking for a way to help students improve their learning potential? You may want to consider using graphic organizers. Graphic organizers are a visual representation of knowledge that structures information by arranging important aspects of a concept or topic into a pattern using labels. They can be used in a variety of ways to help students organize information, stay focused on the content material, reinforce previously learned material and help relate new concepts to ones previously learned.
  • Peer Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS): Over the past ten years, evaluations of PALS Reading and Math indicate that mainstreamed students with learning disabilities, low-achieving students without disabilities, average-achieving students, and high-achieving students make greater progress in PALS Reading and Math classrooms than their respective counterparts in non-PALS classes. Results provide evidence that PALS helps children get off to a stronger start in math, regardless of whether they began the year low, average, and high-performers.
  • Twice Exceptional Students: In today’s inclusive classrooms, the most difficult exceptionality to identify is the student who is both gifted and learning disabled - students who are deemed twice exceptional. These students present unique challenges for educators with regards to identification and teaching. These are students who have outstanding gifts or talents and are capable of high performance, but who also have a disability that affects some aspect of learning.



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