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The IRIS Center is a national center dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities birth through age twenty-one, through the use of effective evidence-based practices and interventions. Sample Syllabi Collection Our Sample Syllabi Collection is designed to offer examples of the ways in which IRIS resources about evidence-based practices can be integrated into coursework about all students, especially those with disabilities. Read More > New STAR Legacy Module on Secondary Transition This new resource covers topics including the importance of IEP planning, helping students to become better advocates for their own needs, and the critical role of outside agencies such as vocational rehabilitation.

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5 Characteristics of an Effective School Team I've been thinking a lot about what makes a good team in a school context. I'll share some of these thoughts, but I really want to hear your ideas on this subject. I'm going to admit that it's taken me a while to feel convinced by the power of teams. Until recently, I didn't have great experiences in teams. I felt that alone I could produce whatever needed to be created better, and quicker, than working with others. I often felt frustrated working in teams -- the process felt so slow and cumbersome.

School Violence and youth: Psychology’s response This summary report by the American Psychological Association's Commission on Violence and Youth examines individual and societal factors that contribute to youth violence in the United States and offers intervention strategies to reduce such violence. It examines biological, family, school, emotional, cognitive, social, and cultural factors which contribute to violent behavior. The report reviews what psychologists have learned about the factors that accompany and contribute to youth violence. Applying Behavior Analysis to School Violence and Discipline Problems: School-Wide Positive Behavior Support

Searching speechBITE Site navigation Searching speechBITE Search Strategies Shapes Worksheets Shapes Worksheets Identifying Shapes Example (Hover to Enlarge) Description CEC's RTI Blog By Dr. Patti RalabateNEA Senior Policy Analyst on Special and Gifted Education Right now, an exciting thing is happening across the country: people who are not special education teachers are talking about RTI. Who are these people? They are general education classroom teachers, specialists, paraeducators, parents, superintendents, school principals, union leaders, state department of education staff, school board members, and attorneys. They are attending professional development sessions or conferences, participating in district or school level meetings, and maybe even reading this blog.

Identifying and Implementing Educational Practices Supported By Rigorous Evidence: A User Friendly Guide - Purpose and Executive Summary Purpose and Executive Summary This Guide seeks to provide educational practitioners with user-friendly tools to distinguish practices supported by rigorous evidence from those that are not. The field of K-12 education contains a vast array of educational interventions - such as reading and math curricula, schoolwide reform programs, after-school programs, and new educational technologies - that claim to be able to improve educational outcomes and, in many cases, to be supported by evidence. This evidence often consists of poorly-designed and/or advocacy-driven studies. State and local education officials and educators must sort through a myriad of such claims to decide which interventions merit consideration for their schools and classrooms.

Short Passages for Rhetorical Analysis - Paragraphs for Analysis These excerpts from essays, short stories, autobiographies, and novels--most of which were published over the past 50 years--illustrate some of the key stylistic traits of their well-known authors. Sentence Structures and StylesEnjoy this sampler of sentence structures and styles, and then visit the complete collection in our Scrapbook of Styles. Edward Abbey's List of Examples in "The Great American Desert"In this passage from chapter two of "Journey Home," rogue environmentalist Edward Abbey identifies some of the most unappealing characteristics of desert life through a series of vivid examples.

IDEA - Building The Legacy of IDEA 2004 Download: Word (59K) | PDF (43K) Questions and AnswersOn Response to Intervention (RTI) and Early Intervening Services (EIS) January 2007 The final regulations for the reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) were published in the Federal Register on August 14, 2006, and became effective on October 13, 2006. Evidence-Based Practice Introduction There is an abundance of definitions of evidence-based practice (EBP). Fortunately, most of them say essentially the same thing. The most well-known definition is that put forth by David Sackett and colleagues: