Starter Set of Resources on LRE

Links updated, March 2016
A legacy resource from NICHCY

Looking for information, resources, and technical assistance (TA) to help you and others support children with disabilities in their least restrictive environment in school? Here’s a starter list of places to look online. These will surely lead you to more.

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Quick-jump links

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Reflecting on the Meaning of LRE

Considering LRE in Placement Decisions.
Indepth look at what LRE is, how it’s defined in IDEA and in practice, and who decides placement for a student with a disability.
http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/placement-lre/

Dear Colleague Letter on Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
This policy letter from the U.S. Department of Education clarifies that IEPs for children with disabilities must be aligned with state academic content standards for the grade in which a child is enrolled.
http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/guidance-on-fape-11-17-2015.pdf

Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs.
This guidance from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services sets a vision for action that recommends states, districts, schools, and public and private early childhood programs prioritize and implement policies that support inclusion, improve their infrastructure and offer professional development to strengthen and increase the number of inclusive high-quality early childhood programs nationwide.
http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/earlylearning/joint-statement-full-text.pdf

OSEP Policy Letter on Preschool LRE.
Reiterates that the least restrictive environment requirements of IDEA Section 612(a)(5) apply to the placement of preschool children with disabilities.
http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/preschoollre22912.pdf

Inclusion, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), Mainstreaming —
http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/lre.index.htm

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Availability of Accessible Materials

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials.
http://aem.cast.org/

Bookshare.
http://www.bookshare.org/

Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic).
http://www.learningally.org/

How to develop state guidelines for access assistants: Scribes, readers, and sign language interpreters.
http://education.umn.edu/nceo/OnlinePubs/AccessAssistantsManual.html

Universal design of assessments (Online manual).
http://education.umn.edu/nceo/UDmanual/default.html

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Building Instructional Capacity and Skill of Educators

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center.
Check out the ECTA Center’s treasure chest of tools, webinars, and publications in its collection “Inclusion in Least Restrictive Environments.”
http://ectacenter.org/topics/inclusion/default.asp

OESE Center on Instruction.
www.centeroninstruction.org/

National Center on Universal Design for Learning.
http://www.udlcenter.org/

IRIS Center for Training Enhancements.
Online professional development modules on a wide range of “how-to” practices that support inclusion of students with disabilities, such as accommodations, assessment, progress monitoring, behavior, differentiated instruction, and much more—
http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/iris-resource-locator/

Creating an inclusive school environment: A model for school leaders.
http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/inc/chalcycle.htm

Supports, modifications, and accommodations for students.
http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/accommodations/

Progress Monitoring Tools Chart.
http://www.rti4success.org/resource/progress-monitoring-tools-chart

FAQs: Curriculum-based measurement in math.
http://www.studentprogress.org/progressmonitoring_math_faq.asp

FAQs: Curriculum-based measurement in reading.
http://www.studentprogress.org/faq.asp

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Federally funded TA Centers

OSEP’s TA&D Network.
TA&D focuses on improving outcomes for students with disabilities by building capacity in the educational system
http://www.tadnet.org

OESE’s Comprehensive Center Network.
Connect with the Regional Comprehensive Centers, the Content Centers, the Regional Educational Laboratories, and more
http://txcc.sedl.org/networking/

Reading Rockets.
www.readingrockets.org

Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
http://www.pbis.org

Center on Technology and Disability.
http://ctdinstitute.org/

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LRE Materials from Individual States

Even if you don’t live in the States making these resources available, you’ll find good guidance about LRE decision making in all of the materials below.

AK | Alaska | Getting AIM
http://www.akcam.org/

AZ | Arizona | 100 General Accommodations
http://www.azed.gov/wp-content/uploads/PDF/SE20.pdf

CA | California |  Information on LRE —
http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/pubs/504001Ch07.pdf

CA | California |  Inclusive Practices —
http://www.calstat.org/PA-InclusivePractices.html

CT | Connecticut | Least Restrictive Environment Initiative
http://www.ctserc.org/s/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=45:lre&Itemid=110

DE | Delaware | Guidelines for Inclusion
http://www.doe.k12.de.us/cms/lib09/DE01922744/Centricity/Domain/78/DCASInclusionGuidelines2012.13.pdf

DE | Delaware | Accessible Instructional Materials
http://www.doe.k12.de.us/Page/1591

FL | Florida | Least Restrictive Environment Considerations Related to Individual Educational Plans
http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/7571/urlt/0086217-y2000-5.pdf

GA | Georgia | LRE Decision-Making Model —
http://public.doe.k12.ga.us/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Special-Education-Services/Pages/LRE-Co-teaching-Training-Manual-1.aspx

IA | Iowa | Least Restrictive Environment
http://www.iowa.gov/educate/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1605&Itemid=2384

IL | Illinois | LRE Clearinghouse
http://www.isbe.state.il.us/SPEC-ED/html/lre.htm

KS | Kansas | Educational Placement and Least Restrictive Environment
http://www.ksde.org/Portals/0/SES/PH/PH-Ch06.pdf

KY | Kentucky | Kentucky Accessible Materials Database
https://louisville.edu/education/abri/kamd

LA | Louisiana | Standards for Building Inclusive Schools
http://www.doe.state.la.us/lde/eia/2410.html

LA | Louisiana | Access Guide: Locate Strategies, Accommodations, and Technologies for the LA Comprehensive Curriculum
http://accessguide.doe.louisiana.gov/default.aspx

ME | Maine | Least Restrictive Environment
An entire page full of materials and resources for educators.
http://www.maine.gov/education/speced/tools/b5lre/index.html

MN | Minnesota | Special Education in the Classroom
http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/SpecEdClass/index.html

MT | Montana | Best Practices for Instruction
Lots and lots of resources!
http://www.opi.mt.gov/Programs/SpecialEd/Index.html#gpm1_11

NC | North Carolina | Lots of instructional support materials.
At the link below, you’ll see tabs across the top of the page, such as “Disability Resources” and “Instructional Resources.” Check out what’s available under the tabs!
http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov/

NE | Nebraska | Assessment and Instruction of Students with Disabilities
http://www.education.ne.gov/sped/assessment.html

NJ | Array of Supports for Including Students with Disabilities in General Education Programs
http://www.nj.gov/education/specialed/info/array.pdf

NJ | Developing an IEP for Educating Students with Disabilities in the Least Restrictive Environment —
http://www.spannj.org/START/DevelopinganIEPfortheLRE5-21and28-2008.pdf

NV | Nevada | Instructional and Assessment Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
http://www.doe.nv.gov/Special_Education/Docs_Forms/Instructional_and_Assessment_Accommodations_for_Students_with_Disabilities/

OH | Ohio | Teaching Students with Disabilities (multiple resources)
http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Special-Education

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Developed by the Facilitator Team for the LRE Part B Community of Practice, based on a review of research and literature, as well as on the team’s experience in providing technical assistance.

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