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(2016 | 2017) | Useful to Parent Centers for sharing with schools and parents of children on the autism spectrum. Two training modules are available from the IRIS Center on evidence-based practices for educating children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Spectrum Disorder (Part 1): An Overview for Educators provides information on the early signs of autism […]

School Planning and Educational Strategies Following Traumatic Brain Injury A webinar for the Parent Center Network Listen to the webinar View | download the handouts   Webinar Date: August 7, 2014 Host: Center for Parent Information and Resources Presenter: Brenda Eagan Brown, M.Ed., CBIS BrainSTEPS Program Coordinator, BIAPA | 724.944.6542 Handouts for the […]

(Published January 2016) Useful to Parent Centers when working with parents and the rest of the IEP team to make sure that all the student’s needs are included in the IEP. The new large-scale assessments rolled out by consortia and states are designed to measure student achievement of rigorous college- and career-ready (CCR) standards. Recent […]

(2016, February) | Useful to Parent Centers, families, and schools in understanding the many references to universal design for learning (UDL) in the Every Student Succeeds Act. In December 2015, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces No Child Left Behind. For the first time, the nation’s general K-12 education law now defines […]

Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. This 4-1/2 minute video from CAST explains how UDL guides the design of instructional goals, assessments, methods, and materials that can be customized and adjusted to meet individual needs. It’s […]

(August 2015) | Useful to Parent Centers in their work to improve outcomes for students with disabilities, inform families about evidence-based practices, and participate in SSIP development and implementation. This 24-page report from Jobs for the Future reviews previous efforts to promote better educational outcomes for students with disabilities. It also describes research-based instructional strategies that can support them and […]

(Published September 2012) | Useful to Parent Centers in working with families of young children with disabilities and in addressing the “Early Learning” priority. This resource explores how early childhood assessment informs instruction and intervention, highlighting screening, diagnostic, and progress monitoring assessments. The authors, experts in the field of early childhood education and assessment, discuss […]

(Published August 2008) | Useful to Parent Centers in SSIP work This guide presents strategies that classroom teachers and specialists can use to increase the reading ability of adolescent students. The recommendations aim to help students gain more from their reading tasks, improve their motivation for and engagement in the learning process, and assist struggling readers […]

(Published September 2010) | Students who read with understanding at an early age gain access to a broader range of texts, knowledge, and educational opportunities, making early reading comprehension instruction particularly critical. This guide recommends five specific steps that teachers, reading coaches, and principals can take to successfully improve reading comprehension for young readers: Teach […]

(July 2013) Useful to Parent Centers in: SSIP work, system reform, work with families Designed as a blueprint for training, this module can be used by state leaders and regional center staff to support district-level staff who are new to student learning objectives (SLO) and in the early stages of implementation. About SLOs | An SLO is […]