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Description: FirstSchool partners with school communities to focus on improving PreK-3rd grade school experiences for African American, Latino and low-income children and their families. The FirstSchool team provides research expertise and professional development support in collaboration with districts, schools, administrators, and teachers.
Description: The Center for Family Involvement is part of the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Center for Family Involvement works with families to increase their skills as advocates, mentors and leaders so that families, children and young adults with disabilities can lead the lives they want.
Description: Autism Training Solutions is the online education company dedicated to training professionals and paraprofessionals within the field of autism and related behavioral disabilities. Thousands of professionals rely on ATS to provide up-to-date, interactive video training in evidence-based interventions.
Description: These videos of young children engaged in typical activities have been produced for use in professional development programs to build the skills of practitioners in observation, documentation, and assessment in early childhood settings. You can watch the clips online or download QuickTime versions of the videos for use in training. (The Practice Clips are available in Spanish.)
Description: A website/blog developed by Paula Kluth to help teachers reach and teach all learners in K-12 classrooms. Here's her description: "If you are interested in differentiation, active & responsive instruction, and inclusive schooling, you have come to the right spot. Every day, I will feature a link to an idea found on the web or to an entire website that will help educators reach and teach all of the learners in their diverse classrooms." (Math, Reading/Language Arts, Science, Physical...
Description: Association for Behavior Analysis International® The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.
Description: The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1998 to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services. The BACB adheres to the national standards for boards that grant professional credentials. The BACB certification procedures and content undergo regular psychometric review and validation, pursuant to a job analysis survey of the profession and...
Description: The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a psychology journal that publishes research about applications of the experimental analysis of behavior to problems of social importance.
Description: The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies is a nonprofit organization that harnesses the expertise of hundreds of behavioral scientists to solve problems in the home, school, community, and the workplace. The Cambridge Center is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to advance the scientific study of behavior and its humane application to the solution of practical problems, including the prevention and relief of human suffering. The Cambridge Center was founded by Dr. Robert...
Description: IAN, the Interactive Autism Network, was established in January 2006 at Kennedy Krieger Institute. IAN's goal is to facilitate research that will lead to advancements in understanding and treating autism spectrum disorder (ASD). To accomplish this goal, we created the IAN Community and IAN Research. IAN is a partnership of the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Simons Foundation, with partial funding through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Award. IAN Community The IAN...
Description: The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center staff has identified current and readily available resources that can help support high quality inclusive practices. Excerpts and adaptations of each resource are provided to help users to easily see what each resource has to offer and to encourage further examination via links. National and state-developed resources contained within this document have been designed for a variety of audiences, and may be useful for families, practitioners,...
Description: Browse through more than 100 pages of free printable items suitable for task creation.
Description: APH provides accessible educational and daily living products for students who are visually impaired and blind. Search the site for free trial versions of educational software and other educational products. Many products may be provided free of charge for students receiving vision services. Check with your local vision teacher for more information.
Description: This is a math resource for elementary students with a number line, a place value chart, days of the week, months of the year, time and money concepts.
Description: This collection of articles contains strategies to introduce key math concepts, foster problem solving and mathematical thinking, and encourage the use of math across the early childhood curriculum. (curriculum and instructional strategies)
Description: The Building Blocks model incorporates high-quality early childhood programs, curriculum modification and adaptation, embedded learning opportunities, and children-focused instructional strategies to provide comprehensive instruction on early childhood classrooms.
Description: The Creative Curriculum balances both teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, with an emphasis on responding to children's learning styles and building on their strengths and interests. This completely updated new edition of one of the country's leading research-based preschool curricula applies the latest theory and research on best practices in teaching and learning and the content standards developed by states and professional organizations. While keeping the original...
Description: This collection of research-based articles describes ways to promote oral language throughout the early childhood curriculum. Also included is a list of print and online resources. (curriculum and instructional strategies)
Description: For young children with and without disabilities, positive outcomes depend on smooth, effective transitions between and within early intervention programs, preschool programs, and public school programs. Now there's a how-to guide that helps professionals across programs work together to make these transitions happen. Co-authored by top expert Beth Rous, this book gives readers a step-by-step model that's been field tested across the country and shaped by feedback from state and local agencies....
Description: A collection of articles from Young Children, the authors address topics such as sharing the care of infants and toddlers, acknowledging culture and promoting inclusion, conferencing with families, and helping to support learning at home. Also included is a list of key resources and questions and activities designed to aid readers in reflecting on the articles. (Family involvement resources)
Description: This book provides parents and caregivers with information and ideas to encourage their child’s development. The book is divided into six categories: cognitive, linguistic, physical, sensory, social, and emotional. An outline of child development is also provided so parents can look at child’s progress in context. (2008) (Family involvement resources)
Description: This book provides a definition and description of each component of literacy, a summary of related research, and a thorough description of the teacher’s role in supporting literacy development. Also offered are teaching strategies to embed language and literacy in all aspects of the daily routine and learning environment. Adaptations for second language learners and children with special needs are provided, as well as checklists to assist the teacher in self-reflecting and improving the...
Description: The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) authorizes formula grants to states, and discretionary grants to institutions of higher education and other non-profit organizations to support research,...
Description: Developmentally appropriate, research-based strategies for promoting children's literacy learning in preschool, kindergarten, and elementary classrooms and infant/toddler settings. A strong, coherent framework for effective practice appears in NAEYC's joint position statement with the International Reading Association, which is supported by many other organizations and reprinted in this book. Alive with classroom photos and children's work, the book offers crystal-clear guidance and exciting...
Description: RecognitionandResponse.org is a comprehensive online resource that provides educators with information about this cutting edge approach to early education. This site offers information and resources to help early educators address the needs of young children (3 to 5 year-olds) who show signs that they may not be learning in an expected manner, even before they begin kindergarten. (State and national resources)
Description: This rubric has been developed for programs in Virginia that provide preschool services to children who are four-years-old. While it is intended for the Virginia Preschool Initiative, Title I Preschools, Early Childhood Special Education, and Even Start Family Literacy programs, private and parochial providers may also use this rubric. The purpose of the Preschool Curriculum Review Rubric is to help early childhood educators identify and choose curricula that are based on scientific research and...
Description: The goal of the Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) is to promote the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices. This site has resources for early childhood intervention practitioners, parents, and other caregivers of children, birth to five years of age, with identified disabilities, developmental delays, and those at-risk for poor outcomes. This site includes CELLvideos for use with parents and by teachers.
Description: Smart Beginnings is a statewide collaboration to share information and efforts about making the most of the early years for Virginia’s children. (State and national resources)
Description: This publication is intended to improve the quality of early childhood programs by identifying best practices for supporting child growth and development from birth to kindergarten.
Description: Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift have spent more than 30 years working to ensure that people with disabilities are able to take their rightful place in schools, workplaces, and communities. There is a fee to view the training videos.
Description: The story of a resourceful and quick-witted raccoon, who chose as her home the very most cozy attic she could find-in a house occupied by a man, a woman, and a little boy who loved animals and adventure. Two pages of natural history facts and raccoon lore are included at the story's end.
Description: The Division for Early Childhood was started in 1973 by a group of volunteers who cared deeply about the development of young children with special needs. DEC is one of 17 divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.
Description: At MCIE, we believe that people with disabilities are entitled to the same rights and opportunities as those without disabilities. Our inclusive philosophy is rooted in the belief that all children should be expected to attend their neighborhood school, learn from the same curriculum, and be prepared to live in a world that includes both neurotypical and atypical learners. By providing students with disabilities access to an equitable education, we are helping them acquire the skills that...
Description: Families USA is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. We partner with organizations and individuals across the entire spectrum of the health care community to achieve our mission.
Description: Family Education Network provides a guide to resources that is divided by topics and age groups for easy access. Newsletters and links to many other sites are on this site.(Family Involvement Resources)
Description: TaCTICS (Therapists as Collaborative Team members for Infant/Toddler Community Services) is an outreach training project funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant. This web site provides a wealth of information on supports and services and coaching. It includes training modules, family stories, and reproducible newsletters. Be sure to look at the comparison of Michael and Miguel under "Natural Environments" and "Do the Math". This is an excellent resource! (Coaching/Supports and Services)
Description: This article by Debra J. Ackerman (National Institute for Early Education Research Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey) speaks to the role of a coach/mentor in the Quality Rating System in New Jersey and the impact they have on the quality of early childhood programs. (Coaching/Supports and Services)
Description: This website is a complimentary link to the book, 'Coaching Families & Colleagues in Early Childhood'. It provides information about evidence-based practice regarding coaching in early childhood for ages birth to five years. Key features include common misperceptions about coaching and the use of a primary provider or coach. Dathan Rush, MA, CCC-SLP, and M'Lisa Shelden, PT, PhD are the primary coaches and investigators of the Coaching in Early Childhood initiative. (May 2015- Website...
Description: This module discusses the importance of selecting evidence-based practices and programs. It also examines actions that school personnel can take to increase the likelihood that the practice or program is implemented as it was designed.
Description: This module, "Functional Behavioral Assessment: Identifying the Reasons for Problem Behavior and Developing a Behavior Plan" explores the basic principles of behavior and the importance of discovering the reasons that students engage in problem behavior. The steps to conducting a functional behavioral assessment and developing a behavior plan are described.
Description: This booklet will: Provide you with basic information about Social Security disability and health benefit programs Tell you what happens to Social Security disability and health benefits when a young person goes to work Explain how to maximize a young person's options when he or she goes to work.
Description: NAEYC's position statements on Curriculum, Assessment, and Program Evaluations are included on this site.
Description: This module highlights tips for modifying lessons and ways to make lessons accessible for students with disabilities.
Description: This packet on Using Primary Service Providers & Coaching in Early Intervention Programs are in pdf format. There are other packets available on specific topics.
Description: The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has launched StrengthofUs.org, an online community where young adults with mental health concerns can support each other while navigating challenges and opportunities during the critical transition years from ages 18-25. The site was developed by young adults and is a user-driven social networking community where members can connect with peers; share personal stories, creativity, and helpful resources; write and respond to blog entries; engage in...
Description: Through the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability-Youth, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has released “Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS): A Toolkit for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood.” Whether moving from school or a home setting to work, college, or living on their own, transition-aged youth with significant disabilities and their families or friends can benefit from the information and guidance offered by the...
Description: This website includes handouts and "Make it Yourself" directions, vendors and selected resources, web links, books and products for assistive technology for communication and literacy. (Communication)
Description: The items in this questionnaire refer to things and experiences that may give a child joy, satisfaction, and/or pleasurable feelings. (Autism, intellectual disabilities, behavior)
Description: To answer parents' questions about autism spectrum disorders, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers a collection of interviews with pediatricians, researchers and parents. (General Autism)
Description: The ASD Video Glossary is an innovative web-based tool designed to help parents and professionals learn more about the early red flags and diagnostic features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This glossary contains over a hundred video clips and is available to you free of charge, but you must register. (General Autism)