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Supporting Principals in Effectively Managing Special Education

As the leader of the school, the principal is ultimately responsible for the education of each child, and both teachers and parents rely on them to ensure quality special education in their school. The principal knows the students, knows the parents, and knows the teachers. And it is the principal’s responsibility to create a school…
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Nov
13

Library of Essentials Courses for Paraeducators Continues to Grow

Recognizing that schools and districts have limited time and resources for professional development for paraeducators and other support staff, we continue to expand our library of Essentials Courses to help meet this critical need.   Essentials Courses are abbreviated versions of our full-length courses. These 15-20 minute courses help provide paraeducators and other support staff,…
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Oct
15

Exceptional Child Recognized as Top Special Ed PD Resource

Exceptional Child was recently selected as a winner of the ComputEd Gazette’s 22nd Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIE Awards). Our online professional development system was honored in the Teacher Tools Special Education Professional Development category.  The EDDIE Awards target innovative and content-rich programs and websites that augment the classroom curriculum and improve teacher productivity, providing…
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Oct
11

Keeping Students with Disabilities Safe From Bullying

Bullying continues to be a pressing problem in schools today. In a national survey, one in three teens reported being bullied. Bullying is an even greater problem for students with disabilities. Some reports indicate that nearly 85 percent of students with special needs experience bullying. Studies have concluded that children with disabilities are two to…
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Oct
10

Tips for Working Safely with Students with Special Needs

Working with students with special needs can present unique challenges to school staff. Beyond the typical teaching demands, school staff also face the possibility of injury. Two common causes of injury include: Overexertion related to helping lift and transfer students with special needs. Injuries caused by students, such as hitting, biting, and pulling. It’s important…
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Sep
10

Aug
22

High-Quality PD for Paraprofessionals in Timberlane Regional School District

This case study comes from District Administration’s Special Report on Professional Development, which was originally published in February 2018. Two years ago, Elizabeth Rincon was seeking to end the last-minute scramble to cull professional development for approximately  125 special education paraprofessionals on days when teachers had preplanned PD. “Principals had to either swiftly get something together…
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Jul
19

Vector Solutions Partners with Ashland University to Offer Graduate Credit for Online Professional Development

Exceptional Child’s Autism Spectrum Disorder and IEP and Special Ed Law Online Course Bundles Can Now Be Applied toward Ohio Teacher Recertification In today’s press release, we announced a new partnership with Ashland University’s Professional Development Services (PDS) program, part of the university’s Founders School of Continuing Education. The partnership provides Ohio educators who complete…
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Jul
17

5 Ways to Use Online Courses for Back-to-School PD

We hope you’re enjoying some sunshine and relaxation before the next school year. But in just a few short weeks, it will be time to dive into back-to-school PD for teachers, paraeducators, and new hires across your district. Here are 5 ideas to explore how online PD courses can help as you plan to meet…
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Jul
16

Understanding Reactive Attachment Disorder

Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is a rare condition of emotional dysfunction, in which a baby or child cannot form a bond with its parents or caregivers due to early neglect or mistreatment. While the prevalence of RAD across the general population is one percent, between 19-35% of children entering foster care are diagnosed with RAD.…
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Jul
10