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Helping Early Childhood Educators Support Students with Disabilities

The earliest years of life are full of rapid changes and transitions. Early childhood teachers are usually the first to notice when young children are not developing and learning as expected. Simple accommodations and modifications can benefit children with disabilities while others may need more specialized support from special education professionals. According to the National Association…
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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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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, especially…
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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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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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Online PD On Demand at Pasco School District

This article comes from SmartFocus on Special Education Professional Development, which was originally published in SmartBrief Education Update. In the Pasco School District, about 12% of the K-12 population is either served by an IEP or is eligible for special education. (The national count is about 13%, according to the NCES report.) That’s about 2,100…
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New Course: Differentiated Instruction

Differentiation is a term frequently heard in education and can be listed as an expectation during classroom observations. But what is differentiation? And is it really feasible with the many demands placed on teachers working in increasingly diverse classrooms? In this course we’ll address these questions and show you how to make differentiation not just an…
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Washington Districts Select Exceptional Child Online Professional Development System for Teachers and Paraeducators

Five of State’s Largest Districts Deliver Expert-authored PD to Improve Support for Students with Exceptionalities In today’s press release, we announced that districts across the Northwest are adopting the Exceptional Child Online Professional Development System to help better prepare educators to meet the diverse learning needs of their students. Administrators, teachers, and paraeducators in Washington…
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Managing Challenging Behavior

The Challenge Every classroom teacher has them: those students who are brimming with potential, but whose classroom behavior threatens to derail their success – and take the rest of the class along for the ride! Educators consistently ask for more professional development in this area. SIIA’s recent Vision K-20 Professional Learning survey asked educators about…
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