Part B (ages 6 through 21)

Federal Sources Federal Sources

U.S. Department of Education
President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education (PCESE) – Final

Become A Teacher: Training & Degree Programs
Report on Teacher Quality
Title II Reports on the Quality of Teacher Preparation
Highly Qualified Teachers

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
Twenty-Sixth Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
General IDEA Guidance from OSEP
OSEP’s Legislation and Policy Guidance

    OSEP Policy Correspondence

      National Center for Special Education Personnel and Related Service Providers - Personnel Center
      Workforce Development – Web section:
      Resources for Best Practice in Recruiting, Preparing, and Retaining Personnel
      Research on Personnel Supply and Demand and Improving Strategies for Recruitment and Retention
      Reports on Federal, State and Local Issues Related to Personnel Development – includes Highly Qualified Teachers
      Materials Available to Assist in Your Own Recruitment, Preparation and Retention Efforts
      Other sections include:
      Financial Aid Opportunities
      Personnel Preparation Programs database - new with revised format and updated information
      "Mobility in the Teacher Workforce" from National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

      National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
      State Agencies Resource Page – scroll down to section on “Building a Great staff”
      Effective Practices and Resources in Staff Development

      Recruiting and retaining teachers

      Project FORUM at NASDSE
      Alternative Routes to Certification for Special Educators
      Alternative Schools and Students with Disabilities: Current Status and Emerging Issues
      Autism Endorsements: State Approaches
      Deaf and Hard of Hearing: State Infrastructures and Programs

      Highly Qualified Teachers and Special Education: Several State Approaches
      HOUSSE: State Approaches to Supporting Special Educators to Become “Highly Qualified”
      INTASC Principles: How They are Addressed by Five Specialty Program Association Standards
      Mentoring Programs for Special Education Teachers: State Approaches
      Unified Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Certification: State Approaches

      Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd)
      Learn Center – Web section: contains sections for teachers, administrators, technology coordinators and professional development coordinators. 
      The following topics are included:
      Acceptable Use Policies
      Alignment with Content Standards
      Assistive Technology (AT)
      Curriculum Development
      Data Systems and Data-Driven Decision Making

      Differentiated Instruction
      English Language Learners (ELL)
      Evidence-Based Practices
      Legal Issues
      Multimedia Learning
      Security Issues
      Special Populations
      Students with Special Needs
      Tech Support
      Technology Infrastructure
      Types of Learners (Auditory, Tactile, Visual)
      Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
      Wireless technologies
      Virtual Schools

      National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt)
      Collaborative Leadership Teams
      Collection and Use of Evidence
      Understanding Culture
      Culturally Responsive Literacy
      Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Practice
      Culturally Responsive Response To Intervention

      The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness
      Personnel Training – Web section

      National Institute for Urban School Improvement
      Urban Schools Professional Learning
      This section contains the following  leadership academy modules:
      Module 1: Building Leadership Teams
      Module 2: Mining Data
      Module 3: Inclusive Schooling
      Module 4: Universal Designs for Learning

      Module 5: Co-teaching
      Module 6: Assessment

      National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) at CAST– Home Page
      State Director of Special Education Suggested Responsibilities Regarding NIMAS & NIMAC
      Accessible Instructional Materials: An Annotated List of Research Articles
      UDL Research
      AT Research
      NIMAS Policy Brief, April 2008

      Center for Applied Special Technology

      Professional development online educator resources for Universal Design for Learning (UDL):
      UDL Editions by CAST
      CAST Strategy Tutor
      CAST UDL Lesson Builder
      CAST UDL Book Builder
      Learning Through Listening

      The IRIS Center for Faculty Enhancement at Vanderbilt University
      Topics include a wide variety of evidence-based topics, including behavior, RTI, learning strategies, and progress monitoring.
      Resources are specific to topic, role, and grade level.

      IDEA Partnership Organizations IDEA Partnership Organizations

      American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
      STEP Assessment Project: Linking Preservice Measures to Evidence of Student Learning
      Professional Development Schools at a Glance

      American Federation of Teachers (AFT) – Home Page

      American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
      Through a Cross-Cultural Lens
      Accreditation Standards for a Doctoral-Degree-Level Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist

      American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
      Information for Speech-Language Pathologists
      Practice Issues

      Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
      Professional Practice Topics include:
      Alternative Settings
      Behavior Management
      Cultural & Linguistic Diversity
      Early Childhood
      Family Involvement
      Instruction & Curriculum
      Subject Areas: Arts
      Mental Health
      Professional Role
      Professional Standards
      Special Education Administration
      Supplemental & Related Services
      Support for Teachers
      Teacher Preparation

      Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
      Search or scroll down for topical Resources

      Education Commission of the States (ECS)
      Highly Qualified Special Education Teacher Requirements - 50 State Database

      Special Education Teacher Certification and Licensure - 50 State Database

      Education Issues Resources - click on arrow to scroll down

      Federation for Children with Special Needs
      Advancing Parent Professional Leadership in Education

      Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
      Responsiveness to Intervention and Learning Disabilities

      National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)
      Autism Endorsements: State Approaches
      Blindness and Visual Impairment: Personnel Needs

      National Education Association (NEA)
      NEA Academy
      Promising Practices