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Educator Resources

ASCD

ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading.  It offers programs, products, and services essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead. 

Best Evidence Encyclopedia

The Best Evidence Encyclopedia (BEE) is a free website created by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education's Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education (CDDRE) under funding from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. It is intended to give educators and researchers fair and useful information about the strength of the evidence supporting a variety of programs available for students in grades K-12.  The Best Evidence Encyclopedia provides summaries of scientific reviews produced by many authors and organizations, as well as links to the full texts of each review.

Center of Instruction (COI)

The COI contains a cutting-edge collection of research-based resources on instruction.  These resources specifically target students in the lowest performing schools, students with difficulties learning mathematics, students needing intensive instruction, or special needs/diverse learners, including English Language Learners (ELL).  Some resources have been used to implement College Career and Ready Standards, including the  Common Core State Standards.

Center on Response to Intervention (RTI)

The Center on Response to Intervention at the American Institutes of Research continues the work of the National Center on Response to Intervention.  It works in conjunction with researchers from Vanderbilt University and the University of Kansas.  It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.  The Center’s mission is to provide technical assistance to states and districts and build the capacity of states to assist districts in implementing proven models for RTI.

Council for Exceptional  Children

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is an International professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifted and talented. Special education topics include information about the different exceptionality areas; international special education; hot topics in special education; and professional practice topics such as assessment, evidence-based practices and inclusion.  Additionally, CEC offers articles and blog posts on co-teaching for education professionals. 

 Edutopia

Edutopia is a website published by the George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF).  Edutopia focuses on six core learning strategies: Comprehensive Assessment, Integrated Studies, Project-Based Learning, Social and Emotional Learning, Teacher Development and Technology Integration.  Browse a big list of education topics to find strategies, programs, and resources to improve K-12 learning

 Edutopia also produces a series titled “Schools That Work,” which profiles K-12 schools, districts, and programs that are improving the ways in which students learn.  The series focuses on evidence-based successes and uses how-to videos and tip lists to help develop educational leadership.  The producers interview teachers, students, principals, and administrators, and these educators share their resources such as rubrics, lesson plans, assessments, and training tools. 

 National Education Association 

The National Education Association (NEA) is the nation’s largest professional employee association.  There are various tools, tips, and strategies on lesson planning, classroom management, school life, and teaching strategies.

New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education

The New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education (NJCIE) is a 501(c)(c) nonprofit dedicated to the inclusion of students with disabilities in their neighborhood schools.  NJCIE is the only statewide organization whose sole focus is inclusion.  They provide training in inclusive research-based practices to educators; facilitate networking among higher education faculty; provide information and support to parents of children with disabilities; educate policy makers and form coalitions with other groups to act as a catalyst for change.  NJCIE’s ultimate mission is the meaningful education of all children within their public schools in preparation for future lives as independent as possible in the community.

 RTI Action Network 

The RTI Action Network is dedicated to the effective implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) in school districts nationwide.  Their goal is to guide educators and families in the large-scale implementation of RTI so that each child has access to quality instruction and that struggling students- including those with learning and attention issues- are identified early and receive the necessary supports to be successful.  RTI Action Network is a program of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, funded by the Cisco Foundation and in partnership with the nation’s leading education associations and top RTI experts.

Special Connections

This website created by the University of Kansas contains links and useful information on inclusion and the powerful nature of collaboration.  The co-teaching section provides useful information on how to get started, plan programs, and problem solve.  Includes training for teachers and post-secondary students.

The IRIS Center

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, the IRIS Center is headquartered at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.  The primary objective is to create resources about evidence-based practices for use in improving education outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities birth through age twenty-one.  IRIS resources are designed to address instructional and classroom issues of great importance, such as Response to Intervention (RTI), classroom behavior management, and early childhood instruction.  They are used in college instruction, professional development activities, and independent learning opportunities for practicing educators. 

What Works Clearinghouse

What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was established as an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to be a trusted source of scientific evidence for what works in education.  WWC reviews the research and provides educators with what works in the classroom.

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