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Special Education Teacher Resources

The resources on this page are intended to assist teachers of students who receive special education services in developing, implementing, and/or monitoring specially designed instruction/special education services.  While some will assist all students, some are specific to certain services and/or certain populations/disabilities.  

General Resources

 

Internet IconThe Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Special Education Process

This FREE website is a statewide leadership process partnering TEA with ESC-18.  This site compiles State and Federal special education laws and rules into one place and links them to local Board policies.  All information is organized by topic (i.e., ARD Committee Membership, Annual Goals, etc.)

Internet IconU.S. Department of Education - Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP):  IDEAs That Work

This website houses research to practices initiatives funded by OSEP that address provisions of both the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  

Internet IconSpecial Education Information Center  (SpedTex)

The Texas Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) provides resources in various languages to stakeholders across the state of Texas. They also have a Call Center to assist stakeholder via telephone.  Some of the information available online includes:

Internet IconNational Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)

NCEO is a U.S. Department of Education IDEAs that Work project.  Its focus is on students with disabilities, English learners (ELs), and ELs with disabilities.  NCEO focuses its efforts in the following areas:

  • The development of knowledge regarding  the participation and performance of these students in national, state, and district assessments and other educational reform efforts.  This focus includes all assessments (formative assessments, classroom based assessments, and other non-summative assessments), not just state assessments such as STAAR.  
  • Technical Assistance and information dissemination through publications, presentations, technical assistance, and other networking activities.  NCEO's resources include published information on topics such as chronic absenteeism in students with disabilities, training modules for improving decision making on accommodations, and presentations on using technology such as text readers and other accessibility features.  

Internet IconSpecial Education Resources on the Internet (SERI)

This website is a collection of online accessible information, indexed by topic, with information that is of interest to those who work in the field of special education.  Topics include things such as general disabilities information, learning disabilities, inclusion resources, associations/national organizations, and university based information.

For a list of upcoming special education trainings, visit the ESC-20 Special Education Home Page.

Subscribe to the ESC-20 Special Education mailing list to receive email updates regarding special education laws/rules, TEA updates regarding special education, ESC-20 special education workshops, and other special education resources. 

For Parent Resources, please visit our Special Education Parent Resources Page.

  • Internet IconDo2Learn is a free website that provides resources for stakeholders who work with individuals with special needs.  One of their webpages details characteristics and strategies for many types of disabilities.

    Internet IconSENTeacher is a website that has been providing FREE resources for special needs teachers since 1999.  The website includes a searchable database of resources for specific disabilities, including autism, dyslexia &specific learning disabilities, visual impairment, hearing impairment, speech disorder, and Down's syndrome.

    Internet IconAdapting for Autism is a website run by a Recreation Therapist whose goal is to share resources, materials, and tips for working with students with autism.  The site includes both free resources, such as folder activities and a newsletter subscription.  The site also includes a membership-based/paid option.

    Internet IconAutism Internet Modules (AIM) These FREE online training modules include case studies, instructional videos, pre- and post-assessments, a glossary and much more!  There are currently over 40 FREE modules available!

    Internet IconAutismTeachingStrategies.com is a collection of resources put together by Joel Shaul and Rebecca Klaw. The website spotlights Social Skills Activities for students with autism, with free downloads available, and includes information on additional information specifically targeting things such as teaching strategies and research on learners with autism.

    Internet IconDo2Learn is an online resource that provides thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities that include guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills.

    Internet IconThe National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC) - Implementing Evidence-Based Practices  NPDC an U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) IDEAs that Work site that has existed since 2007.  They work to develop FREE professional development resources for teachers, therapists, and technical assistance providers who work with students with autism.  The Implementing Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) page specifically examines interventions (EBPs) that have proven to be effective for autism and gives research briefs for each.  

    Internet IconRelias Webinar - ABA in Schools  This one hour, on demand webinar, presented by  gives a brief overview of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and shares resources related to the successful integration and inclusion of ABA in a classroom setting.
    • Length:  1 hour
    • Date:  on demand
    • Presenter:  Amanda N. Kelly, PhD, BCBA-D, Executive Director Keiki Educational Consultants

    Internet IconSocial Stories/Social Narratives:  This "library" of Social Stories includes downloadable PDFs for demonstration purposes.  Please note: While all of the social stories are free to download, it is important to remember that when creating a social story for a student, it should be individualized for that student's needs as well as utilized for his/her interests, if possible. 

    Internet IconTexas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training:  Manual for Effective Teaching is an online searchable tool that allows users to search interventions by type (12 different types) as well as by student age range in order to find the most effective research-based intervention and teaching strategy for the student. 

    For additional information and resources, please visit our

    ESC-20 Autism Instructional Strategies page.

    Contact:
    Janet Enriquez
    (210) 370-5381

    Contact Janet Enriquez

    Internet IconThe Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) is a multi-disciplinary organization made up of professionals, family members, and consumer who are committed to the application of positive behavior supports (PBS) within the context of the school, family, and across community settings.  On their website you can find information on how to get started with PBS, as well as information on professional development such as webinars and their annual conference.

    Internet IconBeyond Treats and Timeouts: Humanistic Behavioral Supports in Inclusive Classrooms  is a 2015 journal article from International Journal of Whole Schooling in which the authors examine widespread behavior management systems found in today's elementary schools.  Using current research, they examine social and emotional consequences of punishments and rewards, with the goal of creating more inclusive school contexts and improving school culture.

    • PDF IconClick here to download a PDF version of this article.

    Internet IconGoodCharacter.com is a website dedicated to promoting Character Education.  It is founded on the premise that everyone in a student's life, including teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, custodians, and school bus drivers, are all helping shape the student's character.  The website makes available FREE content for teachers to help teach Character Education, such as lesson plans, activities, programs, and other resources.

    Internet IconIntervention Central focuses on interventions that work, and examines both academic and behavioral interventions.  Behavioral interventions are categorized into topics such as defusing/de-escalation, communication tools, self-management, and motivation.

    Internet IconLDOnline has a FREE video with Richard Lavoie, nationally known expert on learning disabilities, where he offers practical advice on dealing with behavioral issues with students with learning disabilities.  This video, When the Chips are Down with Rick Lavoie (approximately 1 hour, 2 minutes), also includes a free downloadable User's Guide.

    Internet IconThe National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments has a number of resources dedicated to stopping and preventing bullying and cyberbulling, including physical, verbal, and social bullying.  These resources include videos, trainings, and research, as well as links to additional websites.  

    Internet IconPBIS World is an interactive website, containing links to hundreds of interventions, supports, resources, and data collections tools, all organized into Tiers 1-3. The home page starts with behaviors.   Upon selecting a behavior, the user is guided to interventions and data tracking forms and strategies.

    For additional information and resources, please visit our

    ESC-20 Behavior/Discipline page. 

    Contact:
    Cindi Bowling
    (210) 370-5213

    Contact Cindi Bowling

    Cheri Kahn
    (210) 370-5702

    Contact Cheri Kahn

    Internet IconeLearning for Deaf Ed Professionals - A collection of websites that offer Professional Development for professionals who are working with students who are deaf/hard of hearing.  This includes a list of sites for audiologists, interpreters, SLPs, teachers/early interventionists, and interveners.

    Internet IconCrossroads is a collaborative of ESC-11 and the Texas School for the Deaf, both of which are agencies that provide statewide services to improve educational outcomes for students who are deaf/hard of hearing (DHH).  This website contains information about professional development throughout Texas as well as classroom tools specific to teachers of students who are DHH, such as sign language interpretation of commonly used classroom stories.

    For additional information and resources, please visit our

    ESC-20 DHH State and National Resources page. 

    For additional information and resources, please visit our

    ESC-20 Autism Instructional Strategies page

    For additional information and resources, please visit our

    ESC-20 Autism Instructional Strategies page

    Contact:
    Shelly Bybee
    (210) 370-5628

    Contact Shelly Bybee

     

    Dyslexia

    Internet IconAssistive Technology for Dyslexia is a website created by an educator with a background in dyslexia education.  The website includes FREE information on software that can be used as assistive technology for dyslexia, including desktop software, web-based tools, Chrome tools, iOS apps, and Android apps.

    Internet IconThe Building RTI Capacity for Implementation in Texas Schools project is part of The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) within the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin. This project is funded by grant from Texas Education Agency (TEA).   Their interventions page is a searchable database that includes lessons, booklets, resources, presentations, and more.  It can be filtered by topic and includes resources for special populations such as Spanish speaking and students in foster care.

    Internet IconThe easyCBM is a progress monitoring tool for grades K-8 created by researchers at the University of Oregon in collaboration with school districts across the United States.  It is designed to give teachers insight into areas in which students may need additional instructional support as well as provide a means to measure the effectiveness of their teaching.  The easyCBM includes both a FREE and a subscription-based version.

    Internet IconThe University of Oregon (UO) DIBELS Data System (DDS) is a FREE web-based progress monitoring tool that was was developed by the University of Oregon's Center on Teaching and Learning.  

    Internet IconThe International Dyslexia Association (IDA), founded in the 1920's,is the oldest organization dedicated to the study and treatment of dyslexia.  Their FREE publication, Dyslexia in the Classroom – What Every Teacher Needs to Know, was developed to help educators have a better understanding of dyslexia.  It includes topics such as:

    • signs and symptoms of dyslexia;
    • classroom strategies, tips, and tools;
    • components of effective reading instruction; and
    • screening, evaluation, and diagnosis of dyslexia.
      • PDF IconClick here to download a PDF version of this handbook.

    Internet IconThe Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) is dedicated to generating, disseminating, and supporting the implementation of empirically validated practices to improve academic, behavioral, and social outcomes for all learners.  Their FREE library includes resources to support these practices, including booklets, presentations, journal articles, and more.

    Internet IconNeuhaus Academy aids adolescents and adults in learning to read well by tailoring instruction to specific learning needs and allowing individuals to work at their own pace.  Neuhaus Academy is sponsored by Neuhaus Education Center, a non-profit, that believes reading is a right for all.  The Neuhaus Academy website offers a FREE online video library organized by categories, including topics such as closed syllables, vowel pair syllables, and content areas including science and social studies.  They also include FREE worksheets/work pages for teachers and learners with specific topics.

    Internet IconReading Rockets is a national multimedia learning initiate with information and resources on how young children learn to read, why so many struggle, and how adults can help.  This project has won the top honor from the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program, which honors organizations doing exemplary, innovative, and replicable work.  The website includes FREE resources such as research reports and reading guides as well as videos, podcasts, and more.  

    Internet IconThe TPRI Early Reading Assessment is a 1:1 early reading assessment that is designed to identify the reading development of students in kindergarten through third grade.  It helps teachers provide targeted instruction so that students can improve their reading skills.  Their website includes FREE blackline masters with specific activities for targeted areas of instruction.

    Internet IconTexas Gateway for Online Resources by TEA is a free website for "just-in-time" resources with instant access to sequenced binders of instruction you can assign to students or self-directed professional developed courses you can take for yourself to earn CPE hours.  One of the resources included is Targeting the 2 Percent, which provides reading intervention lessons for teachers who work with students in grades K-5 in all of the components of reading instruction.

    Internet IconUnderstood.org is a website for learning and attention issues and has an article by Alexis Clark titled Educational Therapy:  What You Need to Know.  This article addresses a type of therapy that typically takes place outside of a school setting (outside of an IEP or 504 plan) where a professional works 1:1 with a student to help him/her learn skills and strategies to help improve their schoolwork.

    Dyscalculia

    Internet Icon

    The Tennessee Dyslexia Centers works with families to help them understand dyslexia, provide therapy for the student, and support the family in helping their student achieve success.  Their website includes a 2015 article by Kelsey McCroskey titled Dyslexia Series:  Dyscalculia, which discusses the classroom implications of and interventions for dyscalculia.

    Internet IconUnderstood.org is a website for learning and attention issues.  Their website includes information on dyscalculia, including a Dyscalculia Fact Sheet.  

    Internet IconSage Publishing publishes (for purchase) a book titled The Dyscalculia Toolkit, by Ronit Bird. Many stakeholders have reported this book, and the accompanying online resources such as tables and tracking sheets, activity sheets, game boards, and videos, to be helpful in their study of dyscalculia. 

    Dysgraphia

    Internet IconESC-13 has a live binder with information on dysgraphia, including types of dysgraphia, sample batteries, interventions, and accommodations.

    For additional information and resources, please visit our

    ESC-20 Dyslexia page.

    For additional information and resources, please visit our

    ESC-20 Autism Instructional Strategies page. 

    For additional information and resources, please visit our

    ESC-20 Autism Instructional Strategies page. 

    For additional information and resources, please visit our

    ESC-20 Autism Instructional Strategies page. 

    Contact:
    Katy Kloberdanz
    (210) 370-5476

    Contact Katy Kloberdanz

    Internet IconThe Low Incidence Statewide Network (LISN) provides statewide leadership in addressing needs of students who have a severe cognitive disability, are medically fragile, or are deafblind.  They coordinate services among the 20 Education Service Centers and TEA to ensure ongoing communication and coordinated support throughout the State.  The LISN has several multiple resources designed to support teachers of students with low incidence with disabilities:

    Internet IconThe National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) is a national technical assistance center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  NCDB's website contains a library of FREE materials sorted by topics such as early identification, family engagement, literacy, and transition, as well as events, training information, and online courses.

    Internet IconTexas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired has a webpage dedicated to teachers of students with deafblindness.  This page contains resources such as a video tutorials on communication, information on how to become a teacher of students with deafblindness, and information on the Texas Teachers of Students with DeafBlindness (TDB) Project.

    Internet IconESC-20 collaborated with the San Antonio Zoo to create sample lesson plans for students with a low incidence disabilities.  These lesson plans covered reading, math, writing, and science.  

    For additional information and resources, please visit our

    Low Incidence Disabilities (LID) page. 

    Contact:
    Dana Frankland
    (210) 370-5441

    Contact Dana Frankland

    Internet IconLD OnLine is a website for learning disabilities (LD), learning disorders, and other learning differences, including ADD/ADHD, dyslexia and other related disorders.  This website houses information such as basics about LD, teaching and instruction for students with LD, and more.

    Internet IconThe National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) was founded in 1977 and exists to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 people nationwide with learning and attention issues.   The NCLD website includes reports and studies to assist in educational reform efforts and research on individuals with learning disabilities and attention issues.  Their programs include the following:

    • Friends of Quinn is and online community that offers information and support for young adults with learning differences.  This site includes videos, news briefs, and more.
    • Get Ready to Read is a source for tools and tips to develop literacy skills in early readers.
    • RTI Action Network is a resource for the effective implementation of response to intervention.
    • Understood.org is a website for learning and attention issues and has an article by Alexis Clark titled Educational Therapy:  What You Need to Know.  This article addresses a type of therapy that typically takes place outside of a school setting (outside of an IEP or 504 plan) where a professional works 1:1 with a student to help him/her learn skills and strategies to help improve their schoolwork.
    Contact:
    Bianca Cole
    (210) 370-5452

    Contact Bianca Cole

    Tammie Sinclair
    (210) 370-5638

    Contact Tammie Sinclair

    Internet IconThe National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) is a national technical assistance center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  NCDB's website contains a library of FREE materials sorted by topics such as early identification, family engagement, literacy, and transition, as well as events, training information, and online courses.

    Internet IconTexas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired has a webpage dedicated to teachers of students with deafblindness.  This page contains resources such as a video tutorials on communication, information on how to become a teacher of students with deafblindness, and information on the Texas Teachers of Students with DeafBlindness (TDB) Project.

    Contact:
    Dana Frankland
    Educational Specialist
    (210) 370-5441

    Contact Dana Frankland

     

    Internet IconLD OnLine is a website for learning disabilities (LD), learning disorders, and other learning differences, including ADD/ADHD, dyslexia and other related disorders.  This website houses information such as basics about ADHD and more.

    Internet IconUnderstood.org is a website for learning and attention issues and has an article by Alexis Clark titled Educational Therapy:  What You Need to Know.  This article addresses a type of therapy that typically takes place outside of a school setting (outside of an IEP or 504 plan) where a professional works 1:1 with a student to help him/her learn skills and strategies to help improve their schoolwork.

    Internet IconThe Low Incidence Statewide Network (LISN) provides statewide leadership in addressing needs of students who have a severe cognitive disability, are medically fragile, or are deafblind.  They coordinate services among the 20 Education Service Centers and TEA to ensure ongoing communication and coordinated support throughout the State.  The LISN has several multiple resources designed to support teachers of students with low incidence with disabilities:
    • Math Training Modules includes FREE modules on Teaching Math to Students with Significant Disabilities.

    Internet IconThe National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Illuminations website has math lessons and activities by grade level as well as interactive math resources such as mobile apps, games, and sketchpads.

    Internet IconRealWorldMath.org is a webpage with a collection of free math activities for Google Earth.  It is designed for both students and educators.  It contains downloadable lessons, videos, and a teacher specific site with blogs for teachers and more.

    Internet IconShodor Interactive is an interactive website with resources and tools for teaching secondary math, including videos, lessons, activities, and worksheets.  Their website is searchable by subject, topic, resource type, and audience and includes additional resources such as a math dictionary and standards. 

    Internet IconThe Tennessee Dyslexia Centers works with families to help them understand dyslexia, provide therapy for the student, and support the family in helping their student achieve success.  Their website includes a 2015 article by Kelsey McCroskey titled Dyslexia Series:  Dyscalculia, which discusses the classroom implications of and interventions for dyscalculia.

    Internet IconTexas Gateway for Online Resources by TEA is a free website for "just-in-time" resources with instant access to sequenced binders of instruction you can assign to students or self-directed professional developed courses you can take for yourself to earn CPE hours.  One of the available resources is the Mathematics TEKS Supporting Information, which spans K-12th grade.

    Internet IconUnderstood.org is a website for learning and attention issues.  Their website includes information on dyscalculia, including a Dyscalculia Fact Sheet.  

    Internet IconThe Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) publishes resources, including research-based instructional practices, to assist students with increasing reading skills.  

    Internet IconGet Ready to Read! is a site run by The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD).  This site is designed to support the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten and includes resources and information such as early literacy games, literacy checklists, and skill-building activities and more.

    Internet IconGoodReads is a website that makes recommendations to you for what you should read next based on the titles or genres you have enjoyed in the past!

    Internet IconThe Library of Congress website includes links to online books and suggested reading lists.

    Internet IconThe Learner's Dictionary is a service of Merriam-Webster that allows users to search for definitions in simple English.  For example, learners can type a question in the search box in order to find out the definition of a word.

    Internet IconThe Low Incidence Statewide Network (LISN) provides statewide leadership in addressing needs of students who have a severe cognitive disability, are medically fragile, or are deafblind.  They coordinate services among the 20 Education Service Centers and TEA to ensure ongoing communication and coordinated support throughout the State.  The LISN has several multiple resources designed to support teachers of students with low incidence with disabilities:

    • Literacy Training Modules includes FREE modules on Teaching Literacy to Students with Significant Disabilities.  These modules were developed by the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Internet IconNeuhaus Academy aids adolescents and adults in learning to read well by tailoring instruction to specific learning needs and allowing individuals to work at their own pace.  Neuhaus Academy is sponsored by Neuhaus Education Center, a non-profit, that believes reading is a right for all.  The Neuhaus Academy website offers a FREE online video library organized by categories, including topics such as closed syllables, vowel pair syllables, and content areas including science and social studies.  They also include FREE worksheets/work pages for teachers and learners with specific topics.

    Internet IconOxford Owl is based in the United Kingdom.  Their website houses FREE teaching resources, eBooks, and professional development videos for members (membership is free).  There are also subscription based services and supports. 

    Internet IconReading Rockets is a national multimedia learning initiate with information and resources on how young children learn to read, why so many struggle, and how adults can help.  This project has won the top honor from the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program, which honors organizations doing exemplary, innovative, and replicable work.  The website includes FREE resources such as research reports and reading guides as well as videos, podcasts, and more. 

    • Phonics Intervention Strategy - Sound (Elonkin) Boxes:  This downloadable PDF details a strategy designed for students in first grade and above who are having difficulty with phonemes and writing the corresponding letters to make the words.
      • PDF IconClick here to download the PDF of this document.

    Internet IconStory Time from Space is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit education foundation.  Its video library houses videos of astronauts reading children's stories while in space.

    Internet IconStoryline Online is an award winning children's literacy website that streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children's books alongside illustrations.  Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by elementary teachers, with the goal of strengthening comprehension, as well as speaking and writing skills.

    Internet IconThe TPRI Early Reading Assessment is a 1:1 early reading assessment that is designed to identify the reading development of students in kindergarten through third grade.  It helps teachers provide targeted instruction so that students can improve their reading skills.  Their website includes FREE blackline masters with specific activities for targeted areas of instruction.

    Internet IconTexas Gateway for Online Resources by TEA is a free website for "just-in-time" resources with instant access to sequenced binders of instruction you can assign to students or self-directed professional developed courses you can take for yourself to earn CPE hours.  One of the resources included is Targeting the 2 Percent, which provides reading intervention lessons to teachers who work with students in grades K-5 in all of the components of reading instruction.

    Internet IconReading Rockets is a national multimedia learning initiative with information and resources on how young children learn to read, why so many struggle, and how adults can help.  This project has won the top honor from the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program, which honors organizations doing exemplary, innovative, and replicable work.  The website includes FREE resources such as research reports and reading guides as well as videos, podcasts, and more. 

     

     

    • Phonics Intervention Strategy - Sound (Elonkin) Boxes:  This downloadable PDF details a strategy designed for students in first grade and above who are having difficulty with phonemes and writing the corresponding letters to make the words.
      • PDF IconClick here to download the PDF of this document.

    Digital Library/Article Sources

     

    Internet Iconepic! is a digital library designed for children ages 12 and younger.  It has 25,000 books, learning videos, quizzes, and more, and isFREE for educators!

    Internet IconThe International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) is funded by the non-profit ICDL Foundation.  The ICDL site contains asearchable library of books that are sorted by age group, genre, length, language, and more.

    Internet Iconnewsela is an online library comprised of articles with adjustable Lexile level options.  The articles are designed to peak student interest.  The system has the capability of assigning comprehension quizzes at the end.  A FREE educator membership is required.

    Internet IconProject Gutenberg has over 57,000 FREE eBooks, including epub books, kindle downloads, and books that you can read online.  Project Gutenberg focuses on older works for which copyright has expired.

    Internet IconTexQuest is an online digital library available to Texas public schools.  It houses several types of documents teacher and student resources, including articles and books, and allows student resources to be individualized by offering features such as:

    • text to be adapted by Lexile levels;
    • text-to-speech features; and
    • thematic articles with a variety of readability levels.

    Internet IconTweenTribune, a Smithsonian run website, is an online digital library with current events articles offered at a variety of Lexile and grade levels.  The user can select articles based on interests, Lexile level, or grade level.

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