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Effective Implementation of Student IEPs: Online Resources and Professional Development

Below is a listing of online learning opportunities for educators interested in improving outcomes for students with disabilities. It is not an exhaustive listing, but a sampling of what is available to improve educational practice. Many of the websites chosen represent national centers funded by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs. They have multiple offerings on their sites and are worth exploring for a variety of topics. If you have found a source that you feel should be included here, please feel free to offer the suggestion to us. Additionally, if you do not find a resource that meets your needs, please feel free to call our center for help in identifying a quality resource that would address your needs, 1-800-445-2722.

Click here for information on professional development related to IEP implementation.

Accommodations, Modifications and Strategies

Assistive Technology (AT)

Behavior and Social Emotional Issues

  • Center for Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning: Training Modules Promoting Social and Emotional Competence
    These modules were designed based on input gathered during focus groups with diverse stakeholders about the types and content of training that would be most useful in addressing the social-emotional needs of young children. The content of the modules is consistent with evidence-based practices identified through a thorough review of the literature.
  • National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities
    • Strategies to Increase School Completion Rates for Students with or at risk for Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
      Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (EBD) continue to demonstrate the worst post-secondary outcomes among all groups of students in part due to the large dropout rate. Participants will be provided with big ideas and essential features as well as directed to available resources to assist them in their implementation efforts.
    • Engaging Students with School: The Essential Dimension of Dropout Prevention Programs
      Student engagement with school, is considered the primary theoretical model for understanding dropout and is the bottom line in interventions to promote school completion. The presentation is based on the implementation of Check & Connect, a model to promote students’ engagement with school, reduce dropout, and increase school completion. Dr. Christenson will discuss effective interventions for students at risk of educational failure with a focus on indicators of students’ commitment to learning, perceptions of academic and social competence, and the sense of belonging by educators and parents.

Disability Specific Information

  • Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR): Fact Sheets on Specific Disabilities
    CPIR offers brief, but detailed fact sheets on specific disabilities. Each fact sheet defines the disability, describes its characteristics, offers tips for parents and teachers, and connects you with companion resources and disability organizations that offer more information and assistance

Language Arts

  • International Reading Association: Podcasts and Podcast Series
    Multiple free podcasts on a variety of topics on teaching reading, some examples include: Lapp and Fisher on Comprehension Instruction, Diane Lapp and Douglas Fisher talk about comprehension instruction, from its history to current issues in critical literacy and the impact of digital text. Creating a Home Reading Program, Motivate kids and involve parents in an effective at-home reading program to supplement classroom activities. Supporting Struggling Adolescent Readers, Teachers and tutors can use these ideas to engage middle and high school students
  • Reading Rockets
    Their library provides teachers with effective, research-based classroom strategies to help build and strengthen literacy skills in the following areas: print awareness, phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. Think Aloud is one example of a vocabulary strategy, explained and demonstrated on this site.


  • The IRIS Center Podcast: Diverse Learners
    Diane Torres-Velásquez discusses some of the cultural differences among English learners and ways in which teachers can anchor math instruction so that it is culturally relevant.

Professional Development Providers in Connecticut

These in-state providers offer training on state-specific issues as well as nationally recognized best practices in education.  Visit their websites for a complete listing of their opportunities.

  • Regional Educational Service Center (RESC) Alliance
    All RESCs support the instructional and operational components of Connecticut school districts. RESCs design and deliver community-based education, training, and human service programs.   RESCs now offer statewide online learning opportunities for both students and educators. Check out our RESC Alliance statewide webinar series online. These online workshops were offered throughout the 2010-11 school year and are now available for download.
  • State Education Resource Center ( SERC) 
    SERC provides professional development and information dissemination in the latest research and best practices to educators, service providers, and families throughout the state, as well as job-embedded technical assistance and training within schools, programs, and districts. One example is their multimedia presentation which is designed to provide a tool and a process for helping Connecticut educators develop standards-based IEPs: A Guide to Common Core State Standards-Based IEPs 
  • Modules on understanding the LD Guidelines: State Department of Education Guidance on Special Education
    You will find guidelines, topic briefs and other resources from the state of Connecticut on specific disabilities, as well as guidelines for related service. You will find research based practices to enhance your students’ learning.

General Websites for Diverse Online Professional Development Opportunities

  • Equity Alliance at ASU
    Receive just-in-time information about teaching, leading, and empowering culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Access free learning material through the Learning Carousel and learn how to develop inclusive teaching through the professional learning modules.
  • The Iris Center – Resource Locator
    The site offers a range of resources about evidence-based instructional and intervention practices.  Types of resources include modules, case studies, activities, information briefs and podcasts sorted by age group, resource type, translation availability, some topics available include: assistive technology, disability, diversity, learning strategies, related services and many more.
  • Teaching Channel
    Teaching Channel is a video showcase of inspiring and effective teaching practices in America’s schools. The site has a rapidly growing community of registered members who trade ideas and share inspiration from each other.
  • Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)
    CPIR offers research-based information to guide work with children with disabilities.

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