Professional Development

Ed. Dept Compiles Special Education Training Resources

By Christina A. Samuels — August 27, 2010 1 min read
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I love a good bargain, and my favorite price is “free.” So as the school year starts around the country, I’m happy to point parents and teachers in the direction of some no-cost online professional development compiled by the Department of Education through its LearningPort website.

The Education Department has linked to reports and webinars created by school districts, professional groups and other organizations on various special education topics. Interested in response to intervention? You can find links to online training modules created by the Nebraska Department of Education’s RTI consortium, a website on behavioral interventions from the Utah Department of Education, or RTI blueprints for implementation from the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.

The online resources have been compiled for topics as varied as improving the achievement gap among American Indian students, explaining the use of a functional behavioral assessment, and data-driven decision making.

Through a quick search through the LearningPort site, I’ve come across one broken link—the website that the LearningPort site linked to had obviously been redesigned. And of course, this site contains has a fraction of the information that can be found on any of these topics. But this is a good place to start when a Google search seems overwhelming.

A version of this news article first appeared in the On Special Education blog.