What are tips for K-12 professionals writing IEPs/IFSPs for students who are deaf or hard of hearing?

Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) are documents developed by school personnel to help guide interventions for students in special education. Well-written IEPs and IFSPs for students who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) can be used to effectively guide instruction and track academic progress. Both itinerant and classroom teachers can play important roles in developing these documents.

The Signing Science Dictionary Project: A Promising Practice in Creating an Accessible Science Dictionary

Recognizing that cost and time often preclude one-by-one signing of even the most widely used instructional materials TERC, a not-for-profit education research and development organization, partnered with Vcom3D, the developer of the SigningAvatar accessibility software, to create the Signing Science Dictionary (SSD).

Integrating Technology: A Promising Practice in Making Biology Interactive

Carol Blanc, a biology teacher at Pendleton High School in Pendleton, Oregon, is using multimedia equipment in the classroom to keep students engaged and to promote learning. Ms. Blanc teaches sophomores with a broad range of skills and abilities. She reports that 30% of her students are served under Individual Education Plans, due to cognitive, sensory, learning and organizational deficits.

Canfield Middle School: A Promising Practice in Motivating Math Students with Technology

Deann Shillington, a special education teacher at Canfield Middle School in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho identified a need for intensive, direct instruction in basic skills to help improve her students' math performance. Ms. Shillington wanted to capitalize on the benefits that computer programs have to offer. In collaboration with DO-IT's AccessSTEM project, she acquired computers and a LCD projector.

Alaska Transition Camp: A Promising Practice in Involving Students and Educators in Transition Planning

All-Alaska Academy offers week-long transition camps for students with disabilities to aid them in their transition from secondary to postsecondary institutions or from school to work. Participants attend as part of a team from their district. Teams focus on fostering an academic learning experience for both students and educators.

Boston Public Schools Access Technology Center: A Promising Practice of Universal Design

The Boston Public School system is known for its commitment to incorporating technology and universal design into its public institutions and classrooms. In 2001 the Access Technology Center (ATC) moved into the Boston Public Schools' Office of Instructional Technology (OIT) to expand technology access and training opportunities for teachers.

What is No Child Left Behind and how does it affect students with disabilities?

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was signed by President George W. Bush on January 8th, 2002. The legislation attempts to improve the performance of America's primary and secondary schools by increasing accountability standards for states and school districts, providing parents with more flexibility in choosing schools, and promoting the use of educational practices based on scientific research.