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SPE 504: Teaching Exceptional Students

Helpful Websites

  • IRIS Center

    The IRIS Center is an excellent resource for teacher education students and practicing professionals. They have lots of different types of information - course modules, case studies, information briefs, activities, and more.

    For the purposes of this class, I recommend that you go to Resources, then IRIS Resource Locator. In the search box, search for your assigned disability or disability category.

  • TeacherVision: Special Education and Needs Resources

    TeacherVision has blog entries, worksheets, descriptions of learning activities (like repeated reading), lesson plans, and more.

    TeacherVision content seems to be mostly created and reviewed by other teachers, which is both a benefit and a drawback. On one hand, it's useful to hear from peers who are actually working with students. On the other hand, you may also encounter strategies that are in opposition to what research has found - for example, I found a few activities mentioning learning styles in TeacherVision. [What's wrong with learning styles?]

  • High-leverage practices in special education (HLPs)

    High-leverage practices are one type of research-based teaching practices. They tend to be broad - so they can be applied across all content areas and age groups (McCray et al., 2017).

  • What Works Clearinghouse

    This website lists teaching strategies that have been shown to be effective. The link above will take you to a list of strategies that are helpful for teaching children and young adults with disabilities.

McCray, E.D., Kamman, M., Brownell, M.T., & Robinson, S. (2017). High-leverage practices and evidence-based practices: A promising pair. Retrieved from

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