Special education

IDEA guidance: How districts can strengthen their special education programs

Special education programs must have benchmarks and processes that allow districts to measure and adjust interventions for each student.

What’s in store for special education and edtech? Leaders weigh in

In this panel, FETC Conference Chair Jennifer Womble is joined by several superintendents and experts who share their advice for district leaders on how to address the growing concerns surrounding special education and how to leverage assistive technology to meet students' needs.

These are the top 10 topics school boards are discussing right now

This may come as news to some superintendents and district leaders: Book bans and pride flags are not the main topics of discussion at every school board meeting in the country. Still, school boards are grappling with some complicated topics.

How to more effectively monitor IDEA while data drives improvements

More than half of the 50 states and the District of Columbia failed to comply with IDEA Part B, the federal law that requires states to provide free and appropriate education for students with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21.

3 ways to support the special education pros who remain during shortages

Research shows that one-third of novice special education teachers in the United States will quit within the first three years of employment. Before the feelings of burnout crept in, these professionals had passion.

5 ways to build strong family relationships around speech therapy

It’s hard for a child to become invested in their therapy if they have family members who don’t believe they need it or if there is a misunderstanding that the therapy alone will address the concerns.

This superintendent wants everyone to know his district’s 4 big philosophies

At the top of Superintendent Rupak Gandhi's summer to-do list is telling everyone that Fargo Public Schools is about honesty in education, supporting the LGBTQ+ community and disability justice.

One more Texas takeover: State seizing control of special ed in Austin ISD

Texas Education Agency officials said in a 31-page report that Austin ISD failed to follow a state-imposed improvement plan that found the district did not evaluate students in need of special education or provide services to those students.

Should more states resort to ’emergency permits’ to hire special ed staff?

In Texas, districts are allowed to use emergency permits to hire non-certified teachers to meet staffing needs. One district has tripled its special ed staff hiring numbers this school year, but is it worth it?

5 ways to help special education students reach their learning goals

Evidence-based practice-enabled platforms let teachers create individual learning opportunities for students in special education.

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