Professional
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ISN Partner: Unified Champion Schools Course Series for Educators

NOW LIVE! Free Introduction to UCS Course Series for Educators We are so excited to share the new Unified Champion Schools (UCS) training created especially for educators is now live on our learning platform SO Learn! This series includes four courses that will increase educators understanding of the Unified Champion Schools strategy and demonstrate its… Read more

What We Are Reading. . .And Why It’s So Important Right Now!

Author: Tim LaCourt, M.A. This book is a relevant revision of a 2011 publication. The need for this book—now more than ever–is clearly stated on page 5 by the authors: “As schools and classrooms transition from pandemic to post-pandemic operations, the high frequency, high quality implementation of better instructional practice is no longer a professional… Read more

Grantseeking Resources

Finding grants can present an elusive search; websites change, new grant sources are added while others dry up.  Do periodic searches. Know what grant providers do and don’t fund. Carefully read the application process. Don’t give up…there is money out there for your school! Remember, always begin with your district level Grants Office or School… Read more

Ten Hints for Grant Proposals

Used with the approval of Brazos Transit Systems, 504 East 27th St., Bryan, TX 77803 Grants for meeting the needs of in-school populations are made available through a variety of local, state, and federal governmental sources. Private sector funds are often made available for special populations. This is a list of suggestions to guide you… Read more

Accommodations in the Classroom: A Guide to Making Them Real

Savvy and successful school principals certainly understand the value of keeping it real.  In a recent training, Stetson and Associates offered a wide array of examples and practical applications.  Each recommendation was designed to help teachers interpret how vital accommodations can realistically happen based on the Individual Education Programs (IEPs) of their students. For many… Read more

Resources for Working with the Deaf and HoH Community

Thanks for the inspiring message and great resources Sara! Dear ISN, My nephew is the sunshine of my life. He just so happens to be deaf, and he and I talk (I learned sign language!) about how it’s one of the many, many qualities that makes him so special. He’s always accepted who he is… Read more

A Common Vocabulary in Inclusive Schools

Words are powerful. Consistency in the words we use to describe services and supports for  students with disabilities must be clear and consistent across the district for all children, parents, teachers, and community members. This brief tutorial defines inclusion and provides clarity regarding commonly used terms, such as PLAAFP, Curricular Supports, Advanced Supports, Support Facilitation, and… Read more

Staff Development Survey

Download and share this Staff Development Survey, designed by Stetson & Associates, Inc., to gather data about the professional learning needs in your school. Respondents are asked to evaluate their need for training in specific topics, such as: Differentiated Instruction Cooperative Learning Best Practices for Differentiated Schools Activity Based Instruction Integrative/Thematic Instruction Accommodations and Modifications… Read more

Shaking the House “Khooneh Takouni”

Khooneh takouni, which translates to "shaking the house" is a Persian ritual of spring cleaning that precedes the Persian New Year each spring. The ritual of spring cleaning, in many cultures, provides a fresh start as we enter the season of new beginnings. As trees bloom and flowers blossom many people enjoy a renewed sense… Read more

Formalizing External Supports

Collaborative Planning for External Support Services Tool This tool is designed for two teachers to use when determining the specific external supports needed by a special education or special needs student. Note that you can also use this in planning to meet the needs of a student who is struggling in school. How do we formalize External Supports? Step 1… Read more