Resources & Research

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What Are Classrooms Like for Students with Learning Disabilities?

General education classrooms can be perilous in a number of ways for students with learning disabilities. This article discusses some of the common sources of concern, from the environment to methods of instruction. It also provides suggestions for incorporating differentiated instruction in light of these concerns.

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Accommodations for Students with LD

This article from the National Center for Learning Disabilities presents examples of accommodations that allow students with learning disabilities to show what they know without giving them an unfair advantage. The article answers four questions: What are accommodations?;  How does a child receive accommodations?; Should accommodations have an impact on how assignments are graded?; and, What if accommodations don't seem to be helping?

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Improving Access to the General Curriculum for Students with Disabilities Through Collaborative Teaching - For Teachers

This professional development module explores how co-teaching looks in the classroom, scheduling and planning issues, and the challenge of supervising and evaluating a co-teaching team. Co-teaching occurs when two or more professionals jointly deliver substantive instruction to a diverse, or blended, group of students in a single physical space. This version is the Co-Teaching Module for Teachers. The module includes a PowerPoint presentation, a guide of facilitators, a co-teaching preparation checklist, and a document providing answers to common questions.

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Essential Components of RTI - A Closer Look at Response to Intervention

To assist states and local districts with planning for RTI, the National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI) has developed this information brief, Essential Components of RTI – A Closer Look at Response to Intervention. This brief provides a definition of RTI, reviews essential RTI components, and responds to frequently asked questions. The information presented is intended to provide educators with guidance for RTI implementation that reflects research and evidence-based practices, and supports the implementation of a comprehensive RTI framework.

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Enhancing Your Instruction Through Differentiation

This professional development module from The Access Center provides background information about differentiated instruction, demonstrates differentiation strategies, and addresses issues of implementation at the school and district level. It includes a PowerPoint presentation, a guide for facilitators, multiple hand-outs, a differentiation preparation checklist and a document providing answers to common questions.

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A Decade of Results: Charter School Loan and Operating Performance

This May 2011 report prepared by Ernst & Young examines the connection between charter school performance and loan performance. The report covers a variety of performance indicators on 430 loans totaling $1.2 billion from 2000 to 2009. Data about foreclosures, refinancings and extensions, and loan terms, as well as school-based characteristics such as size and academic performance are included in the report.

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Navigating the Closure Process

This May 2011 Issue Brief from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers summarizes how to close a charter school "in a responsible and efficient manner." The brief covers what to anticipate from stakeholders and the key elements of planning a closure.

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Portfolio School Districts Project

The National Charter School Resource Center and the U.S. Department of Education hosted a full-day conference in New Orleans on May 12, 2011, titled Transforming Urban Public Education: Exploring the Potential of City-Based Strategies. The presenters explored emerging city-based movements that are embracing high-quality charter schools as an integral component of citywide reform initiatives that are designed to improve the quality of public education for all students.

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District-Charter Collaboration Compacts

The National Charter School Resource Center and the U.S. Department of Education hosted a full-day conference in New Orleans on May 12, 2011, titled Transforming Urban Public Education: Exploring the Potential of City-Based Strategies. The presenters explored emerging city-based movements that are embracing high-quality charter schools as an integral component of citywide reform initiatives that are designed to improve the quality of public education for all students.

 

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California City-Specific Strategies

The National Charter School Resource Center and the U.S. Department of Education hosted a full-day conference in New Orleans on May 12, 2011, titled Transforming Urban Public Education: Exploring the Potential of City-Based Strategies. The presenters explored emerging city-based movements that are embracing high-quality charter schools as an integral component of citywide reform initiatives that are designed to improve the quality of public education for all students.