How to Improve Distance Learning for Students with IEPs

By: Kathryn Welby Originally Published: Edutopia, June 29, 2020 Distance learning isn’t easy for most students, but it is particularly difficult for those with learning differences that require individualized education programs (IEPs). This year, at the request of Merrimack College Institute for New Teacher Support (MINTS), I provided professional development for K–12 schools on teaching children with […]

Six Research-Backed Strategies for Remote Teaching

By: Amy Takabori Originally Published: Scientific Learning, April 16, 2020 As remote learning continues during COVID-19 school closures, educators have shared a plethora of creative and useful ideas for effective distance learning. In addition to these resources, educators might also be interested in what researchers have learned through systematic studies. In an EdWeek article, Brown University professor […]

Begin with the End in Mind!

Helping Students with Disabilities Successfully Transition into Adult Life Across the nation, schools are finding success with a more effective approach to preparing students for post-secondary success.  This means transitioning away from a traditional textbook-oriented attitude toward a hands-on strategy that integrates each student’s strengths, preferences and interests into a tailored, career-driven education, beginning in […]

Congress Hands Special Ed Hefty Funding Boost

By: Michelle Diament Originally Published: Disability Scoop, January 9, 2020 Federal funding for special education will rise the most it has in years under a newly approved government spending plan. The increase comes as part of a $1.4 trillion package signed late last year by President Donald Trump that will fund the federal government through […]

Digital Badges Validate Skills for Students with Special Needs

By: Stacey Pusey Originally Published: edScoop, September 26, 2019 Students with special needs struggle to graduate from high school and earn a diploma, much less pursue higher education or gain meaningful employment. Sometimes, this can be attributed to a skills gap between the desired career and the student’s training. Many times, though, the problem is […]

Providing Rich Educational Experiences for All Students

By: Nina Parrish Originally Published: Edutopia July 17, 2019 With proper scaffolds, students with learning differences benefit greatly from challenging opportunities like project-based learning. In the last 50 years, scientists have discovered that our brains are not fixed after early childhood but instead have potential for further change. The brain can adapt, reorganize, and reconstruct […]

Transition Outcomes: Alabama Students Show Huge Gains in Career Exploration

In the August issue of our ‘Career News & Views’ newsletter, we are celebrating the transition test score increases of the students in Montgomery, Alabama! Over the course of the 2018 – 2019 school year, students took 16 different career exploration courses focusing on vocational areas as diverse as Greenhouse Work, Child Care and Autobody […]

Proven Resources for Kentucky Alternate Diploma Courses

By creating custom curriculum packages, Education Associates has aligned our proven, hands-on career exploration kits and comprehensive life skills titles to Kentucky’s Special Education Courses for the Alternate Diploma. These custom curriculum packages support courses in: – Developing Career Options – Experience in Workplace Principles – Daily Living Skills – Basic Money Skills – Money […]

Fresh Pets, Fresh Skills

Dog Washes Teach Intellectually Disabled How To Care For Animals By: Suzanne Garofalo Originally Published: Houston Chronicle 3/29/19 This was clearly not Mocha’s first visit to the groomer. Nothing about the water, lather, blow-dryer or brush fazed the fuzzy little dog. She seemed to know she was in capable, loving hands. Those hands belong to […]

Local Students Prepare for the Workforce

Project Discovery ‘Job Ready’ Curriculum from Education Associates is improving the odds of successful employment for students in the Crosby-Ironton School District. This past fall, the Special Education Department at Crosby-Ironton High School received a grant in the amount of $25,000 from Hallett Charitable Trust to invest in 10 Career Exploration Kits from the Project […]