RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS

Disability Rights Center of Kansas (DRC)

DRC is an advocate for the civil and legal rights of Kansans with disabilities. DRC also educates policymakers on needed improvements to the law, programs and public policy.

Families Together, Inc.

Families Together, Inc. is a statewide organization that assists parents and children with disabilities. Each year, Families Together Inc. provides, without fees, direct support to more than 12,000 Kansas families.

Infinitec

The Mission of Infinitec is to advance independence and promote inclusive opportunities for children and adults with disabilities through technology. The Infinitec staff helps people with disabilities find and get access to information, technology services, training, assistive equipment and specialists by creating partnerships that maximize resources.

Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC)

KPIRC promotes meaningful parent involvement at all levels of education and provides information and resources to help parents, educators and other organizations promote the educational success of every Kansas child.

Kansas Technical Assistance System Network (TASN)

TASN provides technical assistance to support school districts’ systematic implementation of evidence-based practices.

Down Syndrome Innovations

Down Syndrome Innovations provides services and programming for people with Down Syndrome and their caretakers through all stages of life from birth, to education, to career readiness and continuing education. 

Understood
Helps those who learn and think differently discover their potentials, take control, find community, and stay on positive paths along each state of life’s journey.

 

Center for Parent Information & Resources
Your central hub of information and products created for the network of Parent Centers serving families of children with disabilities.

 

IDEA Partnership
The IDEA Partnership reflects the collaborative work of more than 50 national organizations, technical assistance providers, and organizations and agencies at state and local level.

 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association with resources for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; and students.

 

“How to Teach Children about Disabilities and Inclusion”
Teaching youth to share and accept each other’s differences is part of building an inclusive culture that shields students with disabilities from bullying.

 

“Communicating with People with Disabilities”
The information in this document identifies general issues for communication with all people with disabilities followed by issues that may be specific to individuals with a variety of disabilities.

 

“Teaching About Disability”
Resources, including lesson plans and awareness packets, enable educators to reduce barriers by teaching about disabilities.

 

“Disability 101: Increasing Disability Awareness and Sensitivity”
Disability 101 was created to provide an introduction to disability studies, to stimulate interest in disability issues and provide a mechanism to begin conversations about disability and inclusion.

 

Understanding Disabilities
This lesson helps students increase knowledge about people with disabilities and explore ways to sensitively communicate with people with disabilities.

 

Lessons for Teaching about Disabilities
Learning to Give provides experiential lessons for teachers on disabilities, reducing barriers, and philanthropy.

 

RespectAbility
Teachers are important partners in the efforts to overcome bias, barriers and stigmas by promoting and implementing best practices in the classroom. RespectAbility provides resources to teach students about disability and assist students with disabilities to succeed.

MCIE – Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education, Inc.
MCIE’s mission is to be the catalyst for the meaningful and successful inclusion of all students in their neighborhood schools.

 

Inclusive Schooling
We believe in supporting administrators, educators, and families who wish to create more caring, creative inclusive schools for all learners.

 

5 Moore Minutes with Shelley Moore
Website with videos dedicated to empowering schools and classrooms to support ALL Learners! Created by Shelley Moore, this website is designed with teachers in mind. As educators, we don’t always have a lot of time, so this website and video series offers resources, research, professional development activities and inspiration in 5-minute chunks!

 

KIT
KIT (Kids Included Together) is a national nonprofit dedicated to promoting acceptance of differences by teaching people how to meaningfully include children with disabilities or complex needs.

 

Inclusive Education Consulting
Applies research and best practices through coaching, professional development, and strategic planning services to support the goal of intentionally creating meaningful inclusive learning opportunities for ALL students.

 

Education First
Seasoned team of trusted advisors to the leaders responsible for delivering what many Americans want most: public education that effectively prepares all students for success in college, careers, and a world of constant change

 

National Inclusion Project
We’ve made it our mission to make the inclusion of children with disabilities the EXPECTATION, not the exception. We provide the training, tools, and support needed so that children with disabilities can be included in ALL of their activities and programs.

 

Accept TX Youth Move National
ACCEPT is a movement of youth and young adults who connect to educate, advocate, and grow youth voice in Texas.

Co-Teaching That Works: Structures and Strategies for Maximizing Student Learning
Anne M. Beninghof
For the increasing number of teachers working in co-taught classrooms, this book provides practical ideas for defining teacher roles, planning lessons, providing effective instruction, and maximizing the value of each team member.

 

A Guide to Co-Teaching: New Lessons and Strategies to Facilitate Student Learning (Third Edition)
Richard A. Villa, Jaqueline S. Thousand, and Ann I. Nevin
When you and a co-teacher bring together your individual skill sets and strategies, you’ll create a more enjoyable, creative, and productive teaching experience—and deliver more effective outcomes to your students, too.

 

Co-Teach! Building and Sustaining Effective Classroom Partnerships in Inclusive Schools (Third Edition)
Marilyn Friend, Ph.D
This is the definitive source of co-teaching information for teachers and administrators at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. This easy-to-read handbook explains how educators can make their co-teaching programs the best they can be.

 

Teaching in Tandem: Effective Co-Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom
Gloria Lodato Wilson and Joan Blednick
Co-teaching is an equal partnership between a special education teacher and a general education teacher. They share a classroom and responsibilities for teaching all students in the class.

 

Elevating Co-Teaching through UDL
Elizabeth Stein
Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework for designing inclusive learning environments, offers co-teachers structure and guidance in pursuing their goal to create successful learning environments for all students.

 

Two Teachers in the Room, Strategies for Co-Teaching Success (First Edition)
Elisabeth Stein
This book presents examples of different co-teaching models and shows how to cultivate a dynamic co-teaching relationship to benefit all students.

 

The Co-Teaching Book of Lists (First Edition)
Katherine Perez, Ed. D.
Filled with down-to-earth ideas, suggestions, strategies, and techniques, this book provides educators with a hands-on resource for making the co-teaching experience a success.

 

The Co-Teacher’s Playbook: What It Takes to Make Co-Teaching Work for Everyone (Corwin Teaching Essentials) (First Edition)
Angela Peery
Whether you’re new to co-teaching, new to your partner, or just see room for improvement in the way you connect, you probably face challenges with communication, planning, grading, and more. When co-teaching is done well, though, the benefits for students are immeasurable.

 

30 Days to the Co-Taught Classroom: How to Create an Amazing, Nearly Miraculous & Frankly Earth-Shattering Partnership in One Month or Less
Dr. Paula Kluth and Dr. Julie Causton
The authors will introduce you to the information, competencies, and habits you will need to become a great co-teaching partner.

 

The Paraprofessional’s Handbook for Effective Support in Inclusive Classrooms
Julie Causton and Kate Macleod
You’ll find real-world answers from two experts in the second edition of this bestselling guidebook. Passionate inclusion advocates, the authors bring you a supremely practical guide to surviving and thriving as an integral part of your school’s inclusive team.

“Co-Teaching: How to Make it Work”
Cult of Pedagogy blog post – Angela Peery

 

“6 Models of Co-Teaching”
Understood article – Amanda Morin

 

“Turning Around a Co-Teaching Relationship”
Middle Web blog post – Tan Huynh

 

“Co-Teaching”
Think Inclusive podcast – Marilyn Friend
We discuss what co-teaching is and what does it look like? Do schools have to provide a co-teaching service model? And how does co-teaching further the practice of inclusive education?

 

“Ep. 9 – Kicking off Co-Teaching – How to Create an Amazing Partnership”
The Inclusion podcast – Dr. Paula Kluth and Dr. Julie Causton
In this podcast, we ask and answer each other’s questions about co-teaching. Please send this to anyone who is co-teaching, anyone who is thinking about co-teaching or anyone who knows what co-teaching is.

 

“Ep. 052: Adventures in Co-Teaching
Let’s Talk Teaching podcast – Dr. Jen Friberg and Dr. Lisa Vinney
We discuss our journey in creating a truly co-equal collaboration. We discuss how to build trust and confidence in the co-teaching relationship, the importance of communication, and how to avoid missteps.

 

“Ep. 30 Co-Teaching in an Inclusion Classroom”
Modern Classrooms Project podcast – Kate Gaskill & co-teaching team of 6th grade educators
In this episode, we hear from a co-teaching team of Modern Classroom 6th grade educators on how they serve students in their inclusion classroom.

 

“Co-Teaching Top Ten Tips”
The Co-Teaching Cocoon video – Rena James and Mindy Howard
These are our top ten tips to establish and maintain an effective co-teaching relationship.