Links to Other Websites
The following are links to useful information on the web. All links listed below open in separate windows.
Access Center: Improving Outcomes for All Students K-8
The Access Center is a national technical assistance (TA) center funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs to improve educational outcomes for elementary and middle school students with disabilities. The Center works to build the capacity of state educators, TA systems, districts, schools, and individuals to help students with disabilities engage in and learn from the general education curriculum.
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
The AFT strives to improve the lives of members and their families; to give voice to their legitimate professional, economic, and social aspirations; to strengthen the institutions in which they work; to improve the quality of the services provided; to bring together all members to assist and support one another; and to promote democracy, human rights, and freedom in the union, in the nation, and throughout the world.
Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
ACEI has a mission to promote and support in the global community the optimal education and development of children, from birth through early adolescence, and to influence the professional growth of educators and the efforts of others who are committed to the needs of children in a changing society.
Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
CAST is an educational, not-for-profit organization that uses technology to expand opportunities for all people, including those with disabilities.
Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE)
CASE is a division of the Council for Exceptional Children that provides service to local administrators of special education. Its 5,200 members are primarily local administrators, although some members are state level administrators and others are faculty engaged in the preparation of special education administrators. Students in the field of special education administration are also members of CASE.
Council for Educational Diagnostic Services (CEDS)
CEDS is a division of the Council for Exceptional Children that ensures the highest quality of diagnostic and prescriptive procedures involved in the education of individuals with disabilities and/or who are gifted.
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
CEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
International Reading Association (IRA)
The IRA seeks to promote high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction through studying the reading processes and teaching techniques; serving as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of reading research through conferences, journals, and other publications; and actively encouraging the lifetime reading habit.
This national effort, serving college faculty working in pre-service preparation programs, aims to ensure that general education teachers, school administrators, school nurses, and school counselors are well prepared to work with students who have disabilities and with their families.
National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE)
NABSE is the nation's largest network of African American educators. NABSE is dedicated to improving the educational accomplishments of African American youth through the development and deployment of instructional and motivational methods that increase levels of inspiration, attendance, and overall achievement.
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
NAESP has a mission to lead in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle level principals and other education leaders in their commitment to all children.
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
NASP represents and supports school psychology through leadership to enhance the mental health and educational competence of all children.
National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)
NASDSE provides support to all states and territories in the delivery of quality education to children and youth with disabilities through training, technical assistance, research, policy development and the development and modeling of powerful collaborative relationships with other organizations and all constituencies.
National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt)
NCCRESt provides technical assistance and professional development to close the achievement gap between students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and their peers and to reduce inappropriate referrals to special education. The project targets improvements in culturally responsive practices, early intervention, literacy, and positive behavioral supports.
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
NCLD increases opportunities for all individuals with learning disabilities to achieve their potential.
National Center on Accessing the General Curriculum (NCAC)
The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) has established NCAC to provide a vision of how new curricula, teaching practices, and policies can be woven together to create practical approaches for improved access to the general curriculum by students with disabilities.
National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
NCEO offers information on assessments, accountability policy and practices, national and state data collection programs, and standards-setting for all students, including those with disabilities.
National Center on Response to Intervention
The National Center on Response to Intervention is a 5-year national technical assistance (TA) center funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to provide TA to states and districts and build the capacity of states to assist districts in implementing proven models for RTI/EIS (response to intervention/early intervening services). The new center will serve as a central source of in-depth knowledge, expertise, and research on RTI for state and district administrators, educators, and parents.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
NICHCY is an information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues. The focus is on education and children and youth, ages birth to 22 years.
National Education Association (NEA)
NEA is the nation's leading organization committed to advancing the cause of public education. The mission statement reads: "To fulfill the promise of a democratic society, the National Education Association shall promote the cause of quality public education and advance the profession of education; expand the rights and further the interest of educational employees; and advocate human, civil, and economic rights for all."
National Institute for Urban School Improvement (NIUSI)
NIUSI's mission is to support inclusive urban communities, schools, and families to build their capacity for sustainable, successful urban education. The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs funded NIUSI to facilitate the unification of current general and special education reform efforts as these are implemented in the nation's urban school districts.
Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. The Reading Rockets project is comprised of PBS television programs, online services, and professional development opportunities. Reading Rockets is an educational initiative of WETA, the PBS station in Washington, D.C., and is funded by a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.
Regional Resource and Federal Centers Network
The Federal Resource Center for Special Education offers contact information for all the Office of Special Education Programs technical assistance and dissemination projects. The regional resource centers (RCCs) provide technical assistance to state education associations (SEAs), state departments of education, and state departments of special education.
Research Institute on Progress Monitoring (RIPM)
RIPM’s goal is to develop a system of progress monitoring to evaluate effects of individualized instruction on access to and progress within the general education curriculum. The Institute is housed at the Institute on Community Integration and the Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Iowa State University for Science and Technology is a lead collaborator in this research. It is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).
Self-Reliance Foundation ~ Acceso Hispano
The Self-Reliance Foundation works to empower disadvantaged minorities by disseminating practical information and facilitating access to community-based services.
TeachingLD.org, the official website of the Division for Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children, features materials and explanations about using progress monitoring techniques with students with learning disabilities.
Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers (Alliance)
The Alliance is an innovative project that supports a unified technical assistance system for the purpose of developing, assisting, and coordinating Parent Training and Information Projects and Community Parent Resource Centers under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative (USELC)
USELC is a network of special education leaders from urban school districts around the country that gives its members unique opportunities to share research, information, and ideas about what works and why in urban school districts. The collaborative accomplishes its leadership development mission by providing training, personalized technical assistance, policy-sharing, and distance-learning opportunities.