National Special Education Week is particularly poignant this year. That’s because it marks the 45th anniversary of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. In honor of the work special education teachers do to ensure their students with disabilities thrive, we’ve put together some of our favorite resources for you to add to your tool kit. Don’t forget to bookmark your favorites. Enjoy!
Special Education Teacher Podcasts
Special Education Inner Circle – Special Education Inner Circle is hosted by Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed., a special needs sibling, certified special education teacher, and special needs parent. The podcast features real-world strategies and tips for teachers, parents, students, and others on the IEP team. There are 54 episodes covering topics like classroom accommodations, questions to ask at the IEP table, and help for angry parents and teachers.
That Special Educator – That Special Educator, hosted by Braelan Martin, features “regular teachers talking about why they love education, whey they love teaching, and why they love their students.” The podcast covers topics like tips for building positive culture in a special education classroom, preventing burnout, establishing boundaries, and practicing self-care.
Special Education Teacher Websites
LD online – LD online has a helpful compilation of resources for teaching kids with learning disabilities. The page contains links to content on instructional strategies for teaching students with LD or ADHD, using technology in the classroom, working with parents, and more.
Council for Exceptional Children – The Council for Exceptional Children Resource Library is designed to support special education professionals and features remote teaching resources, the Anchor.FM podcast, and Quick Takes videos on instruction. The site covers issues like remote co-teaching, student privacy, and accessibility.
Special Education Teacher Books
Scholastic Special Needs Book Lists – Scholastic has a series of articles recommending books, apps, videos, and more, that special education teachers can use to strengthen their skills in the classroom and beyond. Books listed include A Survival Guide for New Special Educators and The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules; apps include The Social Express, Dragon Dictation, and Stories2Learn; and videos include Power Up! and The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia.
Special Education Teacher Articles
Cross Country Educational Professionals Blog – Our resource library contains many articles for special education teachers. Check it out, and while you’re there, read our posts on ADHD awareness, writing social-emotional IEP goals, what to know about being a special education teacher, and more.
We hope you find these resources to be a helpful addition to your special education teaching toolkit!
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