Preparing General Education Teachers to Improve Outcomes for Students With Disabilities

The IDEA stresses the importance of participation of students with disabilities in the general curriculum. (read more about IDEA in the Education Section) and more and more children with disabilities are placed in the general education classroom and are taught by general education teachers. This can be problematic for some teachers who do not feel prepared to teach these children.

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the National Center on Learning Disabilities recently published a policy brief, "Preparing General Education Teachers to Improve Outcomes for Students With Disabilities" that articulates a vision of effective preparation for general education teachers to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. The brief outlines challenges, promising practices and recommendations to improve the success of children with disabilities.

New Free iPhone App Gives Parents Information and Strategies to Advocate for their Kids

Developed by a Professor of Education at Syracuse University, iAdvocate provides parents with both information and strategies in regards to their educational rights and getting their child’s needs met. The goal of iAdvocate is to share and develop specific strategies with parents for working collaboratively with a school team to improve their children’s education and to provide the most inclusive and meaningful educational environment for students with disabilities.

iAdvocate provides suggested responses to the obstacles parents commonly face when dealing with the school system. The responses include links to the related IDEA section, court cases, and suggested books, articles, and websites for more information. iAdvocate is available free of charge from iTunes.