3 Links Every Educator Needs

Posted on 03 Jan 2011 in list | Comments Off on 3 Links Every Educator Needs

What Works in Education?chalk

As a teacher, I was constantly on the look out for What’s Work’s (effective and efficient). I was committed not to be taken in by fads or the latest here say in the staff lounge. I wanted to know what worked best for my students from a scientific perspective. And hey, this wasn’t just the high moral ground or some nobel exercise – it’s the law. Both IDEA and NCLB require educators to use “scientific and evidence-based practices” and “peer-reviewed research” for our students. 

With that in mind, let me help you with three links that I think every educator and most especially, every special educators needs bookmarked on their computer, laptop, or mobile device. These are catalogued by NICHCY (National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities): 

  1. Special Education Research: Where to Start? 
    • How to begin finding and applying research?
    • This page contains many links to answer the following questions:
    • Back to basics
    • Applying research
    • Remembering the reason why
    • Where do we look first?
    • Try these websites!
    • What research is revealing
  2. What Works: Can We Say? 
    • Where can I find information on evidence-based practices?
    • This page contains many links to answer the following information: 
    • First Toe in the Water
    • Improving School Systems
    • Preparing & Keeping Good Teachers
    • Helping Young Children
    • Providing School Services
  3. Research-Based Resources on Specific Disabilities 
    • A starting place for research-based information on disabilities.
    • This page contains many links to answers about the following disabilities:

    • AD/HD
    • Autism
    • Emotional/Behavioral Disturbance
    • Intellectual Disabilities
    • Learning Disabilities
    •  

What I like about the NICHCY site is that it directs you to primary sources of information. What I still can’t figure out is how National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities converts to the acronym NICHCY!!! Please send me a comment if you can enlighten my readers and I. 

What do you think of these links and what are your favorite sites for evidence-based information? Drop me a comment below.