Education practices (K12 and transition)

Topics that address the specific K-12 educational practices and strategies, including transition-related practices, to enhance outcomes for students with disabilities.

Academic standards
Academic standards are statements that indicate what students should know and be able to do and/or how well students must perform to be considered proficient. The Institute addresses strategies to help students with disabilities meet academic standards.
Accommodations and supports
Accommodations and supports, in this context, are adaptations, accommodations, and modifications provided to students with disabilities to help them succeed in the school environment. See same topic in Educational accountability and assessment and Employment and postsecondary education.
Arts integration
Arts integration is an approach to teaching that uses the arts to teach academic content.
Assistive/adaptive technology
Assistive/adaptive technology, in the educational context, refers to devices or equipment used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of students with disabilities in educational settings. See same topic in Employment and postsecondary education and Community life.
Dropout prevention and student engagement
Dropout prevention, as addressed by the Institute, is best achieved through fostering students' engagement in school and with learning so that they become motivated to stay in school.
Family engagement
Family engagement in the education context is when parents and/or other family members support the social, emotional, physical, academic, and occupational growth of children and youth with disabilities, either independently or in collaboration with professionals. See same topic in Early education and development.
IEP development
The Individualized Education Program (IEP), as mandated by the IDEA, is a plan to help students with disabilities achieve educational goals and ultimately, to graduate high school. The Institute addresses various aspects of IEP development and implementation. See also Transition planning.
Inclusive education
Inclusive education, as addressed by the Institute, is the practice of educating students with disabilities in regular classrooms whenever possible and socially integrating them into the school community.
Inclusive service learning
Inclusive service learning is giving students with disabilities the opportunity to learn through service to the community. Service learning integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
Instructional strategies
Instructional strategies are teaching methods adapted to the specific learning needs of individual students and/or learning abilities. See also Progress monitoring.
Literacy, as addressed by the Institute, is the ability of children to read and write, especially for those at-risk and/or with a disability. Literacy is critical to one's educational success and eventual independence and vocational success.
Mentoring of youth
Youth mentoring, as addressed by the Institute, is when experienced adults have a forum to share their knowledge and/or wisdom with youth with disabilities to support their professional growth and development and to benefit the overall community. The Institute focuses on both traditional mentoring and electronic or e-mentoring.
Paraprofessional and teacher development
The Institute addresses the importance of (and/or offers) training for paraprofessionals and teachers to help them acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes to help them better educate students with disabilities.
Positive behavior support
Positive behavior support in educational settings is an approach to improve social competence and academic achievement through preventing problem behavior and developing pro-social skills. See same topic in Community life.
Student learning strategies
Student learning strategies, as addressed by the Institute, are tools or techniques used by students with disabilities to enable them to successfully approach new learning situations and to complete school assignments independently.
Transition planning
Transition planning, in context of secondary education, encompasses strategies to help adolescents and young adults with disabilities move into adulthood and plan for life after high school. See also IEP development.
Youth development and leadership
Youth development is a process that prepares young people to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood through a coordinated, progressive series of activities and experiences which help them gain skills and competencies. Youth leadership is part of that process.