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Student Teaching: A Guide to Practical Resources: Special Education

This guide provides an overview of practical resources for student teachers located through the Leonard Lief Library at Lehman College.

Professional Organization Websites & Journals

The professional organization in your area of teaching certification publishes journals covering research and best practices -  an excellent way to learn from practicing teachers and peer reviewed research. 

Below are some examples:

Council for Exceptional Children http://www.cec.sped.org

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. (CEC)

Teaching Exceptional Children  http://www.cec.sped.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Publications2/TEACHINGExceptionalChildren/default.htm

Teaching Execptional Children features research-to-practice information and materials for classroom use, as well as current issues in special education teaching and learning. Members of the Council can view 10 years of the journal online. Those who are not members can browse the abstracts from the current issue and the table of contents from previous issues.

National Association of Special Education Teachers http://www.naset.org/

The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) is the only national membership organization dedicated solely to meeting the needs of special education teachers and those preparing for the field of special education teaching. (NASET)

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities http://www.nichcy.org/Research/Pages/Default.aspx

NICHCY provides information to the nation on: disabilities in children and youth; programs and services for infants, children, and youth with disabilities; IDEA, the nation’s special education law; and research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities. (NICHY)

National Center for Special Education Research http://ies.ed.gov/ncser/

The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), sponsors a comprehensive program of special education research designed to expand the knowledge and understanding of infants, toddlers and children with disabilities.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/index.html?src=mr%20

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.

Selected Websites

Videos

New York City Public Schools District 75 Video Site http://vimeo.com/d75

District 75 is the Special Education District within the New York City Department of Education. The videos on this site start from 2003 and they are intended to be "documentary, instructive, illustrative, whimsical, and most of all, respectful of the authentic practice, and experience, of teachers, students and administrators."