- CAST – Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to improve teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how we learn. http://www.cast.org/
- Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) online guides to development of effective social and emotional learning programs. http://www.casel.org/
- Colorin colorado!: A national website serving educators and families of English language learners (ELLs) in Grades PreK-12. http://www.colorincolorado.org/teaching-ells/content-instruction-ells/social-studies-instruction-ells
- Social Studies & Exceptional Learners (National Council for the Social Studies)
- An easy-to-use guide for educators linking special education resources and social studies instruction for exceptional learners. Includes useful lesson plans for teaching exceptional learners at each of the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Each lesson is aligned with the national social studies standards and the C3 Framework for social studies state standards.
- Textbooks: Karen Albano, an 8th Grade World History teacher, finds the blending of textbook materials, including scaffolded readings and vocabulary builders, to work most effectively when added to the use of primary source materials during instruction. Exceptional learners often benefit from the varied use of resources and primary source documents which naturally lend themselves towards the kind of discussion and inquiry-based learning that makes inclusion and special education classrooms most successful.
- Based on support work with the teachers of the Massachusetts Special Education in Institutional Settings program and participation by SPED teachers in numerous Emerging America workshops, EmergingAmerica.org will soon expand offerings on this page of exemplary lessons, assessments, classroom activities, and recommendations for other resources focused on making inquiry accessible through primary sources.
- Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) Instructional Guides support the planning high quality curricula, instruction, and assessment for students in DYS and other institutional settings. Aligned with Massachusetts History and Social Science Content Frameworks, the guides prioritize vital standards most directly relevant to DYS student needs and interests. The guides use a positive youth development approach in presenting best teaching practices that encourage students’ development of a strong sense of voice and self-advocacy as they plan for their future. http://www.collaborative.org/programs/dys/dys-instructional-guides
- U.S. History I Guide for DYS Schools (1763-1876)
- U.S. History II Guide for DYS Schools (1877-2000)
- The wholly online Disability History Museum offers hundreds of primary sources as well as background essays and other resources. The museum examines the people, lives, and institutions of disability from the founding of the nation to today. Looking across disabilities and ages, the site aims to help all museum users deepen understanding of variation and difference in national and community life. http://www.disabilitymuseum.org
- Search for the Disability History primary source set through the Teaching Resources page on this site.
- Olympics: Past and Present. Provides a clear outline of the types of lesson plans that function well for a wide range of learners and include modifications. Sage Publications. https://www.sagepub.com/sites/default/files/upm-binaries/34153_Chapter1.pdf
Exemplar Teaching Tools
- Differentiating Instruction for Special Education ELL Students. American Museum of Natural History. Includes an authentic learning experience for students at a natural history museum. http://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/english-language-learners/differentiating-instruction-for-special-education-ell-students/
- Teaching Special Education History Using Writing-to-Learn Strategies. Ray Marik, Seattle School District. http://wac.colostate.edu/books/sawdust/chapter5.pdf
- “Get it Off the Page.” Kaitlin Tower, Orlando, Florida. Social Studies and Special Education. Discusses inclusion classes with a particular focus on autism spectrum students. Includes an exciting technique called where educators find ways to make materials more hands-on and allow for kinesthetic learners to access the information. Video. (5:00 mins.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LQ2inyNdZQ
- Co-Teaching–Teacher Education. Purdue University. Video. (13:05 mins.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1Xpz2WU2Ow
Overview of Special Education
- Introduction to Special Education. Austin Community College. http://www.austincc.edu/teacher/files/documents/module1softchalk_print.html
- What is Differentiated Instruction? Examples of ways to differentiate instruction in the classroom. Concordia University. http://education.cu-portland.edu/blog/teaching-strategies/examples-of-differentiated-instruction/