education on the web

IC Teams - The University of Maryland's laboratory for Instructional Consultation Teams' goal is to support the development, implementation, and maintenance of educational, instructional practices that link people in all levels of the education system. They are dedicated to implementing an educational system where general, special education, and pupil service personnel share the responsibility for the education of all students, with the assumptions that all students are learners, instructional match and setting is the focus of problem solving, a strong problem solving and learning community in the school is the foundation for success, and change is a process, not an event.  www.icteams.umd.edu

NRCLD - The National Research Center on Learning Disabilities conducts research on identifying learning disabilities, formulates recommendations for educational implementations and provides technical assistance to national, state, and local supporters. Their information sheet, Information Sheet for Regional Resource Centers, Response-To-Intervention Models: Identify, Evaluate and Scale, provides an overview of RtI and some description on its operation. www.nrcld.org/html/research/rti/RTIinfo.pdf

RTI Wire - Jim Wright is a special education administrator in central New York who served as a trainer and program developer for the School-Based Intervention Team in Syracuse New York, where teachers work together to develop effective teaching and behavior strategies for struggling students. His website is a directory for various RtI resources that can help teachers to understand the model, learn how to build teams that support student development, select the right intervention for their school, monitor progress, as well as graph and analyze data. www.jimwrightonline.com/php/rti/rti_wire.php

IRA - The International Reading Association is a professional organization for those involved in teaching reading to learners of all ages. On the IRA website is an article, Response to Intervention in the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 2004, written by Fiona James, which explores changes in the definition of learning disabilities and options for schools to use the RtI model. www.reading.org/downloads/resources/IDEA_RtI_report.pdf

AIMSWeb - AIMSweb is a scientifically-based, formative assessment system that provides continuous student performance data which enables evidence-based evaluation and data driven instruction in a three-tier problem-solving model such as RtI. AIMSweb provides users with assessment materials and a way to report standardized measure of basic skills, such as reading, literacy, math, spelling and writing.   www.aimsweb.com/index.php

FSDS - Flexible Service Delivery System is the website for RTI in Illinois.   Specifically geared to the Illinois ASPIRE project, which focuses on the establishment and implementation of a coordinated, regionalized system of personal development to increase the capacity of school systems to provide early intervening services to at-risk students and students with diabilities. www.fsds.org/

ISBE - The Illinois State Board of Education has established four regional centers to aid in the implementation of Illinois ASPIRE (Alliance for School-Based Problem Solving and Intervention Resources in Education) that provide standardized professional development and technical assistance to educators and parents. www.isbe.state.il.us/SPEC-ED/html/illinois-aspire_centers.htm

ASCD – Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development: ASCD is an organization for professional educators who are committed to excellence in education. ASCD provides a forum in educational issues and professionalism, shares research, news, and information, and partners with like-minded organizations and individuals to meet the goal of educational excellence for all children. www.ascd.org

CEC
– Council for Exceptional Children: CEC is a professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice. www.cec.sped.org

NASDSE – National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Inc.: NASDSE is dedicated to supporting state agency staff as they carry out their mission of ensuring a quality education for students with disabilities. This support is provided through training, technical assistance documents, research, policy development, and partnering with other organizations. www.nasdse.org

CASE
– Council of Administrators of Special Education, Inc.: CASE provides leadership and support to members by shaping policies and practices which impact the quality of education. www.casecec.org

PDK
– Phi Delta Kappa International: PDK is an international association of professional educators. It is the leading advocate for public education. PDK promotes quality education as essential to the development and maintenance of a democratic way of life by providing innovative programs, relevant research, visionary leadership, and dedicated service. www.pdkintl.org

NAESP
– National Association of Elementary School Principals: NAESP leads in advocacy and support for elementary and middle level principals and other educational leaders in their commitments to all children. www.naesp.org

NASSP
– National Association of Secondary School Principals: NASSP has as its goal excellence in school leadership. Members are provided with various programs and services to guide them in administration, supervision, curriculum planning, and staff development. NASSP also promotes high professional standards, focuses national attention on school leaders’ challenges, provides a national voice for school leaders, builds public confidence in education, strengthens the role of principal as instructional leader, and publicizes the issues and interests of members in the news media. www.nassp.org/

AASA
– American Association of School Administrators: AASA is a professional organization of educational leaders in America. AASA supports development of effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. AASA mainly focuses attention on: 1) improving the condition of children and youth, 2) preparing schools and school systems for the 21st century, 3) connecting schools and communities, and 4) enhancing the quality and effectiveness of school leaders. www.aasa.org/

NBPTS
– National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: NBPTS believes that the single most important action this country can take to improve schools and student learning is to strengthen teaching. NBPTS promotes this by maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do, providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards, and advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in America education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers. www.nbpts.org/

ERIC
– Educational Resources Information Center: ERIC is a nationwide information network that acquires, catalogs, summarizes, and provides access to education information from all sources. ERIC provides extensive user assistance for educators with questions, research needs, etc. http://www.ed.gov/about/contacts/gen/othersites/eric.html

NCEO
– National Center on Educational Outcomes: NCEO provides national leaders in the design and building educational assessments and accountability systems that appropriately monitor educational results for all students, including students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency. NCEO works with states and federal agencies to identify important outcomes of education for students with disabilities, examines participation of students in national and state assessments, including the use of accommodations and alternate assessments, evaluates national and state practices in reporting assessment information on students with disabilities, bridges general education, special education, and other systems as they work to increase accountability for results of education for all students, and conducts directed research in the area of assessment and accountability. http://www.education.umn.edu/nceo/

NSDC
– National Staff Development Council: NSCD is committed to ensuring success for all students by applying high standards for professional development for everyone who affects students learning. The Council views high quality staff development programs as essential to creating schools in which all students and staff members are learners who continually improve their performance. www.nsdc.org/

MCREL
– Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning: MCREL is a nationally recognized, private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving education for all through applied research, product development, and service. MCREL is making a difference in education by delivering the best in field-based research and product development, workshops and training, technical assistance and consulting, evaluation policy studies, information resources, and community education and public outreach. www.mcrel.org/

NCREL
– North Central Regional Education Laboratory: NCREL is a nationally recognized, private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving education for all through applied research and service. It is a similar organization to MCREL. There are other similar regional organizations covering all the 48 contiguous United States. www.ncrel.org