PACTESP Resources

This section contains resources related to the field of special populations.

The Education Privacy Resource Center

FBI highlights security risks for student data:  What parents, schools, and policymakers need to know.
The FBI released a public service announcement that encourages public awareness of cyber threat concerns related to K-12 Students.
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Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance – Free magazine and newsletter


Now Available: Back-to-School Issue of AC&E,
Accessibility, Compliance and Equity in Education
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Instagram has released a new guide for parents, aimed at preparing them to help teenagers better manage their time, interaction and privacy on the popular social media platform.  The guide entitled, “Know How to Talk With Your Teen About Instagram”, was produced in partnership with the National PTA, the National Alliance for Mental Health, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  It was written by parents who work at Instagram.
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PEAL Center

Educators and professionals in Pennsylvania can refer parents of children with disabilities to the PEAL Center as a safe and confidential support that helps families to develop strategies and problem solve any situation.  Educators and professionals in Pennsylvania can refer parents of children with disabilities to the PEAL Center as a safe and confidential support that helps families to develop strategies and problem solve any situation.

Chan-Zuckerberg to Push Ambitious New Vision for Personalized Learning

Pediatrician Priscilla Chan and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg are gearing up to invest hundreds of millions of dollars a year in a new vision of “whole-child personalized learning,” with the aim of dramatically expanding the scope and scale of efforts to provide every student with a customized education. Click here to read the full article.

Bridging the Divide Between Ed Tech Research and the Classroom

The Research Map website — launched by nonprofit Digital Promise — aims to help developers, teachers and administrators find and understand academic research. The website boasts a new “ask a researcher” feature to connect users with experts at Harvard University.  Read the full article from The Hechinger Report here

U.S. Department of Education Launches New IDEA Website

Today, the U.S. Department of Education launched a new website dedicated to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

4 Reflections for a Positive Outlook for all Learners

Four reflection questions provide a positive frame for developing relationships between exceptional students and their teachers and peers. These questions ask educators to consider what students and teachers have in common, how students are grouped, what strengths learners possess and how to reframe language to be more student-centered.
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Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation’s children. Provides free educational materials to teachers and other school practitioners.

Top 10 Instructional Accessibility Tips

A list of tips and resources to provide a starting point for best practices to accommodate students with disabilities.

Great Educational Resources for Teaching Autistic Students

These resources feature several learning tools, lesson plan ideas, learning activities, teaching tips and many other helpful materials for helping autistic learners.

13 Free Autism Podcasts

The Autism podcast series (hosted by Dr. Laura Crane) aims to showcase the latest research published in Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice in a way that is accessible, easy to understand and has real world relevance.

Center on Transition Innovations (CTI)

The Virginia Department of Education to create a centralized statewide resource for educators and other stakeholders in the transition of youth with disabilities. It provides evidence-based resources and information along with emerging practices in the field.

Teacher Vision

This website supplies over 20,000 Resources for Pre-K-12 Teachers visit for your free seven day trial to explore, or learn more about their annual subscription.

ASCD SmartBrief

ASCD SmartBrief will focus on a daily “Learning and Teaching” featuring best teaching practices, learning theories and curriculum.  “Technology in the Classroom” will feature articles on how technology is changing schools and teaching.  A new “Whole Child” section on Tuesdays & Thursdays will highlight the whole child approach to education.  Visit and select the ‘Education’ category to sign up for these free newsletters.

Tech Directions

The magazine features articles that detail effective teaching practices, projects and current issues as well as classroom and lab administration. Popular columns on state-of-the art and historic technology, careers, IT, news and product announcements round out each month’s lineup.  Teachers and administrators can subscribe for a FREE subscription to Tech Directions at

Tech & Learning Magazine

Tech & Learning eNews is a twice-weekly update brought to you by Tech & Learning and  It features education news and articles and includes a varied collection of tips, advice, grants, and other information designed for anyone in a school or district who integrates technology or supports it for use in classroom instruction or administration.  It’s delivered to your inbox every Tuesday or Thursday.  Register for Tech & Learning at

Going to College

Going to College is a resource for teens with disabilities.  This Web site contains information about living college life with a disability. It’s designed for high school students and provides video clips, activities and additional resources that can help them get a head start in planning for college.  Visit to learn more about going to college and campus life.

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Brain Pop

At BrainPOP! You can explore the various resources created to help you get started and make integration into your classroom, school, district, or home as easy as possible. Please feel free to email or photocopy the letters included in the Spread the Word Kit to make implementation as quick and easy as possible. We also encourage you to post these materials on your district or school training website for staff.  You’ll have free access to an ever-expanding collection of great ideas, helpful tips, and invaluable tools for use in the classroom or as part of your own professional development. To subscribe go to

Getting College Right

Students with learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD need special consideration, and many colleges are not as “user-friendly” as students’ current world of services in high school. Yet these students can thrive in educational environments which not only accommodate their differences, but also understand, appreciate, and support their strengths. There is much to consider, and the wrong decision can greatly impact a student’s future.  Elizabeth Cohen offers a variety of information and publications at

Education Resource Organizations Directory

The Directory is intended to help you identify and contact organizations that provide information and assistance on a broad range of education-related topics.  To search, go to 

Teaching Teacher Resources

Twenty-three Resources for teaching and learning arts, language arts, social studies, and science have been added to FREE, a website that makes learning resources for 40+ federal organizations available and searchable in one place.  Check out to see the unlimited resources.

BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper

This site was developed to help kids with homework and also leaves space for a little bit of fun, since kids don’t want to be doing homework all day and night.  This site provides resources in a number of different subjects.  To assist with homework, visit


Thinkport was developed by Maryland Public Television and the John Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education.  Content is organized under the categories of classroom, technology, career, and family and community.  Teachers and parents can find tips, tools, and more to help enrich educational experiences.  Visit

The Faculty Room

The Faculty Room is a space for faculty and administrators at postsecondary institutions to learn about how to create classroom environments and academic activities that maximize the learning of all students, including those with disabilities. To use this resource go to

Exceptional Nurse

Exceptional Nurse is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 resource network committed to inclusion of more people with disabilities in the nursing profession. By sharing information and resources, hopes to facilitate inclusion of students with disabilities in nursing education programs and foster resilience and continued practice for nurses who are, or become, disabled. This web site is maintained by Donna Maheady, Ed.D., ARNP, an advocate for nurses and nursing students with disabilities.


Edutopia is a comprehensive website and online community that increases knowledge, sharing, and adoption of what works in K-12 education. It emphasizes core strategies: project-based learning, comprehensive assessment, integrated studies, social and emotional learning, educational leadership and teacher development, and technology integration.

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)

The Education Resources Information Center is an online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research.  To begin researching go to

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has launched a website which contains information, resources and tools related to 21st century skills.  The website describes how 21st century skills can be supported through standards, assessments, professional development, curriculum and instruction and learning environments.  It provides educators with best practices, reports, articles and research about teaching skills for the next century. has been around for two decades as the longest-standing parenting site on the Web. It aims to provide the latest news and information ranging from children’s health to homework help, plus tips on the hottest toys, media, and products for kids and families — all with a strong focus on learning.

Just for the ASKing!

A monthly e-newsletter that addresses the needs of all those who strive to be instructional leaders. Sign up today to start receiving the free newsletter and view previous publications.


The LdOnline Report offers news about learning disabilities and about the latest events on their website.  Visit to explore.

National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE)

The mission of NRCCTE is to improve the engagement, achievement and transition of high school and postsecondary CTE students through technical assistance to states, professional development for CTE practitioners and dissemination of knowledge derived from scientifically-based research.  To receive their newsletter visit

Intersection: Navigating the Road to Work is an electronic newsletter of the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth.

The newsletter and the website offer information to improve programs and services for all youth and especially youth with disabilities. For more information and to receive the newsletter, go to

Monthly Teacher

Monthly Teacher is a free monthly newsletter that provides teachers with various resources that apply to all K-12 grade levels. To subscribe visit

Technology Tools

21st Century Technology Tools, 2nd Edition is a collection of tutorials on Web 2.0 technology tools for teachers referencing Google Docs, Google Reader, Wikispaces, Ning, VoiceThread, Twitter, Flickr, Diigo and Delicious. This book is a great tool for all staff members in becoming familiar with Web 2.0.  To obtain your copy go to and search 21st Century Technology Tools.

We Need to be Preparing Our Students for These 13 Careers (Starting Now)

Read the article here to find out the 13 important careers that students should be preparing for now.

The Power of Career- and Employer-Focused Training and Education

Even in good economic times, many adults — particularly those with just a high school education — struggle to get and keep jobs that pay enough to support their families and permit upward mobility. At the same time, some employers report difficulty finding people with the right skills to meet their needs. Programs that target in-demand industries or sectors and heavily involve employers in training and work-based learning are effective when well implemented. Click here to read more.

Job Accommodation Network Publishes “Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact” Update for 2015

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has updated its “Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact” publication for 2015. It reports the results of a JAN study, ongoing since 2004, that shows that the benefits employers receive from making workplace accommodations far outweigh the low cost. Employers reported that providing accommodations resulted in such benefits as retaining valuable employees, improving productivity and morale, reducing workers’ compensation and training costs, and improving company diversity. These benefits were obtained with little investment. The employers in the study reported that a high percentage (58%) of accommodations cost absolutely nothing to make, while the rest typically cost only $500.

PACER's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment

PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment website offers innovative tools, reliable research, and interactive training to help address the needs of families across the country.

Intersection: Navigating the Road to Work

The electronic newsletter of the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) and the NCWD/Youth website offer information to information to improve programs and services for all youth with disabilities. To view the current issue of the newsletter go to

Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN)

EARN features and recognizes employers’ successful practices for outreach, recruitment, hiring, and accommodating workers with disabilities. Visit the website to sign up and learn more about EARN services.

U.S. Department of Justice Launches Redesigned Website

In the first redesign of the ADA website since 2002, the U.S. Department of Justice launched, an information and technical assistance website on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

O*Net Goes “GREEN”

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Information Network (O*NET) Resource Center ( provides online access to the O*Net database, career exploration tools, and more.  In a downloadable report, green occupations are grouped into three categories:  green increased demand occupations, green enhanced skills occupations, and green new and emerging occupations.  O*NET OnLine gives job seekers and career counselors a method for exploring detailed descriptions of work in green jobs.  For example, in a new green occupations box on the O*NET OnLine home page, the Search button provides links for browsing occupations by sector, and the Learn more button links to information about green economy sectors, green occupations, ongoing activities, and online searches. Go to or O*NET OnLine at

Projections by State

The projections in BLS publications are national in scope.  But job prospects vary from one geographic area to another.  For State-specific employment information, including projections and other resources, visit America’s Career InfoNet at Click on the “State Information” link; for projections, choose “State Profile,” and select the State for which you seek information.

Jobs for the Future

Jobs for the Future identifies, develops, and promotes new education and workforce strategies that help communities, states, and the nation compete in a global economy. In nearly 200 communities in 41 states, JFF improves the pathways leading from high school to college to family-sustaining careers. JFF publishes a monthly newswire that is free to educators.  Visit to subscribe.

U.S. Department of Education – A Blueprint for Reform

This blueprint builds on the significant reforms already made in response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 around four areas: (1) Improving teacher and principal effectiveness to ensure that every classroom has a great teacher and every school has a great leader; (2) Providing information to families to help them evaluate and improve their children’s schools, and to educators to help them improve their students’ learning; (3) Implementing college- and career-ready standards and developing improved assessments aligned with those standards; and (4) Improving student learning and achievement in America’s lowest-performing schools by providing intensive support and effective interventions.  Incorporating and extending this framework, this blueprint for a re-envisioned federal role builds on these key priorities: (1) College-and-Career-Ready Students, (2) Great Teachers and Leaders in Every School, (3) Equity and Opportunity for All Students, (4) Raise the Bar and Reward Excellence and (5) Promote Innovation and Continuous Improvement.  To order a free copy of the document visit or download the free file at

American Youth Policy Forum – How to Support Youth on the Path to College and Beyond

Success at Every Step is designed to help policymakers and practitioners learn about programs and policies that have been effective in helping youth become ready for college and careers. Twenty-three evaluations of programs that support youth as they prepare for college and careers are briefly summarized to give a quick understanding of the research findings on effective programs along with a description of why the programs work. This review was also limited to programs that serve older youth, primarily middle and high school youth.  To obtain a copy of Success at Every Step: How to Support Youth on the Path to College and Beyond go to for a free download.

The Alliance for Youth

The mission of the alliance is to connect community resources and provide opportunities for families, children and teens in order to advance healthy youth development.

Do Something is one of the largest organizations in the US that helps young people get involved with causes they care about. A driving force in creating a culture of volunteerism, is on track to activate two million young people in 2011. By leveraging the web, television, mobile, and pop culture, inspires, empowers and celebrates a generation of doers: teenagers who recognize the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action.  Visit to get involved.

National Center for Education Statistics

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. NCES fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally. Go to for federal education data and information.

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Our mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.  To gain more information for students, teachers, parents, and health professionals go to

National Mentoring Partnership

MENTOR’s mission is to fuel the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships for America’s young people and to close the mentoring gap for the one in three young people growing up without this critical support.  To become a mentor or find a mentor visit

National Network for Youth

The National Network for Youth (NN4Y) is the nation’s leading organization advocating at the federal level to educate the public and policymakers about the needs of homeless and disconnected youth. We are a membership organization of service providers, state agencies, coalitions, faith-based organizations, advocates and individuals who work towards our vision of a world where vulnerable and homeless youth can escape the dangers of the streets and access safety, youth-appropriate services, hope and healing. To learn more visit

Beloit College

Beloit College publishes its Mindset List in an effort to identify a world view of 18-year-olds each fall.  The Mindset List is available online at

The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity

The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) is a consortium of state and local agencies, corporations, and national organizations. Through its four lines of business—professional development, technical assistance, research and evaluation, and advocacy—NAPE strives to achieve its mission of building educators’ capacity to implement effective solutions for increasing student access, educational equity, and workforce diversity.

Response to Intervention (RTI) Action Network

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tiered approach to help struggling learners. Students’ progress is closely monitored at each stage of intervention to determine the need for further research-based instruction and/or intervention in general education, in special education, or both.

Unanimous Supreme Court Expands Scope of Special Education Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a major decision expanding the scope of students’ special education rights, ruling unanimously that schools must do more than provide a “merely more than de minimis” education program to a student with a disability. Click here to read more.

New ADA Technical Assistance Document Published: Frequently Asked Questions About Service Animals and the ADA

The Department of Justice has published a new 9-page ADA technical assistance document, Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA, to further assist covered entities and people with disabilities to understand how the ADA’s service animal provisions apply to them. The document can be accessed by visiting

No Child Left Behind and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

A website was developed for No Child Left Behind (NCLB).  This site features: fact sheets, glossary of terms, newsletters, federal and state resources, and parent information.  The site is located at

PSEA: Current News in Special Education

Current news in Special Education is a monthly newsletter edited by Bernie Miller, PSEA Education Services.  “Ask Here PA” is a free service to all residents of Pennsylvania, offering live chat reference 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  This service differs from other on-line reference tools because it offers an information expert who can research your question and provide reliable resources to answer it.  Go to to ask the expert.

Penn State Online Career Library

Penn State launched the Vault Online Career Library for access to over 90 guidebooks, over 3,500 company profiles, and over 1,500 career advice articles.  You can search the library at

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Visitors to the site will be able to find what they need based on content type or based on their role in public education as a student, parent, educator or taxpayer.  The department’s website continues to be a central clearinghouse for thousands of education-related materials, including information on academic standards and curriculum, student performance data, school financial data, early childhood education resources, postsecondary and higher education resources, library services, property tax relief information and more.