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Southwest Regional Special Education

Southwest Regional Special Education consultants provided technical assistance and monitoring services to schools and districts in Southwest Idaho in order to assist them in providing a free, appropriate public education with high-quality programs for Idaho students ages 3-21 with disabilities.

Consultants accomplished this by providing pertinent information, training, resources, and support to special education directors, superintendents, and other district personnel.  Services and resources were funded and coordinated by the Idaho State Department of Education in order to meet the federal mandates of the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA).

Web Resources

Web resources listed on this page were provided as a sampling of resources available to assist teachers, students, and families with fostering success in school. Listing of these sites does not represent an endorsement of a particular site, its contents, or other materials contained or referred to by the Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies.

ABC Teach

ABC Teach is an educational site that provides quality printable materials for immediate use by teachers, education majors, and parents.

All Kinds of Minds

At All Kinds of Minds translates the latest research from multiple disciplines into a framework that helps schools and teachers better understand how students learn and vary in their learning.  All Kinds of Minds also works with educators to shape this knowledge into strategies and practices that will help students find success – including the students who are currently struggling with learning.

American Educational Research Association (AREA)

The American Educational Research Association works to improve the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation, and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.

American Psychological Association (APA)

The mission of the APA is to advance the creation, communication, and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives. The APA serves the interests of psychologists in areas of advocacy, research, and public information resources.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association empowers and supports speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists by advocating on behalf of persons with communication and related disorders; advancing communication science; and promoting effective human communication.  ASHA’s vision is to make effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all.

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.  ASCD provides expert and innovative solutions in professional development, capacity building, and educational leadership essential to the way educators learn, teach and lead.

Classroom Applications of Brain Research

This is the website for educators, parents, and others wanting to stay up-to-date on what’s coming out of neuro-psychology research as it pertains to education. is the parent organization for Layered Curriculum™ and

Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)

CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning.

Circle of Inclusion (No Link Available)

Circle of Inclusion recognizes the value of including young children with disabilities in classrooms with their typical peers and believes the benefits for all children are considerable, and that children from birth through age eight are at a formative period for getting to know each other. Circle of Inclusion appreciates the extensive legislative, moral-philosophical, and research base that supports the development of least restrictive environment (LRE) models for young children with disabilities. The purpose of this website is to share experiences, visions, and strategies for initiating and implementing inclusive programs for young children with disabilities.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international 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.

Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)

The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of standardized, individually administered measures of early literacy development. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of pre-reading and early reading skills.  The measures were developed upon the essential early literacy domains discussed in both the National Reading Panel (2000) and National Research Council (1998) reports to assess student development of phonological awareness, alphabetic understanding, and automaticity and fluency.

EdFormation: The Fluency Group

In keeping up to date with technological advances, Edformation has created AIMSweb – the Achievement Improvement Monitoring System. The AIMSweb system utilizes the Internet to track student benchmark data and charts the results to users in real time!

Family Education Network

Is dedicated to helping you take an active role in the education of your children. This site contains many helpful ideas, resources, strategies for parents and teachers regarding learning, behavior, and helping children grow up successfully.

Focus For Effectiveness

Focus on Effectiveness brings together two powerful resources to improve classroom results: research about effective instructional practices, and carefully selected technology tools and recommendations for their use.

Idaho Assistive Technology Project

Provides information about Assistive Technology opportunities, training, and collaboration in the State of Idaho, based at the University of Idaho.

Idaho Association of School Administrators

The Idaho Association for School Administrators is a website for Idaho administrators with links to resources and legislative information. There are both public and member-only areas.

Idaho Center on Disabilities and Human Development

Idaho Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD), Idaho’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). There are over 60 UCEDDs throughout the U.S. and its territories; each one associated with a university or college. Each UCEDD reflects the character of its host institution and home state. However, all UCEDDs strive, through education, outreach, research, and service to accomplish a shared vision that foresees a nation in which all Americans, including Americans with disabilities, participate fully in their communities.

Idaho Council for Exceptional Children

Idaho Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities.  To accomplish its mission, which is carried out in support of special education professionals and others working on behalf of individuals with exceptionalities, CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continuing professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals achieve the conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities

The mission of the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities is to promote the capacity of people with developmental disabilities and their families to determine, access, and direct the services and/or supports they need to live the lives they choose, and to build the communities’ ability to support their choices.

Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc.

The mission of Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc. is to support, empower, educate, and advocate to enhance the quality of life for Idahoans with disabilities and their families.  In pursuance of this goal, Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc. will develop and support projects and activities that provide educational opportunities and disseminate information to individuals with disabilities, their families and other interested individuals with disabilities.  By doing so, Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc. hopes to enhance and support efforts of these individuals and their families to improve their quality of life.

Idaho State Department of Education

Idaho School Psychologist Association (ISPA)

The objectives of the Idaho School Psychologist Association are to serve the mental health and educational needs of all children and youth and to help secure conditions necessary for the greatest effectiveness in the practice of psychology in the schools.  ISPA also provides a forum for the exchange of professional ideas, methods, and research among school psychologists and others.

Idaho Training Clearinghouse (ITC)

The Idaho Training Clearinghouse, funded by the Idaho State Department of Education-Special Education, is designed to link professionals and parents with special education training opportunities and resources across the state.

The Institute for Educational Achievement (IDEA)

The Institute for the Development of Educational Achievement in the University of Oregon College of Education is committed to the development of research and outreach activities to improve the academic and social achievement of children and young adults.

The IDEA Partnership

The IDEA Partnership reflects the collaborative work of more than 50 national organizations, technical assistance providers, and organizations and agencies at state and local level. Together with the Office of Special Education Programs, the Partner Organizations form a community with the potential to transform the way we work and improve outcomes for students and youth with disabilities.

Intervention Central

Intervention Central provides teachers, schools, and districts with free articles and tools to successfully implement Response to Intervention.  With many school districts across the nation now facing serious budget constraints, Intervention Central is devoted to making high-quality RTI resources available at no cost.

International Literacy Association (IRA)

The mission of the International Literacy Association is to promote reading by continuously advancing the quality of literacy instruction and research worldwide.  Since 1956, IRA has been a nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy.  More than 70,000 members strong, the Association supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities.

LD (Learning Disabilities) Online

LD OnLine is the world’s leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD, serving more than 200,000 parents, teachers, and other professionals each month.  LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD.

The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET)

The National Association of Special Education Teachers is a national membership organization dedicated to rendering all possible support and assistance to those preparing for or teaching in the field of special education.  NASET was founded to promote the profession of special education teachers and to provide a national forum for their ideas.  NASET is dedicated to ensuring that all children and adolescents with special needs receive the best education possible, and it serves the professional interest of special education teachers in order to promote the highest professional standards.

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

The National Association of School Psychologists is the premier source of knowledge, professional development, and resources, empowering school psychologists to ensure that all children and youth attain optimal learning and mental health.  NASP represents school psychology and supports school psychologists to enhance the learning and mental health of all children and youth.

National Center on Learning Disabilities

The National Center for Learning Disabilities works to ensure that the nation’s 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work and life.  NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals, and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.  Since its beginning, NCLD has been led by passionate and devoted parents committed to creating better outcomes for children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities.

National Center on Secondary Education & Transition (NCSET)

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition coordinate national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities 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; No Child Left Behind, the nation’s general education law; and research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages.  In supporting No Child Left Behind, OSERS provides a wide array of supports to parents and individuals, school districts and states in three main areas: special education, vocational rehabilitation, and research.

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER Center)

The mission of PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.  With assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children, PACER’s work affects and encourages families in Minnesota and across the nation.

Positive Environments, Network of Trainers (PENT)

The Positive Environments, Network of Trainers is a California Positive Behavior Initiative designed to provide information and resources for educators striving to achieve high educational outcomes through the use of proactive positive strategies.

Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)

The Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports have been established by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices.

What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)

An initiative of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, the WWC is a central and trusted source of scientific evidence for what works in education.


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