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l Books l Useful Sites
Child Left Behind covers nearly all aspects of public education, from the classroom
to the school board. We selected the resources on this page to help teachers,
administrators, paraprofessionals, and school board members find information quickly
and take advantage of the opportunities in the law.
Basics - Federal Requirements
are the New IDEA 2004 Requirements for Highly Qualified Special Education Teachers?
Learn about new requirements
for highly qualified special education teachers, how to meet these requirements,
and limitations on what you can do if you are not "highly qualified."
Child Left Behind - law, regulations, publications, research based instruction,
information directories, flyers, news, fact sheets, and education statistics.
Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act (IDEA) - law, regulations, articles, cases, news.
504 of the Rehabilitation Act - FAQs, articles, cases, accommodations, modifications,
Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) - FAQs, articles, cases about privacy
Child Left Behind Database - Compliance status and state NCLB plans from the
Education Commission of the States.
McGreevy v. Stroup,
Tsosie, Soltis, Bermudian Springs Sch. District
- U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that school administrators
may be officially and individually liable for retaliating against a school nurse
who advocated for children with disabilities.
the Right Thing: Court Vindicates School Nurse in Retaliation Case - Linda
McGreevy is a licensed professional nurse, a pediatric nurse practitioner, and
a certified school nurse. During the first five years when she worked as a school
nurse in the Bermudian Springs Elementary School, she received excellent performance
evaluations. Suddenly, her her evaluations dropped to unsatisfactory levels. What
caused her fall from grace?
Settlegoode v. Portland Public Schools - U. S. Court of Appeals for
the Ninth Circuit upholds jury award of one million dollars to fired special ed
teacher; importance of free speech for teachers. (April 2004)
Retaliation! The Inside Story of the One Million Dollar Verdict
Help for Teachers
Who Are Being Pushed Out of Their Jobs - Describes requirements for highly
qualified teachers, how teachers can demonstrate competence in subjects they teach,
professional development & training, responsibilities, and timelines.
v. Garst: Analysis of Teachers' Lawsuit Against Principal. Three teachers
alleged that principal violated their rights to freedom of speech and association
by instructing them not to discuss incidents regarding special education students
and their rights to equal protection by lowering their evaluations.
v. Garst. Decision by U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
attempts to balance
the teachers’ interest in free speech versus their employer’s interest in efficiency.
Board Certified Teachers More Effective. Study by University of Washington
and the Urban Institute finds that teachers who earned national certification
are more effective in raising student achievement than other teachers. (March
Orders Study of Teacher Ed Programs. The mandated study about coursework requirements,
how reading and math are taught, and how programs are aligned with scientific
evidence may lead to standards, norms, and professionalization of teaching. (March
Teacher Quality - Non Regulatory Guidance, U. S. Department of Education (Rev.
1 Paraprofessionals - Draft Non Regulatory Guidance, U. S. Department of Education
the Highly Qualified Teacher Challenge: The Secretary's Second Annual Report on
Teacher Quality, U. S. Department of Education (2003)
Meeting the Highly Qualified Teacher Challenge: The Secretary's Annual Report
on Teacher Quality - U. S. Department of Education (2002)
Reports on the Quality of Teacher Preparation - Title II Technical Assistance
Main page l State
Toolkit for Teachers, U. S. Department of Education (2002)
and Complaints (all states), U. S. Department of Education
Data to Influence Classroom Decisions by the U. S. Department of Education.
& Positive Behavior Supports from Wrightslaw.
Retention and Mental Health Outcomes from the National Association of School
with Parents toward Common Goals
New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections
on Student Achievement by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory.
the No Child Left Behind Act to Improve Schools in Your State - A Toolkit for
Business Leaders by the Business Roundtable.
Action Guide for Community and Parent Leaders - Using NCLB to Improve Student
Achievement from the Public Education Network.
Reading IS Rocket Science, What Expert Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do
from the American Federation of Teachers.
Reading First - The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read
- Makes evidence-based reading research available to educators, parents, policy-makers,
and others who want to help all people learn to read well.
Identifying and Implementing Educational Practices Supported by Rigorous
Evidence published by Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of U. S. Department
of Education. A "user-friendly" resource for education officials and
educators seeking to improve educational and life outcomes for children. "Perhaps
the most effective resource we have for improving American schools is scientifically-valid
knowledge about which strategies work and which don't work . . . offers...concrete,
easily-accessible assistance in finding and using strategies that have been validated
in rigorous studies." - Rod Paige, Secretary of Education
more about Research Based Instruction
an Eye on Graduation
New Heights: Turning Around Low-Performing Schools from the National Governors
the Margins to the Mainstream from Jobs for the Future.
Schools That Work (from Southern Regional Education Board) - Register for
and workshops, get
publications and materials, read about exemplary
school and classroom practices, find a schedule
for technical assistance visits to schools.
Institute for Pre-College Education - A rigorous academic program that prepares
students for college and careers; Gateway operates a school and runs programs
in ten public high schools.
Academy Support Network - Programs that organize instruction in academic subjects,
enabling students to fulfill requirements for college entrance while learning
how their academics relate to something outside high school.
Development High Schools, Johns Hopkins University - Comprehensive reform
model for large high schools that face serious problems with student attendance,
discipline, achievement scores, and dropout rates.
Outside the Lines - 6 Programs that Work by the Kellog Foundation, What Kids
Can Do, and Jobs for the Future.
Our Sights: No High School Senior Left Behind - The National Commission on the
High School Senior Year from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Advancement Via Individual Determination
(AVID). Students in a college preparatory program receive academic and motivational
support from college students, work in collaborative groups, and use a curriculum
focused on writing.
College High Schools. Students earn a high school diploma and two years of
college credit toward a bachelor's degree.
Affecting Mathematics Achievement for Students in Rural Schools by Southern
Regional Education Board (SREB)
Routes to the Classroom
Teacher Residency (BTR) - a one-year urban teacher preparation program; co-teach
with master teachers, take courses, receive a 10,000 stipend.
Better Teachers in the Garden State: New Jersey's "Alternate Route"
to Teacher Certification by the Thomas B Fordham Foundation.
Advancement Program - Focuses on professional development and ways to expand
supply of high quality educators.
to Teachers Program from the U. S. Department of Education,
to Teaching Certification from the American Board for Certification of Teacher
Hotline for School Administrators
have a direct link to the U.S. Department of Education for quick, concise, responses
to questions about No Child Left Behind: 1-888-NCLB-SUP (1-888-625-2787).
The resource line will be staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m. ET. During off-hours, or when the lines are busy, superintendents can leave
messages. Technology-savvy superintendents may send email inquiries to a dedicated
inbox at mailto:NCLBSUP@ed.gov. Staff
will ensure that all issues are addressed efficiently. Learn
about NCLB Hotline.
Newsletters - A comprehensive list of free newsletters about education, special
education, education law, No Child Left Behind, and disabilities from Wrightslaw.
Achiever - Newsletter with information, events and announcements about No
Child Left Behind.
Beacon: The Journal of Special Education Law and Practice - Electronic journal
of articles and essays for those who are interested in special education law and
practice. Each issue focuses on a theme and includes practical and theoretical
Review - Free newsletter about educational issues from U. S. Department of
Update (free weekly alert about what's new at Education Week)
Books - See
also Effective Education
Talk About Reading: How Parents Can Make a Difference During the Early Years
by Susan Hall, Louisa Moats, and Reid Lyon
Basic Guide to Understanding, Assessing, and Teaching Phonological Awareness
by Joseph K. Torgesen, Patricia G. Mathes
to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers by Louisa Cook Moats
Teaching of Basic Language Skills by Judith R. Birsh (Editor)
Why Johnny Can't Write - A Handbook for Parents and Teachers by Diane Walton
American Diploma Project
Association for Supervision and Curriculum
Center on Education Policy (Brookings Institute)
on Education Policy
for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk (CRESPAR)
Consortium for Policy Research in Education
of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
of the Great City Schools
for Basic Education
Commission of the States
Schools That Work
for Educational Leadership
Association of Elementary School Principals
Association of School Psychologists
Association of Secondary School Principals
Regional Education Board (SREB)
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation