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Special Education Definitions

I do not understand the difference between Special Education and Inclusion.
What is Vocational Adjustment Coordinator? How is it different from CTE?
What students qualify for services in Special Education?
Can students who have epilepsy qualify under IDEA?
What are the specific definitions of deaf and of hard of hearing to be classified as having a disability?

ARD / IEP Issues

Does Content Mastery service cover electives or is this just our district polity that disallows this?
Why are all students not in need of extra services?
How does the ISD determine the need for an aide?
Why can't we have more aides? Why can't we have more planning time?
Why can't these kids be IDed for us at the beginning of the school year?

Accommodations / Modifications / Standards

Define accommodations and modifications.
If a student who qualifies for Special Education does not do his work can he fail the class?
Can I get more information on the case of the regular education teacher who got sued for not following modifications as outlined by the IEP?
Can a teacher be forced to feed or toilet a student who cannot care for him/herself?
Why do I have students who are served in SPED included in my classes with no modifications marked on their paperwork?

Instructional Strategies / Methodologies

Where can I find more teaching strategies to address students with AUTISM and ADD?
Can you please repeat your definition of "fair"?
How can we meet the needs of students with disabilities without slowing down the rest of the class?
How can we successfully teach an articulated FCS course with special population students?
I am not appropriately trained to teach students who are mentally retarded. Special education was not a part of my degree plan. Where can I turn for resources or ideas to teach these children?

Placement Decisions

In order for a student with disabilities to be placed in a CTE program it was required that a CTE teacher had to be present at the ARD. Is this still part of the law?
Can Students with Emotional Disturbance, who are usually self-contained, be mainstreamed?
Our principal told us that CTE teachers will, next year, have one class each that is all Special Education. That way we can modify that ONE class to meet their needs. Is this legal?
Can students "fake" a disability to stay in SPED because its less work?
If 65% of your students qualify for Special Education services and "they" tell you that you cannot have an aide, what are your rights?

Additional Special Education Concerns

How can I speed up the paperwork of our students with disabilities?
Why do we have so much paperwork to do on special education students, when in fact that money could be spend on educational tools?
Special Education has money, why can't we have more help?
Do you know of any services available to students who are drug abusers, alcoholics, panic/anxiety disorders, have obsessive compulsive disorders?


Are there updated studies or innovative techniques for teaching TBI students?
Are there FCS materials available for special needs students? Especially in Personal and Family Development and Nutrition and Food Science?
How can I get the Walsh video explaining Section 504 for my district?
How can I get the FAT CITY video regarding what it feels like to have a Learning Disability?
Why are SPED/Inclusion teachers only assisting in the academic courses and not in CTE?

Accommodations and Modifications in CTE Classroom Instruction

What is the difference between an IEP meeting and an ARD?
Who should be a part of the IEP/ARD team and meeting?
Why are students with disabilities in my regular education classroom and not in the special education classroom?
What is IDEA?
How do students qualify for services?

Career Guidance - Tools for Practical Applications

Career Assessment Definitions:
What employability skills are employers looking for in their new employees?
Why should we consider the results of career assessment?
What makes a career assessment package successful?
What is career assessment?

Building Successful Partnerships

Should work based learning experiences for special population’s students be tied to industry standards?
Who should be present in the ARD?
Please describe how CTE Teachers can meet the needs of special education students in CTE programs.
How should a collaborative relationship occur in the ARD?
Should business and industry representatives participate in curriculum planning? Work based learning? Accommodations and Modifications in the ARD?

Best Practices: CTE Teachers Role in ARD Meetings

How can I help make sure that students placed in my class have the appropriate basic skills?
Who can I ask to find out who the diagnostician is for my campus?
What can I do if I believe that a student with special needs has been inappropriately placed in my class? Who can I talk to about the student’s progress or lack of progress in my class?
Where can I find information about what modifications or accommodations I am supposed to implement for a student?
Where can I find information on the student’s present levels of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFPS)?
Where can I find information about what modifications or accommodations I am supposed to implement for a student?

Accommodations and Modifications III

How do I assist students with disabilities in my classroom without taking too much time away from other students that may need my help?
How can I help students with disabilities complete tasks independently?
How can I make technology accessible for all students in my classroom?
How can I allow additional time for a student to complete an assignment and keep other students in the class on task?
How can I design my classroom instruction so that students with disabilities can participate in the same activities as those students without disabilities?

Working with English Language Learners

Why don't students take a year from regular schooling and take English immersion classes, so that they can perform better in my class, and other classes?
How much additional planning and time does it take to prepare lessons and teach them to English language learners?
How long does it take for someone to acquire a new language?
If I have students read much and often in English, will that help them learn vocabulary?
I find that most ELLs are not that interested in learning English.

Universal Design for Learning in CTE Instruction

How does UDL help guarantee students equal opportunities to learn?
Can I design my own universally designed materials?
What is the role of CTE educators in UDL implementation?
Isn’t UDL just for students with disabilities?
Is there legislation that calls for the use of UDL?

Effective Classroom and Behavior Management

Some students finish assignments early and begin to engage in inappropriate behaviors. How can I prevent this from happening?
Given the general chaos in CTE classrooms it is hard to catch my students being good. Since frequent praise may be more effective if it is specific, any tips on how I can become a better 'good behavior catcher'?
What are some general strategies I could use at the beginning of each class period to improve student behavior?

Working with Students with EBD

What kinds of behaviors have been positively impacted by the Good Behavior Game (GBG) in classrooms?
What are some types of EBD?
What is the main benefit for teachers who use the GBG?
Besides peer tutoring, what other instructional strategies help students with EBD?
Do students always have to take turns during peer tutoring?
Shouldn’t students with EBD know how to act in school?
Does peer tutoring work well in large and small classes?
Can strategies that benefit students with EBD benefit my other students as well?

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