Academic Support
This article discusses the design and purpose of academic support programs and offers some representative examples of common forms of academic support.
Publication Date: Updated August 2013
Publisher: Great Schools Partnership

Accessible Instructional Materials (NIMAS/NIMAC)
Information and resources are available from the Arizona Department of Education. 
Publisher: Exceptional Student Services, Arizona Department of Education

Assessments to Guide Adolescent Literacy Instruction 
This document provides a research-based overview of the types of literacy assessments that can help direct teaching and learning at all levels, with special attention to assessments in the classroom setting.
Authors: Joseph K. Torgesen and Debra Houston Miller
Publication Date: 2009
Publisher: Center on Instruction

Assistive Technology (AT)
rmation and resources are available from the Arizona Department of Education. 
Publisher: Exceptional Student Services, Arizona Department of Education

Assistive Technology Short Term Loan Library
A wide variety of assistive technology devices, equipment, software and professional development materials are available free of charge to Arizona school personnel.
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

Bibliotherapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Making Inclusion Work
This report describes the evidence-based practice, Peer Mediated Instruction and Intervention, which increases interactions and meaningful communication in the inclusive classroom. Included is a list of books featuring children on the autism spectrum with classroom response activities. 
Author: Nancy D. Turner
Publication Date: Fall/Winter 2013
Publisher: Electronic Journal for Inclusive Education

Charting Success: Data Use and Student Achievement in Urban Schools
This study focused on understanding the use of interim assessment data as a lever for instructional improvement. Results document current data-use practices across urban school districts in terms of the use and availability of data and empirical evidence regarding the relationships between student achievement and data-use practices at the school and classroom levels.
Publication Date: 2012
Publishers: Council of the Great City Schools and the American Institutes for Research

Coaches Help Mine the Data
This article discusses how teacher leaders acting as data coaches create a culture that values data as information for improved professional practice relating to student learning. Included are five key responsibilities to help teachers use data effectively.
Author: Joellen Killion
Publication Date: February 2008
Publisher: National Staff Development Council

Connecting Formative Assessment Research to Practice: An Introductory Guide for Educators
This brief is intended to enhance the knowledge of district and school personnel to implement effective formative assessment practices. It defines formative assessment, examines the research, and outlines the components needed to develop a high-quality, research-based formative assessment plan.
Publication Date: 2009
Publisher: Learning Point Associates

Content Area and Disciplinary Literacy Strategies and Frameworks
This document defines the terms content area literacy and disciplinary literacy and their distinct approaches, what they mean, and how they are best combined in classroom literacy instruction.
Publication Date: 2017
Publisher: International Literacy Association

Cooperative Learning in Inclusive Classrooms: Students Who Work Together, Learn Together
This article explains cooperative learning structures and the benefits for students with disabilities, including the likelihood for them to be at instructional level and have positive learning outcomes.
Author: Lisa M. Emerson
Publication Date: May/June 2013
Publisher: William & Mary School of Education

Data-Driven Decision Making: Facilitating Teacher Use of Student Data to Inform Classroom Instruction
This paper presents a process used in a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project to help middle-grade science teachers use elaborate and diverse data from virtual environment game modules designed for assessment of science inquiry.
Authors: Catherine C. Schifter, Uma Natarajan, Diane Jass Ketelhut, and Amanda Kirchgessner
Publication Date: 2014
Publisher: Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education

Deeper Learning for Students with Disabilities
This research report reviews previous efforts to promote better educational outcomes for students with disabilities and describes research-based instructional strategies that can support them and other struggling learners.
Authors: Sharon Vaughn, Louis Danielson, Rebecca Zumeta, and Lynn Holdheide 
Publication Date: August 2015
Publisher: Jobs for the Future

Differentiating the Reading Experience for Students
This strategy guide explains approaches that can help you differentiate the reading experience for students depending on their age, interests, and ability. Sample lesson plans are included.
Author: Phil Wilder
Publisher: National Council of Teachers of English

This article defines differentiation, identifies the difference between differentiating and scaffolding, and illustrates the differentiation concept and its major components strategies.
Publication Date: November 2013
Publisher: Great Schools Partnerships

Engaging Native American Learners with Rigor and Cultural Relevance
This Issue Brief explores three areas identified in the literature as promising strategies for improving educational outcomes for Native students: Instructional practices, Curriculum content, and School climate.
Authors: Abner Oakes and Traci Maday
Publication Date: August 2009
Publisher: Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement

ESSentials LogoESSentials: Cooperative Learning Strategy: Jigsaw Grades 6-12
This resource offers step-by-step directions for a research-based cooperative learning technique that involves all students in active learning. It can be used across the content areas to enhance comprehension and participation of students on all reading levels.
Publication Date: May 2015
Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services

ESSentials LogoESSentials: Explicit Instruction
This comprehensive resource offers guidance to special and general education teachers for using techniques of explicit instruction based on the book, Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching. Included are two video demonstrations of Anita Archer working with students at an Arizona middle school.
Authors: Anita Archer and Charles Hughes
Publication Date: April 2015
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services

Formative and Summative Assessments in the Classroom
This article defines formative and summative assessments and discusses the importance of classroom assessment practices for gathering information about student learning.
Authors: Catherine Garrison and Michael Ehringhaus
Publisher: Association for Middle Level Education

Formative Assessment for Students with Disabilities
This report provides teachers, both special education and general education, with an introduction to the knowledge and skills they need to confidently and successfully implement formative assessment for students with disabilities in their classrooms.
Authors: Susan Brookhart and S. Lazarus
Publication Date: February 2017
Publisher: Council of Chief State School Officers

Formative Assessment That Truly Informs Instruction
This position paper discusses varied purposes of assessment and highlights the central importance of teacher decision making in the process of assessment that informs instruction and improves student learning. 
Publication Date: October 2013
Publisher: National Council of Teachers of English

Formative Assessment: An Enabler of Learning
This article explains formative assessment as a powerful practice of collaboration between teacher and students to move students’ learning forward while their learning is still in the process of developing.
Author: Margaret Heritage
Publication Date: Spring 2011
Publisher: Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation

Formative Assessment: Examples of Practice
The purpose of this document is to share some examples of the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) definition of formative assessment in practice.
Author: E. Caroline Wylie
Publication Date: 2008
Publisher: Council of Chief State School Officers

Fundamentals of Learning
This publication provides a framework to assist teachers in transitioning to the classroom practices called for in the College and Career Ready Standards. The content of this resource is drawn from leading theory and research about learning and assessment.
Authors: Margaret Heritage, Barbara Jones, Glory Tobiason, Sandy Chang, and Joan Herman
Publication Date: Updated August 2016
Publisher: Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation 

This free service makes it easy to discover the best apps, games, websites, and Common Core aligned products for classroom use. Tools have been thoroughly reviewed by our expert educators and received numerous teacher reviews.
Publisher: Common Sense

High-Leverage Practices and Evidence-Based Practices: A Promising Pair
High-leverage practices (HLPs) and evidence-based practices (EBPs) when used together can become powerful tools for improving student outcomes. This brief is designed to show the promise of these practices in advancing educator preparation and practice and, subsequently, outcomes for students with disabilities and those who struggle.
Authors: Erica D. McCray, Margaret Kamman, Mary T. Brownell, and Suzanne Robinson
Publication Date: October 2017
Publisher: CEEDAR Center

How Classroom Assessments Improve Learning
This article explains three ways teachers need to change their approach to assessment in order to use assessments to improve instruction and student learning.
Author: Thomas Guskey
Publication Date: February 2003
Publisher: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

How Teachers Can Use Scientifically-Based Research to Make Curricular Instructional Decisions 
This paper offers a primer for those skills that will allow teachers to become independent evaluators of educational research leading to more effectiveness in teaching.
Authors: Paula J. Stanovich and Keith E. Stanovich
Publication Date: May 2003
Publisher: RMC Research Corporation

Increasing Student Opportunities to Respond
This article discusses the benefits of providing a high rate of opportunities for students to respond during instruction and offers examples of easily to implement strategies.
Author: Elaine B. Gould
Publication Date: Updated September/October 2013
Publisher: William & Mary School of Education

Jigsaw Classroom
This website offers information for a cooperative learning technique that reduces racial conflict among school children, promotes better learning, improves student motivation, and increases enjoyment of the learning experience.
Author: Elliot Aronson 
Publisher: Social Psychology Network

Learning How to Learn: Successful Transition Models for Educators Working with Youth with Learning Disabilities
The aim of this brief is to provide teachers with background knowledge and skills so that they can integrate evidence-based practices into the classroom to aid learning for students with disabilities.
Publication Date: February 2012
Publisher: National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

Making Connections
This strategy guide explains how to model how students can make three different kinds of connections (text-to-text, text-to-self, text-to-world). Students then use this knowledge to find their own personal connections to a text. Sample lesson plans are included.
Author: Cathy Allen Simon
Publisher: National Council of Teachers of English

Making Sense of Data-Driven Decision Making in Education
This occasional paper seeks to clarify the ways in which multiple types of data are being used in schools and districts by synthesizing findings from recent research conducted by the RAND Corporation.
Authors: Julie A. Marsh, John F. Pane, and Laura S. Hamilton
Publication Date: 2006
Publisher: RAND Corporation

Memory Strategies for Students: The Value of Strategies
This article provides a sampling of strategies to help students enhance their learning experiences.
Author: Regina G. Richards
Publication Date: 2008
Publisher: National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities

Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning
This practice guide offers a set of actions that teachers can take that reflect the process of teaching and learning and that recognizes the ways in which instruction must respond to the state of the learner.
Authors: Harold Pashler, Patrice M. Bain, Brian A. Bottke, Arthur Graesser, Kenneth Koedinger, Mark McDaniel, and Janet Metcalfe
Publication Date: September 2007
Publisher: National Center for Education Research

Principles of Instruction: Research-based Strategies that All Teachers Should Know
This article presents 10 research-based principles of instruction with suggestions for classroom practice.
Author: Barak Rosenshine
Publication Date: Spring 2012
Publisher: American Educator

Professional Learning for Culturally Responsive Teaching
This practitioner brief presents six research-based principles to guide professional learning experiences that foster culturally responsive teaching and four key arenas that have been at the forefront of teacher learning research.
Authors: Kathleen A. King, Alfredo J. Artiles, and Elizabeth B. Kozleski
Publication Date: July 2009
Publisher: Arizona State University

Providing Instructional Supports: Facilitating Mastery of New Skills
This module explores the importance of scaffolding and modeling for students as they learn new skills and strategies.
Publisher: The Iris Center

Quality Performance Assessment: Harnessing the Power of Teacher and Student Learning
The purpose of the Quality Performance Assessment (QPA) Framework is to provide guidance to teachers and administrators on how to design a performance assessment system that include the elements of aligned instruction, task design, and data analysis.
Authors: Christina Brown and Pascale Mevs
Publication Date: February 2012
Publisher: Center for Collaborative Education

Special Education Resources for General Educators
This website provides general classroom educators with quick access to information and professional development about addressing the needs of students who have disabilities and special education.
Publisher: Council of Chief State School Officers

SRSD: Using Learning Strategies To Enhance Student Learning
This module features the Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) model, which outlines the six steps required to effectively implement any instructional strategy and emphasizes the time and effort required to do so.
Publication Date: February 2012
Publisher: The Iris Center

Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Inclusive Settings: Rethinking Instruction and Design
This paper provides suggestions for practical UDL support recommendations to enhance the utilization of research-based practices to promote academic achievement through multiple forms of engagement, representation, and expression for children with ASD.
Authors: Christopher B. Denning and Amelia K. Moody
Publication Date: Fall/Winter 2013
Publisher: Electronic Journal for Inclusive Education

Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work for Teachers and Students
This study explores what teachers believe about data-driven instruction and the tools that support it, how teachers use data to tailor instruction, key challenges teachers identify with the tools that support data-driven instruction, and what teachers need to make data work to drive instruction in the classroom.
Publication Date: June 2015
Publisher: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Teaching Content-Area Literacy and Disciplinary Literacy
This article focuses on two types of literacy that are crucial to helping students become college and career ready: content-area literacy and disciplinary literacy.
Authors: Ramona Chauvin and Kathleen Theodore
Publication Date: 2015
Publisher: Southwest Education Development Laboratory, American Institutes for Research

The Impact of Formative Assessment and Learning Intentions on Student Achievement
This brief begins with an analysis of current research linking formative assessment to academic performance and then moves into a discussion of learning objectives’ impact on student outcomes.
Publication Date: August 2014
Publisher: Hanover Research

The Instructional Hierarchy: Linking Stages of Learning to Effective Instructional Techniques
This article discusses the four stages of a learning hierarchy and includes instructional and intervention strategies for each stage.
Publisher: Intervention Central

The Role of Learning Progressions in Competency-Based Pathways
This report captures key findings for the potential of learning progressions research to transform instructional practice and what is being done to translate that research into training and tools for educators.
Publication Date: July 2015
Publisher: Achieve

UDL Guidelines - Version 2.0: Examples and Resources
Each guideline includes examples and resources that clarify what is meant by each of the UDL
checkpoints and gives teachers ideas of ways to implement UDL in their classrooms.
Publication Date: June 2014
Publisher: National Center on Universal Design for Learning

Using Data to Improve Schools: What’s Working
This guide explains how to use data to drive school improvement by building a districtwide culture of inquiry that values the use of data for sound decision-making.
Publisher: American Association of School Administrators

Using Mnemonic Instruction to Facilitate Access to the General Education Curriculum
This article describes the mnemonic strategy and how it gives students with mild to moderate cognitive or learning disabilities the tools to better encode information so that it will be much easier to retrieve it from memory at later points.
Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: The Access Center 

Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making
This guide offers recommendations to help educators effectively use data to monitor students’ academic progress and evaluate instructional practices. It also recommends teaching students how to use their own data to set learning goals.
Authors: Laura Hamilton, Richard Halverson, Sharnell S. Jackson, Ellen Mandinach,Jonathan A. Supovitz, and Jeffrey C. Wayman
Publication Date: September 2009
Publisher: Institute of Education Sciences

Using the Formative Assessment Rubrics, Reflection and Observation Tools to Support Professional
Reflection on Practice (Revised) 

The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines and resources for use in observations and reflections on
formative assessment practices.
Author: Caroline Wylie and Christine Lyon
Publication Date: February 2016
Publisher: Council of Chief State School Officers

Using the Think-Pair-Share Technique
This strategy guide will teach you a technique to organize students and classroom topics to encourage a high degree of classroom participation and assist students in developing a conceptual understanding of a topic.
Author: Cathy Allen Simon
Publisher: National Council of Teachers of English

Using Universal Design for Learning to Design Standards-Based Lessons
This article presents a process that teachers can use as they develop standards-based lesson plans. By applying UDL during the lesson planning process, teachers can identify clear goals and develop flexible methods, assessments, and materials that address the needs and preferences of varied learners. General educators and special educators can use this process to develop inclusive lesson plans that address all learners, with and without disabilities.
Authors: Kavita Rao and Grace Meo
Publication Date: November 2016
Publisher: SAGE Journals

What Every Teacher Needs to Know to Teach Native American Students
This article discusses the culture and learning styles of Native American students and offers educational practices that will likely aid this group of students to work to their potential.
Author: Hani Morgan
Publication Date: 2009
Publisher: Institute of Education Sciences