Department of Education Links

Understanding Special Education

Refer to this page on the DOE’s public site for more information about special education including a 2012 update to the Parents Guide to Special Education Services and more information about A Shared Path to Success, the special education reform.

Special Education Student Information System (SESIS) Resources 

Learn more about navigating SESIS. Gain access to training materials, stay current on updates and additional features of SESIS as well as login to access your students' information.

Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support -Special Education Office's Professional Development

Learn about and register for the Division’s professional development opportunities, including mini-institutes and workshops on topics such as collaborative planning, curriculum, literacy, technology, positive behavior supports, and meeting the needs of ELLs with disabilities.  Offerings are open to all DOE educators, including school leaders, general and special education teachers, paraprofessionals, and related service providers.

District 75’s Professional Development Site

Find professional development offered by the DOE’s District 75. District 75 provides citywide educational, vocational and behavior programs. District 75 offers professional development targeted to teachers of students who are on the autism spectrum, have significant cognitive delays, or are severely emotionally challenged, sensory impaired and/or multiply disabled.  Many opportunities are open to DOE educators from outside the district.

Curriculum and Instruction

Find information about curriculum, instruction, and behavior management on our curriculum page at the DOE’s intranet site.

Individualized Education Programs

Use the resources for implementing and developing Individualized Education Programs on our IEP page at the DOE’s intranet site. 

Creating an Inclusive Classroom- Information for Teachers
This guide for teachers answers frequently asked questions regarding how to create a more inclusive classroom for all students, including students with disabilities. Links and resources are provided.

External Links

Learning Ally

Formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. Over 75,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles, downloadable and accessible on mainstream as well as specialized assistive technology devices.

Center for Applied Special Technology

Information and resources about Universal Design for Learning.

Learning Disabilities Association of America

Information about learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, including guidance on teaching reading and supporting students’ social-emotional development.

LD Online

Information and resources for professionals, parents and kids about learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Behavior Advisor

Strategies for classroom management and guidance for working with students with a variety of disabilities.

Intervention Central

Free resources for teachers, schools and districts implementing Response to Intervention.  Strategies to help struggling learners and those with challenging behavior.  

Teaching Tolerance

Thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools.

Child Development Institute

Information and guidance for parents.

Do 2 Learn

Information and free printable resources for teachers of students with disabilities.