PLS Resources

Universal Design for Learning Online Modules

These free modules, created by the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), offer two interactive, flexible online experiences on Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
The first module provides an overview of the three principles of UDL, the relationship between the principles and the three primary neural networks that are essential for learning, and the impact that UDL has on curriculum.
The second module discusses how to identify barriers and strengths, how to apply knowledge of the UDL framework to the lesson planning process, and how to use these skills to create lessons that maximize learning for all students.

Intensive Interventions for Students Struggling in Reading and Mathematics Online Course

This free online course, created by the Center on Instruction, offer four modules based on the practice guide Intensive Interventions for Students Struggling in Reading and Mathematics.
The first module introduces the course series and provides guidance to support students with cognitive processing difficulties.
The second module addresses ways to sufficiently differentiate instructional delivery to meet the learning needs of students who typically require more explicit and systematic instruction.
The third module identifies ways to provide students with adequate instructional time.
The fourth and final module offers guidance on smaller learning groups.

State Standards and IEPs Webinars

Please visit this page for instructional resources that can assist special educators to develop IEPs that are instructionally relevant and designed to increase access to the general education curriculum. These resources include archived webinars.

Writing Measurable IEP Goals Presentation

Please click here to access a presentation, created by ADE’s Program Support and Monitoring, to help schools understand the need for measurable IEP goals.

A District’s Journey Toward Special Education Improvement Webinar

This webinar, presented by WestEd, discusses the instructional and cultural changes one district made that resulted in the establishment of a full inclusion model and improved student achievement of special education students. These changes included the creation of PLCs, teacher collaboration, RTI, and explicit direct instruction.

Co-Teaching: A Collaborative Relationship

This video, created by Maryland Learning Links, shows different examples of co-teaching and grouping options within a classroom. Click on the video library icon on the page to watch the video.

Dispelling Myths of Special Education Presentation

This presentation, created by the Dispute Resolution Unit, addresses and dispels 15 of the most common myths and misunderstandings regarding the regulations that implement the IDEA.