Special Education How to Be a Resource Specialist

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This was a lifesaver and a first year resource teacher! I interviewed and took the job not exactly knowing what a resource specialist was. This really helped me figure that out!
I love this resource! As an upcoming first-year special education resource teacher, I know this resource will help guide me through the day-to-day difficulties I will face.


New Special Education Teachers- this manual will be invaluable when setting up your new special education program. Especially for the new Resource Specialist, this manual will save time and help you be a better special education teacher!

Special Education Manual Update June 2018

**New-Editable forms!

This Special Education manual has practical tips for behavior management and collaboration, tools for teaching and record-keeping, and strategies for being a successful Resource Specialist. I have worked in Special Education for 35 years, and in this manual I provide advice and techniques for collaborating with general education teachers, maintaining IEP's and data, communication, teaching strategies and suggestions, working with paraeducators, working advocates, and forms to streamline the job of special education resource specialist.This manual is designed to save new teachers years of trying to figure things out; it is my own philosophy and what I have found to be the most important qualities for being a successful special education teacher.

The following areas are covered:

1.Why Are We Resource Specialists?

Why We do What We Do

Our Mission and Goal: Resource Students’ Success in General Education


Individualized Education Plans, Meetings

Checklist for IEP Meetings

IEP Checklist, Instructional Minutes

Disability Areas

Sample Academic IEP Goals

Sample Behavior, Social Skills, Work Completion IEP Goals

Working with Advocates

Family Relationships/Building Trust

3. Teaching

Reading and Writing

Informational Writing

Common Core and Special Education

Writing frames, graphic organizers, I Can Write a Sentence, Illustrate My Own Reader (included in zip file)


Every Resource Specialist Needs

Collaborate and Communicate

Groups and grouping charts




4. Behavior

Challenging Students

Managing Special Needs Behavior

Behavior Notes

Behavior Charts, First…..Then

I Can Charts

5. How to Make it All Work

Working with Paraeducators


Student Checklists

Assessment Monitoring Forms

Resource Binder Cover

Samples of charts

Take Care of Yourself

Notes from Resource

A Resource Specialist Is….

Much of the information is geared toward K-6, although I have taught K-12, and some of the basic special education techniques covered will help middle school teachers.

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