Teacher and Administrator Series

IDEA DirectSTEP® Series

Highly Qualified Paraeducator Series


Autism and the IDEA: Eligibility and Evaluations
Autism and IDEA Essentials: A Legal Guide for Educators
Autism and the IEP: Planning, Execution and Delivery
Autism and the IEP: Understanding the IDEA's Content Requirements
Autism and One-to-One Aides: A Practical Guide for Educators
Autism and Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies


Effective Co-Teaching: Components, Planning, Strategies and Evaluation

Emergent Literacy & Universal Design

Curricular and Instructional Implications of Emergent Literacy for Diverse Learners
Emergent Literacy: Reading Success for All Children
Using Universal Design Principles to Create Curricula and Instruction for All Students

Highly Qualified Paraeducators Series
Curriculum developed, and all courses written, by Dr. Mary Lasater
Each of the 22 modules offers interactive instruction aligned with the national standards for paraeducators (Critical Work Functions) developed by the Education Training Voluntary Partnership through the National Skill Standards Board. You may purchase the entire curriculum or individual modules. Each module runs 1.5 to 2 hours.

Unit 1 - Module 1: Defining the Roles and Responsibilities of the Paraeducator
Unit 1 - Module 2: Paraeducators' Responsibilities for Confidentiality, Professionalism and Ethics
Unit 2 - Module 1: History of Special Education
Unit 2 - Module 2: Laws Impacting Special Education: IDEA, NCLB, Section 504
Unit 2 - Module 3: The IEP Process
Unit 3 - Module 1: Disability Overview: Categories, Terminology and Appropriate Interactions
Unit 3 - Module 2: Child Development and the Paraeducator
Unit 3 - Module 3: The Impact of Multicultural Understanding on Instruction and Communication
Unit 4 - Module 1: Collecting and Graphing Student Data
Unit 4 - Module 2: Monitoring Student Academic Performance
Unit 5 - Module 1: Enhancing Paraeducators' Communication Skills
Unit 5 - Module 2: Collaboration Strategies for Paraeducators and Partner Teachers
Unit 6 - Module 1: Discipline Policies and Plans for Students with Disabilities
Unit 6 - Module 2: Understanding Misbehavior and How to Change It
Unit 6 - Module 3: Behavior Strategies for Teachers and Paraeducators
Unit 6 - Module 4: Monitoring Student Behavior
Unit 7 - Module 1: Instructional Terminology and Levels of Paraeducator Support
Unit 7 - Module 2: Instructional Strategies for Teachers and Paraeducators
Unit 7 - Module 3: Planning and Implementing Instruction for Math, Reading, Writing and Parallel Curriculum
Unit 7 - Module 4: Using Technology to Advance Instruction
Unit 8 - Module 1: When a Student is Exposed to Physical Danger: Policies, Guidelines and Documentation
Unit 8 - Module 2: What Paraeducators Should Know About First Aid, Administering Medication and Feeding


Course #1 IDEA Rules on IEP Process
Course #2 IDEA Rules on Discipline
Course #3 IDEA Rules on Accountability
Course #4 IDEA Rules on Intervention and Overidentification
Course #5 IDEA Rules on Parental Notice and Due Process
Course #6 IDEA Rules on Eligibility and Evaluation
Course #7 IDEA Rules on Highly Qualified
Manifestation Determinations: Timing, Process and Impact
Responding to Dangerous Conduct by Students With Disabilities: A School District Guide to Legal Requirements


The IEP Meeting: Facilitating and Communicating Effectively
Improving Your IEPs: Start with Goals and Objectives
Understanding and Responding to Parents' Expectations for Children with Disabilities

LRE & Transition

Home Instruction and Homebound Services: Legal Requirements for Serving Students With Disabilities
Least Restrictive Environment: Making Learning Possible for All Children
Life Beyond Grade 12: Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities
Postsecondary Transition Services and Planning: IDEA Requirements for Compliance


Applying RTI Principles of Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation
Creating an RTI Model That Works for You
'I' in RTI: Selecting and Implementing Evidence-Based Interventions

Section 504

The ADA Amendments Act: What It Means for Section 504 in Your School
Disability-Based Bullying and Harassment: Investigation, Response, and Prevention
Section 504: Determining Appropriate Eligibility
Section 504 Eligible: What Now?

Student Privacy

Education Records and Confidentiality: Meeting FERPA and IDEA Requirements
Student Record Privacy and School Safety: A Balanced Approach to Legally Compliant Disclosures

Title I

Helping Homeless Students Succeed: Identification, Funding and Services Under Title I and McKinney-Vento
Parent Involvement for Title I Schools: Policies and Strategies for Compliant, Effective Family Engagement
Yes, You Can Be an RTI School: Funding and Implementation Lessons for All Title I Schools

Teacher and Administrator Series
Teachers and administrators deal with a variety of issues on a daily and weekly basis when serving students. Although both are very involved in the processes, their roles are very different. These courses brought to you by DirectSTEP® are a great way for both teachers and administrators to learn about specific topics and how to handle them based on their individual roles and perspectives.

13 Disabilities Under IDEA: An Overview for Teachers
Collaborating and Communicating with Your Paraeducator as an Instructional Team
Discipline Policies and BIPs: Policy and Practice Overview for Teachers
Instructional Strategies for Teachers: What Works in the Classroom
Monitoring Student Behavior: The Teacher's Role
Teachers Take Charge: Behavior Modification Strategies for the Classroom
When Students with Disabilities Misbehave: Research and Best Practices for Teachers

13 Disabilities Under IDEA: An Overview for Administrators
Administrators Take Charge: Behavior Modification Strategies
Collaborating and Communicating with Your Paraeducator as an Instructional Team
Discipline Policies and BIPs: Policy and Practice Overview for Administrators
Instruction from the Administrator's Perspective: Application, Support and Monitoring
Monitoring Student Behavior: The Administrator's Role
When Students with Disabilities Misbehave: Responding Appropriately to Disciplinary Referrals