George Lucas Educational Foundation
Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for supporting students with special needs.
Getting Started With Person-First Language
Focusing on who students are as individuals—instead of on learning differences or other descriptors—starts with empathy.
17 Ways to Help Students With ADHD Concentrate
Teacher-tested ideas to help students quietly fidget.
Supporting Parents of Students With Special Needs
There’s often a rift in communication between educators and parents who suspect their kids have special needs. A parent describes the support that would have helped her initiate an assessment.
Prioritizing Agency for Students With Disabilities
When students with disabilities develop self-advocacy and self-determination, they can engage more effectively in their education.
High Expectations for Students With Multiple Impairments
A special education teacher shares insights on adapting the Common Core Essential Elements for students with multiple impairments.
Easing a Feeling of Professional Isolation
Being a special education teacher can feel isolating, but there are some ways to build connections with colleagues.
Keeping the Focus on the Positive
Paying attention to what was going well for students led a special education teacher to a strengths-based approach to teaching.
What I’ve Learned From Special Ed Teachers
Special education teachers have valuable insights to share with their peers about patience, empathy, working with parents, and more.
The Missing Autistic Girls
In the past two decades, autism diagnoses have soared—but new research shows that girls have frequently been overlooked, leaving them without crucial support.
A Look at the Past, Present, and Future of Special Education