Special Education Standards Support

Inspired by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards1, the reference points that are bolded below can enhance special ed instruction.

Support multiple learning styles with literary resources in a variety of formats.

  • Explore the diverse collection of resources for Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.

Build background knowledge and provide opportunities to preteach with author resources.


Recognize and discuss differing abilities with the support of book guides, activities, and lessons.

  • Use this lesson plan for Rules to journey with Catherine exploring her range of emotions as she moves through life with her brother who has autism. See more resources here
  • Share a struggling reader's experience in this first-hand account from author Patricia Polacco. Thank You, Mr. Falker is a book of appreciation.

Prepare students for critical reading by developing academic language and vocabulary.


1. Referenced from "Exceptional Needs Standards." National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, http://www.nbpts.org/wp-content/uploads/ECYA-ENS.pdf.

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