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The IRIS Center
Peabody College
Box 275
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 343-5610 or (800) 831-6134
IRIS Professional Development: 866-626-4747
Email: iris@vanderbilt.edu

Supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs and located at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, the IRIS Center develops and disseminates free, engaging online resources about evidence-based instructional and behavioral practices to support the education of all students, particularly struggling learners and those with disabilities. These resources, designed to bridge the research-to-practice gap, are intended for use in college teacher preparation programs, in professional development (PD) activities for practicing professionals, and by independent learners. The array of IRIS resources includes modules, case studies, information briefs, course/PD activities, teacher and parent tip sheets, a high-leverage practices alignment tool, and an online glossary of disability-related terms as well as supporting products to enhance IRIS use in coursework and PD activities.

Developed in collaboration with nationally recognized researchers and education experts, our free online resources address instructional and classroom issues of critical importance to today’s educators: classroom behavior management, working with culturally and linguistically diverse students, high-quality IEPs, secondary transition, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), differentiated instruction, and many others.

In addition to our free resources, IRIS offers online professional development options, including Certificates of Completion for IRIS Modules. Since 2001, IRIS resources have been used in teacher preparation programs throughout the United States and around the world. In 2020 alone, the IRIS Website hosted more than four million visits.

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IEP folder

This interactive module details the process of developing high-quality individualized education programs (IEPs) for students with disabilities. The module discusses the requirements for IEPs as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) with implications of the Supreme Court's ruling in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District.

 

A Professional Development Certificate is available for this module.

 

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Accommodations

This interactive module overviews instructional and testing accommodations for students with disabilities, explains how accommodations differ from other kinds of instructional adaptations, defines the four categories of accommodations, and describes how to implement accommodations and evaluate their effectiveness for individual students.

 

A Professional Development Certificate is available for this module.

 

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Progress Monitoring: Reading

This interactive module introduces users to progress monitoring in reading, a type of formative assessment in which student learning is evaluated to provide useful feedback about performance to both learners and teachers. A similar module is available for progress monitoring in mathematics: https://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/module/pmm/

 

Professional Development Certificates are available for both modules.

 

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mathematics book

This interactive module introduces users to progress monitoring in mathematics, a type of formative assessment in which student learning is evaluated to provide useful feedback about performance to both learners and teachers. A similar module is available for reading: Progress Monitoring: Reading: https://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/module/pmr/

 

A Professional Development Certificate is available for this module.

 

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assistive tech

This interactive module offers an overview of assistive technology (AT) with a focus on students with high-incidence disabilities such as learning disabilities and ADHD. It explores the consideration process, implementation, and evaluation of AT for these students.

 

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family engagement

This interactive module addresses the importance of engaging the families of students with disabilities in their child’s education. It highlights some of the key factors that affect these families and outlines some practical ways to build relationships and create opportunities for involvement. 

 

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dual language learners

This interactive module offers an overview of young children who are dual language learners. Further, it highlights the importance of maintaining children and families’ home language at the same time they are learning a new or second language, discusses considerations for screening and assessing these children, and identifies strategies for supporting them in inclusive preschool classrooms.

 

A Professional Development Certificate is available for this module.

 

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Free Online Module: Dual Language Learners

This interactive module examines the ways in which culture influences the daily interactions that occur across all classrooms and provides practice for enhancing culturally responsive teaching.

 

A Professional Development Certificate is available for this module.

 

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iris certificate

Practical, flexible, and built around trustworthy resources, IRIS PD Certificates for Educators are a terrific option for educators who are ready to take their professional development to the next level, including:

  • K–12 general and special education teachers
  • Principals
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Substitute teachers
  • Other school support staff (e.g., bus drivers, hallway/cafeteria/playground monitors)

Self-guided and self-paced, IRIS Modules cover numerous relevant topics in a way that is in-depth but approachable. These online resources can be used to improve educator’s knowledge of:

  • Evidence-based instructional and behavioral practices
  • IEPs
  • Accommodations
  • Teaching English language learners
  • Instructional supports for students with disabilities
  • And more

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iris center

The IRIS Center has been developing free online resources about evidence-based practices for use in personnel preparation—both pre-service and professional development—since 2001.

 

Developed in collaboration with nationally recognized researchers and experts, IRIS resources—modules, case studies, activities, and other Web-based tools—are created for use in college instruction, professional development activities, and personalized learning for practicing educators.

 

The IRIS Resource Locator allows users to search for resources by topic, age/grade level, and more. Use the link below to access the IRIS Resource Locator and start searching for resources about high-need topics: behavior management, equity and diversity, IEPs, accommodations, related services, and more.

 

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