Special Populations

Career and technical education teachers often work special populations and have questions about how best to implement best-practices with special education students.

The Career and Technical Special Populations Training and Resource Education Center (CTSP Center)
http://ctsp.tamu.edu/ provides materials and resources on a variety of special needs and CTE-related topics. Browse their site for self-paced online modules, newsletters, external resources and more. Several resources are available for check out to users in Texas.

Students that struggle with reading my have difficulty when assigned a reading/summary assignment. The *Article STOP and JOT” (see below) may assist this problem. Students will STOP after reading EACH paragraph and JOT down its main idea or key points. This strategy will allow students to gather and process their finding and thoughts prior to writing a summary. Modeling the strategy prior use is recommended.

Accessible Books and Periodicals for Readers with Print Disabilities
Bookshare® is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities, thanks to an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

The Think-Ink-Pair-Share Activity (see below) is an excellent prior knowledge activity that helps students to focus their thoughts on specific topic. Students are given a question or topic and are asked to first think about what they know, and then record their ideas down, pair up with someone to share what they wrote. The final stage is a large group discussion. This can be used as an ELPS and Special Populations strategy.

Equity in Gifted/Talented Education