Services for Educators and Professionals

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For more than three decades, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center has served as a laboratory for developing, evaluating, and disseminating innovative educational practices for children with diverse learning needs. Inclusive early education for children with and without disabilities was pioneered here in the early 1970s. Curricula for children with multiple disabilities, sensory losses, and other special needs have been developed here and disseminated nationally.

  • Britt Henderson Training Series for Educators
    This annual series of workshops provides training for general and special education teachers, with the goal of improving the quality of education for students with diverse learning needs in inclusive settings and preparing students in special education for postsecondary education and/or employment.

  • TRIAD Autism Training Services
    The Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders is committed to the provision of exemplary autism-specific training to parents, service providers, and future professionals, including training programs for teachers and school systems.

  • Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Earrly Learning (CSEFEL) (Affiliate)
    The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is a national resource center for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.

  • Curriculum-Based Measurement for Reading and Math
    Weekly Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) tests provide systematic, frequent feedback to students and teachers. CBM is one of several validated classroom-based and school-wide interventions developed to increase educators' capacity to improve students' learning and to accommodate diverse learning needs.

  • IRIS Center (Affiliate)
    Founded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the IRIS Center develops training enhancement materials to be used by faculty and professional development providers for the preparation of current and future school personnel.

  • National Center on the Response to Intervention (Affiliate)
    Rigorous implementation of RTI includes a combination of high quality, culturally and linguistically responsive instruction; assessment; and evidence-based intervention. Comprehensive RTI implementation will contribute to more meaningful identification of learning and behavioral problems, improve instructional quality, provide all students with the best opportunities to succeed in school, and assist with the identification of learning disabilities and other disabilities.

  • Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS) (Affiliate)
    PALS Reading and PALS Math enable classroom teachers to accommodate diverse learners and to help a large proportion of these students achieve success.

  • Provided Access to the Visual Environment (PAVE) (Affiliate)
    PAVE provides technical assistance for teachers of students with low vision, as well as for parents, and direct instruction for children. PAVE assists any child with low vision, age 3 to 21 in Lead Education Agencies in Tennessee, private schools, or the Tennessee School for the Blind.

  • Tennessee Deafblind Project (TREDS) (Affiliate)
    TREDS (Tennessee Technical Assistance and Resources for Enhancing Deafblind Supports) provides training for educators through workshops, conferences, and in-service activities. Topics include positive behavior supports and communication, assistive technology, transition issues, and family issues. TREDS provides a free newsletter.

  • Transition Tennessee (Affiliate)
    Designed for educators, this website is a “blueprint” to building a comprehensive transition program for students with disabilities.