Who We Are
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and headquartered at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, the IRIS Center creates online resources about evidence-based practices to help improve the learning and behavior outcome of all students, particularly struggling learners and those with disabilities.
Developed in collaboration with nationally recognized researchers and education experts, IRIS Modules, Case Study Units, Classroom Activities, and Fundamental Skill Sheets address instructional and classroom issues of critical importance to today’s educators: classroom behavior management, secondary transition, early childhood, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and many others. IRIS offers low-cost professional development through an online PD Hours Store and our School & District Platform. The IRIS Website is also host to a wide variety of online informational tools and resources, including a searchable glossary of disability related terms, databases compiling the portrayals of people with disabilities in motion pictures and children’s literature, resources for faculty and professional development providers, and sample syllabi, to name only a few.
This is the fourth iteration of the IRIS Center. For more than 16 years, IRIS resources have been used in teacher preparation programs throughout the United States and around the world. In 2017, the IRIS Website was visited by more than two million people.