IRIS Stories

IRIS resources are used throughout the United States and around the world. Now, for the first time, we’re sharing the stories and experiences of our users in their own words. Whether told by college and university faculty, state or district personnel, school principals, or classroom teachers, every IRIS story teaches us something new.


IRIS in the Sunshine State: Use in College Courses and Sharing with Colleagues

  Dr. Mary Little, a special education faculty member at the University of Central Florida, conducts research on evidence-based instructional practices, interventions, and teacher efficacy. But it was in her role preparing future educators to increase their use of evidence-based practices that Dr. Little’s relationship with IRIS blossomed. Initially, she identified IRIS resources that aligned[…..]

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IRIS & the Next Generation: Supporting Classrooms

  In the IRIS Story “IRIS in the Sunshine State: Use in College Courses and Sharing with Colleagues,” Dr. Mary Little, special education faculty member at the University of Central Florida (UCF), explained how she introduces her teacher candidates to the free resources available from OSEP-funded centers, including the IRIS Center. Two of her students,[…..]

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IRIS & the Alabama SDE: Addressing Behavior

The IRIS Center’s productive relationship with the Alabama State Department of Education began when the state required its teachers to complete the IRIS module Effective School Practices: Promoting Collaboration and Monitoring Students’ Academic Achievement. This resource highlights partnerships between general education and special education teachers that result in the creation of a collective responsibility and shared high[…..]

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IRIS & the Alabama SPDG: One Step Further

It’s becoming increasingly common for schools and districts to use our IRIS professional development resources to help their teachers sharpen their skills or to learn new classroom instructional and behavior practices. In Alabama, however, Curtis Gage and the State Personnel Development Grant decided to take their professional development training a step further and include a[…..]

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