Meeting the needs of students who are exceptional

What does it mean to be exceptional?

  • How is being exceptional defined?
  • How are students identified as exceptional?
  • Have you worked with students who are exceptional?

Personalized Data

In August 2012 National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) collected data from a random sampling of 1,980 adults in the United States, evenly distributed across males and females, via an online survey. The sampling was representative of the U.S. population and had a margin of error of 4.4 percent.

Twelve percent of the respondents cited having a learning disability and 8 percent of the parents surveyed had a child with a learning disability

  • With a partner, read some data from this survey.
  • Discuss your reaction, as a teacher, parent, and learner.

Research Link


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.



Experience What It's Like -

Click here and try one or two exercises that will demonstrate what it is like through the eyes of a student with a disability.
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Understood Through a Child's Eyes

Jade's Perspective

  • How would you differentiate without drawing negative attention to our students with special needs?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of special education classrooms (pull-out) versus inclusions classrooms?
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What are the essential elements in RTI?

  1. Providing scientific, research-based instruction and interventions in general education.
  2. Monitoring and measuring student progress in response to the instruction and interventions.
  3. The use of these measures of student progress to shape instruction and make educational decisions.

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Is It a Cheetah?

Read Is it a Cheetah

  • What parallels are drawn to the reading in Banks & Banks Chapter 15?
  • What does this mean for you as an educator?
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