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Harvard Family Research Project: Making Data Matter in Family Engagement 

This online handbook, published by the Academic Development Institute and the Center on Innovation & Improvement, provides educators, community leaders, and parents with an extensive overview of research and practice in the family engagement field. Authored by many of the leading experts in the field, the Handbook offers a range of perspectives on why and how families, communities, and schools collaborate with each other.

Helpful Documents

Family Involvement in Positive Behavior Support   
Laura A. Riffel, Ph.D.

This booklet aims to explain positive behavior support and how to effectively build relationships between educators and student families to raise student achievement.

Getting Behavior in Shape at Home 

Laura Riffel and Ann Turnbull

Excerpt: "Positive behavior support does not mean changing the child; rather, it means creating a new environment that supports the positive behavior you want to achieve. It means creating a plan that determines who will help and what you will do differently."

Including Families Throughout the PBS Process 
Florida's Positive Behavior Support Project, University of South Florida

This PowerPoint presentation involves a comprehensive discussion of positive behavior support from its historical perspective to attaining specific outcomes.


MPACT is a statewide parent training and information center that serves parents of children with all disabilities. MPACT's primary goal is to assist parents in their effort to effectively advocate for their children's educational rights and services. MPACT staff and volunteers are located throughout Missouri and work with public and private agencies, parent groups, professional organizations and advocacy groups to achieve that goal.

The Iris Center — Vanderbilt University

The IRIS Center is a national center that aims to provide high-quality resources for college and university faculty and professional development providers about students with disabilities. IRIS seeks to obtain this goal by providing free, online, interactive training enhancements that translate research about the education of students with disabilities into practice.

Thompson Center, University of Missouri — Columbia

The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri — Columbia was established on April 29, 2005 to promote research, teaching, and service innovations designed to improve the lives of children with ASD and other neurological conditions. The center serves as a resource for families and professionals, providing help today through clinical services and hope for tomorrow through research and professional training.

The purpose of this site is to give families, self-advocates, teachers, health care providers and other professionals an introduction to the process of planning for the transition from adolescence to adulthood. It is also meant to provide resources and options to consider for the future.

The resources provided here address the following: 

  • General guidance about the process of planning for the transition from adolescence to adulthood
  • How youth can be involved in the transition planning process
  • Key contacts to make during the transition process
  • A roadmap of resources in the areas of community living, health and safety, emergency preparedness, education and training, employment and adult services and benefits planning

Missouri Special Education Teacher Resources

This page includes a list of general special education resources that cover a large array of topics right at your fingertips!

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