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Author: Jennifer DeBrosse

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Special Educators Resource Room with Jennifer DeBrosse is the podcast for busy special education teachers. Whether you’re brand new to the world of special education or an experienced teacher, this podcast will provide time-saving solutions for any busy special educator. 
Get ready to move things off your special educator plate without feeling like you have to live at school. 
I’m your host, Jennifer DeBrosse. I’m dual-certified, have been in education for over 25 years, and spent time in both the inclusion classroom and the resource room setting. I was also a special education instructional coach and mentor to hard-working educators just like you. 
Tune in each week for quick action-packed episodes. They will be short, sweet, and to the point because I know how busy you are. I’m on a mission to help you get your time back! 
Let’s connect! You can find more special education support at: Positively Learning Blog (PS: while you’re there, be sure to grab the free Special Educators Cheat Sheets!)

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IEP Meetings - What do you need before, during, and after? This quick podcast episode provides you with the facts plus time-saving tips!Click here to see a list of what every special educator needs in their go-to IEP Binder: https://positivelylearningblog.com/iep-time-savers-for-special-educators/Ready to set up an independent work system that really works? Grab your seat for this FREE teacher training:https://webinarkit.com/webinar/registration/668d9f12140d48dc81fa5005If you're a busy ...
Are you overwhelmed by the countless paperwork tasks that come with being a special educator? In this episode, we're breaking down exactly what you need to find quickly - all those daily tasks that really add up IF you're not as organized as you'd like to be! Click here for a list of everything mentioned in this episode of Special Educators Resource Room: https://positivelylearningblog.com/special-educators-toolkit/If you're a busy special education teacher looking for tips, tricks, and resou...
This is a no-fluff episode for special educators looking for help with data collection! Learn about the exact data tracking forms you really need to have (and which are nice to have after that). Find all the data collection forms you need in one place here: Data Collection Tips for Special EducatorsNeed help choosing between digital or paper-based data tracking? Listen to Episode 2 hereIf you're a busy special education teacher looking for tips, tricks, and resources to save you precious time...
Special Educators, wouldn't it be nice if there's was a printed to do list that told us exactly how to support paraprofessionals and handle tricky situations? I'd love a list like that! This podcast episode kicks off a new special education mini series informally titled "Exactly What You Need to Do!" This first episode in the series is exactly what you need to support paraprofessionals and staff, including professional expectations, having difficult conversations, and implementing visual...
Special Educators, have you found the perfect curriculum that has everything included to meet your students' needs? Should you even be using a special education curriculum that's separate from general education? These questions and more are answered in this episode of the Special Educators Resource Room! Learn more about balancing student IEP goals and objectives with accessing the general education curriculum and take a peek at a solution for your intervention small group lessons:Special Edu...
Special Educators, if professional development is on your summer to do list, this episode is for YOU! I'm sharing my top two tips for making the most of summer learning so you'll be ready to thrive in the new school year. Links mentioned in this episode:Ep 31 -Unlock Free Professional Development for Special Educators The Primary Gal - Summer Book Study and WorkshopsKindergarten Behavior Blueprint - Teaching Exceptional Kinders by Amy MurrayFirstieland: Read Alouds and Lesson Ideas&...
Classroom set-up, behavior systems... what should a special educator be focusing on during summer break? This podcast episode is full of ideas and they don't require you working all summer during your well-deserved break. Learn about setting up flexible frameworks - a.k.a. "Skeleton Systems" that will serve you when you return to school in after a long refreshing summer break! If you're a busy special education teacher looking for tips, tricks, and resources to save you precious tim...
End of Year award ceremonies may not rank high on your favorites list, but there are a few things we can do to make it easier on all of our students. Check out these creative ideas for special educators! Need a quick set of special education certificates that highlight character education? Here's 50 editable certificates you can print and award today: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Special-Education-Student-Awards-50-Editable-Certificates-for-End-of-Year-9338908If you'...
End of year tips for supporting students and YOU! If you're a busy special education teacher looking for tips, tricks, and resources to save you precious time, I've got you covered! I'm here to help you regain your confidence in the classroom and feel calm and collected as a special educator.Tune in every Wednesday for practical tips, tools, and the support you need to to THRIVE in the classroom.Grab your FREE Special Educators Cheat Sheets at positivelylearningblog.com/free-resource-lib...
Your students need more sensory input throughout the day, but how do you fit it in with all of the other IEP goals and objectives you're focused on? In Episode 75 of Special Educators Resource Room, you'll learn how I conquered this exact situation. Sensory Bins ended up being the answer to provide a developmentally appropriate sensory experience AND stay focused on our goals. Learn how to start using sensory bins in your classroom today! Looking for the Sensory Story Bins solution mentioned ...
Working with especially active students? Here's some tips to incorporate more kinesthetic movement activities into your everyday learning, For more teaching tips and creative ideas, check out these special education topics: https://positivelylearningblog.com/what-to-do-with-wiggly-students/https://positivelylearningblog.com/classroom-movement-games/Red Light, Green Light Literacy GamesIf you're a busy special education teacher looking for tips, tricks, and resources to save you precious time,...
You want to pull small groups, but can't imagine your students working independently for any amount of time? This episode is FULL of ideas for supporting students AND getting your time back. Learn about the main components of independent work systems and what you need to start setting up your classroom today! Special Promotion:🎉 Don't miss this special offer! Join the Task Box Dollar Club now for exclusive resources and support and add on TWO more dollar clubs for less than the price of ONE. ...
Tune in for simple teacher tips to help young students. improve their fine motor skills during a busy school day in special education settings. You'll learn how to make these activities part of your regular classroom routine without needing extra time. This ensures that all students, even those who might not qualify for occupational therapy, get the help they need to develop skills that are important for school and everyday life.Need more straightforward tips on how to incorporate fine motor ...
Social Emotional Learning has a BIG impact on classroom community, but how do you fit it into an already jam-packed school day? I'm sharing 3 practical tips for adding SEL to your classroom WITHOUT disrupting the routine. Try this ideas with your own students! Links mentioned in this episode of Special Educators Resource Room:Restorative Practice Read Aloud Suggestions:https://positivelylearningblog.com/product/restorative-practice-circles-for-k-2/Social Emotional Learning Lesson Plans w...
Welcome to "Backward Planning 101: A Special Educator’s Secret Weapon." In this episode, we're diving into how backward planning can transform your teaching and boost student success in the special education setting. It's all about starting with your end goal and designing each lesson to achieve those outcomes, ensuring that every minute in the classroom counts.In this episode I'm sharing why I consistently used this strategy and practical tips to make it work for you! Looking for more helpfu...
Happy Paraprofessional Appreciation Day! This episode is full of advice on how we can express appreciation for support staff in the special education setting anytime of year. Be sure to listen to Episode 15 and download the free Paraprofessional Appreciation Sticky Notes for a quick token of appreciation: The Best Paraprofessional Appreciation Ideas (that are free or mostly free!) Still navigating the coworker relationship? Check out these talking points to help you lead the next conversation...
If you're struggling with coteaching or maybe feeling nervous about getting along with coteachers, this special podcast episode is for you! This is Part 2 of the CoTeacher Conversations. Be sure to check out Part 1 - Special Educators Resource Room Episode 67. Not sure what to say - especially when having difficult conversations at school? Here's the help guide every special educator can use throughout the school year:Special Education Scripts - Bundle of Editable Talking PointsIf ...
Co-Teacher Conversations Part One - Navigating Tricky Coteaching PartnershipsWhat do you do when coteaching isn't working out? In this episode, I'm sharing the reality of coteaching and tips to get through less than stellar inclusion teaching scenarios. For more information on improving communication and the coteaching relationship in the inclusion classroom setting, check out this special education blogpost:https://positivelylearningblog.com/special-education-co-teaching/If you're a bus...
As special educators, we are often on the lookout for supplemental resources to support struggling students. There are so many choices out there, but if you've ever looked you already know that not all educational materials are created equal. Learn more about finding "just right" resources for your students:https://positivelylearningblog.com/choosing-supplementary-resources-in-special-education/If you're a busy special education teacher looking for tips, tricks, and resources to save yo...
No matter how long we've been in education, there are still new things to learn! Recently I had the opportunity to learn from a podcast by someone I greatly admire.You can check out Dr. Christine Reeve's podcast here:Autism Classroom Resources: https://autismclassroomresources.com/podcasts/In February 2024, Dr. Reeve did an entire podcast series on independent work systems and there's so many gems! I'm sharing two big takeaways in this episode, but I encourage you to listen to the series, may...
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