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THE IRIS CENTER A NATIONAL CENTER DEDICATED TO IMPROVING EDUCATION OUTCOMES FOR ALL CHILDREN
AIMS WHAT WERE THE MAIN AIMS OF THE INITIATIVE? The primary purpose of the IRIS Center is to develop and disseminate instructional resources that improve the educational outcomes of struggling learners, particularly those with disabilities. IRIS is also charged with the dissemination of related products developed by other centers sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. As such, the Center’s Website is a remarkable depository of information and resources about inclusive education. The instructional resources produced by IRIS are developed in collaboration with researchers and national experts. IRIS resources focus on discrete topics about evidence­based practices and other subjects relevant to working with students with disabilities in inclusive classroom settings, and well suited to flexible infusion into initial teacher preparation coursework and PD programs for practicing educators. Another primary purpose is to provide resources, services, and training to college faculty and PD providers to facilitate the infusion of proven practices and interventions into teacher preparation courses, curricula, and PD activities and experiences. Themes to which the IRIS Center is linked: Pre­service teacher education Continuing professional development Development of teacher educators Summary of IRIS Resources Developed in collaboration with nationally recognized researchers and education experts, IRIS resources are designed to address instructional and classroom issues of great importance to today’s educators. IRIS resources can be accessed from the IRIS Website ( or iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu ) and searched for using the IRIS Resource Locator. All of the resources described below can be accessed via the IRIS Resource Locator ( iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/iris­resource­locator/ ). The three images below illustrate the Resource Locator and how specific resources are found for the 17 topics that organize IRIS instructional resources. The first image shows the Resource Locator. The second image shows the categories of resource types for the Behavior and Classroom Management topic and is an example of the other categories. The third shows the opened directory for accessing four of the ten IRIS Modules available for this topic.
Figure 1: IRIS Resource Locator (step 1) Figure 2: IRIS Resource locator (step 2)
Figure 3: IRIS Resource locator (step 3) STAR Legacy Modules offer in­depth looks at specific topics like response to intervention, classroom behavior management, secondary transition, student diversity, evidence­based practices, and many others. They deliver content in a variety of formats: text, video demonstrations, audio interviews with experts and practicing educators, and interactive activities. Based on the adult learning theory developed by Dr. John Bransford and his colleagues, IRIS Modules make information on evidence­

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