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The Professional Development Committee has worked to identify and organize resources that district teams as well as individual teachers and other service providers can access to develop viable multi-tier systems of support and effective specialized instruction. In addition to important guidance contained in CEC’s High Leverage Practices in Special Education and the CASE list of endorsed products, the following resources are recommended for high quality, reliable and practical information. Additional recommendations will be added to address particular areas of practice or issues after careful vetting.

High Leverage Practice Videos: created by Michael J. Kennedy, Associate Professor of Special Education, School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia about different High Leverage Practices and the implementation to improve outcomes for students. 

Evidence-Based Intervention Network: to support the use of evidence-based interventions (EBI) in schools, the Evidence-Based Intervention Network (EBIN) was developed to provide guidance in the selection and implementation of EBI in the classroom setting. The EBIN has an extensive resource based including evidence-based intervention briefs, video modeling of EBIs, information on selecting and using EBI. Each of these resources has been developed in collaboration with faculty and students from a variety of universities. 

Practice Guides for Challenges in the Classroom: This site, What Works Clearinghouse, contains 24 implementation guides addressing a variety of instruction and intervention issues. They are based on reviews of research, the experience of practitioners, and expert opinions of a panel of nationally recognized experts. Each includes easy to understand guides indicating the level of evidence in support of a particular component or practice. 

Multi-Tiered System of Supports: The purpose is to provide resources to help districts successfully implement and sustain a multi-tiered system of student supports with fidelity and maximize student outcomes through the application of data-based problem solving and evidence-based practices. While developed specifically for Florida, the resources are generally applicable to any school district or setting. Lots of good models for establishing district procedures and guidelines. 

IRIS Center: provides training modules, and information on evidence-based practices, including information on the Council for Exceptional Children's (CEC) High Leverage Practices.

IDEAs That Work-Office of Special Education: Comprehensive information about OSEP funded projects and associated for academic and social/emotional/behavioral intervention.

Center on Response to Intervention: National Center on MTSS at American Institutes for Research. This site provides access to an extensive collection of federally funded research and implementation support projects on RtI and MTSS. It includes training programs, intervention resources, assessments, and guidance for scaling district implementation. 

PBIS, Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based three-tiered framework for improving and integrating all of the data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes every day. It is a way to support everyone - especially students with disabilities - to create the kinds of schools where all students are successful.

MO-CASE and Department of Education (DESE) Resources


Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education


3550 Amazonas Drive

Jefferson City, MO 65109

Office: 573-644-7804

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 14707

Springfield, MO 65814

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