Special Education Tool Kit

Rethink Ed is Committed to Supporting Special Education and Social-Emotional Wellness During School Closures

Fear and anxiety about the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has led to increased stress levels in both children and adults. School closures, abrupt changes in routine and a heightened sense of uncertainty can also have a detrimental effect on the academic skills as well as social, emotional and mental well-being of students, educators and school staff. As educators work diligently to prepare and implement virtual academic learning plans, it is equally important to have a contingency plan and resources in place for social emotional learning as well. As our nation faces unprecedented school closings due to COVID-19, Rethink Ed is committed to keeping our students learning and providing schools with resources and tools that extend beyond the classroom.

This transitional period can be particularly challenging for special education students and their families. Communication, consistency, and continuation of learning is essential to keep these students on track with their individual education goals and needs.

While this is a difficult time, it is important to continue working on strategies for behavior, academics, independence, and life skills for these students.

Rethink Ed provides a large library of lessons for students that are easily adaptable for 1:1 lesson’s in the home. In addition, a wide range of resources are available on our platform to help with managing behavior and building independence such as token systems, schedules, and self-management tools.

Many students may need IEP’s customized for this unique situation and the Rethink Ed platform makes it easy to modify or write IEP’s that can be implemented in the home environment. Behavioral challenges may be escalated or different during this time. Our platform can be utilized to create behavior plans that families can implement in the home to help with behavior problems. In addition, our data tracking system makes it easy for families to track data on their computer, tablet, or mobile phone so that schools can still monitor and assist with a student’s behavior remotely.

On-demand training videos are also available for teachers and parents that show how to implement many of the lessons in our system. It may also be helpful to browse through our extensive history of webinars and white papers that provide additional information on many topics that are relevant to special education students.

While this is a difficult time, it is important for us all to continue to focus on our physical, mental, and social emotional health and to work on strategies for helping ourselves and others build resilience and community support.

Our Social and Emotional Learning lessons and professional development provides many opportunities for students of all ages and abilities, teachers, administrative staff, and parents to develop their social emotional skills. We provide on-demand professional development videos, grade level videos and curriculum that promotes well-being, connectedness and success for all students and adults.

We are committed to supporting you as you navigate through this difficult time.


Rethink Ed helps school districts to create healthy, positive cultures of learning and brings out the best in administrators, teachers, students, and parents. With evidence-based learning solutions, technology-based tools and resources, and on-demand video instruction created by a team of educational and clinical experts, Rethink Ed’s four platforms (social and emotional learning curriculum for all learners; training and professional development for all staff; behavior management suite; and skills suite for the most developmentally challenged students connected with data collection and progress monitoring tools) are changing the world one student, one teacher, one classroom at a time. Rethink Ed’s special education platform provides a comprehensive online platform to support educators and school administrators in addressing the unique needs of students with cognitive disabilities to help them grow and move toward proficiency on alternate academic standards.

Our Special Education Platform Features:

• A Comprehensive evidenced-based curriculum library focused on developing social/life skills, inclusion skills, and transition skills

• Lesson plans include job-embedded videos that model instruction of key skills.

• Behavior Success tool to support educators in building function-based interventions.

• Robust data collection tools—including an app—for uniform, timely and ongoing monitoring of progress.

• Defensible data through self-graphing progress reports for IEP and parent meetings

• Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis training (counts towards RBT certification coursework)

• On-demand professional development suites that introduce best practices in special education, promote diversity and inclusion and give the adults in your learning community the tools they need to ensure all students thrive.

Rethink SEL Professional Learning

Because the best educators are learners first, Rethink SEL features a course of 38+ on-demand Professional Learning modules that prepare adults to act as role models for the SEL skills they want to see in their students. With the addition of our NEW Mental Health and SEL & Equity strands, Rethink SEL is the flexible and scalable solution to building healthy school climates and environments that support the well-being of all.

View our Professional Learning Sample Video Playlist

Learn more about SEL & Equity →      Learn more about SEL Mental Health →

Rethink SEL Student Lessons

Rethink SEL features a comprehensive K-12 student curriculum mapped to CASEL’s core competencies and includes lessons in 5 categories that promote awareness of self and others, self-management, social skills, social awareness, and self-care. Our curriculum offers individualized lesson plans for all tiers of learners.

View our Student Lesson Video Playlist

Learn more about Rethink SEL →

Rethink Mental Health Suite

With 50% of all mental illnesses starting before age 14, mental health issues affect the entire community. To effectively support the whole child, we need to address the needs of both adults and students. The Rethink Mental Health Suite will provide a comprehensive solution that provides a framework for schools' mental health and wellness instruction and knowledge.

Topics covered will include:

  • Substance Abuse
  • Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships
  • Bullying and Violence Prevention
  • Anxiety, Depression and Suicide Prevention
  • Coping with and Overcoming Trauma
  • How Technology Can Change Your Life
Learn more about the Mental Health Suite →


Rethink Ed Special Education Resources

 Video: Dealing with the Emotional Stress of the Corona Virus Pandemic
 Video: Dealing with Stress and Anxiety During Uncertain Times
 SEL Guide for Best Practice
 From Implementation to Impact: Developing Systems and Structures to Organize Your District Around Social-Emotional Academic Development
 Social-Emotional Lessons Learned from the Sandy Hook Tragedy
 Video: Crisis Management
 Video: SEL Checklist
 Video: Fine Motor Activities at Home
 Technology White Paper
 Opportunities for Special Education Under ESSA White Paper
 Why Implementation Matters White Paper
 Paraprofessional White Paper
 Behavior Supports White Paper
 SEL is the Key to Success
 SEL for All Learners
 The Power of Addressing the Whole Child
 SEL and Trauma-informed Care
 Rethink Ed Guide to Trauma-informed Care
 SEL and Restorative Practices
 SEL and Multi-tiered Systems of Support
 Harnessing Universal Design for Learning and SEL in Special Education
 5 Things a Student with Autism Wishes His Teachers Had Known
 Tips for Creating Employability Opportunities for Students with Neurodiverse Conditions
 Taking Parent Fear and Anxiety out of the Evaluation and IEP Process
 Effective Reinforcement Strategies for Children with Autism
 Using Student Strengths to Create Belonging
 The Forgotten Service Providers: Rethinking Paraprofessional Collaboration
 It’s About Progress, Not Perfection: Celebrating the History of Special Education and Autism Advocacy
 7 Tips for Achieving Equity in Special Education
 Understanding the Danielson Framework in Special Education
 Parents as Partners: Top Tips to Boost Parental Engagement in Special Education
 Techniques for teaching complex skills to children with special needs
 Taking Parent Fear and Anxiety out of the Evaluation and IEP Process
 Empowering Paraprofessionals in the Classroom
 3 Tips for Increasing Parental Engagement This School Year
 3 Tips for Back to School: Teacher’s Edition 2018
 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in the Classroom
 Run, Forrest, Run… Towards Inclusion!
 Progress Monitoring Explained
 Student Performance Drives Teacher Evaluation
 Supporting the Whole Student with a Disability – It Takes a Village
 Alone We Can Do So Little; Together We Can Do So Much: Meaningful Parent Involvement on IEP Teams
 Adult Quality of Life is the Goal for All Students
 United We Stand, Divided We Fall: Tips for Increasing Parental Engagement
 Raising the Bar for Students with Disabilities: Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District
 Development and Career Advancement for Paraprofessionals
 Need to Know News: Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District
 Spotlight Teacher of the Month: Ginny Gilbertson
 Paraprofessional Training- Where to Find the Time?
 Rethink’s Academic Library Transforms the SPED Classroom
 SEL & Mental Health: An Integrated Power Prevention
 Year-round Thankfulness Strategies to Help All Students Thrive
 Writing for Resilience: The Impact of the Positive Purpose Essay on Students
 SEL Strategies that Strengthen School-to-Home Collaborations
 Strategies for Social and Emotional Learning that Begins with Adults
 5 Ways to Ensure Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Success
 Stressed Out? SEL Tips to Manage Stress before it Manages You
 Fostering SEL Skills Through Intervention in Problem Behaviors
 Harnessing Universal Design for Learning and SEL in Special Education
 SEL & Mental Health: An Integrated Power of Prevention
 5 SEL Strategies that Strengthen School-to-Home Collaborations
 5 Ways to Ensure Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Success
 Stressed Out? SEL Tips to Manage Stress before it Manages You
 Rethink Ed, ERB Launch Groundbreaking SEL Solution with Embedded Assessment to improve culture and climate in schools
 What’s the big deal with SEL?
 10 SEL Skills to Prepare Children for the Future
 Why we must support SEL for At-Risk Students
 Put "You" Back on Your To-do list: SEL Informed Self-Care for Educators
 Social and Emotional Learning to Address Behavioral Deficits: 6 strategies for a systematic approach to teaching SEL
 Teaching Students to Be Their Own Boss: Applying SEL to Optimize Executive Functioning in Your Classroom
 Teaching Students to Be Their Own Boss: SEL Strategies in the Classroom
 What We Don’t Say: A SEL Approach to Helping Your Students Understand “Take a Knee”
 Year-round Thankfulness Strategies to Help All Students Thrive
 Writing for Resilience: The Impact of the Positive Purpose Essay on Students
 Strategies for Social and Emotional Learning that Begins with Adults
 Creating a Morning Routine: What Do Values Have To Do With It?
 Do What You Think Like
 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Mental Health and School Psychologists
 Press Release: Cultivating Safe, Supportive Schools & Communities: City School District of New Rochelle Partners with Rethink Ed to Roll Out New Learning Initiative
 School System Leaders Convene in Chicago on meeting the needs of the whole child–including social and emotional development
 6 Reasons We Love Social Emotional Learning (And You Should Too!)
 Integrating Social and Emotional Learning into Everyday Instruction
 Bullying Interventions
 Social and Emotional Learning for All Learners
 Creating a Morning Routine: What Do Values Have To Do With It?
 Stressed Out? SEL Tips to Manage Stress before it Manages You
 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Mental Health and School Psychologists
 Summer’s Hot But Learning Can Still Be Cool: Tips for Taking Advantage of Teachable Moments
 You Are Your Child's Best Teacher
 Mind Your Ps and Qs: Teaching Social Skills to Reduce Challenging Behavior
 Effectively Addressing Challenging Behaviors
 Teach Your Child Social & Language Skills
 Feeding Problems and Children with Autism
 Preparing for the Holidays
 Family Mental Health and Children with ASD
 A Recipe For Resilience: SEL, Social Action, Civility and Youth Purpose
 The Power of Educators and Families: Joining Forces for Children's Social and Emotional Learning
 What Every Educator Needs to Know about Social and Emotional Learning
 What's Love Got to Do With It?
 The Keys to Success in SEL Implementation
 Teacher Social-Emotional Well-Being: Integrating SEL Practices into the School Day and Beyond
 Succeeding at School with Social Emotional Learning
 Stress Management and Self Care
 Social Emotional Wellness for Transition Age Youth
 Selecting and Leading Social Emotional Learning Though the Lens of the Administrator
 SEL for Everyone: Promoting Essential Social and Emotional Skills in Special Education
 SEL & Mental Health: A New Prevention Paradigm
 Rethink Social and Emotional Learning: An Exclusive Sneak Peek!
 Rethink SEL Expert Webinar Series
 Lost Then Found: Shifting the Narrative of "Troubled Youth" by Fostering SEL Skills Through Intervention
 Addressing Disproportionality: Shifting PBIS Systems and Promoting SEL