The IRIS Center is a national center dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children—especially those with disabilities— through the use of effective evidence-based practices and interventions.
IRIS resources are designed to address instructional and classroom issues such as response-to-intervention (RTI), classroom behavior management, and early childhood instruction, and many more. IRIS resources are used in college instruction, professional development activities, and independent learning opportunities for practicing educators.
Educators may want to look at the IRIS Center’s professional development and micro-credential resources. A second video, Navigating the IRIS Resource Locator (IRL), to learn about the key features of the IRIS Resource Locator (IRL), which is the primary search engine for Modules, Case Studies, Activities, Information Briefs, Interviews, Video Vignettes, and the Web Resource Directory.
Assessment (includes Progress Monitoring)
Behavior and Classroom Management
Early Intervention/Early Childhood
MTSS/RTI (includes intensive intervention)
Reading, Literacy, Language Arts
Parents and caregivers of individuals with disabilities may find a number of IRIS resources to be helpful, such as the glossary of disability-related terms and the curated list of children’s books that contain portrayals of individuals with disabilities.
Supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs and located at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, the IRIS Center develops and disseminates free, engaging online resources about evidence-based instructional and behavioral practices to support the education of all students, particularly struggling learners and those with disabilities. These resources, designed to bridge the research-to-practice gap, are intended for use in college teacher preparation programs, in professional development (PD) activities for practicing professionals, and by independent learners.