The IRIS Center [web resource]
The IRIS Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and headquartered at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.
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 start with the Navigating the IRIS Website video tour that covers the site’s six main areas: About IRIS, Resources, Services, Implementation, Research & Evaluation, and News & Events. 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.
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.