Helpful Links

  • Minnesota's Educational Disability Categories
    The State of Minnesota has 13 categorical disability areas and users can access information, resources, and contacts for each of the different areas.

    Total Special Education System
    The district's Total Special Education System (TSES) manual is available through the Student Services Department located at the District Center.

    PACER (Parent Advisory Coalition for Educational Rights)

    Minnesota Disability Law Center

    ARC Minnesota (Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities)

    Recommended Books

    "The Explosive Child" by Ross Green, Ph. D.
    This book discusses the "explosive child," one who frequently exhibits severe noncompliance and temper outbursts mixed with aggression (physical and/or verbal). While written for parents, it can be applied to school settings also.

    "Lost At School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges Are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them" by Ross Green, Ph. D.
    Perhaps the title says it all. A great read for school staff to encourage us to look at behavior as "developmental delay in thinking skills" and how to teach the missing skills, instead of using punishments to change behaviors.

    "The Behavior Survival Guide for Kids" by Tom McIntyre, Ph. D.
    This book is written for kids (maybe older elementary to middle school) as a self-help guide. It explains what EBD means and encourages kids to help themselves. Dr. McIntyre also created the Behavior Advisor website for adults to accompany the book.

    "Peacemaking Circles and Urban Youth: Bringing Justice Home" by Carolyn Boyes-Watson, Ph.D.
    Peacemaking Circles have a long history in Native American communities in preserving relationships. This book describes how a community center catering to young people in Boston called ROCA uses the peacemaking circles as a strategy that "cultivates trust, mutual understanding, respect and a deeper relationship between individuals."

  • Columbia Heights Public Schools provides resources as informational only.
    The District cannot guarantee any certain outcome of any listed resource.