Evidence-Based Practice Information

Below you will find helpful links to evidence-based practice websites with a short description. Click on the buttons inside the tabbed menu for each category:


Illinois MTSS Network

The vision of the IL MTSS-N is to be an innovative, solution-oriented, technical assistance model nationally known for promoting equitable education, career, and community opportunities for each and every student.

Illinois Report Card (IIRC)

Illinois School and district data; data available to the public as well as paid subscribers.

Early Childhood Professional Learning

Supporting evidence-based practices in Early Childhood education with free professional development workshops and webinars, resources, and information that promotes high-quality outcomes for young children and their families.

Illinois State Board of Education

Variety of Educational Resources for the state of Illinois.

Illinois Resource Center

Since 1972, the Illinois Resource Center (IRC) has provided assistance to teachers and administrators serving linguistically and culturally diverse students.


Best Evidence Encyclopedia

Includes program reviews for math, science, reading, comprehensive school reform, and early childhood; free newsletter containing updates on evidence-based strategies, programs, and interventions.

Center on Instruction

Practitioner guides, research, training materials, and tools for K-Grade 12, multiple content areas.

Center on Response to Intervention

Many MTSS resources including tool charts for screening, progress monitoring, and academic interventions.

Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood

Compilation of research, presentations, and other information pertaining to implementation in preschool settings.

Data-Based Consultant, Mark Shinn

Select the Resources tab to view downloaded materials from Dr. Shinn’s collections of presentations and gems.

Doing What Works

Doing What Works (DWW) helps educators understand and use research-based practices. This library includes interviews with researchers and educators, multimedia examples and sample materials from real schools and classrooms, and tools that can help educators take action. DWW content is based on research reviews conducted or endorsed by the Institute of Education Sciences, usually practice guides.

Explicit Instruction

Companion to Dr. Archer’s and Dr. Hughes’ seminal text, this site includes video demonstrations and pair study guides.

Evidence Based Intervention Network

Evidence based interventions for math, reading, and behavior; a unique feature of this site is that interventions are categorized to target different types of problems such as those pertaining to acquisition, fluency, generalization, or motivation.

Intervention Central

Resources and tools to support design and delivery of evidence-based assessment, strategies, and interventions.

The IRIS Center

The IRIS Center is a national center dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities birth through age twenty-one, through the use of effective evidence-based practices and interventions.


Learning Forward

National organization supporting professional learning for educators; compilation of resources including professional learning standards - use the search function to find these resources.

KU Center for Research on Learning

University of Kansas’ site with information about obtaining professional development and SIM (Strategic Instruction Model) materials - Learning Strategies and Content Enhancement.

Middle School Matters

Middle School Matters is an initiative of the George W. Bush Institute in partnership with The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at The University of Texas. Middle School Matters partners with the nation’s leading education researchers and practitioners and draws upon decades of high-quality research to provide excellent support and resources to middle grades schools across the nation.

National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) 

MTSS section within Projects tab; links to publications including blueprints for implementation, classic white paper produced in collaboration with CASE, and myths about RtI.

National Center on Intensive Intervention

Compilation of resources including tools for fidelity, data meetings, and other aspects of implementation, tool charts for assessment and intervention.

RtI Action Network

Compilation of articles, presentations, tools and videos to aid in understanding and implementation of RtI.

School Scheduling Associates

Sample schedules, presentations, and Excel tips under the “Resources” tab.

Scientifically-Based Research

Scientifically-Based Research provides a link from research to practice. The site is devoted to sharing proven practices.

Visible Learning

Official site with information and resources related to Dr. Hattie’s mega meta-analyses of factors related to student achievement.

What Works Clearinghouse

What Works Clearinghouse with information about specific programs and IES Practice Guides with recommendations for implementing evidence-based practices in a variety of domains.


Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products (EQuIP)

Rubrics available to examine the alignment of ELA units and lessons to Common Core State Standards.

How Can You Know If It’s Really Researched Based?

Dr. Willingham applies cognitive science to practical classroom application and has many useful articles and videos on his website under the “Articles” and “Videos” tab.


EdReports.org is an independent nonprofit designed to improve education by providing reviews of K-12 instructional materials including alignment to CCSS.


Attendance Works

Attendance works build public awareness and political will about the need to address chronic absence. They foster state campaigns and partnerships by developing coalitions to advance state and local policies that promote tracking attendance for individual students and reporting on chronic absence to ensure schools, especially if they are low-performing, will intervene to improve student attendance. Attendance works encourages local practice by providing technical assistance and tools to help communities, schools, and school districts monitor and work together to address chronic absence. This includes creating peer-learning networks and using our website to provide access to a variety of free tools and resources.

Attendance Playbook

Smart Solutions to reducing Chronic Absenteeism.  In Attendance Playbook: Smart Solutions for Reducing Chronic Absenteeism, it addresses absenteeism at the ground level, providing local policymakers and educators with nearly two dozen practical strategies for improving attendance that have strong track records and are in many instances easy to introduce and simple to scale.  Each intervention identifies the problem it solves, summarizes supporting research, and highlights schools or school districts that have used the strategy successfully.


Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports

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The OSEP Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) was initially funded in 1998.  In October of 2018 a new five-year funding cycle was launched. The purpose of the new Center is to improve the capacity of SEAs, LEAs, and schools to establish, scale-up, and sustain the PBIS framework to (a) scale up tier 2 and 3 systems to improve outcomes for students with or at-risk for disabilities, (b) enhance school climate and school safety, and (c) improve conditions for learning to promote the well-being of all students. The Center (a) provides the technical assistance to encourage large-scale implementation of PBIS; (b) provides the organizational models, demonstrations, dissemination, and evaluation tools needed to implement PBIS with greater depth and fidelity across an extended array of contexts; and (c) extends the lessons learned from PBIS implementation to the broader agenda of educational reform.

Safe and Civil Schools

Safe & Civil Schools offers a series of materials and services that schools and districts can use to implement Positive Behavior Support solutions.


Instructional Coaching

Compilation of research and presentations, found under the “research” or “resources” tab, and tools for coaches by Jim Knight.

Student Centered Coaching

Compilation of resources supports the implementation of student-centered coaching in K-12 schools by Diane Sweeney.


A Framework for Coherence: College and Career Readiness Standards, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, and Educator Effectiveness

A report to assist with coordination and integration of initiatives to support a common goal.

Concerns-Based Adoption Model at SEDL

Information about the Concerns-Based Adoption Model for assessing stages of concerns.

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute and its affiliated Foundation promote educational excellence for every child in America by focusing on three policy areas: High Expectations, Quality Choices, and Personalized Pathways. Their believe that all schools supported with public funds should be held accountable for helping their students make academic progress from year to year; that all parents deserve to have a range of high-quality options, as well as reliable information with which to make the best choice for their children; and that students have a variety of needs, interests, and ambitions, so our K–12 education system ought to reflect this.


Colorín Colorado

Colorín Colorado is the national website serving educators and families of English language learners (ELLS) in Grades PreK-12. Colorín Colorado has been providing free research-based information, activities, and advice to parents, schools, and communities around the country for more than a decade.

Culturally and Linguistically Responsive MTSS for English Learners Webinar and Presentation

Webinar and presentation can be found on the website using the “search box” tool.

Institute of Education Sciences

Includes practice guides with recommendations for teaching English Learners and can be found by using the “search box” tool.

Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol

The SIOP Model is a research-based and validated model of sheltered instruction that has been widely and successfully used across the U.S. for over 15 years Professional development in the SIOP Model helps teachers plan and deliver lessons that allow English learners to acquire academic knowledge as they develop English language proficiency. CAL participated in the development of the SIOP Model and continues to conduct SIOP research.

Equity and Diversity

Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT)

Book and website resources for teachers and presentations or book study.

National Center for Children in Poverty

"NCCP conducts research and translates the findings into actionable recommendations that advocates and policymakers use to improve the lives and futures of low-income children and their families. We delve into issues that contribute to child poverty and make sure our ideas reach those in a position to make meaningful change that reduces the number of families experiencing hardship." http://www.nccp.org/about.html/ 


ASCD article written by Eric Jensen.

National Equity Center

The National Equity Project addresses opportunity gaps to improve learning and education outcomes for all students.

Concordia University Portland

Website has a blog tab that contains many resources for identifying how authority and implicit bias affect teachers and students.

Vanderbilt University- Inclusivity

Vanderbilt University resources for diversity and inclusive practices.


Illinois Family Engagement Framework

The Family Engagement page on the ISBE website  brings together research, best practices, and legislative requirements and provides resources that integrate family engagement into the school improvement process. These resources are for school districts and schools to use in developing and expanding school-family partnerships to support student learning and healthy development.

Illinois Parent and Family Engagement & Title I

The Illinois Parent and Family Engagement & Title I page on the ISBE website bring today resources to meet the requirement of Title I, Part A provision that requires Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to actively engage parents and families of all students in the development of state and local education plans, school improvement plans, as well as Title I plans (ESSA Section 1116).

Association for Children’s Mental Health

ACMH provides information, support, resources, referral and advocacy for children and youth with mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders and their families.


Adolescent Literacy

Adolescent Literacy is a national multimedia project offering information and resources to parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers.

Florida Center for Reading Research

FCRR explores all aspects of reading research—basic research into literacy-related skills for typically developing readers and those who struggle, studies of effective prevention and intervention, and psychometric work on formative assessment.

Illinois Classroom in Action

Foundation service presentations and resources can be found at Illinois Classrooms in Action.

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets is a national public media literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. The goal is to bring the reading research to life — to spread the word about reading instruction and to present "what works" in a way that parents and educators can understand and use.

Vaughn Gross Center for Reading & Language Arts

Mission: From translating research into practice to providing online professional development, the Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts (VGC) emphasizes scientifically based research and is dedicated to improving instruction for all students, especially struggling readers, English language learners, and special education students.


Achieve the Core- Math Resources

Mathematics lessons and resources that illustrate the Focus, Coherence, and Rigor of college- and career-ready standards.

Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) publishes practice guides in education to bring the best available evidence and expertise to bear on the types of systemic challenges that cannot currently be addressed by single interventions or programs. Unique to IES-sponsored practice guides is that they are subjected to rigorous external peer review through the same office that is responsible for independent review of other IES publications.

Mathematics and Science Institute for Students with Special Needs

The institute is committed to the understanding of mathematics learning disabilities and difficulties and to the validation of evidence-based assessments and interventions to prevent and remediate learning problems. The strands of research within this institute focus on the neuropsychological aspects of mathematics learning disabilities, assessment and intervention at the elementary level, and effective programming at the secondary level.


Best Evidence Encyclopedia

The Best Evidence Encyclopedia (BEE) is a free website created by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education’s Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education (CDDRE) under funding from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. It is intended to give educators and researchers fair and useful information about the strength of the evidence supporting a variety of programs available for students in grades K-12. The Best Evidence Encyclopedia provides summaries of scientific reviews produced by many authors and organizations, as well as links to the full texts of each review. The summaries are written by CDDRE staff members and sent to review authors for confirmation.

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL supports educators and policy leaders and enhances the experiences and outcomes for all PreK-12 students.

National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH)

The mission of the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) is to strengthen policies and programs in school mental health to improve learning and promote success for America's youth. The Center's leadership and interdisciplinary staff has promoted the importance of providing mental health services to children, adolescents, and families directly in schools and communities.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Mission: Reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Social Emotional Learning

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL supports educators and policy leaders and enhances the experiences and outcomes for all PreK-12 students.

American Institute for Research SEL resources webpage

On this page one can access a variety of SEL resources including a toolkit for the selection of SEL assessments that was revised in October 2019.

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) - School Wellness

On this page one can access state resources for SEL.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Mission: Reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Special Education


The CEEDAR Center's mission is "to support students with disabilities in achieving college- and career-ready standards by building the capacity of state personnel preparation systems to prepare teachers and leaders to implement evidence-based practices within multi-tiered systems of support." (https://ceedar.education.ufl.edu/about-us/)

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

CEC provides a wealth of knowledge and resources for special educators and strives to improve the success of children with disabilities.

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)- Special education division

The Illinois State Board of Education partners with school districts to provide programs and services for students with specialized educational needs.

The Special Education Department assures that these programs and services meet state and federal requirements. This involves both compliance and technical assistance functions.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act- IDEA Resource Page

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children.

Math and Science Institute for Students with Special Needs

This institute, directed by Dr. Diane Pedrotty Bryant, is committed to the understanding of mathematics learning disabilities and difficulties and to the validation of evidence-based assessments and interventions to prevent and remediate learning problems.

National Center for Intensive Interventions

Compilation of resources including tools for fidelity, data meetings, and other aspects of implementation, tool charts for assessment and intervention.

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) 

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21. This website is designed to provide easy access to information from research to practice initiatives funded by OSEP that address the provisions of IDEA and ESSA. This website will include resources, links, and other important information relevant to OSEP’s research to practice efforts.