About the Instructional Resource Center

  • library shelves Imagine a place where special education teachers can comb through aisles of cutting-edge instructional tools and resources for use in their classrooms, choosing from thousands of items like professional books, journals, flashcards, educational games, and software, adaptive, and assistive devices. Now imagine that parents and students can come to the same place and access the very same materials for use in their homes.

    Just such a place exists at the Central Administrative Offices of SSD. It’s called the Instructional Resource Center (IRC). Families of students served by SSD can visit the center Monday to Friday each week or can browse through the IRC catalog online.

    To check on the availability of and to reserve materials, call the IRC at 314.989.8308 or 314.989.8334 or e-mail us.

    Students and staff can also access MoreNet's selection of online databases for research through the IRC. From schools, login should be automatic. Please email the IRC for the username and password to gain access from home. Staff can learn more information about the IRC on SSD Life.

  • IRC ESY Checkout Dates and Summer Hours

    Checkouts for Extended School Year (ESY) will begin on June 3 and end on June 20.  All items must be returned by July 3.

    IRC summer hours begin June 3 and end on July 26.

    • Monday - Thursday: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Friday: Closed

    Checkouts for the 2024-25 school year will begin on August 5.

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General Information & Terms of Use

    • Materials, books and software may be checked out for six-week periods with the exception of adaptive devices, which may be checked out for a longer period of time based on need.
    • Individuals requesting items that are not available will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified when requested materials are available.
    • Items may be renewed by telephone unless someone has requested them.

Item of the Month

  • Cooking to Learn

    Cooking to Learn Series

    The Cooking to Learn Series is integrated reading and writing activities that motivate students to learn basic reading and writing skills with fun step-by-step cooking activities and corresponding worksheets in these three books. The easy-to-follow recipes offer life-skills experience as students prepare food themselves using common inexpensive ingredients.

    Each recipe features illustrated and non-illustrated activities to allow teachers to use the same lesson plan with students of varying abilities. Recipes in each book include a selection of breakfast, lunch, or dinner, snacks and dessert, and drink choices.

    Cooking to Learn books 1, 2, and 3 are available in the IRC!

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