All students, including students with disabilities, deserve access to a high-quality education that prepares them for future success. Students are best served when they have access to effective instruction on high-quality, grade-level curriculum that is tailored to their learning needs. These free resources are designed to help school systems design an instructional strategy that meets the needs of students with disabilities.
Schools and teachers keep track of individual student needs in various ways. Individual Education Programs (IEPs) are both a legal and practical tool for documenting the specific learning needs and supports necessary for students with disabilities to access their education. However, as schools navigate special education compliance requirements and as teachers focus on curriculum and instruction, IEPs are often siloed from the daily instructional planning process. This resource will equip general and special educators with strategies to support students with disabilities by connecting IEPs to daily instruction.
Paraprofessionals play a crucial role in providing support to educators and students in a school community. Paraprofessionals are essential in ensuring that the students in their care are provided access to the general education setting in academic and non-academic components of their day. Their responsibilities can vary widely depending on the specific needs of the student, the grade level, and the school and/or district policies.
This guide offers an overview of key support areas and guidance for all paraprofessionals. This guide can be used by paraprofessionals, cooperating teachers or anyone who is seeking to more effectively maximize the support offered to students in their community. Check it out and let us know how you plan to implement it in your community.
All students, including students with disabilities, deserve access to a high-quality education tailored to their learning needs. Many students, however, struggle at some point in the general education classroom, particularly with literacy in kindergarten through fifth grade, and do not receive the support they need early enough. Early and targeted support is critical for student success within the classroom and beyond.
Principals play a crucial role in ensuring that students within their schools have access to the support they need to succeed. With this guide principals can identify and support students who are struggling in the general education classroom by: