Instructional Resources

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.

Identify grade-level skills and standards
Identify prior knowledge or key skills necessary
Identify gaps between what students know and standards
Collaborate with SPED teachers and identify plan
Deliver supports that focus on access & engagement
Review efficacy of supports
Identify adjustments for the new cycle

Equity in Daily Instruction

Supporting Students with Disabilities in General Education

All students should have equitable access to the full rigor of grade-level instruction. Yet, many educators, especially those who serve a higher proportion of students with disabilities, do not receive the professional learning they need to ensure equitable access to high-quality curriculum and instruction. As a result, they often inadvertently exacerbate persistent inequities, rather than drive equity, when delivering daily instruction. This guide is designed to help school leaders and educators overcome barriers to equitable delivery of grade-level instruction through evidence-based strategies that support students with disabilities in general education.

IEPs for Daily Instruction

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.

Redefining the Role and Impact of a Paraprofessional: A Guide for Application

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.

Early and Targeted Literacy Support

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:

  • Understanding key principles of early and targeted support
  • Developing structures for effective schoolwide support teams
  • Leading the early and targeted support process

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