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Designing and Delivering Intensive Interventions: A Teacher's Toolkit

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Welcome to the Center on Instruction, your gateway to a cutting-edge collection of scientifically based research and information on K-12 instruction in reading, math, science, special education, and English language learning. Part of the Comprehensive Center network, the Center on Instruction is one of five content centers serving as resources for the 16 regional U.S. Department of Education Comprehensive Centers.
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Learning Theories Gone Wild – Urban Myths that Hurt Your Learning Designs

Learning Theories Gone Wild – Urban Myths that Hurt Your Learning Designs | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
I had lunch with one of our team members last week, and she shared a story about her elementary-aged son that made me cringe. The teacher had students take a learning styles assessment to determin

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" The instructional design has to save them from themselves."

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Have you fallen prey to any of these learning myths?

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While this applies to adult Professional Learning, I think the principles can be applied to children as well.  These are great things to consider no matter who we are teaching.

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Instructional Design Models

Instructional Design Models


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5 Awesome Instructional Design Infographics

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From instructional design history to instructional systems design at this post you will find 5 awesome instructional design infographics!
 

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Getting back into instructional design!

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Bringing UDL to Scale: Critical Elements & Instructional Planning Process

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In recent years, the instructional framework of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has received growing attention, yet many do not understand what UDL is. Understanding what UDL is, using the Critical Elements with fidelity and implementing the UDL Instructional Planning Process are the critical steps in scaling UDL.

 

"Bringing UDL to Scale: Establishing Critical Elements

 

In 2010, the UDL-Implementation and Research Network (UDL-IRN) (http://udl-irn.org/) was formed in collaboration with CAST and the National Center on UDL as a grassroots global network of educators, researchers, and developers focused on scaled implementation and research around UDL. Recognizing that UDL implementation will and should look different across different systems, it must also be acknowledged that a flexible fidelity of implementation is needed to support scaled practice. Based on this notion, members from the UDL-IRN undertook the task of developing a 1-page document that defined the Critical Elements of UDL-based instruction. Moreover, the goal was to develop a document that was user-friendly and meaningful to educators. After roughly a year of work with various groups, the UDL-IRN adopted and slightly modified version of a document developed in Michigan." (Elements outlined in this blog).

 

"Moving from Critical Elements to Instruction Planning

 

The next step for the UDL-IRN was to move forward on developing guidance for the instructional planning process. Using the Critical Elements as a springboard, the UDL-IRN developed an instructional planning process that aligns with the notion of backwards planning. This process has teachers establish clear goals, develop a plan for anticipated learner variability, develop a plan for how to measure outcomes, then plan instruction, and finally promotes a guided question for teacher reflection and understanding. The UDL Instructional Planning Process understands the iterative design notion of UDL implementation."


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Common Core: Applilcation to Students with Disabilities

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 In the document Application to Students with Disabilities, the standards indicate that instruction for students with disabilities must incorporate supports and accommodations, including:

supports and related services designed to meet students’ unique needs and enable their access to the general education curriculum;an IEP that includes annual goals aligned with and chosen to facilitate their attainment of grade-level academic standards; andteachers and specialized instructional support staff who are prepared and qualified to delivery high-quality, evidence-based, individualized instruction and support services.

Additional supports would be provided as needed, including:

instructional strategies based on the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL); andassistive technology devices and services that enable access to the standards.
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Power Up What Works: Supporting Struggling Learners with the Common Core

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PowerUp WHAT WORKS is your free, comprehensive guide to technology-enhanced teaching and learning in English Language Arts and Math to help struggling students meet the Common Core State Standards.

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Safe Supporting Learning: Engagement, Safety, Environment

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The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help address such issues. Specifically, the Center

Provides training and support to state administrators, including 11 grantees funded under the Safe and Supportive Schools grant program, school and district administrators, institutions of higher education, teachers, support staff at schools, communities and families, and students Seeks to improve schools' conditions for learning through measurement and program implementation, so that all students have the opportunity to realize academic success in safe and supportive environments
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The Lost Art of Teaching Soundly Structured Lessons

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Mike Schmoker discusses the essential elements of effective lessons—and wonders why they are so often violated in schools today.

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susan koceski's curator insight, October 15, 2013 11:37 AM

Here is a good article that highlights the importance of solid lesson design by Mike Schmoker with links to explicit instruction and lesson design. 

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Mich. middle school football team conspires for touching touchdown

Mich. middle school football team conspires for touching touchdown | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
Olivet Middle School players schemed to give a special needs teammate his moment of glory
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Love these boys!  Completely empathic.  

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Successful co-teaching: What teachers need from their administrators

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Co-teaching is a buzzword throughout many school districts and in the world of special education.
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Cohesiveness is often the problem.  Great tips for sharing the teaching!

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24 Things Only Dyslexic People Will Understand

24 Things Only Dyslexic People Will Understand | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
I'm not a slow reader. It's just that all the words and letters never want to sit still.

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Golly.......somehow this warms my heart!

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On Being a Junior Photographer

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In the early 1970's  I was selected for our elementary's "enrichment" program.  I suspect it had something to do with test scores.  There were just a handful of us little ragamuffins excited about ...
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Inquiry should not be saved for only "the few".  

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Resources for struggling learners: Center on Instruction

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Welcome to the Center on Instruction, your gateway to a cutting-edge collection of scientifically based research and information on K-12 instruction in reading, math, science, special education, and English language learning. Part of the Comprehensive Center network, the Center on Instruction is one of five content centers serving as resources for the 16 regional U.S. Department of Education Comprehensive Centers.
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While these resources are useful for improving the achievement of all students, they particularly target students in the lowest performing schools, students with difficulties learning mathematics, students needing intensive instruction, or special needs/diverse learners, including English language learners. Educators striving to improve instruction and raise academic achievement will find COI's resources useful and relevant, including those who have been awarded School Improvement Grants (SIG) and/or those implementing College and Career Ready Standards, including the Common Core State Standards.

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A Periodic Table of Instructional Design

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A PERIODIC TABLE OF INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN: A unique, graphical presentation of Instructional Design Concepts in a concise and structured manner. We hope this is useful for the Instructional Design and Elearning Community.

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lovely resource!

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, February 13, 8:05 PM

This is a cool mind map on e-learning/ instructional design and good resource for your teaching and learning environment.

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Instructional Design

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instructional design and educational technology resources...

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Examples 1.1 | National Center On Universal Design for Learning

Examples 1.1 | National Center On Universal Design for Learning | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
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Too much to take in!  Good, good stuff!

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UDL Accommodations: ELL Student

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Michelle Meyer presents some excellent UDL strategies that can support the ELL Student. She describes a learner who has limited English proficiency and offers options to support that learner using the 3 UDL Principles with reference to specific UDL Guidelines and Checkpoints.

 

According to The Knowledge Loom, English language learners refer to students who have a first (home, primary or native) language other than English and are in the process of learning English. The article  states there are at least three factors that can affect the amount of time it takes for a student to attain cognitive and academic sufficiency in English:

> Age

> Immersion in English

> Similarity to English


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Op-Ed: Why the Common Core Is Good for Special Education Students

Op-Ed: Why the Common Core Is Good for Special Education #sped #nebedu #nebedchat #commoncore #education http://t.co/TmT5t2uvDc


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Amen!  

 

Controversy around comon core for students with disabilities is not warranted.  Concerns raised have more to do with people's rigid interpretation of implementation and assessment and less to do with the spirit of the change.  

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The Top 10 Challenges of Special Education Teachers

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The attrition, or “burn-out,” rate for special education teachers is extremely high compared to most other professions. 50% of special education teachers leave their jobs within 5 years. Half of th...
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This article goes to the core of the issues for special educators!  

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, January 26, 10:46 AM

This is a great article!  Gets the the core of the problems and WHERE special educators need support!

Jennifer Murgo's curator insight, January 27, 6:04 PM

"part of a juggling act" captures our day perfectly....

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5 Social Networks For Students To Get Academic Help

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With the growing use of social networking sites like Facebook and twitter, the methodology of education for students is finding new and improved ways.
The post 5 Social Networks For Students To Get Academic Help appeared first on Edudemic.
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Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction

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Daily collaborative planning time at Mesquite Elementary enables teachers to plan differentiated instruction to address the progress of each student. Credit: Zachary Fink


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Many, many resources to meet the needs of everyone!

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Does Homework Always=Learning?

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This post is in response to this week's question from the 2014 Teacher Leadership Challenge This summer, I experienced first hand a small taste of what some of my students experience on a nightly b...
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"” We need to be more focused on how students learn the material and can apply what they learn, and not be so hung up on the need for repetitive “practice” (homework.) Let’s focus on the game for students, recognizing what they know and have learned and how they can apply this information."

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SmarterBalanced : Usability, Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines

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Smarter Balanced
Assessment Consortium: Usability, Accessibility, and
Accommodations Guidelines

SBAC has released their Usability, Accessibility and Accommodation Guidelines.

 

They can be found at:

http://www.smarterbalanced.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/SmarterBalanced_Guidelines_091113.pdf

  
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Innovations in Special Education | eSchool News | eSchool News

Innovations in Special Education | eSchool News | eSchool News | Specialized Instruction | Scoop.it
Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education

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A few new ideas , just to kick around.

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