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Addressing Specialized Services for Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities

A “Best Practice” Approach

This workshop will focus on the Quality Indicators for Specialized Supports for students whose needs cannot be successfully addressed in the general education setting and require targeted instruction in a specialized setting.

Participants will:

  1. Discuss and apply the quality standards for specialized support that include the following: Use of standards-based IEP as the framework for instruction, addressing one rather than multiple subjects during an instructional period, use of research-based and effective instruction, appropriate grouping of students, application of instructional accommodations and curricular modifications appropriately, appropriate assignment (placement) of students with moderate to severe disabilities in specialized settings, and collaboration between general and special educators regarding students in specialized settings.
  2. Examine a specialized services rubric that addresses 22 best practices and descriptions of highly effective, appropriate, minimal and inappropriate.
  3. “Design” a setting that addresses room arrangement, communication systems, behavior management, classroom procedures routines (schedule), and transitions.
  4. Learn and apply multi-level instruction as a best practice for addressing a single (grade level) curriculum standard with multiple activities that can allow for different student outcomes.