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Strategies for Instructional Access in General Education Classrooms

  • January 31st, 2017
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Strategies for Instructional Access in General Education Classrooms

This collaborative discussion framework was developed for use by general education teachers and special education teachers as a collaborative and reflective professional development activity. The steps involved in completing the discussion framework include:

  • Create an instructional profile of the general education classroom that identifies the frequency of use of various instructional strategies, materials, and assessment stategies.
  • Identify potential instructional and curricular barriers to learning and participation for students, including those with disabilities.
  • Identify strategies that teachers can put in place to reduce barriers and increase learning and participation of diverse students.
  • Select strategies to implement in classrooms and collect data on effectiveness.

The framework can be used to:

  • Guide collaborative planning by special and generaleducation teacher partners or by special educators collaborating with grade level or department teams to identify strategies for increasing instructional access.
  • Provide professional development to general and special education teachers with an expectation that teachers will identify one or more instructional strategies to incorporate into their instruction.
  • Integrate into existing teaming structures the periodic reflection and sharing of instructional strategies that increase access to instruction for all students.

Professional Development Opportunity: Winter/Spring 2017

This series will provide teams with tools to identify potential barriers to instructional access as well as resources and strategies for supporting instructional access in general education classrooms.

PaTTAN is seeking school-based teams (sites) to participate in a professional development series which includes one face-to-face training and one webinar. Teams must consist of one administrative contact and at least two teachers (one general educator and one special educator) but no more than seven teachers total, per site.

Project requirements include the following:

  1. Administrator attends an Overview Webinar on January 12, 2017 1:00 – 2:00 PM
  2. Administrator recruits a team (including at least one general educator and one special educator, but no more than seven teachers)
  3. Administrator completes the online team application form by February 1, 2017
  4. Full team attends a face-to-face training at the regional PaTTAN office on February 27, 2017 from 9:00 am – 3:15 pm (registration to be available in Coursewhere)
  5. Full team attends a webinar on May 10, 2017 1:00 – 3:00 PM to review data related to implementation, perceptions/reflections and outcomes of implementation (at the administrator, educator and student levels)
  6. Administrator completes a survey to document data and impact of the professional development at the conclusion of the project.

Act 48 credits are available for participation in this professional development.

Participating LEAs will be reimbursed for expenses associated with teacher release time and travel for up to seven (7) general and special education teachers per participating site at the completion of the project. The LEA’s reimbursement per participating teacher is not to exceed $700. Additional information concerning reimbursements will be provided to project contact persons once a site is accepted into the project.

Inclusive Practices Professional Development Opportunity: Administrator Overview

Overview Webinar for Administrators

An Overview webinar for administrators was held on January 12, 2017. A PDF version of the PowerPoint (including presenter notes) has been posted below. A recording of this webinar is available on request from Jennifer Geibel (

Next Steps for Administrators

  • Identify team members to participate in training series
  • Complete SurveyMonkey to indicate interest in the training series by February 1st
  • Receive acceptance letter
  • Complete Act 48 registration using password from acceptance letter

NOTE: This professional development series is limited to six to eight teams per region.

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