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Strategies for Instructional Access in General Education Classrooms

  • September 21st, 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 strategies
  • 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 general education 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: 2017-2018 School Year

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 recruits a team (including at least one general educator and one special educator, but no more than seven teachers)
  2. Administrator completes the online team application form by October 13, 2017
  3. Full team attends a face-to-face training at regional PaTTAN office (9:00 AM – 3:15 PM): November 28th, PaTTAN Pittsburgh; November 29th, PaTTAN Harrisburg; and December 13th at PaTTAN East
  4. Team meets monthly to discuss barriers to instruction
  5. Teachers implement strategies based on collaborative team discussions
  6. Full team attends a webinar on May 10, 2018 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM to review data
  7. Team members complete a survey to document data and impact of strategies

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

Participating LEAs will be reimbursed for expenses associated with staffing costs and travel for up to seven (7) general and special education teachers per participating site at the completion of the project. Additional information concerning reimbursements will be provided to project contact persons once a site is accepted into the project.

Next Steps for Administrators

  • Identify team members to participate in training series
  • Complete SurveyMonkey to indicate interest in the training series by October 13th
  • Receive participation status information by October 27th
  • Complete Act 48 registration using password from acceptance letter

NOTE: This professional development series is limited to two to three teams per region.

To Learn More…

View this brief animated video that describes Strategies for Instructional Access in General Education Classrooms: A Collaborative Discussion Framework (Note: This video is best viewed in Google Chrome or Firefox)

View this powerpoint presentation that details the professional development series associated with this project

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