Special Education

Support students with disabilities to learn, grow, and thrive in their learning environments

About Special Education

Topics:

  • Tech Strategies for Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

 

Overview:

All educators are aware that students with disabilities need targeted scaffolds and support in order to be successful in school, but often educators are not fully equipped with the strategies and resources necessary to support students with disabilities to be successful. This challenge is becoming increasingly important as the number of students receiving Special Education services in the United States under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) continues to increase each year (source: National Center for Education Statistics). A student-centered approach to this challenge, rooted in The Universal Design for Learning Guidelines,  is one in which teachers across subject areas set up their learning environment, instructional tasks, and content using a tiered approach to support their students with disabilities to learn; can provide multiple ways for students to demonstrate and acquire information while acknowledging their previous experiences or background knowledge; and can engage students in the learning by understanding their interests and affording students choice as they persevere through challenging tasks.

 

What We Believe:

We believe that great student-centered teaching is great special education teaching. While all students benefit from a student-centered approach, students who receive special education services can especially benefit from the individualized and personalized instruction that a student-centered educator provides.

We believe that all teachers are responsible for the success of students with disabilities. 66% of students with learning disabilities spend 80% or more of their school day in general education classrooms. As a result, it is necessary for all teachers to understand and feel comfortable implementing best practices for students with disabilities. 

We believe that all teachers must build purposeful accommodations into their instruction, including tiered approaches to instruction, to ensure that their curriculum is accessible to students with disabilities. 


We believe that school staff must work collaboratively with a wide range of people - other teachers, school staff, related service providers, and families - to support students with disabilities to be successful both academically and behaviorally.

Featured Strategies

A general educator can unpack a student's IEP to help them meet their goals and a special educator can support them to do so
A general educator can unpack a student's IEP to help them meet their goals and a special educator can support them to do so
Level the playing field by introducing content prior to the lesson
Level the playing field by introducing content prior to the lesson
This conceptual strategy will support you to develop an understanding of the Universal Design for Learning.
This conceptual strategy will support you to develop an understanding of the Universal Design for Learning.

Outcomes

BetterLesson's coaching and workshops are focused on specific topics.
I can implement tech strategies in order to provide my students with disabilities multiple means of engagement, representation, action, and expression.

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