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In this session, we will discuss the framework for providing effective instruction to students with or at-risk for disabilities. We focus on two components (instruction and assessment), and how these components work in tandem. We will cover necessary components for the instructional platform, how to monitor student progress, and how to determine and implement effective adaptations to instruction.
Sarah R. Powell, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Texas at Austin. She conducts school-based research on ways to improve the mathematics outcomes for students with learning difficulties. Powell is currently Principal Investigator (PI) of a four-year Institute of Education Sciences efficacy grant related to word problems and equation solving for third-grade students with mathematics difficulties. Powell is also PI of a five-year early numeracy and literacy read-alouds project funded by the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, co-PI of a National Science Foundation grant aimed at developing a science intervention for second-grade students with learning difficulties, and co-PI of an Office of Special Education Programs model demonstration grant for middle school algebra readiness.
Critical Success Factors: 1, 2, 4 & 7
In order to effectively identify struggling learners, educators must pre-assess students to know the areas of need. TRS districts have built in pre-assessment focuses within our curriculum documents. Teacher may tap into these sections of the Instructional Focus Document and Vertical Alignment Document to efficiently plan for pre-assessments, and offer intervention in a timely and aligned manner.
In this session participants will learn how to utilize their IFD and VAD to plan targeted instruction to meet the individual needs of the struggling learners. Come and learn some strategies to get the most out of your curriculum and planning for intervention!
Critical Success Factors: 1, 2, 4 & 6
Family Engagement is more than just a series of events, but about inviting parents about inviting families to attend events on your campus, but when you do plan events on your campus, how are they linked to student learning? This session will focus on strategies and ideas to not only link student learning to family events, but everything you do within your school so families can clearly understand, be involved with, and communicate what their child is learning and how they are a part of it.
Research has shown that establishing strong communication and relationships with parents can have positive and tangible effects on a student's success in school. This informational session will provide parents with tips and tools to be knowledgeable and aware of their rights regarding Section 504 & RtI to foster positive relationships with your child’s teacher.
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