How to Make Student-Led IEPs a Reality
Students should never be mere spectators during the IEP process. As educators, we must work to address any barriers that limit a student’s voice from being at the forefront. (Biegun, Peterson, McNaught, & Sutterfield, 2020). When some of us hear the term student-led IEP, we might envision a student sitting at the head of the… Read More How to Make Student-Led IEPs a Reality
Using Gestural Responses to Engage and Educate Your Diverse Group of Learners
These are unprecedented times, and nowhere is this more apparent than in our public schools. Each district is responding differently: virtual instruction, face-to-face instruction, or a hybrid approach. With situations so varied, I would like to offer a versatile strategy that will work across teaching formats, across grade levels, across content areas, and across disability… Read More Using Gestural Responses to Engage and Educate Your Diverse Group of Learners
Reflections from the Field: How Teachers are Supporting Students with Significant Disabilities
Daniel Biegun, Ed.D. How can we continue to teach our students with significant disabilities while they are at home? Supports for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities is a resource that originated in Arkansas. It offers an organized list of lessons and resources that can be utilized at home during normal daily routines. We asked some… Read More Reflections from the Field: How Teachers are Supporting Students with Significant Disabilities
VDOE’s SEIS Resource Repository
VDOE’s Department of Special Education and Student Services, Office of Instructional Services (SEIS) created a new document, the SEIS Resource Repository, for educators and instructional leaders in the field. These resources are focused on serving students with disabilities, across a variety of topics and content areas and are reflective of the current challenges of serving… Read More VDOE’s SEIS Resource Repository
Activity Matrix for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
Professionals in Arkansas developed an extensive resource document for teachers and parents to use together in order to create individualized daily/weekly lessons for students with significant cognitive disabilities (K-12). Find it here: Daily Activities for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
As follows are some online learning opportunities that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.
The Center for Literacy and Disability Studies conducts research related to literacy instruction for students with significant disabilities. They have offered access to the handouts and presentation materials from several of their national presentations.
Free literacy webinars are being offered by Don Johnston Inc. You can choose from live webinars and archived webinars that were previously recorded.
The Teaching the Write Way TACtic is an instructional unit for teachers of students with intellectual disabilities. This unit gives a thorough description of the developmental Stages of Writing and how students progress through each. You will also learn about the writing process and how to incorporate it into your instruction. This TACtic features popular ASOL-based writing lessons that are successfully being implemented in local schools. An Activity CD full of resources is included with this unit.
Providing online instruction is now a very important skill for teachers. The Bob Pike Group is offering free webinars on a variety of topics that can help make online learning engaging and interactive.
The I’M DETERMINED Project is all about helping students learn self-determination skills. Browse the site to learn about many great resources. You will find tools such as the One Pager and Good Day Plan, which help students take an active role in goal planning, the IEP process, transitioning, and behavior planning. Best of all, you will find templates for the tools, authentic student examples, and videos of teachers & students using these tools.
Below are some excellent resources for teachers and parents of children with intellectual disabilities. You will find a collection of documents that will support your lesson planning, videos that may challenge your mindset, and materials that will engage your students. Each resource addresses, in some way, a belief that all students can learn academic content. Enjoy!
Symbols and Learning to Read– I encourage you to check out Dr. Caroline Musselwhite’s discussion of the effect that symbolation has on learning to read.
Do 2 Learn offers a comprehensive list of strategies for supporting students with intellectual disabilities in a number of areas including academics, socialization, communication, daily living, and behavior.
Daily Activities for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
Professionals in Arkansas developed an extensive resource document for teachers and parents to use together in order to create individualized daily/weekly lessons for students with significant cognitive disabilities (K-12).
Literacy Possible Writing Modules include 8 short & engaging videos that help frame what quality writing instruction might look like for students with significant disabilities. Sample activities are included!
Tar Heel Reader is a free site that offers thousands of high-interest e-books for students. All texts are switch accessible.
Writing with Alternative Pencils is a great option for students who cannot hold a writing utensil or use a keyboard.
Literacy for All shares a great overview of Predictable Chart Writing.
Carol Dweck offers an engaging video that explains the brain research behind why educators should praise effort rather than talent.
Don’t just be a teacher who writes lesson plans. Become an Educational Experience Designer. Our friend Tucker will tell you how.