Describes how special education services are provided.Service Models
- All children included in ten classrooms; four co-teach; six special education resource teachers.
*Universal Design for Learning
- A range of activities and environments that eliminate the physical, social and instructional barriers to learning (DEC, NAEYC 2009).
- Flexible instructional approaches that guide developing instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessment for all learners provide multiple ways to engage children, present information and determine learning (CAST 2011).
- There are multiple preschool classrooms in this corporation. It is common to see flexible seating and use of concrete objects to represent concepts during story time. In addition, teachers have found that using a chalk line supports student follow-through, and the use visuals expectations during routines further reinforces learning. A favorite strategy to build learning of routines is adult use of making up songs/chant.
- Any piece of equipment, or product system, acquired commercially, modified, or customized, used to maintain, increase, or improve functional capabilities of persons with disabilities, except medical devices surgically implanted. (IDEA 2004).
- Planned interventions/modifications to ongoing classroom activity or materials to maximize children’s participation.
Intentional multi-tiered instructional strategies that increase a child’s engagement, participation and learning (DEC, NAEYC 2009).Embedded Instruction
- Strategies that address individual learning goals within the context of ongoing routines, activities and transitions.
Tiered Levels of Instruction
- Used with children who require more intensive supports by providing targeted approaches to move children progressively toward skill development, e.g. modeling, response prompting, corrective feedback, peer supports.
- An approach to provide adult instructional supports that requires screening and ongoing assessment to determine impact of teaching/learning and adjustment of instruction.
- The intentional social supports/teaching that creates a classroom community of belonging for each child and facilitates positive relationships of respect, acceptance and friendship.
Strategies in place that including professional development, opportunities for collaboration and communication among families and practitioners to support high quality inclusion (DEC, NAYEC 2009)Professional Development
Models of Collaboration
- Teaching and learning activities that support inclusion and facilitate acquisition and application of professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions (NPDCI, 2011).
Approaches to support ongoing communication and collaboration include technical assistance, consultation, coaching, mentoring, collaborative problem-solving, and communities of practice/professional learning communities (NPDCI, 2011).*Family-Staff Partnership
- Opportunities for relationship building between families and practitioners support the achievement of mutually agreed upon goals (NPDCI, 2011).
- This corporation has established and Ongoing System of Family Involvement initiated at the beginning of the year by asking to have families about their hopes and dreams for their child. The school year has many family night events with topics such as, math, STEAM, an art show, and a fall festival. the local Urban League has partnered with this corporation to sponsor a Literacy Family night.