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Presuming Competence in Students with Significant Disabilities

Presuming Competence in Students with Significant Disabilities

For too long, students with significant disabilities (SWSD) have been understood as little more than collections of low test scores and high needs. The very nature of a significant disability prevents educators from knowing with any certainty what a student’s true capabilities are, but the simple fact that a student’s IQ has been identified as “low,” or that they have complex physical or communication challenges, doesn’t automatically mean they are incapable. [More]
PCG Offers Free Special Education Planning Resource to Aid Schools’ Reopening Preparations Amid Pandemic

PCG Offers Free Special Education Planning Resource to Aid Schools’ Reopening Preparations Amid Pandemic

Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG), a leading consulting firm supporting state and local education agencies across the country, today announced the launch of its Special Education Reentry Checklist: a free resource to help special education departments prepare for schools to reopen for the 2020–2021 school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. [More]
Collaboration to Support Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities in Fall 2020

Collaboration to Support Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities in Fall 2020

Superintendents, school administrators, and local health officials are working feverishly to determine the safest instructional model for school districts after the COVID-19 closures. Although many details remain uncertain, school officials need to cautiously think through next steps if schools are to reopen successfully. [More]
COVID-19 School Closures and Special Education: Shifting Instructional Practices to a Digital Environment

COVID-19 School Closures and Special Education: Shifting Instructional Practices to a Digital Environment

With COVID-19 moving much of traditional K-12 instruction online, educators across the United States are quickly building their capacity to provide equitable services in a new way. They are researching distance learning, setting-up class websites, reaching out to their students and parents, and becoming familiar with the available free digital tools to help them connect with their students. Television stations in many communities are partnering with school districts to conduct media campaigns to raise community awareness, set expectations, and inform students and their parents on what they need to do to get started with distance learning. The sudden shift presents unprecedented challenges for all teachers, especially for those serving students with disabilities. [More]