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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Still We Rise for Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion,” shows the resilience of individuals with disabilities and their families across the lifespan. Conference attendees will celebrate their passion for disability rights, civil rights, and human rights while exploring inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs. Return to TASH website.

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Thursday, December 14 • 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Supporting Access to Science and Social Studies Using Content Modules LIMITED

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Developing a framework to understand the progress of students with complex learning needs in the context of learning is an essential component of a balanced and relevant curriculum and instruction system. Such a framework requires the explication and communication of clear grade-level targets for learning. The development of materials to support such a framework was undertaken by the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE), edCount LLC, and ETS. The resulting Science and Social Studies Content Modules support educators in providing grade-level instruction to students with significant disabilities, addressing their complex learning needs, and promoting inclusion. In addition, the modules are aligned to general education standards allowing the flexibility for use as a resource in any setting determined to be the student's least restrictive environment (LRE). The content modules were developed on a subset of the Tennessee Academic Standards for all students, focusing on the standards assessed by the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program Alternate (TCAP/Alt) in Science and Social Studies. In addition to providing high level information on the content of the academic standards, the modules provide information on making connections across standards, Evidenced-Based Practices (EBP) for teaching key vocabulary, suggestions for incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL), strategies for developing tactile maps and graphics, and ideas for transferring and generalizing concepts, knowledge, and skills to future school, community and work environments. The Science and Social Studies modules include information unique to each content. The Science modules provide information on including eight practices for learning science and engineering as described in A Framework for K-12 Science Education (2012). The Social Studies modules provide information on grade-band concepts and vocabulary grouped by learning progression areas (e.g., physical and human geography). The presenters will discuss the primary goal of the content modules ‒ to facilitate access to the Tennessee Science and Social Studies Academic Standards through rigorous instruction of students with significant disabilities alongside of same age peers. State leadership will share perspectives and insights regarding 1) the connections across curriculum, instruction, and assessment; 2) supporting educators and building capacity; and 3) plans for professional development to ensure the teachers and instructional leaders for this population of students have the knowledge and skills needed to support students'€™ academic progress in inclusive classrooms. The objectives of this presentation align with the 2017 TASH Conference theme, "Still We Rise for Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion,"€ by highlighting the impact of providing high-quality, standards-aligned, and accessible content modules for educators of Tennessee students with significant cognitive disabilities. Through the development and implementation of these content modules, the TDOE has discovered a means by which to ensure classrooms are places where students with disabilities learn, experience meaningful participation, and develop a sense of belonging.

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Jean Clayton

associate, edCount LLC
Jean Clayton is a retired teacher with over 20 years experience in working with students with significant cognitive disabilities. She spent most of the last half of her teaching career supporting students in fully inclusive settings. She currently works at edCount LLC supporting development... Read More →

Thursday December 14, 2017 3:20pm - 4:10pm EST
L403 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303