Special Education: Balancing Student Achievement with IDEA Compliance. CERA Conference December 1-2, 2011 Anaheim, California. Pamela McCabe Marion Miller. Getting to know YOU. What’s your name? Where do you work? What is your role? How are you involved in IDEA compliance?.
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Levenson, N. 2011
National Council on Disability
“Clearly, we must improve how we work
together as parents, teachers, and
administrators – and focus on constructively
resolving our differences in a way that allows
us to focus our best energies and the bulk
of our resources on securing positive
outcomes for our students.”
Fred Balcom, Director
California Department of Education
Special Education Division
Least Restrictive Environment
In General Education Classroom
80% or more
California Achievement Gap - 2011 AYP
All Students and Students with Disabilities
CA: Dec. 2010
(AIR, Jan 2011)
Designing School-Wide Systems for Student Success
"The biggest mistake schools make is failing to teach children how to read,”
Peter Wright of Wrightslaw.
Components of Inclusive Schools
Educational infrastructure to support inclusive education. The campus is physically accessible and classroom environments are conducive to learning. Adequate time is allocated for special educators and general educators to collaborate.
Instructional capacity where teachers are well prepared to deliver standards-aligned instruction and utilize instructional strategies that have been shown to be effective for a broad range students, including students with disabilities.
School culture and site leadership that shows a commitment to high expectations for all students and a shared ownership for all students. The site leadership ensures that resources are available to support inclusive practices.
Family and community participation that reflects a strong partnership for student achievement. The site offers training and resources to assist families. Students and families actively participate in planning and implementation of educational goals.