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Providing Resources to Facilitate Access to the General Education Curriculum Amanda Schwartz June 27, 2003 What is the Access Center? Located in Washington DC at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) Principal Investigator James Hamilton, Ph.D. Project Co-Directors Judy Shanley, Ph.D.

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providing resources to facilitate access to the general education curriculum

Providing Resources to Facilitate Access to the General Education Curriculum

Amanda Schwartz

June 27, 2003

what is the access center
What is the Access Center?
  • Located in Washington DC at the American Institutes for Research (AIR)
  • Principal Investigator
    • James Hamilton, Ph.D.
  • Project Co-Directors
    • Judy Shanley, Ph.D.
    • Don Dailey, Ph.D.
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What is the Access Center?
  • National Technical Assistance Center
    • Five year project – 2002-2007
    • One of over 40 TA&D projects
  • Funded by the U.S. Department of Education
    • Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
access center audiences
Access Center Audiences

Our Primary Audiences Include:

  • State and District Technical Assistance Providers
  • State and District Administrators and Policymakers
  • Through These We Reach
    • Local Educators
    • Parents and Families
access center mission
Access Center Mission

The mission of the Access Center is to provide technical assistance that strengthens state and local capacity to help students with disabilities effectively learn in the general education curriculum.

access center goals
Access Center Goals

To achieve our mission we will:

  • Increase awareness among educators of research-based programs, practices, and tools that can help students with disabilities learn in the general education curriculum
  • Strengthen the ability of educators to be informed consumers of programs, practices, and tools designed to help students with disabilities learn in the general education curriculum
  • Assist educators to implement and evaluate programs, practices, and tools that can help students with disabilities learn in the general education curriculum
our bridge to effective access
Our Bridge to Effective Access
  • Connecting research to practice to progress through services and supports
what is access
What is “Access”?
  • Active learning of the content and skills that define the general education curriculum
  • Supports to Improve Access
      • Instructional and Learning Goals
      • Instructional Methods and Practices
      • Research-based Materials and Media
      • Research-based Supports and Accommodations
      • Appropriate Assessment and Documentation
we offer three types of services
We Offer Three Types of Services
  • Web-based Services
      • Training, Materials, Threaded Discussions, Chat Events, Videoconferences
  • Ongoing Direct Assistance from Technical Assistance Liaisons
  • Information Sharing Communities
      • State-to-State Information Exchange and Learning
      • District-to-District Information Exchange and Learning
structure of the access center
Structure of the Access Center
  • Regional Technical Assistance Liaison Teams
    • Aligned with the 6 Regional Resource Centers
      • Assist with needs assessment
      • Facilitate resource mapping
      • Provide and support TA in SEAs and LEAs
  • Content Teams with Focus on Need Areas
      • Develop training, materials, resources
      • Create reports, FAQs
      • Identify topical content for web based services
      • Serve as knowledge bank to fulfill TA requests
our partners
Our Partners
  • Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
  • Regional Resource Centers (RRCs)
  • Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center (MPRRC)
  • Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), and
  • An Expert Knowledge Bank of Recognized Content Experts
what do we know
What do we know?
  • 5,683,707 children aged 6 –21 were served during the 1999-2000 school year
    • a 2.6% increase from the year before and
    • A 30.3% total increase
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What do we know?
  • As of the 1998-99 school year, 47.4% of children with a disability are served outside of the general classroom 20% or less of the day and 95.9% are in the general education school.
    • Increased from 24.6% in the 1984-85 school year
    • Children with more severe disabilities or multiple disabilities are still more likely to receive services outside of the general education setting
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What do we know?
  • In 1999, only 14 states reported participation data for children with disabilities in large scale assessments and only 17 states included performance data.
    • Participation rates varied from 33% to 97%
    • Performance rates varied from 20% - 50%
visit our website
Visit our Website!

www.k8accesscenter.org

We welcome your suggestions and ideas

to continuously improve

our resources and services

how the access center provides support
How the Access Center provides support
  • Briefs regarding research-based strategies including:
    • Universal Design for Learning
    • Early Reading
    • Mnemonics
    • Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS)
    • Curriculum-Based Assessment
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How the Access Center provides support
  • Other Documents available
    • Special Education and Access Terminology
    • The Access Framework
    • Research to Practice FAQs
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How the Access Center provides support
  • Online chats
      • Implementing Research-Based Reading Interventions with Margo Mastropieri and Jan Greatz
      • Research-Based, Evidence-Based, Scientifically-Based, and Research Proven: What Does it All Mean? with Becki Herman and Allison Auerbach from the What Works Clearinghouse
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How the Access Center provides support
  • Threaded Discussions
    • Research-Based: What does it all mean?
    • Research-Based Reading Interventions
    • Access in General
    • Reading Instruction
    • Effective Strategies
    • What Does Accountability Mean?
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How the Access Center provides support
  • Links
    • ideapractices.org
    • National Center on Accessing the General Curriculum (cast.org/ncac)
    • The Partnership for Reading (nifl.org/partenershipforreading)
    • Office of Special Education Programs (ed.gov/OSERS/OSEP)
    • Council for Exceptional Children (cec.sped.org)
coming soon
Coming Soon
  • Rating Scale for Selecting Research-Based Practices
  • Research-based strategies chart
  • Literacy/Print-Rich Environments Brief
  • How to Guides:
    • How to Work Collaboratively to Facilitate Access
    • How to Integrate Children with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders into the General Education Curriculum
  • Online courses:
    • Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Research-Based Reading Instruction for Students with Communication Disorders
    • Using Assistive Technology to Improve Access
strategies
Strategies:

In pairs, please brainstorm

three strategies you would use

to facilitate access

to the general education curriculum

for children with disabilities

try out some strategies
Try out some strategies
  • Computer Assisted Learning
  • Mnemonics
  • Adapted Books
  • Learning Strategies
  • Functional Behavior Analysis
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The Access Center: Improving Outcomes for All Students K-8American Institutes for Research1000 Thomas Jefferson St. NW Washington, DC 20007Ph: 202-403-5000 TTY: 877-334-3499 Fax: 202-403-5001e-mail: accesscenter@air.orgwebsite: www.k8accesscenter.org

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This content was developed by staff at The Access Center: Improving Outcomes for All Students K-8, funded by U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and housed at the American Institutes for Research. Retrieved [today's date], from the World Wide Web: http://www.k8accesscenter.org