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Technical Assistance Bulletin: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

The April 2018 Technical Assistance Bulletin (TAB), Improving Outcomes for Students with Disabilities: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, is now available from the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

An African American teacher provides specially designed instruction to a student sitting at a desk in a diverse classroom

Specially Designed Instruction

Specially designed instruction, defined by IDEA as “adaptations to the content, method, or delivery of instruction,” is the foundation of special education.

Service Delivery Models can include a paraeducator assigned to help a student with his or her movement challenges. Here an adult kneels next to a young boy in a wheelchair as they smile at each other

What are Service Delivery Models?

Service delivery models refer to the framework for the delivery of special education services. For example, services may be direct or indirect.

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Online IEP Learning Modules

These modules integrate evidence-informed content with technology to provide an interactive experience for adult learners. Participants will learn new information, apply their learning, and finally assess their understanding through the unique features of the modules.

Children working together on project.

Engineering the Classroom for Success and Positive Outcomes

If the idea of a classroom with a grid of desks occupied by a group of nearly identical children who sit in silence while the teacher stands before the board speaking is not your ideal, then you’re already on your way to creating a class room for diverse learners. Soon you won’t even be thinking […]

Targeted Strategies – Special Education

Whether you are a special educator or a general educator, pretty much all educators now work with at least some students who have documented educational disabilities. So it can be a great help to have some knowledge about the different educational disabilities and about some of the targeted strategies that you can use to work […]

Response to Intervention

Response to Intervention (RtI) seeks to ensure students get the support they need as soon as a weakness is identified.

Response to Intervention Explained

Response to Intervention can be based on a problem-solving model which has been used in many settings or a standard protocol approach.