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Significant Support Needs

Students with significant support needs are highly diverse learners with extensive needs in the areas of cognition and/or learning, communication, movement and social/emotional abilities. The individual may also have concurrent health, sensory, physical and/or behavioral disabilities.

Students with significant support needs require:

  • a wide variety of approaches and supports to demonstrate their knowledge and skills
    intensive instruction in literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills in order to acquire and generalize knowledge
  • substantial adaptations (modifications and accommodations) and/or ongoing supports in order to access grade level curriculum
  • access to assistive technology tools to communicate, learn and demonstrate their knowledge
  • progress to be measured by observation, data collection, assessment, and work samples
  • individualized levels of support across major life activities in home, school, and community.

 

Professional Development

Filling Your Behavior Tool Kit! (Elementary Level)

Date:  October 18, 2016
Time:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Lowry Conference Center, 1061 Akron Way, Denver, CO 80230

Come and learn how to address challenging behavior in the general education classroom through identifying and teaching the skills students need to reduce the behaviors that are getting in the way of success.  We will discuss direct strategies to create strong relationships and use collaborative problem solving.  In addition, we will look to see how visual and structural supports throughout the day can support success.  This training will be helpful to both general and special educators at the elementary level (K-5).

See flyer for more information and how to register.

Picture of the Flyer - Filling Your Behavior Toolkit (Elementary), October 18, 2016

 

Extended Evidence Outcomes (EEO)

This Standards and Instructional Support (SIS) subweb is dedicated to the Extended Evidence Outcomes of the Colorado Academic Standards. The EEOs are written for students with significant cognitive support needs.

The following training options are offered as professional development for implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards, including the Extended Evidence Outcomes (alternate academic achievement standards)/ Extended Readiness Competencies (content-based access skills) for students with significant cognitive disabilities:

 

Significant Support Needs Advisory Council

The SSN Advisory Council is comprised of teachers, administrators, and related service personnel, professors from Institutions of Higher Education and parents from throughout Colorado. This group advises the Colorado Department of Education on the statewide needs of this population and those who serve them. Their expertise is utilized for work groups to develop trainings and products to assist educational teams in meeting the needs of this very diverse population.

 

Quality Indicators

The Quality Indicators offer guidance to educators and administrators when developing, implementing and evaluating quality programs and services for students with the most significant needs. This guide identifies ten components to consider for effective programs: Inclusive Culture, Progress Monitoring, Instruction, Positive Behavior Support, Communication, Self Determination, Health and Safety, Transition, and Paraeducators. This guideline cannot be interpreted as policy or regulation, but as a tool designed to assist those who are educating students with significant support needs. Each quality indicator has a list of research/evidence based practices for providing a rich school experience with the goal of improving post school outcomes for all students.

 

CONNECT Listserv

The CONNECT (Connect to Networking, News and Encouragement for Caring Teachers) listserv is a place for teachers and service providers working with students with significant support needs (e.g. physical disabilities, autism, multiple disabilities, etc.) to find information, encouragement and networking opportunities.

We know that many times those working with students with significant needs may be isolated and lack the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues or find the expertise they need in a timely and safe setting. This is a place to ask questions, have discussion and share ideas with those in the field that are having the same experiences. To subscribe, send your contact information to Gina Herrera at herrera_g@cde.state.co.us.

 

Handouts from Previous Trainings

"Making Inclusion Meaningful for Students with Significant Support Needs - Part 1"

"Making Inclusion Meaningful for Students with Significant Support Needs - Part 2"

Teacher’s Corner

 


For more information about Significant Support Needs, contact:

Gina Herrera
Phone: (303) 866-6605


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