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CCSS and students with learning differences

Jan 21, 2013 8:31am

How is your school or district managing the implementation of CCSS with students with learning and attention differences and English Language Learners? How is CCSS impacting professional development for both general and special educators and informing selection of technology and software?

  • Other
  • 3-12
  • Common Core


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    • Feb 19, 2013 10:38am

      The CCSS are goals for what students are expected to learn. Traditionally, we assume that lecture, reading and writing are the only ways to learn; whereas if we pinpoint the skill or knowledge a standard is targeting, we can provide many other options. Universal Design for Learning suggests we provide options for representing information (e.g. text, visuals, gestures); in the way students act on learning and demonstrate knowledge/skill and the way students are engaged. For example, CCSS.ELA-W.5.1: write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. Students must produce a written piece at the end, but we can provide options in the topic to write about and in the way students develop their ideas (e.g. speaking, drawing, concept mapping). Once students have developed ideas and organized them, writing is a much more achievable task. Providing options can help a wide variety of students (including those you mention) to persist in very challenging circumstances.