Training Modules

Supporting English Language Learners Through Improved Accessibility Decision Making

Making Accessibility Decisions for Everyone Training Module

Online Training to Improve Accommodations Decision Making

Learning Modules on ELs with Disabilities

Supporting English Language Learners Through Improved Accessibility Decision Making

Supporting English Language Learners Through Improved Accessibility Decision Making module

The Improving Instruction for English Learners Through Accessibility Decision Making (Improving Instruction) project has developed two online professional development modules on accessible instruction and assessment for K-12 English learners. One module is for elementary teachers and the other is for secondary teachers. The modules start from the premise that educators, parents, and students who are English learners should collaborate in decisions about appropriate accessibility features and accommodations that benefit an individual student. They help K-12 teachers learn how to facilitate and document high quality decision making about accessible instruction and assessment for English learners.

Module users have access to a range of resources about accessibility decision making:

  • An e-learning module for elementary school teachers
  • An e-learning module for middle and high school teachers
  • A glossary
  • Discussion questions
  • Parent-educator toolkit materials
  • Additional videos from NCEO experts

Module users can also:

  • Read about best practices for making accessibility decisions
  • Watch videos of fictional teachers following best practices
  • Implement those best practices with a fictional English learner

Register or Log In:  Accessibility Decision Making: Professional Development Modules for Teachers

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Making Decisions for Everyone Training Module

Making Decisions for Everyone Training Module

NCEO is providing an online professional development module on accessibility features and accommodations, DIAMOND: Making Accessibility Decisions for Everyone. This professional development module is the culmination of the research work conducted by the DIAMOND project, and is designed to give educators the knowledge and tools they need to make, implement, and evaluate sound decisions about accessibility features for the students in their classrooms. This module is designed to be completed at the educators own pace anywhere that there is Internet access. Bookmarking allows educators to pick up where they left off if they do not complete the entire course in one sitting.

This module guides teachers through an accessibility decision-making journey using a fun, interactive approach to learning, focusing on one of three students: Beau (a student who is struggling with some reading-related tasks), Daisy (a student with an Individualized Education Program), or Ana (an English learner). The teacher is presented with situations, allowed to make decisions about those situations based on the student’s needs, and then views the consequences of their decisions. If the teacher is not happy with the results, a different decision can be made. Additionally, if the teacher is not sure what to do, short videos of NCEO experts can be viewed. The situations that are presented cover the entire school year, including prep time for the upcoming year, mid-year review, state assessment time, and end of the year evaluation and revision.

This unique, interactive module is offered through the Minnesota Department of Education, and is hosted at the University of Minnesota. Besides the online module, registrants also receive access to reference documents, such as a glossary of terms and a crosswalk for how certain terms are used throughout the country; a set of discussion questions for groups to use after taking the online course, and links to a YouTube video collection. This collection contains all of the brief videos by NCEO experts contained in the online course, plus a continually updated list of related videos produced by NCEO.

This training module was developed by NCEO’s affiliated project, the Data Informed Accessibility – Making Optimal Needs-based Decisions (DIAMOND) project. For more information, or to register for this course, visit DIAMOND: Making Accessibility Decisions for Everyone

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Online Training to Improve Accommodations Decision Making

Online Training to Improve Accommodations Decision Making

NCEO provides online training to help educators improve accommodations decision making. The training includes case-based video clips, and contains five interactive, multi-media professional development modules. Educators are coached on best practices in how to select, administer, and evaluate the use of accommodations. The training is available without charge.

A key feature of the training is an accommodations decision-making tool that walks the participant through the steps to take when making decisions about accommodations. This tool provides participants an opportunity to put into practice what they are learning, and the tool can be used in the future once they complete the training. The training also offers activities and other resources to build teachers’ knowledge and skills.

NCEO provides online training to help educators improve accommodations decision making. The training includes case-based video clips, and contains five interactive, multi-media professional development modules. Educators are coached on best practices in how to select, administer, and evaluate the use of accommodations. The training is available without charge.

A key feature of the training is an accommodations decision-making tool that walks the participant through the steps to take when making decisions about accommodations. This tool provides participants an opportunity to put into practice what they are learning, and the tool can be used in the future once they complete the training. The training also offers activities and other resources to build teachers’ knowledge and skills.

 

Participants follow the story of Emma as they go through the training. Emma is a middle school student with a learning disability. The training also provides additional case studies that include students with several different disabilities who need accommodations to access instruction and assessments.

Video clips embedded in each module model important conversations. For example, one clip shows Emma’s special education teacher talking with her math teacher about whether it might be helpful to try the read aloud accommodation so that Emma can better access her math instruction. The training especially models how educators and parents or guardians can work together to make and implement good decisions about accommodations as members of the featured student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team.

The five training modules are:

  • Thinking About Student Characteristics
  • Linking Student Needs to Accommodations Decisions
  • Instructional Accommodations
  • Assessment Accommodations
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

NCEO developed the training collaboratively with the state of Alabama, but it can be used in other states because the information in the training is not state specific.

The training can be found at https://nceo.umn.edu/alabama

To begin your free login account, go to https://nceo.umn.edu/alabama/userJoin.php.

Links to the video clips can also be found on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnvPMaguIvwYqWrBSgZKlUA

Learning Modules on English Learners (ELs) with Disabilities

The IVARED project launched a set of online learning modules designed to help educators look at important issues surrounding students who are ELs with disabilities. Access to the modules and their content is free and open to all educators. 

Emma, a student training participants folllow

Participants follow the story of Emma as they go through the training. Emma is a middle school student with a learning disability. The training also provides additional case studies that include students with several different disabilities who need accommodations to access instruction and assessments.

Video clips embedded in each module model important conversations. For example, one clip shows Emma’s special education teacher talking with her math teacher about whether it might be helpful to try the read aloud accommodation so that Emma can better access her math instruction. The training especially models how educators and parents or guardians can work together to make and implement good decisions about accommodations as members of the featured student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team.

Learning Modules on English Learners (ELs) with Disabilities

Module content is divided into the following portions:

  • “The Essentials” – Introduction and background information
  • “The Students” – Information about this population of students
  • “Participation” – Participation decisions
  • “Accommodations” – Accommodations decisions
  • “Results” – How the results of assessments should be used
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Educators can register for a username and password at http://www.ivared.info/session. Users can then log in whenever they like and work their way through the module content. Most users take between 70 and 90 minutes to complete all five sections of the module.

For more information about the IVARED project, go to http://www.ivared.info or contact the National Center on Educational Outcomes at (612) 626-1530.