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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
NCEO is supported primarily through a Cooperative Agreement (#H326G160001) with the Research to Practice Division, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Additional support for targeted projects, including those on English learners, is provided by other federal and state agencies, and other educational organizations. The Center is affiliated with the Institute on Community Integration at the College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. Opinions expressed on this website do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Education or Offices within it.