What About Chemistry? Supports for Students’ Participation in General Education Academic Lessons

This session will describe how to think about and examples of supports for students with significant disabilities to participate in general education academic instruction that is linked to the Common Core State Standards. Real examples from elementary and high school will be shared and participants will have access to blank planning forms so they can customize them for their students and schools. After this session, participants will be able to: 1. Describe the benefits of students with significant disabilities participating in general education instruction in the general education classroom 2. Utilize students’ strengths as a basis for planning participation and supports 3. Complete a planning form that identifies students’ priority learning objectives and supports within both elementary and secondary lessons and units of study and describe how to accommodate a variety of communication styles and abilities within general education instruction 4. Describe the features of adapted materials that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, reflect presumed competence, and provide for active participation in instruction 5. Share with others a variety of elementary and secondary examples of participation in general education instruction.

Cheryl Jorgensen