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Access to the General Education Curriculum for ALL Learners

The general education curriculum often consists of courses, lessons, and planned learning activities that are intentionally taught. But, what about the informal and unspoken messages and strategies that are communicated and used in the classroom? These are not part of the formal curriculum, but contribute to student growth, engagement, inclusion, and more. This FREE, 10-part video series explores strategies grounded in research that are designed to ensure ALL learners have access to the general curriculum.

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These chapters are designed for special education professionals, teachers, developmental specialists, and other teaching professionals to increase your knowledge about access to the general education curriculum. Each chapter builds on previous knowledge while providing new strategies, tools, and resources you can use right away in the classroom and beyond.


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Each chapter in this module consists of several pages that relate to the chapter. Before watching each video, set the stage for your learning by reading the video description. To continue your exploration of the topic after the video, visit the “research and connected resources” section to learn more.

Chapter 1: Ensuring Inclusive Dispositions and Presuming Competence

Chapter 2: Design Rich Tier I Core Instruction and Assessment

Chapter 3: Designing Inclusive Learning Environments and Rich Tier I Instruction and Assessment

Chapter 4: Language and Communication Access: ALL In!

Chapter 5: Reading Research in Language and Literacy: From Research to Practice

Chapter 6: Stretching Word Recognition to Include Learners with Complex Needs: Access to Communication, Reading, and Writing for ALL Learners

Chapter 7: Stretching Language Comprehension to Include Learners with Complex Needs: Applying Reading and Writing Across Content Areas

Chapter 8: Tier I Planning Continued: Integrating Learner Supports within Standards-Based Instruction and Assessment

Chapter 9: Targeted Interventions: Tiers 2 and 3

Chapter 10: Curriculum Screening, Audit, ​Selection, and Deselection

Roots, Trunk, and Leaves

Root Work: Beliefs, Values, and Practices Working Toward Equity and Universal Access

All education professionals must enter the teaching profession having foundational values and beliefs that welcome and support ALL learners. These beliefs are demonstrated through specific practices such as collaboration to meet the needs of each and every learner, designing for universal access, and valuing and respecting each students’ diverse profile, strengths, and needs. Beliefs in the potential of ALL learners sits at the heart of our work as educators. These essential beliefs and practices are the roots that ground our work in providing high quality, equitable, and accessible instruction and assessment. “Root work” can be developed by engaging in specific learning, activities, and resource exploration throughout this learning space.

Some examples of content targeting this “root work” can be found in:

  • Chapter 1: Ensuring Inclusive Dispositions and Presuming Competence
  • Chapter 2: Focus on Tier I Aligned with General Standards for All Learners
  • Chapter 3: Designing Inclusive Learning Environments & Rich Tier I Instruction and Assessment

Trunk Work: Strong Systems, Structures, and Supports

As a collective state-wide group of education professionals, we are all responsible when it comes to meeting the needs of diverse and complex learners. Integrating supports that represent ALL learners, across all levels of the state-system, is a daunting task. This means we will have to work collaboratively across licensure areas, offices, and other silos of practice to ensure that ALL learners receive the expertise we each individually bring to the field. As a collaborative group, we will need to rely on strong guidelines and processes to planfully connect supports and implement to improve learner outcomes. Some examples of these structures within our system include academic learning standards, the assess, plan, teach cycle - Ohio Improvement Process (OIP), Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), etc.

Some examples of content targeting this “trunk work” can be found in:

  • Chapter 2: Designing Rich Tier I Instruction and Assessment: Overview
  • Chapter 2: Sorting and Clustering Standards for Instruction: Integrated Units
  • Chapter 4: Language and Communication Access: ALL In!
  • Chapter 10: Curriculum Screening, Audit, Selection, and Deselection

Leaf Work: Evidence-Based Practices/Strategies from Across Diverse Populations

One target for educators is to ensure the use of content and learner specific supports to meet the full range of students in every district, in every building, in every grade across our state. In order to integrate diverse supports and services, we must know about a wide array of evidence-based and research-based practices/strategies that can be used during instruction and assessment. When evidence-based practices/strategies are put into practice, results in skill development and future outcomes for learners can skyrocket. We welcome you to check out the many evidence-based practices/strategies outlined within this learning space.

Some examples of content targeting this “leaf work” can be found in:

  • Chapter 2: Unit Literature: Gathering Text Sets
  • Chapter 3: Integrating Literacy into the Classroom Environment
  • Chapter 6: Phonological Awareness with an Emphasis on Phonemic Awareness
  • Chapter 6: Early, Basic, and Advanced Phonics
  • Chapter 7: Read Alouds
  • Chapter 7: Teaching Vocabulary to Diverse Learners
  • Chapter 8: Adapting Methods and Materials for Standards-based Instruction

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