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Workshop: Implementing Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) Through the Co-Planning Process

October 20, 2016
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
NYC Charter School Center
111 Broadway, Suite 604, New York, NY 10006

Presented by: Megan Davis-Hitchens

In the world of RTI, MTSS, co-teaching, CRT, and more, what makes special education special?

In order to support students with unique needs in an inclusive setting, school staff must ensure that all students have access to the general education curriculum through appropriate accommodations, strategies, instructional delivery models, and more. Co-teaching and co-planning are two of the ways that specially designed instruction (SDI) can be implemented. As more schools continue to develop inclusive educational environments and engage in co-teaching as a primary instructional model, it is critical that school based staff understand the special education service requirements under IDEA along with high impact strategies for teaching a diverse group of learners.

Building systems that support authentic co-planning and developing the skillsets of teachers to specially design instruction for a diverse group of students is critical to improving the learning opportunities for all students. The information presented in this session will provide teachers and administrators with practical tools, strategies, and systems related to co-planning practices and specially designed instruction. These resources will aid teachers in enhancing their planning process, building a stronger co-teacher relationship, and building skillsets around SDI. Administrators will learn more about the importance of supporting and coaching co-planning and understand that their co-teaching model is a critical vehicle for the delivery of SDI. This session will target systems, collaborative practices, templates, solutions to common challenges, and ideas related to co-planning. The session will also provide a background on SDI, including sample strategies, class inventories/summaries, and evaluation tools for ensuring students needs are met. If teachers and administrators collaborate to strengthen their co-planning practices to deliver high quality SDI, students will achieve maximum academic growth and greater social/emotional wellness.

Suggested Audience: Special Educators & Coaches

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