This is the final IPP newsletter of 2020! We’ll take a break next month and return in January with the latest news and information related to inclusionary practices.
As the holiday season begins, we hope you are looking forward to some rest and rejuvenation. Sometimes our best-laid plans for self-care and rebooting get away from us, and we end up back in the routine without a break. Plan your time well, reach out to friends, family, and those who are alone. Find time to do what you like best (this may take some readjusting)! It will be a bit different this year but remember there is a lot to be grateful for. Find ways to appreciate those people, things and activities that are important to you.
We so appreciate all of you for what you do for youth in Washington state and wish you a happy holiday season!
CCTS is committed to supporting you and your efforts to increase inclusionary practices through collaboration between Career and Technical Education and Special Education staff in your classroom, your school, and your district. One of the ways we do this is by providing resources to support your inclusion journey.
By now, many of you are familiar with many of our training events and know that they are archived for your reference. A new feature is our curated library of articles and other resources that you may find useful. This Google Drive folder contains supplemental materials from many of our training events. A sampling of items includes:
- Action Planning Tools to support your team’s work in planning for change
- Articles and Infographic from the 2017 University of Washington Study on the impact of CTE course-taking for students with disabilities
- Evidence-Based List of Practices and Predictors of Success in Secondary Transition from the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition
Of note are some timely resources on learning and leading in our current distance and hybrid learning environments, such as the October 2020 Christiansen Institute report on Successful Decision-making in Time of Uncertainty.
Additional resources will be shared tomorrow, November 19 at 3 p.m. during our Third Thursday Conversation on Inclusion and Remote Learning. These include:
- Sample lesson planning tools developed by Kera Farrel, a Work Site Learning Coordinator in Evergreen School District.
- Resources from the Distance Learning Playbook for Grades K-12 (Fisher, D., Fisher, N. and Hattie, J. 2020), including a model for student engagement (Beery, A, 2020) and a chart of the four learning functions with a list of sample tools for each one. Check into the Teaching Channel for their webinar series with the authors.
Visit the CCTS Inclusionary Practices Project Resources page to access these materials, and more!
Third Thursday Conversations
- IPP Third Thursdays are informal conversations designed to connect with others focused on inclusionary practices, provide technical assistance, and facilitate action plan development.
- CTE staff, special education staff, district leaders, and anyone interested in increasing inclusionary practices in schools are encouraged to attend.
Third Thursday: Inclusion and Remote Learning
Nov. 19, 2020; 3-4 p.m. PDT
Remote learning has become the reality for most educators in Washington state. What does inclusion look like in an online environment? And what strategies and practices are working to increase inclusion? Join us for an informal conversation to share your methods and learn from the best practices of other educators.
Invited guest speakers include Kera Farrell, Work Site Learning Coordinator at Evergreen School and Alison Truong, Special Education Teacher at Heritage High School.
Increasing Access to CTE Classes
Jan. 21, 2021; 3-4 p.m. PST
As we look to increase access to CTE courses, examining potential barriers to access can be an effective strategy. What barriers may prevent students from accessing classes that can be eliminated? Join us for an informal conversation to share your strategies and learn from the best practices of other educators.
Co-teaching with CTE
Feb. 18, 2021; 3-4 p.m. PST
One of the most common strategies for inclusion is co-teaching, in academic and CTE classrooms. What does co-teaching look like in CTE classrooms? What practices support its effectiveness, and what pitfalls should be avoided? Join us for an informal conversation to share your strategies and learn from the best practices of other educators.
March 18, 2021; 3-4 p.m. PDT
Quality collaboration improves student outcomes and improves educators. What strategies do you find effective for collaboration? How does your team find time for quality collaboration? Join us for an informal conversation to share your strategies and learn from the best practices of other educators.
Planning for Next Steps
May 20, 2021; 3-4 p.m. PDT
With this year ending and the beginning of next year in sight, what is your plan to increase inclusive efforts in your classroom, your school, your district? How will you develop, or enhance a culture of inclusion? What structures need to be put into place? What skills need to be developed? Is there a practice you want to implement? Join us for an informal conversation to share your strategies and learn from the best practices of other educators.
Past Training Materials and Recordings
Slide decks and captioned recordings from CCTS trainings are available online under Inclusionary Practices Resources. Topics include:
- Accommodations 101
- Aligning High School and Beyond Plans and IEPs
- CTE and Special Education Partnerships
- Effective Collaboration
- Finding Your CTE Data
- T-Folio 101+
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