Inclusion Support for Science Teachers

Students who receive special education services are very commonly included in general education Science classes. This population of students needs Specially Designed Instruction that serves their unique educational needs. Remember that teachers who work primarily outside of special education need to have professional development towards special education if they are working with those students (Texas Education Code (TEC) §21.451 (e).

This workshop will introduce concepts including:

  • brain-based approaches to differentiation
  • instructional strategies for accommodations
  • modification of grade-level content

To register, visit E-Campus and search for FA1326408 — or follow this link:

Title: Accessing the General Curriculum in Science
Date: 12/3/13
Cost: $75
Presenters: Jennifer Jordan-Kaszuba & Matt Holloway

Accommodations Strategies and Resources


We hope you all are having fun, safe, refreshing summers so far. As we talk with teachers around the Region, there is a lot of discussion about graphic organizers as mnemonic accommodations for students with learning disabilities. For certain students, blank graphic organizers may also be allowable accommodations on the statewide assessment. Research into graphic organizers indicates two important points: first, that they work best when information is delivered from big ideas down to details, with an opportunity for students to summarize information at the end. Second, that students get the most benefit when graphic organizers are used strategically. For example, if a science teacher were consistent with one type of G.O. for her lectures, another for investigations, and a third for review, this consistency would allow students to develop greater fluency with the resource.

There are an abundance of free graphic organizers on the internet. Here is one good resource: Free Graphic Organizers.

Also, many Social Studies teachers are interested in using blank maps as an accommodation for certain students. A blank map can be a great way to trigger recall in students. There are also many of these resources online, but here is one fairly comprehensive set: Free Blank Outline Maps.

Our Special Education department at Region 13 has been very busy this month. Between the Inclusion Institute, Hill Country Institute, and Beat the Heat we have seen approximately 1,000 of you in person and another 500 or more virtually! As you make plans for professional development, keep the following options in mind:

SU1323766 Power of Inclusion- 2 Day 7/23/2013
FA1327099 Accommodation Central – Primary 10/9/2013
SP1427164 Accommodation Central – Primary 1/13/2014
SP1427100 Accommodation Central – Secondary 1/13/2014
FA1327163 Accommodation Central – Secondary 10/7/2013
FA1326973 Math for All- AGC grades 3-12 11/12/2013
FA1327107 Accessing the General Curriculum in ELAR 9/23/2013
FA1326408 Accessing the General Curriculum in Science 12/3/2013

Master Scheduling, Inclusion Science, Free Books, and More!

Several items of interest for educators working to support inclusion settings:

1. Cathy Miller’s presentation on Master Scheduling with inclusion in mind, No More Square Pegs in Round Holes, is now available as a free webinar: This 45-minute presentation gives administrators access to a host of tools to make sure that students with disabilities are being given access to the general curriculum in the least restrictive environment appropriate.

2. Performance Based Assessment in the Science classroom is now open for registration. Teachers working in Science classrooms grades K-8 will be interested in this workshop designed to help generate more meaningful assessment of student work. Special emphasis will be given to creating meaningful rubrics and differentiating assessment to determine the needs of all learners. More info on E-Campus.

3. Remember that the first 100 registrants for the June 14 Inclusion Institute will receive a complimentary copy of keynote speaker LeAnn Nickelsen’s book: Deeper Learning. Spots are still available on E-Campus.

4. Summer workshop opportunities abound at Region 13, including Power of Inclusion (a revamped version of the popular Power of Two training), Accommodations Central, Operation J.O.Y., and more. Download the flyer for the full schedule of AGC workshops here: AGC Flyer

Accessing the General Curriculum in the Content Areas

Region 13 Education Specialists are teaming up to provide you with content area specific special education training.

This training will provide you with a comparison of STAAR and STAAR Modified, how to modify assessments to align with STAAR Modified, allowable accommodations on STAAR, and using accommodations in the classroom.

This training is for general and special education teachers 3rd through 12th grade.

Register today on E-campus


Click to download flyer AGC in the Content Areas

Special Education & Science

Special education teachers working in inclusion classrooms may be interested in STAAR Review Camps for high school (SP1325567) and middle school (SP1325319), as well as the ever-popular AGC in Science course (SP1325564).

All three workshops will be presented by a collaboration of Science and Special Education Specialists.


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