In an article from the Council for Exceptional Children, Beckman (2001) states “Improved student learning requires teachers, schools, and districts to give up unproductive traditions and beliefs, replacing them with validated practices and a full understanding of the intent of the law. Successful student access to the general education curriculum is most likely when there is general acceptance” of best practices in special education and adherence to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
You are a special education teacher and your principal would like the general education teachers to be aware of special education laws and strategies for supporting students with disabilities in their classrooms. With this in mind, the principal has asked you to put together an in-service presentation for the next faculty meeting (with mostly general education teachers) that reviews important components of special education, the law, and research-based strategies for instruction and inclusion.
The presentation should address the following components:
a. Overview of IDEA, least restrictive environment (LRE), and free and appropriate public education (FAPE)
b. The purpose and main components of an Individualized Education Program (IEP)
c. Accommodations and modifications that could support students with disabilities in the classroom
d. Compare/Contrast learning disabilities (LD) and emotional/behavioral disabilities (EBD)
e. Compare/Contrast LD and intellectual disabilities (ID)
f. Compare/Contrast EBD and ID
g. Inclusion tips for each of the disability areas above (LD, EBD, ID)
The presentation should be 15 to 20 slides, and must include title and references slides. The presentation should have a professional appearance and provide visuals to engage the audience. Further, each slide should include slide notes that elaborate on the content of the presentation slide. APA format should be used for all in-text citations and references. Include at least two resources in addition to your course text.