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High-Leverage Practices for Special Educators: A Guide for Professional Learning

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Regency BC
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8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Instructional Strategies
Social and Emotional Learning
Teaching Content to All
Policy that Impacts Student Outcomes
Instructional Coaching/Professional Learning

A quick overview of the recently developed and published High Leverage Practices (HLPs) for special educators and teacher candidates will be shared. The HLPs were determined by a writing group of practitioners and scholars and are endorsed by the CEEDAR Center at the University of Florida and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Twenty-two HLPs are organized into sets related to practice: 1) collaboration, 2) assessment, 3) social/emotional/behavioral, and 4) instruction. They represent the most critical practices that all special educators should be ready to implement on Day 1 of their teaching assignment. Great potential exists for using these HLPs as a framework for delivering instruction to pre-service teachers as well ongoing professional learning through communities of practice within school divisions.

Learning Outcomes/Next Steps

  • To receive an article that summarizes the High-Leverage Practices (HLPs) for Special Educators
  • To access additional resources on the HLPs (online guidebook and newly published book)
  • To speak with an author of the HLP on leading effective meetings

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