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Thursday, March 17 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
The Promise of Proficiency-Based Education for Special Education Students

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Proficiency-based learning provides tremendous opportunity for students throughout the education system. This presentation will focus on the promise of proficiency-based learning for one group of learners in particular: those identified for special education services. Teachers in RSU 2 have found that the goals of proficiency-based education and special education are mutually supportive, and their special education students are benefitting from this synergy.

In this session, presenters will share their experiences implementing proficiency-based learning while meeting the needs of students identified for special education services. Focusing on effective instructional practices for proficiency-based learning in special education, they will describe a four-part implementation process: 1) understanding the standards, 2) using the taxonomy as a foundational learning tool for students, 3) identifying and implementing effective classroom practices that lead to increased student growth, and 4) developing Individual Education Plans that are aligned with the standards. Ultimately, presenters will describe the ways in which the transition to proficiency-based learning has had a positive effect on their special-education students’ academic and functional growth, and how it has facilitated students’ continued connections to and participation in the general education setting.


Thursday March 17, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm EDT
Room 104