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We are excited to announce the availability of Speech & Language grade goals and strategies in the Goalbook Toolkit!
There are a variety of speech and language difficulties that can affect a student’s ability to meet the Common Core standards.
This is why “there is no better time than now to help educators, parents, and other constituents understand the foundational underpinnings of language and literacy and the value SLPs can bring through intervention and collaboration” (The ASHA leader, Integrating the Core, 2012).
Goalbook has developed Speech & Language goals that meaningfully connect what is being taught in the classroom and what is being treated for in therapy sessions. Our comprehensive content and resources span all 7 areas of Speech & Language assessment and treatment.
Browse through the entire collection here:
Or checkout the sample goals below.
(Sign into your Toolkit account to view them in full).
As always, feel free to reach out to us with feedback and ideas.
The Shared Learning Collaborative (SLC) is developing a shared technology platform to allow states and districts to integrate data and education materials in one location. At Goalbook, our mission is to empower schools to personalize learning more effectively — our integration with SLC allows us to draw student data and recommend the most relevant goals, and to publish Common Core and UDL-aligned instructional content in the shared platform. SLC presents a great opportunity for Goalbook to further our work with helping districts improve the outcomes of students as individuals.
“SLC is proud to partner with Goalbook in our shared mission to make personalized learning a reality for all students by putting better data and Common Core-aligned tools in educators’ hands.”
– Stephen Coller, Director of Developer Engagement for the SLC
We were fortunate to attend the Urban Collaborative Fall Member Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA from October 24 – 27. Below is a summary of our big takeaways from the conference. – Daniel Yoo
We’ve Made Progress
Inclusion in General Education Classroom
Everyone attending the conference last month was committed to moving students to access the general education curriculum and ensuring that a continuum of services are in place to meet students’ needs. Almost every administrator knew the the percentage of their students who were primarily educated in the general education classroom. Not every percentage was the same, but every percentage was moving in right direction, towards inclusion.
Importance of General Education and UDL
Because of the move to the general education setting, conference attendees agreed that a growing need was to ensure effective instructional practices were in place in the classroom. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) was cited in almost every discussion as the set of principles and strategies for helping general education classrooms better serve all students.
Empowering Teachers and Building Administrators with PD/Resources
I was impressed with the level of work already underway to help teachers and principals transition to effective Common Core instruction in both general education and special education. Some districts have created model lesson plans co-developed by general educators and special educators. Professional development in the Common Core have included both general educators and special educators and these materials have been made available online so site leaders can replicate the training with their own staff.
Challenges to Meet
Ensuring Consistency of Implementation
How do district leaders ensure that the professional development offered or materials created actually get implemented in classrooms and school buildings? One of the keynote speakers, Dr. Brian McNulty, focused on the use of educator data teams to create and sustain change in classroom practices.
PD is expensive to deliver and difficult to find available times in the school calendar. As a result, some districts have made trainings optional or post created materials and models online for anyone in the district to access. However, this brings up the question of consistency.
Raising Expectations with Intensive Level of Needs
Rachel Quenemoen led the second keynote and shared powerful videos of students with severe disabilities demonstrating their learning (and joy) of the general education curriculum. However, a few administrators shared anecdotes of push back from special educators who might not share the same high academic expectations for students with more significant needs.
Use of Paraeducators
The Fordham Report, “Boosting the Quality and Efficiency of Special Education,” was discussed in a group setting during the conference. While there were many questions about the report, one area of agreement was the often inappropriate and sometimes over-reliance of 1-to-1 paraeducators.
How Goalbook Can Help
It was a honor to participate in the Urban Collaborative conference last week alongside such a powerful and innovative group of education leaders who are working to build an education system that serves ALL students. At Goalbook we have developed a Common Core Toolkit to help special educators model IEP goals based on the Common Core, UDL accommodations and modifications, and instructional resources. Goalbook is more than just a resource, it’s a professional learning tool for your teachers to effectively and efficiently support their students in the any classroom under the new Common Core standards.
To find out more visit: https://toolkit.goalbookapp.com
The Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative is a network of special and general education leaders working together to improve outcomes for students with disabilities in the nation’s urban schools. It’s members are among the largest and most influential school districts in the United States. To learn more visit their website at: http://www.urbancollaborative.org
The transition to the Common Core State Standards presents both a challenge and incredible opportunity for our students with special needs. While they set high expectations to help our students be college and career ready, they also allow flexibility for multiple means of access and assessment.
However, if we as special educators don’t prepare early, then we run the risk of turning our students with special needs into secondary citizens. While their general education peers are engaging in a new and innovative curriculum, resources, and teaching methodologies around the common core, our exceptional learners will be remain stuck in outdated standards and curriculum.
The three strategic initiatives below are the most fundamental initial steps to fulfill the promise of this new change:
1) Special Educators Trained in Common Core Standards and Curriculum
Special educators need to be involved with their classroom colleagues in trainings around the Common Core. As the expectations for general and special education collaboration continue to rise, we need to prepare our staff to speak the same language as their colleagues and be valuable contributors to lesson planning, assessment, and provide better access to benefit of all students.
2) Standards Aligned IEPs
Given that the IEP is the driving force in a student’s education program it is critical that academic IEP goals are aligned to the new Common Core standards in ELA and math. As inclusive placements are more commonplace, IEP goals must be relevant to the general education teacher and the curriculum they use in the classroom.
3) General Educators Trained in Universal Design for Learning
Most general educators will be prepared in the Common Core Standards and the general curriculum, but most will NOT be prepared in making the necessary accommodations and modifications to provide access to students with special needs. Universal Design for Learning is a powerful framework to increase accessibility and engagement that special educators are rallying around. General educators will need to be trained in the fundamentals of UDL and use of accommodations and modifications should be incorporated into their ongoing coaching and evaluation.
I am encouraged to see significant innovation and efforts in this space:
The Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative is convening a group of innovative and proactive special education leaders who are gathering to discuss and take action to help their organizations meet the needs of all their students. Their fall member meeting is entirely focused on the topic of making Common Core meaningful for students with disabilities.
Goalbook is developing a first of its kind Toolkit with Common Core aligned goals, measurable objectives, and accommodations/modifications based on UDL guidelines. If you are interested in learning more about this valuable resource, please go here.
Daniel Yoo is the Founder and CEO of Goalbook. He was previously a special education teacher and administrator for five years at Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto, California.
Hi everyone – we can’t believe the new school year is already here! We’ve been busy getting new schools started on Goalbook, and supporting our previous school partners. It’s going to be a great year, as we’re building exciting new features.
We recently released our new modules for automated compliance monitoring, Service Delivery and Timelines, which many schools have already started using. Our Toolkit is also on the way. We’re holding several live webinars to show the new modules in Goalbook and answer any questions you have. Sign up for one today!
Quote of the Day
I was explaining to a friend what I was looking to do in terms of recording student data, and collaborating with the general education teachers that I work with, and he suggested I check out Goalbook. Once he showed me it, I was so excited – Goalbook does everything that I’ve been wanting to do! I’m thrilled to have our school using it this year – it’s going to be amazing!
— Special Education Teacher, Middle School
Goalbook Live Webinars
Do you know a little bit about Goalbook, but want to learn more? Do you have a friend whose life could be made easier by Goalbook, but you haven’t had the time to sit down and show it to them? Check out our live webinars! We are offering three webinars in the next couple of weeks that will introduce folks to the basics of Goalbook. We’ll give you an overview, show you a lot of the cool features and talk about how we’ve seen people using Goalbook. Best of all, it is live, so you can come and ask us questions on the spot. So choose one that you can attend (and forward it to others), sign up, and we’ll see you online!
Goalbook in the Media
Faith Merino from VatorNews, a site that features new technology, recently wrote a great article explaining the challenges specific to special education and how technology might be able to help. Specifically, she features Goalbook and looks into how Goalbook can make an impact on improving student outcomes in special education.