• Redefining Improvement in Special Education

  • Redefining Improvement in Special Education

Our Big Goal: By 2045, 1 million students with disabilities are on track to graduate from school ready to thrive and empowered to take on the world.

The ABC approach provides a complete roadmap for schools and districts to improve how they serve students with disabilities. With ABC’s support, schools and districts use a holistic, research-based approach to continuous improvement – resulting in authentically inclusive school communities and teams that work together to meet the unique needs of all learners.

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“I realized how much of a priority collaboration is to the successful education of our early special education learners / and learners overall.”

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WHAT’S NEW FROM ABC?

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ABC’s New and Improved Quality Special Education Framework

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Today, we’re thrilled to share the results of that hard work - sixteen research-based competencies that are the foundation of our Quality Special Education Framework! The competencies are designed to provide leaders and educators with a vision for how to transform the way students with disabilities are served in their schools and districts. These competencies give leaders a guide for developing and implementing the systems needed for quality special education programs while also empowering educators to create an authentically inclusive school community and team that works together to meet the unique needs of all learners.

Responding to Recovery Needs by Creating a More Equitable Whole School Schedule

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There are many places where the rubber hits the road to operationalize this vision, but perhaps none is more underrated (and critical) than the master schedule.  The master schedule sets out class rosters, teacher assignments, co-planning sessions, time for professional development, opportunities for parent engagement, and so much more.  Educator time is perhaps our most valuable school resource, and a well-planned master schedule can mean the difference between a strategically planned lesson plan and chaos. 

2021 Year-End Impact Report

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Review our White Paper, Opportunity Accelerated: Exploring the Connection between Data Collection, Special Education Programming, and Improved Outcomes, for three recommendations to improve data use in schools.

Review our White Paper, Opportunity Accelerated: Exploring the Connection between Data Collection, Special Education Programming, and Improved Outcomes, for three recommendations to improve data use in schools.

The Ability Challenge helps schools build bridges between:

Compliance and Quality Outcomes
Research and Practice
Data and Effective Programming Decisions
Working Initiatives and Schools Seeking Improvement
  • Compliance and Quality Outcomes

  • Research and Practice

  • Data and Effective Programming Decisions

  • Working Initiatives and Schools Seeking Improvement

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