• Seeking Equity for All Learners

Transformative school practice calls for a comprehensive approach. ABC has engaged in substantial research, as well as hundreds of conversations with practitioners, experts, and other education stakeholders to design our supports and offerings.  


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Supporting Your Teachers to Design Quality Special Education Instruction

Effective SDI is both a skill and a mindset.  It requires teachers to believe to their core that students with disabilities can learn just as much as their peers and to know how to drill into what a student actually needs in order to access the content.  

Education Leaders, You Are Only Minutes Away from Receiving Customized Strategies to Improve Your School's Special Education Program!

Now live on our website, the Special Education Quality Self-Assessment provides a quick pulse check for leaders and teachers to see how they stack up against the competencies for providing authentic inclusion and receive customized recommendations based on strengths and challenges.

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ABC’s New and Improved Quality Special Education Framework

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

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. 
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ABC is focused on providing concrete and actionable tools to the educator community.  Here are a few of our highest rated free tools:

The COVID Recovery Planning with Equity Online Learning Series provides two, free, self-paced modules with video micro-lessons and easy-to-implement activities to use with school leadership teams.

Specially Designed Instruction Key Determinations Checklist presents a roadmap for equitable lesson planning in hybrid and in-person settings.

The Diverse Learner Profile provides probing questions to better understand what motivates learners with an eye toward connecting and best meeting their needs.

The IEP vs. 504 Plan At-A-Glance document provides a high-level overview of the important differences between these two types of student plans.

IEP Review Tool for Classroom Teachers is a quick worksheet to transform individual student services into classroom-wide impact.

Parent Interview Starter Prompts offers a set of questions to deepen connections with families.

Opportunity Accelerated

In Summer 2018, ABC conducted a national survey to understand how schools collect, analyze, and use data to inform their decision-making and programming for students with disabilities. With 527 analyzed responses across a diverse group of school types, sizes, geography, and approaches to special education, many trends emerge. Our White Paper, Opportunity Accelerated: Exploring the Connection between Data Collection, Special Education Programming, and Improved Outcomes, highlights those trends, illuminates key drivers for special education improvement, and describes how ABC is solving some of the critical challenges faced by schools today.

Meeting the needs of our most diverse learners helps all students achieve.