As states adopt more rigorous academic standards, schools must define how special education fits into standards-aligned curricula, instruction, and assessment. Utilizing PLC practices, general and special educators must develop collaborative partnerships in order to close the achievement gap and maximize learning for all. The authors encourage all educators to take collective responsibility in improving outcomes for students with special needs.
- Use the key ideas and four critical questions of a PLC to maximize learning for all students.
- Learn when conditions make special education services most effective.
- Determine priority standards, and study the steps for unpacking these standards into learning targets.
- Discover what tailored instruction does and does not mean.
- Consider common team structures that support effective collaboration.
- Develop instructional plans using reproducibles.
“Yes We Can! takes a practical look at how commitment to the PLC process can improve learning for special education students. By setting high goals for all students, teachers can use data to make meaningful adjustments that will lead to greater achievement for each individual student. A step-by-step guide to a challenging subject!”
—David Essink, principal, Hastings Middle School, Hastings, Nebraska [a National PLC Model School]; 2013 National Breakthrough School Principal;
2013 Region IV Middle School Principal of the Year; 2014 Nebraska Middle Level Principal of the Year; 2014 National Principal of the Year finalist.
“Yes We Can! resonates with educators of all types. The authors ground readers in the realities of special education and show through real-world scenarios how they can implement PLCs effectively to ensure all students learn. Yes We Can! has emerged as a highly effective resource for all types of education professionals working collaboratively to achieve this goal. It’s a must-have for any educator team.”
—Maureen Hawes, director, North Central Regional Resource Center, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota