The Special Education considerations included in the Literacy Framework were written by Indiana special education teachers as part of the literacy initiative. These considerations are meant to increase engagement and growth for students in special education, they are also designed to enhance the general education students’ academic development. They are designed to support the standards and curriculum you are currently using. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of strategies and considerations, and examples can be used across strategies as they may work best for your students.
Special Education Guiding Principles for Literacy
- All students are “students” first. All educators are responsible for the learning of all students. Collaboration among educators is essential to the success of all students.
- All students can learn when given equitable (not equal) access and opportunity.
- A culture and climate that respects unique strengths and values the contributions of each and every student will create a safe environment where all students will participate and collaborate.
- Accommodations and modifications are individualized to support the academic rigor so each student will achieve highest potential.
- Accommodations can benefit all students and can be integrated into all lessons.
- Teachers are responsible for empowering and supporting students with the necessary resources and skills to advocate for their own learning.
- Behavior is a form of communication. Students need clear expectations and positive support.