October 2018
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High-Leverage Practices: 
A Great Resource for All Educators

As the demands on special educators continue to increase, the needs of students with disabilities grow more complex, and the gap between the achievement of students with disabilities and those without expands, the need for educators to focus their efforts around critical practices for success has become more evident than ever before.

                                    Enter: The High Leverage Practices (HLPs)

The HLPs, developed as a result of a collaboration between the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR),are a set of applied methods centered around four aspects of practice: collaboration, assessment, social/emotional/behavioral, and instruction. McLeskey et al. (2017) defines HLPs as “practices that can be used to leverage student learning across different content areas, grade levels, and student abilities and disabilities.” In other words, when the HLPs are in place and practiced with fidelity the outcomes for all students improve; the HLPs are intended to provide those who work in schools with a clear vision of effective teaching (McLeskey, et al., 2017).

As a public school district, we are required by law to provide students with disabilities a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). Further, a landmark decision on a recent Supreme Court case, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District (2017), held that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) “demands….an educational program be reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances” (p. 15) and further indicated that “…a substantive standard not focused on student progress would do little to remedy the pervasive and tragic academic stagnation that prompted Congress to act [when EAHCA was enacted in 1957]” (p.11). The supreme court went on to demand that every child should have the chance to meet challenging objectives. This is a tall and important order for today’s educators, and upholding the intent behind IDEA requires all of us to look harder and dig deeper into our daily practice with each and every one of our students. Honing in on the 22 HLPs within the four key aspects of practice identified above is a great place to start that critical and ongoing work.

If you are looking for a resource that is applicable and important to your daily work, focused on instructional practices, research-based, broadly applicable and usable across content areas, and fundamental to effective teaching, look no further than the HLPs.  To access a free electronic copy of the High-Leverage Practices in Special Education publication, click here. For additional HLP information and resources, check out the High-Leverage Practices Resource Page from IRIS and the High-Leverage Practices Resource Page from CEC for a vast array of books, webinars, videos, and other training materials.

This month’s Spotlight on AT continues to try and break down instructional barriers for students and teachers and looks at:
Increasing Case Manager Comfort in Considering Assistive Technology Project

The internal St. Croix River Education Assistive Technology Committee and subcommittee ATEAM are doing targeted professional development in the area of consideration of assistive technology for students with individual education plans.  At SCRED, we see our case managers continue to struggle with how to use Assistive Technology to help address student’s unique individual needs, both for progress in curriculum and IEP goals as well as access to general education curriculum and environments.  

This month we will are rolling out the opportunity for brief professional learning in the area of assistive technology consideration in all SCRED districts’ buildings during SST meetings.  The building special education teams, as a group, will have the opportunity to practice assistive technology consideration using scenarios, and fill out a Google form regarding the scenario.  A different scenario will be provided each month from October through April.

Building teams submitting their AT consideration through the form will be placed in a drawing with a chance to win one of six AT tools packages that are valued at up to $500  each.

Infinitec Newsletters:

**St. Croix River Education District continues to provide this UDL and AT resource to all member districts’ staff.  All new staff are encouraged to register at

AT Regional Newsletters:

Register on the SCRED Website for our Assistive Technology Networking Nights in the school year course catalog!  Held from 4-8 pm at the Rush City SCRED training center.
  • January 29th, 2019
  • April 11th, 2019 
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