K-12 Strand 2: Providing Increasing Intensity Intervention
Students who require Special Education services, the most intensive intervention, should have multiple options available to them that best address their specific learning needs. During the summer of 2017, SPDG provided extensive training for SPDG participating special educators and supervisors. The training centered around making special education the most intensive intervention and included training in reading foundations, assessment, and multi-sensory instructional strategies. During the coming 2017-2018 school year, Communities of Practice are underway to help support educators as they develop new and enhanced skills to assist their students in reaching their potential. Additional training will be provided during the Winter of 2017-2018 to expand and complete the skill set with training in assessment and adjustment of instruction, and application and generalization of newly learned skills. The impact of this new training is being carefully studied and plans for expansion of grant activity are underway. The goal is for all students with disabilities in Tennessee to eventually benefit from this intensive training.