Here you will find training materials and planning forms to promote student
productivity and team collaboration in the school community. Use the forms
to compose functional goals, document student participation, and delineate roles
for team members. Expand your skills or train others with the handouts but
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What is Active Participation?
Being there is not enough. Students with disabilities benefit from placement in
general education classrooms when they are given opportunities to actively
participate! Often teams underestimate student abilities and mistake
passivity for participation. This handout compares and contrasts active and
passive participation to inspire teams to raise their expectations.
Ten Tips for General
This handout delineates ten quick and easy things that classroom teachers can do
to include students with disabilities in the classroom from day one.
Ten Tips for Paraeducators In the fast paced school setting, paraeducators often embark upon classroom
duties without the guidance they need. This handout describes simple suggestions
for classroom aides to help them promote active participation and the independence of students with disabilities.
Ten Tips for Special
Educators Collaborate, communicate and promote the participation of diverse students
in the classroom. This handout describes simple strategies for learning
specialists and special education teachers.
Ten Tips for
Administrators Share this brief list of suggestions with school administrators and enable
the principal or assistant principal to promote the active participation of
students with disabilities in the regular education classroom.
Ten Tips for Therapists Keep students in the classroom and meet therapeutic objectives. Follow the
advice on this tip sheet designed for speech-language pathologists, physical and
Ten Tips for Caregivers This tip sheet offers suggestions to parents and caregivers to help improve
their ability to work with professionals and others on the school-based team.
Ten Tips for
Assistive Techies Follow the common sense guidelines on this handout and get people to
actually use computers and augmentative communication devices in the
How Does Your Classroom
Special educators can use this brief but thorough checklist to learn more about
the regular classroom environment. Take it along when meeting the classroom
teacher to initiate questions and guide discussions. Form includes a To Do
list to help with planning curricular adaptations
Assistance Rating Students with disabilities frequently receive credit for work completed by
another person. Use this quick questionnaire during a visit to a secondary
classroom as a way to measure the assistance given to students to complete
Participation Rating How often is a student really participating in class? Use this form as
a way to guide an observation of the student in the middle or high school
environment and assess classroom participation.
Who is doing what? Where is the student supposed to be and when? Who
is supposed to help? Use this form to create a system of accountability and
define roles and tasks so everyone on the team knows what to do.
Daily Participation Record
Paraeducators and classroom teachers complete this quick and simple form each
day to document classroom accomplishments and maintain focus on pertinent goals.
IntelliPics is a multi-media authoring tool
used by professionals and parents to create accessible learning activities that
incorporate graphics, animation, text and sound. This sheet is designed to
help individuals with a working sense of IntelliPics plan multi-sensory learning