Understanding Alignment and Evidence-Based Strategies for Teaching Students with Moderate-to-Severe Disabilities

Course: #7298Level: Intermediate1 Hour 78 Reviews

This course is part of the 2015 Nancy McKinley Lecture Series, Aligning Literacy Instruction to Standards for Students with Moderate-to-Severe Disabilities (Including Autism), and is presented in partnership with University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. This course will offer instructional strategies to help create access to the standard curriculum for students with moderate to severe disabilities. Participants will learn how to apply universal design of learning for all students, involve students in their own learning, translate research to practice, and teach to generalization. Participants will also learn how to to teach to measurable, standards-based objectives that are relevant and meaningful for students who access curriculum at various levels.

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Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe major elements of universal design of learning.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to identify specific strategies (e.g., systematic instruction, self-determination) to develop instruction aligned with standards-based IEP goals and objectives for students with moderate and severe disabilities.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe how to create standards-based instructional plans for students who access curriculum at various levels, including multiple communication modes of response.


0-10 Minutes What does alignment to the curriculum look like for student with moderate-severe intellectual disability?
10-25 Minutes Universal Design for Learning: Impact of accessibility
25-35 Minutes Developing self-determined learners
35-55 Minutes Research to Practice: Building a personally relevant curriculum
55-60 Minutes Conclusion; Q&A


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