Target 3. Flexible Learning Environment – “FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.
Action Step – Provide students with access to content, resources, and methods for learning beyond the school day and beyond the school walls. Develop opportunities for students to collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize in all learning settings.
On April 30, 2015 FWSU Special Educator’s participated in a second mini-workshop focusing on “Systems of Support for All Learners.” The teachers were given a Service Delivery Self-Assessment Rubric which focused on:
- Data Collection
- Service Delivery as it relates to MTSS
- Case Management
These rubrics provided a framework for the special educators to engage in collaborative conversations about service delivery.
We continued to discuss the need to move towards “A comprehensive, systemic approach to teaching and learning designed to meet the academic and non-academic needs and improve learning for all students through increasingly differentiated and intensified assessment, instruction, and intervention, provided by qualified professionals with appropriate expertise.” Additional focus on the service delivery models continued with a “Bolstering, Backfill or Band-aiding” discussion.
Gap analysis is the comparison of actual performance with potential or desired performance. It looks at how an organization does not make the best use of current resources. Instructor Jennifer Patenaude lead a lively discussion about the difference between grade level access and a deficit in a basic skill area. We continue to examine how the current model of special education services are provided in FWSU and across the State of Vermont.