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    Information to assist in the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
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  • Office of Special Education Programs
    P.O. Box 500
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
    phone: (609)292-0147
    fax: (609)984-8422

     Highlights
    Math Webinars **NEW**

    Webinar IconStrategies for Instructing Mathematics for Struggling Learners, Including Students with Disabilities: Effective Techniques for Scaffolding Students' Learning of Important Mathematical Concepts and Skills
    This webinar will provide several practical and effective strategies that support student problem solving activities for all students, including students with disabilities. These instructional strategies can be used in a variety of mathematical problem solving and may be provided to individual students and grouping arrangements. Specific ideas will be presented to promote the important connections to mathematical concepts when teaching problem solving. These strategies include instructional scaffolding across content areas, task and materials. Additionally the benefits for struggling students and methods for chunking strategies across and within mathematical problems will be discussed.

    Facilitating Fluency and Automaticity Through Purposeful, Planned, and Targeted Practice Activities
    A key component of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics is the development of fluency in arithmetic facts and in computational fluency beyond arithmetic facts. This webinar discusses how to design instruction to help students of all skill levels, including students with disabilities, achieve success in mathematics by facilitating fluency and automaticity.

    Strategies for Instructing Mathematics for Struggling Learners, Including Students with Disabilities: Mathematical Vocabulary - Teach It! Learn It! Use It! Remember It!
    Understanding vocabulary is a major contributor to overall comprehension in many content areas including mathematics. Students' mathematical vocabulary learning and understanding can negatively and/or positively impact mathematics achievement. Specific ideas and strategies to promote the learning of important vocabulary will be discussed for all students, including students with disabilities.

    Strategies for Instructing Mathematics for Struggling Learners, Including Students with Disabilities: Organizing instruction & study time to improve student learning of key concepts and skills
    Effective mathematics teachers provide a continuum of instructional supports to help students, including students with disabilities, learn essential mathematical concepts and master new important skills. Additionally, teachers devote significant efforts and instructional time to ensure students do not forget what they have previously learned. This session will provide teachers specific strategies for organizing instruction and students' studying of material to facilitate learning, remembering, and applying critical mathematical concepts and skills in new situations.


    Materials for the State Performance Plan Indicator #14 Cohort III Technical Assistance Session #2 to be held on May 21, 2014 **NEW**

    Webinar IconMaterials for the State Performance Plan Indicator #14 Cohort III
    Technical Assistance Session #2 to be held on May 21, 2014

    The Power Point provides an overview of the federally required Post School Transition Outcomes Study (PSO) under the State Performance Plan (SPP), Indicator # 14.  Indicator # 14 of the SPP,  requires the state to report the percent of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in effect at the time they left school, and were:

    1. Enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving school
    2. Enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving school or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school.
    3. Enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school. (20 U.S.C 1416 (a)(3)(B)

    Three Tiered ELA Instructional Process **NEW**

    Webinar IconThree Tiered ELA Instructional Process by Neal Webster was developed to guide teacher in the development a comprehensive literacy block that supports reading success for all students. This webinar was developed for the Improving Literacy Achievement Project, a collaborative effort between the Office of Special Education Programs and Literacy and Language Arts to improve literacy achievement in grades K-3. This three tiered ELA approach is not to be confused with RTI which is an intervention approach to assist struggling learners.


    Revised Procedures for Approved Clinic and Agency **NEW**

    FFY2012 Annual Performance Report and State Performance Plan

    Performance Report IconFFY2012 Annual Performance Report and State Performance Plan
    In accordance with 20 U.S.C. 1416(b)(1), not later than one year after the date of enactment of the reauthorized IDEA, each state is required to have in place a performance plan evaluating the state's implementation of Part B and describing how the state will improve such implementation.


    New Jersey Request and Approval of State Maintenance of Financial Support Waivers Under Part B

    Waiver IconNew Jersey Request and Approval of State Maintenance of Financial Support Waivers under Part B
    This Web page represents a compilation of materials pertaining to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requirements regarding state maintenance of financial support for federal fiscal year 2009.


    PARCC Accessibility and Accommodations Manual Review - Webinar