Program for Students with Special Needs

Supporting Students with Special Needs

The Orange County Department of Education's Learning Supports Services offers a wide variety of customized support to schools and districts looking to serve students with special needs.  Supports include, but are not limited to, such topics as: language arts and mathematics support, co-teaching, differentiation, California Content Standards aligned instruction and IEP goals, Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

The Special Ed Thread

Want to stay in the loop?  Published three times per year, this free resource for special educators provides updates on all the latest trends and initiatives in the field.  The Special Ed Thread spotlights teachers and programs in Orange County that are effective and unique, provides examples of best practices for elementary and secondary educators, and highlights numerous websites, books, and other reources to help special educators make the most of their instructional time.  Past topics include UDL, writing, technology in the classroom, assessment, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

For additional information on trainings or Special Education Services, please contact Pam Tupy at ptupy@ocde.us.

Upcoming Events

Inclusive Practices that Work with Dr. Villa & Dr.Thousand
Begins October 3, 2019
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​Join us for this five-day workshop. Participants will explore the Schoolhouse Model for implementing inclusive practices and creating access and success for all students.
UDL 101: Learn the Basics of Universal Design for Learning
November 12, 2019
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Understand the connection between UDL, differentiation and Multi-Tiered System of Supports  (MTSS).
UDL 201: Advancing Implementation of Universal Design Learning
January 21, 2020
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​Learn how to develop UDL lesson plans considering the four curriculum components of goals, methods, materials and assessment to provide students with a complete learning experience.
UDL 301: Sustaining Implementation of Universal Design for Learning
February 4, 2020
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​Learn tools for coaching and advancing implementation of UDL and explore resources for addressing barriers to student learning.

Innovate Inside the Box: A DIY Approach to UDL with Katie Novak
March 17, 2020
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​Understand and appreciate the relationship between expert learning, the innovator's mindset and universal design for learning.
Dyslexia - What is it and how can I support my students who have it? - Jenny Ponzuric
Begins April 30, 2020
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Learn implementation of practices and procedures related to dyslexia and uunderstand the level of assistance a student may need by examining data and students’ responses to instruction and intervention.


Supporting Students with Dyslexia

AB1369 Dyslexia Guidelines Overview

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Dyslexia - Fact & Fiction Handout

Supporting Students with Dyslexia: AB1369 Dyslexia Guidelines Overview

The following three videos are from the September 20th presentation by Theresa Costa Johansen – Policy & Program Services Unit Administrator, CDE & Richard Gifford – Ed. Programs Consultant, CDE

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Dyslexia - Fact & Fiction Handout

 
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