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Department of Education
System of Support (SOS) The OCDE Special Schools program has created an extensive professional learning community (PLC) to train and support staff. Our training model, System of Support (SOS), is designed to provide staff with the most current and research based information and training related to the best practices.
Our model is designed to provide teachers with opportunities to receive training and then meet in collaborative groups to discuss and develop instructional strategies and materials related to their training(s). An administrator and a teacher who is identified as a Support Facilitator support each collaborative group.
Collaborative group teachers meet on a quarterly basis for additional training opportunities and exchange of instructional strategies to better meet the needs of students.
Systematic Utilization of Comprehensive Strategies to Ensure Student Success (SUCSESS)
The SUCSESS Project is a staff-training program designed to meet the needs of students with autism and their families. Through this program, staff is provided ongoing training and support related to researched "Best Practices” for designing and delivering effective programs to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). As part of the SUCSESS Project model, staff receive direct classroom support from our Program Specialist, who assists teachers in the areas of teaching methodologies, classroom structure, behavior management and data analysis. In addition, teachers are provided support via student progress meetings designed to facilitate increased communication between staff members and identify program modifications needed to support individual student goal attainment.
Four specific teaching behaviors are targeted as critical to the implementation of the Special Schools Instructional Model. The practice of correct teaching behaviors is important in all domains and environments. Staff are trained in the areas of: