How to Access an Attainment Special Ed Curriculum at All Levels


The Attainment blog is all about providing resources and support to educators

With that in mind, one of our regular features will be Teacher FAQs. We’ll share the questions we often see in our inboxes or hear from teachers at conferences, demos and webinars. If you have a question you’d like to see us answer here, please share it in the comments!


Q: I teach a group of students with a range of abilities and grade levels. Their reading and speaking abilities also vary greatly. Do your curriculum and implementation guides account for that?

Great question! We know this is a significant concern for the teachers and administrators we serve, so we do structure our curriculum to be accessible at all levels.

There are many ways to do that, but the approach we take at Attainment is to incorporate different teaching strategies and resources right into the lessons. Your teacher's manual will include scripted, evidence-based practices like time delay and the least-intrusive prompt hierarchy, and specific ideas on how to present the materials in ways that engage your diverse learners.

Check out the sample pages from the Implementation Guide and Student Book on the Teaching to Standards Math product page in the "Samples & Support" tab. They really takes the guesswork out of differentiated instruction!

Teaching to Standards Math Implementation Guide and Math Work Student Book


As you can see from the sample lesson, we suggest including pictures of fast food (e.g., soda, juice, hamburgers, French fries, etc.) for early symbol learners who might not be able to read the text. These pictures can be used as a great anticipatory set to get students engaged and excited about the upcoming lesson. Attainment also includes what we call concept maps in the Teaching to Standards: MATH, which you can use with a choice board or eye gaze board for alternative responses. The PDF CD includes an entire image library, making modifications and extension activities easy! We also include additional options, like pre-programming an AAC device for this lesson, using a light pointer for a student who uses eye gaze as their response mode, or incorporating response cards so students can point, touch, or grab their response.

With all these resources at your fingertips, even algebra can be presented in an accessible way! In the video below, you can see this concept in action:


For more samples, videos and research on Teaching to Standards: MATH, visit the product page

Let us know in the comments if you have any questions!

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