Providing high quality instruction for individuals with moderate-to-severe disabilities is a difficult task for both the new and experienced teacher. Many new teachers may leave their undergraduate or graduate program with just enough knowledge and practice to obtain employment and start the school year. Experienced teachers often find that, by the end of each school year, unforeseen obstacles have prevented them from providing the quality instruction that they had envisioned at the school year’s start.
Administrators have varied responsibilities across many classrooms and are not always fully aware of the needs of students with low incidence disabilities. The Autism and Low Incidence Classroom Observation Tool—ALCOT, built upon decades of special education research, is a powerful resource to help you identify the quality teaching strategies and standards that should be present in all classrooms for students with moderate-to-severe disabilities regardless of the curriculum chosen. The ALCOT provides an easy, one-page tool around which teachers and administrators can collaborate and, together, identify the classroom’s strengths as well as areas for improvement. Districts ensure fidelity to quality special education services when they routinely use ALCOT! The ALCOT One Classroom License includes the ALCOT Guidebook, one tablet (40 copies) of the ALCOT Checklist, one tablet of the ALCOT Implementation Plan, and a USB flash drive for printouts. The Assessment Plus iPad App is also included so administrators and teachers can easily use the checklist (or any assessment) in a digital format—see app details on page 59. The Five Classroom License includes five copies of everything listed.
● Researched and evidence-based quality classroom strategies
● Covers the 6 essential classroom traits: Environment, Instruction, Instructional Supports, Behavior Management, Communication, and Staff Interactions
● Identifies classroom strengths to promote mentoring
● Practical action plans to improve areas of need
● Demonstrates measurable results
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