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Explicit and Specially Designed Instruction

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What is Specially Designed Instruction? What’s Special About it?

While the concept of specially designed instruction is the basis upon which special education is constructed, educators who have the duty to develop and implement individualized education plans often misunderstand it.
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Explicit Direct Instruction: Isn’t It Just Good Teaching?

During my time in education I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings from large urban districts to universities on tropical islands. Whenever I explain Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI), someone inevitably says, “Isn’t that just good teaching?” If it were just good teaching, I suspect we would see more of it because I do believe we have many good teachers. EDI is a very intentional approach...
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Do you sometimes feel like your students just don’t get it? Here’s how to make sure they do…

When teachers look at independent work, homework, quizzes, or state test results to see if students learned…it’s too late to modify instruction. Checking for Understanding (CFU) is the teacher continually verifying that students are learning what is being taught while it is being taught. Using CFU in “real-time” allows teachers to make crucial instructional decisions, like "it's time to re-teach!" during lesson delivery.

Mini Training Presentation

See below for self-guided and interactive mini-courses on topics related to Explicit and Specially Designed Instruction.  Learn about a strategy, research finding, best practice or regulation in just two to five minutes!

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Explicit and Specially Designed Instruction Mini Training Presentation

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Minis will be self-guided and interactive mini-courses on topics related to EI and SDI.  Learn about a strategy, research finding, best practice or regulation in just two to five minutes!

This page is maintained by Ann Quinones-Narcisse, Lower Hudson RSE-TASC Regional Special Education Training Specialist, and John Boniello, Lower Hudson RSE-TASC Bilingual Special Education Specialist. Click here to send them a question or comment.

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