Judi MacBride and Brian Touchette presented the history of Grade Band Extensions (GBE’s) that developed after the State of Delaware adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in August 2010. The State recognized these that content standards must be accessible for all students. A cooperative effort between DOE and UD Center for Disabilities Studies ensued and the end product was the creation of GBE’s.
The purpose of GBE’s is to give school personnel a plan to implement lessons based on academic standards. One teacher in attendance noted that the GBE’s have been substantially helpful to him in planning lessons for his students with and without significant disabilities. This teacher received a thunderous round of applause!
Judi also shared how the ACCESS Program offers adaptive books for elementary, middle and high school levels. Again, our children will have access to the same literature content as their peers. CLICK Here to Learn about ACCESS and Adaptive Books
Parents need to understand the CCSS and GBE’s as they relate to their children. Please review this information prior to IEP meetings so you can be an equal and GBE knowledgeable member of your child’s team.
DOE and UD/CDS will be offering an event solely for Administrators so they can understand GBE’s as they relate to all their students. It is on Wednesday, March 13, at Dover Downs. We highly recommend parents personally asking Principals to attend! CLICK Here for Administrators ACCESS night
We are grateful to Brian and Judi for presenting again to our PTA. Collectively since 2005, they have presented over 8 times to our organization. We are more knowledgeable about education policy because of them and their passion for our kids! If you missed this meeting, you missed a good one!
Judi also shared information about adaptive books for elementary, middle and high school levels that are available through the ACCESS Program. Our children will have access to the same literature content as their peers.
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