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We start with 3 observations:
1- every child has distinctive competences: physical, practical, conceptual,
social & emotional
2- every school environment presents challenges and opportunities for the child
3- to close the gap between a child's competences and the school's environmental
challenges and opportunities, educators must be prepared to provide the most
These observations guide our 3-step approach to helping schools and the
children they work with.
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1. An evidence-based foundation:
High-quality, meaningful evidence is at the foundation of understanding a child's competences and the impact of supports on accessing all aspects of a school environment. We work with schools to develop, implement and use powerful systems for collecting, analyzing and using evidence, with a focus on IEP goals, objectives and benchmarks.
2. Individual differences in learning
The mind and brain sciences have discovered a great deal about how we acquire the ability to learn and make decisions, including how the brain matures and what causes individual differences in competences across domains. We translate this rich knowledge into strategies, including Universal Design for Learning, that educators can use to maximize each child's ability to access both academic and social-emotional opportunities, including children across the 13 IDEA categories.
3. Designing and implementing interventions
We help schools use evidence to design, implement, and check the impact of interventions on both measures of performance and level of support. Our work on design and implementation focuses on strategies that ensure validity and reliability. Our work on impact focuses on growth.
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