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TeachTown’s enCORE Wins Dual Recognition in Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence: Best of 2022

TeachTown, a leading provider of special education curriculum software for students with moderate to severe disabilities, announces today that its K-12 standards-based, adapted core curriculum, enCORE, has been named a winner in the Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence: Best of 2022 Primary Education and Secondary Education categories.

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What Can ESSER Funds be Used For?

As a special educator, chances are pretty good that you’ve heard the term ‘ESSER Funds’ at some point during the last few years. Now, if you’re a special education administrator or district stakeholder - chances are even better that you’re well-aware of ESSER funds and have likely already spent hours researching different programs and technologies that are eligible for purchase with said funds. ESSER funds, or Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds, exist as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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6 tips to boost parental/family involvement

This blog will guide you through how you can collaborate with parents/families to continue to support positive learning outcomes in your classroom. Did you know that active parental participation and academic success have a positive correlation? It’s true - research notes that parents/guardians play a key role in boosting student outcomes. Below are tips you can implement to enhance parental/family involvement.

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Advantages of small group instruction in special education

It can be quite challenging to give all of your students the differentiated, individualized attention they need. For many special educators, classroom rosters may span three different grades, or four different levels of students with moderate to severe disabilities. Does this sound like you? Let’s navigate how you can use small group instruction to improve your classroom management, individualized learning opportunities, differentiated instruction, and even data collection! 

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Using schedules and routines to help your classroom run smoothly

Schedules and routines help your students to learn independence, responsibility and agency…and serve as a great way to keep your classroom running smoothly. If you are out for the day, do your students know what to do? Can they navigate their day with minimal prompts from you or your classroom staff? Let’s discuss how to create, teach, and implement a routine that helps you and your students stay on task throughout the day. 

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TeachTown Wins in Excellence in Equity 2022 Awards

TeachTown announces today that it has been selected as a winner in the inaugural Excellence in Equity Awards program presented by the American Consortium for Equity in Education. The award was received in the Best Online and Blended Learning Solution category, specifically recognizing TeachTown’s K-12 adapted core curriculum, enCORE.

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Steps to improve self-determination

Self-determination can be a driving force for students, especially those with moderate to severe disabilities. Self-determination provides the skills needed for these students to thrive in school, friendships, relationships, employment, community living and beyond. In fact, self-determination is a research-based predictor of positive outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

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Utilizing play-based learning to teach social skills

Play and social skills are the building blocks for early learners to succeed in the classroom. While neurotypical children tend to learn these skills naturally through play, our students with moderate to severe disabilities often require more systematic instruction. However, this does not mean that we cannot teach these skills through play-based activities!

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4 Strategies to Promote Student Success 

In March 2020, teachers were given no other choice but to pivot to distance learning after the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily shut the doors to schools across the country. While the majority of districts seem to have stabilized back to an in-person learning environment, if the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that plans can shift quickly.   

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TeachTown Partners with Aspire Public Schools to Maximize Student Outcomes

TeachTown, a leading provider of special education curriculum software for students with moderate to severe disabilities, announces today its partnership with Aspire Public Schools, one of the nation’s first, and largest, charter management organizations. This partnership grants seven out of 36 of Aspire Public Schools’ Local Education Agencies (LEAs) the opportunity to maximize student outcomes through utilization of TeachTown’s award-winning suite of solutions.

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