Megan Gilson

enCORE Phonics & Phonemic Awareness

Imagine a young student named Daniel, eyes wide with excitement as he picks up his brand new book, Chicken Little, to follow along as his teacher reads it aloud to his class. He thinks to himself, “This book has farm animals! I like to watch the chickens when we go to my grandmother’s house.” At his last school, Daniel never had his own copy of the books, let alone a brand new copy! Some of the letters on the pages of the book seem like a mystery to him, but with each new lesson activity in phonics and phonemic awareness, those letters begin to make more sense. They transform into sounds, words, and eventually, as he progresses through the year, stories.

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Spring 2024 Updates in enCORE!

TeachTown is committed to ensuring enCORE users have access to the very best adapted core curriculum for students with significant disabilities. Check out everything that’s NEW in enCORE this spring!

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2023-2024 End of Year Checklist for Teachers/Admins

As we approach the end of the school year, we recognize that teachers/administrators need guidance to support a smooth conclusion. This checklist will serve as a tool to assist teachers/administrators in documenting students’ current levels of performance for the year, streamlining the process of managing license access and a seamless transition into the next school year. 

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Best Practices for Inclusion

An inclusive classroom is defined as a classroom in which a general education teacher and a special education teacher work and instruct together to support all students in their classroom. Data from inclusive classrooms point to benefits across academic and social domains for students with and without disabilities: One 2015 study found that students with disabilities in inclusive settings are nearly five times more likely to graduate on time than peers that are not. Typically developing students in inclusion-based settings experienced social-emotional gains that their peers in non-inclusive settings did not. With 64.8% of students receiving special education services in inclusive classrooms, it is critical that these spaces function optimally to support all students, and that all stakeholders, from administrators to teachers to related service providers, are on the same page.

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TeachTown’s enCORE and VP of Curriculum & Research Are Named Finalists in The EdTech Awards 2024

TeachTown is pleased to announce that its K-12 standards-based, adapted core curriculum, enCORE, has been named a finalist in 2 categories of the EdTech Cool Tool Awards 2024: Curriculum and Instruction Solution and Personalized Learning Solution. Additionally, TeachTown’s Vice President of Curriculum & Research, Caitie Marks, M.Ed., BCBA, has been recognized as a finalist in the EdTech Author/Speaker or Podcaster category of the EdTech Leadership Awards 2024.

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Innovative Instructional Methodologies

In every classroom, a teacher must determine the ways in which students will engage in learning from a list of instructional methodologies. The phrases instructional methodology, teaching method, instructional method all describe how a teacher is delivering instruction to help students meet the lesson objective. There are a variety of evidence-based methods from which to choose, and expert teachers often use a combination to best support the wide range of student needs and strengths in their classroom. Read on to learn about three of them!

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Technology in Special Education: Enhancing Learning in the Classroom

It’s no secret that technology plays a large role in all aspects of our lives today. When we wake up, the first thing that many of us do is immediately reach for our cell phones. We check the weather, our email, and social media long before we hop out of bed to start the day. This is no different when it comes to how we are incorporating technology in the workplace, or for students, during the school day. In classrooms across the world, technology has revolutionized traditional teaching methods, creating new avenues for learning and enhancing the educational experience for both students and educators alike.

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Data, Assessments and Student Outcomes

Data drives a multitude, if not all, decisions in special education. When examining the cycle of instruction, the beginning and the end starts with a form of assessment and data collection. Data allows us to track student progress, identify skills that need additional support or reteaching, and fine tune what students need in their learning programs to be successful.  Without data, information crucial to determining current levels of performance may be missing or incomplete, thus, leading to ineffective individualized plans. Whether a teacher or an administrator, the ongoing collection and analysis of student data provides the most current picture of a student's skills as well as a baseline to demonstrate growth over time. Through the use of data, education teams will be able to make educational decisions that effectively meet the needs of the students.

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5 Tips for Special Educators Who Are New to the Field

Entering the field of special education is a rewarding journey filled with challenges and triumphs. As a special education teacher, you are stepping into a role that requires patience, creativity, and a deep commitment to helping every student thrive. In this blog, we’ll navigate essential tips that will help you navigate this dynamic and fulfilling profession.

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Effective Classroom Management Strategies for Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities

Understanding how to set up and manage a classroom is an essential tool in every teacher’s toolkit. There are certain classroom management strategies that are based in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and have been successful in a wide variety of teaching environments. This blog post will outline teaching techniques that support learning by helping students understand expectations and manage their behaviors.

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