Megan Gilson

Effective ABA Strategies for Students with Autism

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the most widely studied use for using interventions to teach children with autism. ABA interventions serve as a valuable early intervention tool for students from pre-kindergarten through the transition to adulthood. The idea is to use targeted teaching strategies that boost skills and cater to each student's unique needs These strategies are typically individualized for students as different students will have different needs. Students with autism may benefit from repetition of material, tasks being broken down into smaller steps, and having additional visuals alongside text or verbal directions.

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TeachTown enCORE Receives Double Honors from Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence: Best of 2023

TeachTown, a leading provider of special education curriculum for students with moderate to severe disabilities, is proud to announce that its K-12 standards-based, adapted core curriculum, enCORE, has been recognized as a two-time winner of the Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence: Best of 2023. A recipient in both the Primary Education and Secondary Education categories, enCORE drives measurable student growth while ensuring all students have equitable, inclusive access to the general education curriculum.

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Creating an Equitable and Inclusive Learning Environment for Students with Disabilities

In today's ever-changing educational landscape, the pursuit of equitable and inclusive education remains a paramount goal. However, achieving this goal often requires a nuanced and comprehensive understanding of the unique needs of all students, particularly those in special education programs. Research has highlighted the significance of providing tailored support, fostering a supportive environment, and implementing evidence-based strategies to ensure that special education students receive the quality education they deserve.

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Best Practices for Differentiated Instruction

Differentiation is tailoring or modifying lessons to best fit the needs of learners. Learning goals are the same, but students progress through the materials at different speeds and with different supports. It allows teachers to take into account the specific needs, skills and profile of their learners which is based on their interests, and the particular way they learn when designing each teaching hour as the needs vary from lesson to lesson, even for the same student. When learners have access to differentiated and tailored instruction, this can have a positive impact on behavior and skill acquisition.

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New enCORE Curriculum Experience

Three cheers for the brand new look and feel of the enCORE Curriculum Tab! With the launch of the new enCORE Curriculum Tab today, it is easier than ever to find the lessons, materials, and resources you need to plan efficiently. 

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2023 TeachTown Product Letter

As we look back on the past 12 months, we are proud to be your trusted partner in delivering high-quality, individualized education for your students with disabilities. At TeachTown, we remain singularly focused on one mission – measurably improving the academic, adaptive, and behavioral functioning of students with disabilities. This letter highlights the major curriculum enhancements and platform investments of 2023. Our district partners now have access to a complete and comprehensive K-12 adapted core curriculum, benchmark assessments, standards-based reporting, breaking news resources, an in-app onboarding explorer, new UX/UI within the platform, and so much more!

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TeachTown Named 2023 Excellence in Equity Award Winner in 2 Categories

TeachTown is pleased to announce that its K-12 standards-based, adapted core curriculum, enCORE, was selected as a winner in two categories of the 2023 Excellence in Equity Awards program presented by the American Consortium for Equity in Education. The awards were presented for both Best Online & Blended Learning Solution and Best Special Education Solution.

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TeachTown Named A Winner in 2023 Fortune Impact 20 List

TeachTown, a leading provider of special education curriculum for students with moderate to severe disabilities, proudly announces its recognition as a winner in the prestigious 2023 Fortune Impact 20 list. This accolade spotlights TeachTown's commitment to boosting student outcomes and delivering equitable and inclusive access to the general education curriculum for our most complex learners.

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Reinforcement in the Classroom: Nurturing Positive Learning Environments

Both as educators and parents, we frequently associate reinforcement with smiley stickers, candies and pizza parties. We tend to overlook that even in adulthood, reinforcement plays a significant role. In the workplace, it can look like verbal praise or recognition for an individual accomplishment being posted on a company-wide forum or email OR receiving a promotion or raise based on exceptional performance. When we experience reinforcement in either of these ways, we are motivated and are more likely to keep engaging in these behaviors!

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Reading Instruction Redefined

Oftentimes when we think about those early elementary school years, we envision primary colors, making friends, hands-on learning, classroom number lines, and ABCs. At the core of it though, is the early stages of reading comprehension. Students need to be able to read texts and make meaning from those texts. This forms the basis for all of the learning that occurs in later elementary and extends through middle school, high school, and beyond. Yet, throughout the years, there has been much debate regarding the best instructional strategies that get students to the goal of reading comprehension. How do we best teach students to read text and make meaning from it?

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