Services for Children with Cognitive Disabilities

Content Sections Below

Eligibility

Programming

Alternate Achievement Standards: The Common Core Essential Elements

Training

Training Materials

Additional Materials/Resources

 

 


Eligibility

Cognitive Disability (CD) services are for students who exhibit significant delays in measured intelligence, adaptive functioning, and academic functioning.

The current eligibility criteria for cognitive disabilities under state law is found at PI 11.36 (1), Wis. Admin. Code. Requirements related to the need for special education are at PI 11.35, Wis. Admin. Code.


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Programming

Students with CD are educated using a variety of educational program options according to the individual needs of each student. These may include self-contained programming, individual and small group programming in regular/special education classrooms and through cooperative/collaborative teaching arrangements between regular and special education teachers.

The statewide child count data as of October 2013, indicated that there were approximately 8,696 students with CD as their primary disability.

 

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Alternate Achievement Standards: The Common Core Essential Elements

In June 2010, Wisconsin adopted the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics, including literacy for History, Social Studies, Science and the Technical subjects, for all students. These standards define K-12 academic standards which are aligned with college and work expectations, include rigorous content and application, and are internationally benchmarked. Additionally, the Common Core State Standards emphasize literacy in all of the disciplines. For all students to be career and college ready, including students with significant cognitive disabilities, educators should include both the content and the reading and writing skills that students need to demonstrate learning in the other disciplinary areas.

All students, including students with significant cognitive disabilities, deserve and have a right to a quality educational experience. This right includes, to the maximum extent possible, the opportunity to be involved in and meet the same challenging expectations that have been established for all students. Wisconsin educators collaborated with educators from 12 other states to create alternate achievement standards aligned to the Common Core State Standards. These alternate achievement standards are called the Common Core Essential Elements (CCEEs) in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The CCEEs were developed to satisfy the requirement of the U.S. Department of Education that Wisconsin have alternate achievement standards for its students with significant cognitive disabilities that are clearly linked to grade-level academic content standards, promote access to the general curriculum and reflect professional judgment of the highest expectation possible.These new standards will replace the current Extended Grade Band Standards and will be used as the basis for a new alternate assessment, which will replace the current Wisconsin Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities (WAA-SwD) in 2014-15.

For more information, please visit: http://sped.dpi.wi.gov/sped_assmt-ccee

 

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Training

 

2014 Spring Cognitive Disabilities PST and Leadership Meeting: April 23-24, 2014

To register visit: http://tinyurl.com/mcko6ae

Registration Deadline:  April 11, 2014

 

Meeting Dates:

April 23, 2014 1-4pm- Updates

April 24, 2014 8am-4pm - Keynote Speakers, Dorothy Dendy Smith and Jill Fisher DeMarco: Co-authors of Literacy Beyond Picture Books

 

Location:

Crowne Plaza
4402 E Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53704

 

Lodging:

A block of rooms has been set aside at the Crowne Plaza.  To make reservations, please call:  Passkey Reservations at 1-888-233-9527. 

Deadline for making hotel reservations is Sunday, March 23, 2014.  Rates are $70 for a single and $90 for a double. You will need to identify yourself as a member of the Cognitive Disability PST Meeting group for the discounted rate.

 

About the Keynote Speakers:

  • Jill Fisher DeMarco worked with adults with disabilities for 15 years before beginning her career in special education. She has taught high school students in the Occupational Course of Study and currently is in the 13th year of teaching at the Progressive Education Program at Valley Springs Middle School in Arden, NC. She was the 2005–2006 Teacher of the Year for the program. She has a bachelor of science degree in vocational rehabilitation from Appalachian State University and a master of arts in teaching degree and a master of science degree in human resources from Western Carolina University. She has certifications in mental retardation and learning disabilities.
  • Dorothy Dendy Smith  retired from the public schools in 2010 after 28 years as a teacher and autism specialist, although she is currently teaching in an interim position.  In 2012, she received the honor of being inducted into Honor Roll of Peak Performers of the College of Education and Allied Professions of Western Carolina University.  Previously she was the autism specialist for Buncombe County Schools. She was the Special Educator of Excellence for Buncombe County Schools for the 2006-2007 school year, and Teacher of the Year for the Progressive Education Program in Buncombe County Schools for the year 2000-2001. Smith was the Teacher of the Year for Walnut Cove Primary School and first runner-up for Teacher of the Year in the Stokes County School District in North Carolina. She graduated from Western Carolina University in 1972 with a BS in special education. She received a master of arts in education, special education, severe disabilities from Western Carolina University in 2002. She has certifications in learning disabilities, mental retardation, and severe disabilities.

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2014 Cognitive Disabilities Conference: Improving Outcomes for Students with Cognitive Disabilities- August 13-14, 2014

Registration information

 

 

Registration Deadline:  August 1, 2014

Space is limited, so please register ASAP.

 

Meeting Dates:

August 13-14, 2014

 

Cost: $150.00 per person

 

Location:

Crowne Plaza
4402 E Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53704

 

Lodging:

A block of rooms has been set aside at the Crowne Plaza.  To make reservations, please call:  Passkey Reservations at 1-888-233-9527. 

 

Deadline for making reservations is July 11, 2014.  Rates are $70 for a single and $90 for a double. You will need to identify yourself as a member of the Cognitive Disability Conference for the discounted rate.

 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ginevra Courtade

Dr. Ginevra Courtade is an associate professor in special education at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Ginevra has worked in the field of moderate/ severe disabilities for 15 years. She has been a classroom teacher, a grant funded project trainer, a research associate, and now trains teachers and conducts research at the university level. Her work focuses specifically on teaching academics to students with moderate/ severe disabilities and preparing teachers to instruct students using the general education curriculum. She has numerous publications, including journal articles, book chapters, the Early Literacy Skills Builder, Teaching to Standards: Science, Aligning IEPs to Common Core State Standards for Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities, and 6 Successful Strategies for Teaching Common Core State Standards.

 

August 13, 2014:

Aligning IEPs to the Common Core State Standards for Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities

This full-day presentation will cover an overview of the Common Core State Standards, how to develop and align IEPs to these standards for students with moderate and severe disabilities, and guidance in writing standards based objectives.  The presentation format will consist of lecture, active participation, and guided practice. Please bring at least one IEP to utilize in guided practice.

 

August 14, 2014:

6 Successful Strategies for Teaching Common Core State Standards to Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities

During this full day session, the presenter will offer six instructional tools to assist educators in generating ideas for creating access to the CCSS and teaching to measurable, standards-based IEP objectives that are relevant and meaningful for students with moderate and severe disabilities including:

  • Applying Universal Design of Learning for ALL students
  • Involving students in their own learning
  • Use of Assistive Technology and Peer Supports
  • Use of Systematic Instruction
  • Embedded instruction, inquiry science, and graphic organizers
  • Teaching to generalization

 

For questions, please contact Marge Schenk at 608/267-9176 or at Margaret.Schenk@dpi.wi.gov or Erin Faasuamalie at Erin.Faasuamalie@dpi.wi.gov

 

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Training Materials

 

2013 Statewide CD Conference:  Meeting the Needs of Students with Cognitive Disabilities

AUGUST 13-14, 2013 - Agenda

Title: Overview of Common Core State Standards; Standards of Mathematical Practice/Portrait of a Literate Individual
Speakers: Barb Novak, DPI’s Common Core Implementation Team Literacy Consultant
Ken Davis, DPI’s Common Core Implementation Team Mathematics Consultant

Representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Common Core Implementation Team will present a condensed training on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and Mathematics.  These academic standards are for all students, including students with disabilities, and will impact special education instructional practices, IEP development, and assessment.

Materials from presentation:

1A. Aligning for Student Success
1B. Wisconsin’s Guiding Principles for Teaching and Learning
2. Understanding Subtraction
3. Structure of Standards (MATH)
4. Emphases in Common Core Standards for Mathematical Content, Kindergarten – High School
5A. Standards for Mathematical Practice
5B. Related Mathematical Practices
6. Characteristics of Mathematically Proficient Students
7. Common Core Shifts for Mathematics
8. Portrait of Students Who are College and Career Ready in Reading, Writting, Speaking, Listening, and Language
9A. Text Complexity
9B. Updated Text Complexity Grade Bands and Associated Ranges from Multiple Measures
10. Text Complexity Form for DPI Forms
11. Questions for Professional Reflection on Reader and Task Considerations
12. Text Complexity Snowball Activity
13. Writing Standard 1, Veritcal Articulation of Skills
14A. CCEE Opinion Argument Examples
14B. Opinion Argument Samples
15. "Unpack and Repack" Chart
16A. Hess’ Cognitive Rigor Matrix & Curricular Examples (ELA)
16B. Hess’ Cognitive Rigor Matrix & Curricular Examples (MATH)
16C. Cognitive Rigor Questions
17. Unpacking and Repacking for Language Demands
18. Unpacking and Repacking for Behavioral Demands
19. Unpacking and Repacking Practice (ELA)
20. Unpacking and Repacking Practice (MATH)

August 14, 2013
Title: Building a Framework of Supports to Effectively Address Behavior
Speakers: Marge Resan, DPI’s Special Education Consultant
Rachel Saladis, Regional Technical Assistance Coordinator, Wisconsin PBIS Network

Title: Assessment Update
Speaker: Kristen Burton

 

STATEWIDE CD-PST AND LEADERSHIP MEETING
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Principles of Effective Instruction in English Language Arts (ELA) and Standards of Mathematical Practice - Erin Faasuamalie and Sandy Berndt

Universal Design for Learning: Access, Assessment & Engagement for All – Jolene Troia

Transition - Wendi Dawson
Examples of Measurable Postsecondary Goals
Sample Post Secondary Transition Plan (PTP)

 

The 2012 Cognitive Disabilities Conference titled, “Teaching and Instruction - Meeting the Academic Needs of Students with Cognitive Disabilities” was held August, 14-15, 2012 at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton, WI. Key note speakers included Dr. Penelope Hatch from the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Literacy) and Dr. Chris Cain, Associate Professor, Mars Hill College, North Carolina (Mathematics). Alan Sheinker, Ed. D., Associate Project Director of the Dynamic Learning Maps Consortium also shared information from the Dynamic Learning Maps Consortium regarding alternate achievement standards and formative and summative alternate assessments being developed. - Meeting Agenda - Cognitive Disabilities presentation

Dr. Penelope Hatch
The Common Core: Multiple and Flexible Pathways for Comprehensive Literacy Instruction for ALL Students
Functional Literacy Article
The Center for Literacy and Disability Studies website hosts two of the case-studies and some of the work samples, shared by Dr. Hatch, during her presentation. These materials provide examples of what can happen over time with good instruction, appropriate materials, and opportunity to engage in literacy activities. For more information visit: http://www.med.unc.edu/ahs/clds/projects/north-carolina-deaf-blind-project/db-case-studies

Dr. Alan Sheinker
Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment Consortium

Dr. Chris Cain
Number Sense
Teaching Number in the Early Elementary Years

 

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Additional Materials/Resources

Wisconsin Guiding Principles for Teaching and Learning

 

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For questions about this information, contact Erin Faasuamalie (608) 266-1785