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Education

Curriculum Planning

A personalized approach to curriculum development provides our educational team members with the critical information needed to make the student curriculum as meaningful as possible. At all times, emphasis is placed on each studentsí unique needs, preferences, and abilities. Our curriculum planning process considers our students' current levels of performance. The team determines the ways in which each studentís environments and communication partners may impact the studentís participation, learning and achievement. Family members are directly involved in educational planning.

A personalized curriculum:

  • focuses on the development of communicative competence with AAC techniques, devices, and strategies
  • includes curriculum for general education for reading, math, science, social studies, physical education, visual and performing arts
  • includes specialized curriculum across functional academics, life domains and basic skills
  • builds on the student's current communication abilities
  • considers the student's current and future environments and communication partners both in and out of school
  • identifies the student/family priorities
  • recognizes the importance of ongoing partner training that is required to support and maximize each students' participation across life domains
  • recognize the essential roles of assistive technologies and communication partner training in order to access and participate in the curriculum

In planning for curriculum and instruction for our students, we:

  • use a team approach
  • use assessments that indicate the student’s current levels and lead to specific goals and objectives
  • use assessments that can be used to monitor ongoing progress
  • establish expectations for students’ levels of social and academic participation in the general education environment
  • when student is transition age, plan toward future educational settings (See the section on Transition at The Bridge School)
  • encourage activities that promote self-determination skills (e.g. preferences, choices)
  • use family-centered as well as student-centered approaches
  • identify and include people who have a long-term commitment to the student
  • encourage brainstorming of short-term and long-term goals
  • focus on quality of life issues

View the list of some of the Curriculum Guides used for planning a personalized curriculum for Bridge School students