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Brandon Readtopia implementation

Brandon Readtopia implementation 0

In 2019, supported by Bridges Professional Learning, 10 classes in Brandon Manitoba consisting of teams of 4 teachers each, implemented curricula for student with complex learning needs (i.e. AAC users, cognitive, sensory challenges, physical disabilities):

  • Readtopia, the comprehensive experiential instructional reading program.
  • Equals math curriculum that connects functional math to abstract ideas.
  • First Author comprehensive writing curriculum that teaches how to write and measures writing progress (introduced this year)

 

So far, despite the pandemic, the Brandon curriculum project has been a wonderful experience and a great success
Hygiene, Sanitizing Strategies in the special Needs Classroom

Hygiene, Sanitizing Strategies in the special Needs Classroom 0

Keeping classrooms clean and hygienic has always been vital in order to avoid immune system comorbidities in the special need’s classroom. The advent of the COVID 19 pandemic means even more effort must be taken to keep children with complex needs safe.

Here are some tips and strategies we’ve heard from teachers of how they are enhancing hygiene standards in special needs classrooms and resource rooms. 

 

How and Why Accessible Coding for All Students

How and Why Accessible Coding for All Students 0

Coding is more and more a focus of many curriculum initiatives across Canada. Where team based problem solving, strategizing, logical thinking meets with technology, coding skills are essential in today’s world.

At ISTE 2018, Bridges’ Leanne Husk and Susie Blackstien-Adler presented on coding with special needs students.  Through coding students with physical and cognitive challenges can learn important life skills, and connect with the curriculum.  Bridges new Coding Kit and Accessible Coding Workshop makes teaching coding to students with challenges, easy.

Free PD Opportunities - Perfect for Summer Time!

Free PD Opportunities - Perfect for Summer Time! 2

Summer is finally here, bringing time for relaxation and a chance to catch up on some professional development. Learn all about the latest practices in the field of Assistive Technology, for free! Here's a list of some PD that you can take advantage of at your own pace over the next few weeks.