TIES Center is the national technical assistance center on inclusive practices and policies. Its purpose is to create sustainable changes in kindergarten-grade 8 school and district educational systems so that students with significant cognitive disabilities can fully engage in the same instructional and non-instructional activities as their general education peers while being instructed in a way that meets individual learning needs.

5C Process: Instructional Planning for School and Distance Learning for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities in Inclusive Environments

Last spring, education was stressful for educators, families and students. This fall is no different. Districts across the country have unique situations and challenges as they move to open school in the midst of a pandemic. Some are fully opening their doors; others are choosing hybrid models; and others remain fully in distance learning. The impact of these changes on instruction for students with significant cognitive disabilities has led to confusion and discontinuity. The challenge is how to plan for these various situations as well as how to pivot should a district, school, or individual student need to change where instruction happens.

The 5C Process is a five-step process that outlines a plan for transitioning instruction between school and home during periods of distance learning. It builds continuity across the lifelong learning priorities, the annual IEP goals, the inclusive environments (at school or at home), and instructional support for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The Learning Matrix Tool is a clear, concise, and coherent means of communication for instructional teams, inclusive of families, to align student supports for school and home. Check it out!