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Academic Environment and Curriculum

FACE uses high quality, research-based teaching techniques driven by each student’s annual academic, social, behavioral, IMG_4320vocational, and communication benchmarks in addition to those outlined in the Next Generation Sunshine State and Common Core Standards.

For our students with significant cognitive disabilities, Access Points have been developed. These access points are expectations written for students with significant cognitive disabilities to access the general education curriculum. Embedded in the Sunshine State Standards, access points reflect the core intent of the Standards with reduced levels of complexity. The three levels of complexity include participatory (Pa), supported (Su), and independent (In) with the participatory level being the least complex. The new Florida Alternate Assessment will measure student achievement on the access points in Reading, Writing, Mathematics, and Science.

A teaching plan is created for each of his or her Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals. These teaching plans are then further broken down into individual outcomes. Data is collected at least three times per week to evaluate the student’s progress and is reviewed monthly by a behavior analyst. This information is also shared with parents in a daily communication log sent home with the student.

Occupational and speech therapy is also provided on-site at FACE (by Children’s Choice for Therapy) in addition to the following curriculum:

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
Designed especially for children with autism who have delays in speech development, PECS is an alternative to vocal communication that uses pictures instead of words to help children communicate. PECS is usually taught in six (6) progressive phases, where the pictures/icons are phased out as language develops. For children who are non-verbal, PECS can also be a first step towards using an electronic communication device.

Unique Learning Systems
Unique Learning System is an online standards-based curriculum that is common core aligned and is specifically designed for students with special needs. All lessons are differentiated to accommodate the diversity of learners with significant disabilities.

News-2-You
Each week, students connect with the world through symbol-supported news articles and dozens of worksheets, games, and activities.

n2y uses instructional targets to bridge between standards and the curriculum content for students with disabilities. Instructional Targets are aligned to the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

Touch Math
TouchMath is a multisensory program that uses its signature TouchPoints to engage students of all abilities and learning styles. The step-by-step approach covers: Counting • Addition • Subtraction • Place Value • Multiplication • Division • Time • Money • Fractions • Story Problems • Shapes • Sizes • Pre-algebra

Ready Florida
Ready Florida is a rigorous, on grade-level instruction and practice program for English Language Arts, Writing, and Mathematics that fully prepares students for the Florida Standards in a highly supportive way, while providing teachers with step-by-step, point-of-use professional development to teach the standards most effectively.

i-Ready
Built for the Common Core, i-Ready combines a valid and reliable growth measure and individualized instruction in a single online product.

Equals Mathematics
Equals is a K-12 program aligned to state, alternate, common core standards, and essential elements. It provides best practice instruction for educators who work with disabilities.

Strategies for Writers
The new Strategies for Writers Next Generation Assessment Edition teaches students to use the writing process and six traits to be effective writers—and how to apply this knowledge to written assessments.

Zaner-Bloser Handwriting
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting makes it easy to deliver high-quality, developmentally appropriate handwriting instruction.

Read for Real
Read for Real delivers the best practices of direct and explicit strategy instruction for informational text. Through exciting, content-area reading, the instructional model teaches comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency.

Spelling Connections
Provide all your students the missing piece to the literacy puzzle: explicit spelling instruction. With Zaner-Bloser’s spelling curriculum, Spelling Connections, your students will retain, internalize, and transfer valuable spelling knowledge for improved results in all areas of literacy-in the classroom and beyond.

Model Me Social Skills Curriculum
Model Me Kids® videos demonstrate social skills by modeling peer behavior at school, on a playdate, at a birthday party, on the playground, at a library, at the dentist, restaurant, and more. Designed as a teaching tool for children,
adolescents, and teenagers with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, and developmental delays, the videos are used by teachers, parents, and therapists. Real children model each skill.

Assessments

AFLS – The Assessment of Functional Living Skills
School Skills (All students are required to be assessed in the Fall and Spring)

It is important for a learner to be an active participant in a variety of skills, routines and social situations in educational settings.  These skills are essential in striving for independence and successful functioning in different types of classrooms, in all parts of the school campus, and with peers and various staff.  This assessment covers all age levels of education (i.e., elementary school, middle school, high school, college).  It also incorporates skills that are necessary in a wide range of classroom environments (i.e., special day classes, “pull out” classrooms, inclusion, regular education), and considers the individual’s level of development (e.g., language, behavior, and cognitive abilities).  The School Skills Protocol includes:

  • Classroom Mechanics
  • Routines and Expectations
  • Meals at School
  • Social Skills
  • Technology
  • Common Knowledge
  • Core Academics
  • Applied Academics

The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP)
The VB-MAPP is a criterion-referenced assessment tool, curriculum guide, and skill tracking system that is designed for children with autism, and other individuals who demonstrate language delays. The VB-MAPP is based on B.F. Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior, established developmental milestones, and research from the field of behavior analysis.