SXSWedu 2016 Presentation Proposal: Specially Designed Instruction by Design

What is Specially Designed Instruction (SDI)?

According to the federal regulations pertaining to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, "Specially designed instruction means adapting, as appropriate to the needs of an eligible student, the content, methodology, or delivery of instruction: (1) to address the unique needs of the child that result from the child's disability; and (2) to ensure access of the child to the general curriculum, so that the child can meet the educational standards within the jurisdiction of the [school district] that apply to all children."
34 CFR Sec. 300.39

Why is Specially Designed Instruction Important?

Specially designed instruction is the linchpin of special education services.When delivered appropriately in alignment with a student's Individualized Education Program (IEP), SDI allows students with disabilities an opportunity to succeed in the classroom and ultimately achieve positive post school outcomes. The implementation of SDI can be difficult to achieve especially in general education classrooms.

What are the challenges in implementing SDI effectively?

Each school district faces different barriers and challenges to implementing SDI effectively. At Ed21 Consulting Services, we employ a Design Thinking approach to develop solutions.

Please read our Case Study to learn more about our methodology and solutions or view a graphic representation of the Case Study.