New Curriculum Products Prepare Students with Special Needs for Success with Real Academic Goals and Assessments
Boardmaker Instructional Solutions - three new curricula for students with special needs
PITTSBURGH (Jan. 28, 2015) – Mayer-Johnson, a Tobii Dynavox company, introduces Boardmaker Instructional Solutions (BIS) during the 2015 ATIA Conference in Orlando, Florida. Available for use by educators, therapists, and parents, BIS are deep curricular programs designed to offer engaging, research-based instruction for students with special needs.
The three new curricula offerings empower achievement in today’s more rigorous educational environment by supporting individual learning needs while raising expectations. Delivered through Boardmaker Online, the solutions give each student, regardless of ability, access to the same content as their peers, and empower educators with the tools and time they need to lead their students to success. Each offering comes with instruction and lesson plans that are easy to implement, support Results-Driven Accountability (RDA) and inspire teachers to feel confident in their everyday instruction.
“At our school, we have struggled to find solutions that are adapted, accessible, academically relevant and aligned to standards," said Sharon Maack-Connolly, assistive technology coordinator at Elim Christian School, a beta test site. "The fact that Boardmaker Instructional Solutions use research-proven instructional strategies and are so easy to master gave me the confidence to recommend them for our students. These products have made our students active learners using age-appropriate content...their success continues to exceed our expectations!”
The new solutions are delivered through the educators’ Boardmaker Online subscription. Initial offerings include:
- Boardmaker Current Events: a weekly news-based educational program that provides rigorous academic instruction in English language arts (ELA) and math that is fully accessible and can be delivered anywhere. With Boardmaker Current Events, educators receive a weekly electronic newspaper highlighting two articles and two topic-based books, along with daily standards-aligned ELA and math lessons with no need for additional prep time.
- Boardmaker Expedition Education: a year-long rigorous academic curriculum that provides students with special needs in grades three and above with the tools needed to become readers, writers and thinkers. Each unit is comprised of two introductory lessons, sixteen subject-specific lessons and reflective culminating activities. Educators receive lesson plans, quick lesson guides and a literacy skills inventory. Boardmaker Expedition Education allows teachers to record performance results within the Boardmaker Online system and link them to IEP goals.
- Boardmaker Book Bridge: a curriculum to helps students with special needs meet the modern academic standards for reading, writing and vocabulary development through grade-level literature. With your choice of 2 grade bands each covering 5 popular books, Book Bridge offers more than 40 lesson sets for students in grades two and three, and more than 70 lesson sets for those in grades four and five. The curriculum also provides more than 70 enrichments texts, vocabulary instruction and culminating quizzes.
“The combination of Boardmaker Online and Boardmaker Instructional Solutions sets this special education tool apart,” said Bob Cunningham, VP of Research & Development for Tobii Dynavox North America. “No other solution on the market offers automatic data tracking, access from anywhere, full accessibility, a powerful tool for adapting your own materials, and rigorous curriculum options.”
The new curricula personalize learning by providing differentiated supports without simplifying what is being taught. Each unique curriculum teaches to a variety of educational standards and can be delivered through a consistent method of instruction. All BIS offerings provide robust vocabulary, language and literacy strategy and build world knowledge while leveraging the power of the Boardmaker Online platform.
For More Information
To learn more about BIS, visit ATIA booth #319 and #423, or visit www.boardmakeronline.com to see videos, view lesson plans, and play sample activities.
Developed by Mayer-Johnson, a Tobii Dynavox company, Boardmaker (@boardmaker) is the go-to solution for providing high-quality, symbol-based learning materials to students with special needs. Over the past 20 years, Boardmaker has been used by over a half million teachers, therapists and parents to support millions of students facing language, literacy, behavior and learning challenges. The system enables these individuals to find, create, organize and deliver Common Core and state-aligned materials to students who need symbols for overcoming speech, language and learning challenges. The Boardmaker Software family supports learning in inclusive or special education classrooms, speech therapy sessions, at home or in the community. The new Boardmaker Online makes this long-trusted solution accessible anytime, anywhere. http://www.boardmakeronline.com
• Kristina Rozenbergs, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x21, firstname.lastname@example.org