Maximizing Academic Access, Expectations, and Learning

Supports for Educating Students With Complex Instructional Needs

Maximizing Academic Access, Expectations, and Learning

Maximizing Academic Access, Expectations, and Learning (MAX) focuses on building the capacity of Pennsylvania schools and intermediate units (IU) to provide students with complex instructional needs with maximum access to and learning of grade level, general education curriculum based on Pennsylvania Standards.

Previously known as Project MAX, this work was developed based on a State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) awarded to the Pennsylvania Department of Education by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

The goal of MAX is to optimize practice in the following areas: Leadership; Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Least Restrictive Environment; Individual Student Supports; Family and Community Involvement; and Collaboration and Problem Solving.

To achieve this, MAX encompasses the following key features:

• Formalized teaming processes to support systems change
• Standards-Aligned Instruction
• Coaching
• Data-Driven Decision Making

Resources include:
• Practice Profile and Implementation Plan
• Professional development modules
• Instructional coaching tools
• Standards-Aligned Unit Plan

Maximizing Academic Access, Expectations, and Learning
  • May05

    May 25, 2017 Project MAX Institutes of Higher Education 2017 Spring Symposium

    The Project MAX 2017 Spring Symposium will feature implementation results from these six universities. Faculty will present how they adopted, adapted, and infused Project MAX professional development materials into courses and across certification programs. Special education faculty from across the commonwealth are invited to hear how much IHE partner has “maximized” Project MAX for the advancement of their preservice teacher candidates.


  • Susan Gill
    Assistive Technology, Secondary Transition, Project MAX
  • Tracy Ficca
    Leadership, PDE Annual Conference, Project MAX
  • Rick Creech
    Assistive Technology, Secondary Transition, Short Term Loan, Inclusive Practices, Students with Complex Support Needs, Low Incidence
  • Jacqui DiDomenico
    Leadership, Family Engagement, Project MAX
  • Jacki Lyster
    Leadership, Secondary Transition, Project MAX
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