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

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    • Susan Gill
      Assistive Technology, Secondary Transition, Project MAX
    • Natalie Sokol
      Assistive Technology, Autism, Project MAX
    • Tracy Ficca
      Leadership, PDE Annual Conference, Project MAX
    • Marcia Thomas
      Inclusive Practices, Students with Complex Support Needs, Project MAX
    • Rick Creech
      Assistive Technology, Secondary Transition, Project MAX
    • Lynn Fox
      Assistive Technology, Deaf-Blind, Blind/Visual Impairment (VI), Students with Complex Support Needs, Project MAX
    • Paula Schmitt
      Leadership, Secondary Transition, Inclusive Practices, Project MAX, Procedural Safeguards
    • Jacqui DiDomenico
      Leadership, Family Engagement, Project MAX
    • Jacki Lyster
      Leadership, Secondary Transition, Project MAX
    • Jeanie Hertzler
      Reading, Project MAX, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS/RtII)
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