16. Dynamic Learning Maps® to Promote Instruction for Students Who Qualify for Alternate Assessment

Speakers: Alicia Cuttle, Susan Lefeber, and Christa Reida

Session Description:
Each day, professionals are presented with a barrage of online information – emails, newsletters, advertisements about curriculum and resources, and more. It can be overwhelming to know which resources are key to delivering English Language Arts, mathematics, and science standards. Teachers of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities may experience greater challenges identifying resources and delivering accessible standards and content. In 2020, the PA Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education (BSE) adopted a new assessment system that includes key resources for teachers of students with significant cognitive disabilities. Join the BSE and Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) as the team provides a ‘walk through’ of content, instructional resources, and assessment tools that can help with planning, teaching, and assessing.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA, Psych
Audience: Special Education Teachers, teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired, teachers who work with students with hearing loss, teachers who work with students who are deaf-blind, teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained a traumatic brain injury, speech therapists, general education teachers, supervisor/administrators, assistive technology specialists, school counselor and/or school psychologist, parents, guardians, family members, paraprofessionals

Speaker Bios:
Ms. Cuttle joined DLM in 2020 having previously worked for Measured Progress based in Dover, New Hampshire for just over 16 years. She oversaw a portfolio of large-scale alternate assessment programs, leading teams to ensure effective implementation, administration, training, and scoring and reporting. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), holds a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University.

Ms. LeFeber is a Research Project Manager Lead for ATLAS and prior to joining DLM in 2020, oversaw multi- state contracts for licensure and certification as well as K–12 large-scale general and alternate assessment programs. LeFeber holds a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.

Ms. Reida previously worked with the Inclusive Large Scale Standards and Assessment Group (ILSSA) at the University of Kentucky for seven years. While at ILSSA, she worked to develop, administer, and score alternate assessments. Before entering the alternate assessment field, Reida worked as a middle school and high school teacher in science, math, and physical education in Kansas and then in California. She holds a Bachelor of Science in education from Pittsburg State University.

Website: https://dynamiclearningmaps.org/