Using Systematic Instruction to Teach Grade Aligned ELA to Students with Moderate/Severe ID and ASDPamela Mims, Ph.D. and Ginevra Courtade, Ph.D.
Students with intellectual disabilities and autism have been underexposed to grade aligned English/Language Arts (ELA) content, including literacy. This session highlights research to guide participants practice in implementing meaningful grade aligned ELA content such as vocabulary, opinion writing, comprehension of fiction and nonfiction text, and student led research for students with low incidence disabilities. A presentation of evidence-based practices such as the use of technology, grade aligned adapted fiction and nonfiction text, systematic instruction, and data based decisions will be featured.
Speaker Bios: Dr. Pamela Mims
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; Supervisors/ Administrators; Assistive Technology Specialists; School Counselors; School Psychologists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals
is the Associate Dean of Research and Grants as well as Associate Professor of Special Education in the College of Education at East Tennessee State University. She received her PhD in Special Education from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to her time in academia, Dr. Mims served as a teacher for students with severe, multiple disabilities for 7 years. Her areas of interest/research include: students with significant intellectual disability and autism, access to the general curriculum, and systematic instruction. Dr. Mims has numerous publications including peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and curriculum on the topics of systematic instruction and access to the general curriculum for students with significant disabilities. She has spent extensive time writing extended content standards for state departments of education, as well as training educators and administrators on alternate assessments within the United States. She recently served as the Principal Investigator on an IES SBIR Research Grant, Access: Language Arts. which focused on developing and researching technology supports for access to grade aligned language arts for students with low incidence disabilities. Dr. Mims continues to conduct research and provide professional development nationally and internationally.
Ginevra R. Courtade
is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Special Education at the University of Louisville. Dr. Courtade has worked in the field of moderate to severe disabilities for 20 years. Her work focuses specifically on teaching academics to students with moderate to severe disabilities and preparing teachers to instruct students in the general education curriculum using evidence-based practices. She has numerous publications to her credit, including Early Literacy Skills Builder, Teaching to Standards: Science, Aligning IEPs to the State Standards, and 6 Successful Strategies for Teaching State Standards to Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities.
Dr. Courtade received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, her master’s degree in special education from D’Youville College, and her doctoral degree in special education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to her current position, Dr. Courtade spent two years at West Virginia University, where she served as an assistant professor in special education.
Currently, Dr. Courtade works closely with the Kentucky Department of Education to provide training and support to new teachers of students with moderate to severe disabilities. She also trains teachers nationally to implement academic curricula for their students.