Academics

Girl ComputerAll of our students have unique needs and every effort is made to provide a full educational program that meets those needs according to the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Using the principles of Applied behavior Analysis (ABA), our staff work hard to understand each student’s individual strengths and weaknesses through careful assessment of academic and behavior skills. Instruction is then designed and implemented on a daily basis. Using a data-based decision making model, educational programs are modified and/or changed to ensure student progress. Our goal is to help students achieve academic and behavioral success, while at the same time gaining a full understanding of the learning process and taking pride in their accomplishments each and every day they come to school at the IPPI Learning Academy.


Direct Instruction

“Direct Instruction (DI) is a model for teaching that emphasizes well-developed and carefully planned lessons designed around small learning increments and clearly defined and prescribed teaching tasks. It is based on the theory that clear instruction eliminating misinterpretations can greatly improve and accelerate learning.” (NFDI, 2012)

Direct Instruction explicitly teaches skills students need to progress from basic skills and concepts to more complex and sophisticated ones.

Examples of programs we use:

  • Reading Mastery
  • Connecting Math Concepts
  • Language For Learning

Precision Teaching

Precision Teaching, developed by O.R. Lindsley, is a measurement system designed for teachers to closely monitor student performance in a variety of areas using a Standard Celeration Chart. The 5 steps to Precision Teaching include:

  • Determine the skill to be taught (pinpoint)
  • Set up procedures for the student to practice the skill
  • Time the student’s performance and count the frequency
  • Chart the performance on the Standard Celeration Chart
  • Review trends and make instructional decisions to improve progress

*Citation: Lindsley, O. R. (1990). Precision Teaching: By teachers for children. Teaching Exceptional Children, 22, 10-15

Monitoring & Assessment

Benchmark assessments in reading, math, and writing (3 times per year) Curriculum Based Measurement (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly) Standard measures:

  • Oral Reading Fluency
  • Math computation
  • Math concepts and application
  • Writing Prompts

Curriculum Based Assessment (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly)

  • Assessment probes taken directly from curricula

Precision Teaching (daily)

Examples:

  • See/say words in isolation
  • Think/write numbers