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What's So Special About Specially Designed Instruction?

Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) is often a required component of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for a student with a disability, however, few teachers are familiar with what it is or how to do it. The resources in this collection provide an overview to SDI and its related concepts.
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What's So Special About Specially Designed Instruction?
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    Developed by Kentucky Special Education Cooperative, this handbook categorizes and lists a multitude of effective SDI strategies, tools, and materials. This is a good resource to print or bookmark so that your repertoire of Specially Designed Instruction remains varied.
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    specialed.about.com

    Specially Designed Instruction - The Road Map for Services

    6 minute read
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    This About.com article and video combination is a good resource for exploring some of the specific ways in which SDIs are implemented in the classroom. In the brief article, the difference between accommodations and modifications are explained, while the anecdotes in the video provide concrete examples of using Specially Designed Instruction.
  • florida-rti.org
    florida-rti.org

    "What Is “Special” About Special Education?

    Article
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    Florida's Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) packs a lot into a small package! Although it's only four pages long, this overview of Specially Designed Instruction is overflowing with information about how exactly SDI supplements and complements various levels of instructional intervention.
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    p12.nysed.gov

    Guidance Document - Lesson Plan Template - Accessing the Common Core for Students with Disabilities

    7 minute read
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    Although developed for and by the NY State Education Department, this guidance document is general enough to be used by a teacher in any school district, yet specific enough that it provides useful steps and strategies for providing and supporting SDI. In addition, the supplementary materials can be used as-is, or as a template for documenting implementation of Specially Designed Instruction.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    Theateam2015 has shared a great introductory video on Specially Designed Instruction. While the video is short enough to watch during planning time, it is detailed and comprehensive enough to leave you with a general understanding of SDI and related terms and concepts.
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    Tracy Pinkard says:
    This simple, yet informative graphic is one of my favorites for introducing SDI to teachers and parents. It explicitly demonstrates how SDI is related to, and differs from universal and differentiated instruction in an easy-to-understand and easy-to-remember format.
  • auburn.k12.ma.us
    auburn.k12.ma.us

    What Is Specially Designed Instruction?

    8 minute read
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    This brief introduction to Specially Designed Instruction is excellent for special and general education teachers as an overview to the concept. While the article is easy to read, it also explores all of the relevant concepts and processes related to provided SDI in the classroom. This is a great resource for educators, but can also be used to explain SDI to parents.