The online information consists of several areas, such as (1) Behavior
Management and Social Skills, (2) Effective Teaching, (3)
The IEP and Legal Issues; (4) General Curricula: Beginning
Reading; (5) Multiple and Severe Disabilities, and (6) General
Curricula: Mathematics. The latter areas are less developed, and
all areas are reviewed and revised on an ongoing basis to maintain current
information. Each area has four components: (1) a glossary of terms
and links, (2) programs and interventions, (3) staff development activities,
and (4) resources.
Searching for Information
The information on this website can be used in a number of ways. A.
Use the Search Button. The academy homepage has a search button on the
bottom left side. Enter the term of topic in the window above the search
button. B. Use the glossaries. If, for example, you have a question
on a concept or a term, you should look for the most relevant area.
If the question you have relates to a concept in beginning reading,
turn to the staff development area, "General Curricula: Beginning
Reading," and put the cursor on the button for "Glossary Terms
and Links." If the concept is automaticity, the "Glossary"
supplies a brief description of the term, and in many cases, supplies
a link that provides in-depth information. In the case of automaticity,
you are referred to the Texas Education Agency Staff Development Guide,
to the section on "Reading Fluency." This information resource
is also stored under the "Resource" button, on the same page
as the "Glossary" button. The "Programs and Interventions"
button in each staff development area provides links to specific teaching
and assessment tools. The "Resources" button provides resource
documents that identify effective practices, and in some cases, state
and federal regulatory information needed by practitioners.
Formal Staff Development Experiences
You may use the On-line Academy site as a part of a more formal staff
development experience. In such cases, you will be supported by an On-line
Mentor, a school district staff development specialist, or a university
instructor. The staff development activities button opens a series of
staff development modules. In some cases the modules can be completed
relatively independently. In other cases, the modules will require access
to a public school classroom in order to apply selected effective teaching
practices, or the module may require discussions with mentors, instructors,
and other participants in the staff development experience. Staff development
activities completed by the Teacher and approved by the school district
can be entered on a Teachers transcript maintained by the Utah State
Office of Education. - see CACTUS
Behavior Management | Effective Teaching | IEP & Legal Issues
Beginning Reading | Multiple &
Severe Disabilities | Mathematics
Language Arts | Leadership