Closing the GAP

Closing the Gap refers to an initiative officially titled: Closing the Special Education/General Education Gap: an uncommon approach to the Common Core.

With initial funding from the NEA Great Public Schools Fund, we are building a system of supports to facilitate school transformation with the goal of making general education classrooms more accessible to special populations, and in the process, to improving instruction and learning outcomes for all students.

We are guided by a vision of schooling whereby:

  • Each student is engaged in learning experiences referenced to common standards, but responsive to their unique gifts and needs.
  • Learning activities are designed, facilitated, and assessed by highly qualified educators who know each and every student (and their families).
  • Laying the groundwork for an accountability system that’s primary purpose is to inform practice, while protecting the privacy of individual students.

We are currently working with three focus sites in Washington state (Mt. Vernon, Battleground, and Renton) in an effort to develop the curricula, procedures, and technology to facilitate the necessary transformation.

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