November 2016-2017
Issue 2
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Welcome to the PreK-12 Instruction Snapshot, a monthly newsletter for all teachers supporting students with disabilities on the general education/core curriculum.
In this Issue:

1) Instructional Strategy
2) Behavioral Strategy 
3) Online Resource

3) Policy Corner
4) Upcoming Trainings

How Can We Help Our Students Become Better Writers?

Many times our students struggle with synthesizing ideas from a text and transferring them into writing.  One way to support them is by implementing a strategy called Short Constructed Analytical Response or SCAR.  With the framed paragraph, students are directed to determine the importance of a text and summarize it.  Students can first verbally complete their ideas and then transfer them into writing or vice versa.

Here is a simple way to help students reach the sky with their writing skills.

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Brain Breaks
Students sit a long time at school and are expected to have a good attention span.  The reality is that many of our students are not able to fulfill these expectations and may need “brain breaks”.  What are brain breaks?  Brain breaks are short and quick moments with some type of physical activity.  The small motor-type movements can be integrated throughout a school day.  A “brain break” gives students a chance to refocus and it allows blood to flow to the brain and re-energize it.  Here is an example of a brain break.  The listed “brain break” is called Let’s Make Some Music.  Here is how it works:
  1. Say, “sit up straight in your seats”.
  2. Say, “rub your hands together”.
  3. Say, “snap your fingers”.
  4. Say, “stomp your feet”.
  5. Say, “clap your hands”.  
Repeat two or three times and have fun with it!
Do you incorporate brain breaks into your student’s day?  If so, please feel free to share your idea with us.  Send ideas to
For more information, click on the picture below.
Bookshare® is the world’s largest accessible online library for people with print disabilities. Thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Bookshare is free for all qualified U.S. students. 

In order for a student to become a Bookshare® member, a simple online application can be submitted to confirm that he/she has a print disability that severely inhibits or prevents him/her from reading traditional print materials. 

To sign up, click on the link below:

Click on the memo for more information on Secondary Learning Centers.
Development and Implementation of a
Learning Center at the Secondary Level
  • What is a Learning Center? A designated classroom or set of classrooms where general and special education teachers provide targeted instructional services to students. All secondary schools are required to develop a Learning Center.
  • What is the purpose of a Learning Center? The purpose of the secondary Learning Center is to provide students with disabilities with supplementary, direct instructional services in content, learning strategies, and progress monitoring in academics, transition, or social communication skills.
  • What type of instruction is provided in the Learning Center? Instruction in the Learning Center must be based on students’ needs in the general education program.
Included are examples of how some of our Middle School Teachers have organized their Learning Centers.  
December 5 or 6, 2016 (8am-12pm)
Each secondary school is invited to send a team (General Education/Special Education Teachers & Administrators) to this half-day workshop with Common Core Math expert, Dr. John Woodward. Schools can select either Monday, 12/5 or Tuesday, 12/6 for the workshop (schools must arrange and fund any substitute coverage). Deadline to register is Thursday, December 1st at 5:00pm at
Division of Special Education
Los Angeles Unified School District
PreK-12 Instruction Snapshot Archive

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