January 2017
Issue 3
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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

Teaching English Learners with
Learning Disabilities

In Los Angeles Unified School District, approximately 4 out of every 10 students with identified disabilities are also English Learners. How do we find opportunities to address the needs of our students with disabilities who face the added challenge of acquiring a second language? 

Researchers have identified four strategic areas of need which can be addressed to prevent over identification of English Learners as students with disabilities and improve student outcomes: (1) Our professionals need to be equipped with the knowledge of second language development and disabilities; (2) stronger instructional practices need to be implemented; (3) stronger intervention strategies need to be implemented; and (4) appropriate assessment tools need to be utilized (Sánchez, Parker, Akbayin, & McTigue, 2010).

Click on the banner below for helpful hints on how to understand the impact of language differences and disabilities on the learning behaviors of your students. Chapter 6, Tool #2, Considering the Influence of Language Differences and Disability on Learning Behaviors & Tool #5, Selecting Appropriate Accommodation for Students with Disabilities.
How do we increase positive behavior and improve student motivation in our classrooms? One way is through the use of "Gotcha Tokens." Gotcha Tokens is a system where students earn points for showing an expected behavior.  Once the students earn a certain amount of Gotcha Tokens, they can obtain particular rewards.  It is important for the students to learn and know what the behavior expectations look like and sound like in the classroom before implementing this system.  

                    Click on the images to download the tokens and reward menu.

For more strategies visit our Behavior Support site by clicking on the link below.
Using Timers in the Classroom

Timers are reliable little gadgets that can help keep our students and ourselves on track. Ramon A. Sanchez, teacher at Monroe High School, uses a digital timer with his students on a daily basis.  In his Special Day Program (SDP), using a timer helps his students transition into class, stay on task, and keep focused throughout the period.  It is used to give students a specific amount of time to complete tasks and to keep the teacher on track as well. Using a timer is just one of the many ways teachers can build and reinforce structure in the classroom. 


                  Click on the image below to access a free online timer.  
                  To watch how a timer is used in class, click on the link below.  

Do you incorporate the use of a timer in your lessons? If so, please feel free to share your idea with us.  Send ideas to
Integrating the Desmos Online Calculator
Into Math Instruction

The CAASPP Smarter Balanced assessments will now use the Desmos calculator for any calculator-allowable items on the math assessment.
Desmos is a free online calculator resource. Users can use it for standard four-function calculations, algebraic and scientific equations, as well as calculations involving graphing functions.  It is an excellent, free resource that is web-based and usable from any device (e.g., computer, tablet, smartphone) or platform. There’s even a Desmos app available on Apple iTunes and Google Play.

Teachers are encouraged to begin integrating daily opportunities for students to practice their calculations using Desmos.  To use Desmos or download the app, or to explore how to integrate Desmos into your instruction, visit

Click here to view a Powerpoint with additional information.
Click on the image to begin using Desmos.                                      
3rd Annual One Conference
This memo provides school site staff with information and registration instructions for participation in the 3rd Annual One Conference to be held on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at California State University Los Angeles (CSULA). Click here to download Memo-6803.0.
Click on the image below to register. 
LAUSD Accessibility And Accommodations Guidelines For Smarter Balanced Assessments
This Reference Guide provides guidance for schools regarding the Universal Accessibility Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations for Smarter Balanced (SB) and California Alternate Assessment (CAA) tests.  Click on the reference guide below for more information.  

Click on the image to download the flyer.
For further details and more professional development opportunities, click on this link.
Division of Special Education
Los Angeles Unified School District
PreK-12 Instruction Snapshot Archive

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