Breakout Session

Tuesday Evaluation

How AT Fixed an Accommodations and Mods Problem

A problem for many schools with large Special Education populations

Oscar Wojciechowski-Prill

Technology Director of Lionsgate Academy
12/11/12, 2:25 PM-3:15 PM
Greenway H/I

Imagine that 20 students with Individual Education Plans arrive for your class every period. Each has at least one of nearly 200 different accommodations and modifications you must implement with weekly changes. Come learn how one school wrestled with this situation until a student who needed some help came up with a solution.

This will also be an opportunity to discuss Lionsgate's evolving implementation of streamlined and effective communication between a large staff involving sped teachers, gened teachers, support services, administration, educational assistants (para-professionals) and parents--with limited tech resources.

Links and/or Materials:

Presentation and examples of initial AT and accommodations and modifications solutions implemented at Lionsgate Academy

Information about Lionsgate Academy:

Two internally developed documentaries that give a good idea of how Lionsgate operates:
A Tale of Two Students
Beyond Wonderland

Lionsgate Academy is a public charter school with a mission to serve students with high-functioning autism in their transition years (grades 7 through 12). Our general education teachers, special education teachers, and therapeutic support service staff work collaboratively with our students and families to identify our students’ unique strengths and challenges. We strive to provide a well-rounded education for our students. In many ways, we function like a typical high school with core academic classes (e.g. math, science), elective classes (e.g. drama, art), and after school activities (e.g. music, automotive club, legos club). In addition to this, we have full support services and transitions teams on staff to provide necessary training in areas such as social skills, occupational therapy, speech-language skills, and transition skills (i.e., service learning, home living skills). All of our programs are designed to meet the unique needs of students living with autism spectrum disorders.