Increasing the Effectiveness of Teaching the Common Core Standards for Students with Severe Cognitive Disabilities: A Professional Development Study
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This Action Research/Professional Development Study looks at the Common Core State Standards through the lens of Special Education and attempts to find a way to successfully integrate the standards into the academic needs of students with severe cognitive disabilities. The literature review shows a constant tension between administrative requirements and the difficulties of integrating grade level standards into the academic lives of students that are not at grade level. Through personal reflection, the writer critically reviews the information and applies it to personal experience to find a balance between the needs of the students, the administrative needs of the teacher, and the realities of working with this student population.