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A name that SAYS IT ALL It could be said that every student is unique. But as an educator who’s responsible for students with disabilities, you know the true definition of a unique learner—and all the support that’s required to help those with complex learning needs achieve their full potential. Meeting all the demands of your students is a superhuman task. Differentiating lesson plans to reach students with diverse cognitive abilities…complying with all state standards and ESSA regulations… addressing social-emotional needs… grouping and classroom management…tracking data and OUR SHARED MISSION POSITIVE OUTCOMES monitoring progress…coordinating care with specialists and paraprofessionals… IEP reporting…and so much more. for Unique Learners A solution that DOES IT ALL Like you, our top priority at n2y is helping every student There is one award-winning, standards-based, classroom-ready reach their full potential. It’s our mission to enrich the lives of system that supports every aspect of your instruction students with unique learning needs and those who serve them, and so you can focus on the human part of your job—the very we place the highest value on your time and efforts as you work every day reason you chose this path—teaching and nurturing your toward positive outcomes for your students. To this end, our award-winning students, ensuring that they participate and make meaningful Unique Learning System is changing the lives of teachers, administrators, progress in your program: n2y’s Unique Learning System. students and caregivers in classrooms all across the country. 1
SIMPLIFYING a complex school day for TEACHERS SIMPLIFY PREPARATION AND PLANNING Imagine a teacher starting the school day without the rush to create Daily, weekly and monthly lesson plans materials for multiple levels of learners…prepared to provide every display instructional targets for each themed student with access to the general education curriculum…knowing activity, instructional routines, learning goals what standards that day’s lessons will address—and how…and having and academic vocabulary. Additionally, the clear insight into every student’s needs and learning level to ensure Teacher Dashboard and its exportable lesson meaningful progress. plans show alignment of lessons to your state's extended standards. This can be your reality with the powerful Teacher Dashboard. ENSURE IDEAL PACING AND CONTENT MASTERY Up to 30 dynamic, thematic lessons per unit— comprehensive standards-based ELA, math, social studies and science content across six grade bands from Pre-K through transition include recommended monthly pacing to keep you on track for covering all the standards. 2 3
EMPOWER CAREGIVER BOOST INVOLVEMENT MOTIVATION, AND STUDENT ENGAGEMENT INDEPENDENCE AND PROGRESS Customizable letters to Differentiation of every assignment parents, newsletter writing for three levels is built into each activities, suggested books day’s lessons and activities. and word study lists all help to strengthen the school- to-home connection and engage families in their child's learning. YOUR CLASS, YOUR WAY Unique Learning System’s powerful online platform gives teachers full flexibility in how they deliver their instruction. Open lessons with one click from the daily lesson planner, then display content on whiteboards, ENHANCE OUTCOMES computers or tablets, and interact with students in THROUGH PERSONALIZED whole-group, small-group, or individual settings. Choose each day from a range of stimulating INSTRUCTION instructional options including text read-alouds, Real-time 1:1 connection to the Student interactive online tasks, hands-on activities, View enables you to monitor each student’s experiments and crafts. And provide multiple progress and participation in the day’s lessons opportunities for students to show what they and provide needed supports. know, including text to speech, drag and drop, auditory-visual supports, and much more. REINFORCE PRACTICAL LIFE AND TRANSITION SKILLS Beginning at the preschool grade band core lessons integrate practical transition and life skills to start students on the path to independence. 4 5
ENHANCING STUDENTS’ ACCESS DIFFERENTIATED, AGE-RESPECTFUL MATERIALS EMPOWER ACCESSIBLE LEARNING to help them participate, learn and grow Our unique lesson structure enables you to include all students—with different levels of ability and need—in the same lesson, while addressing extended Unique Learning System empowers students to chart their own course for academic standards for three concurrent grade levels. progress with quick access to customized lessons and materials differentiated for their level. This enables every student to participate in rigorous daily standards-based instruction. The Student View puts students on the path to success with a range of supports, including: Create each student’s profile in the GPS, and receive an automatically generated differentiation level • Simplified login for easier access • Tailored student preference settings for instructional support, and a detailed report of and time management • Secure server technology that keeps present levels of performance. • Direct connection to the teacher data safe and uncompromised • Empowered independence through • 1:1 technology an individualized home screen Help students keep pace with their general education peers with rigorous, differentiated lessons providing access to your state’s extended standards. Content is aligned to the general education curriculum for all core subjects across six grade bands. Support the needs of every learner with the embedded evidence-based teaching strategies, Skills Tracking, and alignment documents that match lessons to targeted standards. Reach learners at all ability levels with differentiated tasks, clearly defined in three levels for each standard’s aligned lesson activity, allowing students to learn and demonstrate knowledge at an appropriate 6 level of understanding. 7
EMPOWERING ADMINISTRATORS and the full team for success Whether you’re an administrator, teacher, specialist, paraprofessional or family/caregiver, Unique Learning System helps you work efficiently as a team member to meet your ultimate goal: providing every student with meaningful access to the general education curriculum. ADMINISTRATORS Administrators can oversee implementation and support their school or district’s positive outcomes with clear insights into staffing performance and student progress. Easy access to data and customizable reporting offers overviews of the district, school, grade-band, or individual student view to support decision making on professional development, resourcing or additional support needs. MOTIVATING A LOVE OF LEARNING TEACHERS Teachers prepare, deliver and assess ACCESSIBLE CONTENT across the curriculum instruction with ease, regaining valuable time to focus on helping every student achieve. Save added time with automatic progress monitoring of With research guiding our work every step of the way, Unique Learning individual IEP goals and documentation of standards compliance. System brings you the most comprehensive, evidence-based content and instructional support available for your special education program. CLASSROOM SPECIALISTS FAMILIES & CAREGIVERS From one easy-to-navigate platform, deliver differentiated lessons and Classroom specialists work Families and caregivers have activities aligned with both national standards and your state’s extended more efficiently, offering resources and insight to standards for complete programs across the curriculum—ELA, math, students just-in-time provide the much-needed science and social studies, as well as comprehensive transition coverage. support to reinforce skills. support at home. 8 9
Advancing Literacy GUIDED READING AND DIFFERENTIATED LESSONS A COMPLETE READING PROGRAM BUILD SKILLS Scaffolded lessons differentiated for three levels Motivate your students to develop a love for reading with meaningful, age-respectful and of ability allow students to begin at their level, developmentally appropriate lessons. Unique Learning System includes the vital pillars of a then move up to more challenging content with comprehensive reading program within each of its grade bands—preschool through transition. repeated exposure to: • High-frequency words • Vocabulary and key concepts • Phonics/early reading instruction • Authentic literature • Nonfiction, informational text • Thematic units that cover a full range of reading and ELA standards n2y LIBRARY ENHANCES AND EXTENDS LEARNING MONTHLY ELA INSTRUCTION COVERS The n2y Library can be used as a GRADE-LEVEL EXTENDED STANDARDS complement to Unique Learning Lessons in each monthly unit provide seamless, consistent access to your state’s ELA extended System’s complete reading program, or standards, allowing you to effectively target standards-based goals on a student's IEP. as a fully independent guided reading resource. Extend learning, support classroom instruction, or encourage • Phonological Awareness • Fluency home engagement with a searchable • Comprehension • Range and Text Complexity collection of more than 1,000 leveled books covering a wide range of topics • Phonics • Key Ideas and Details and interests. You and your students • Vocabulary • Print Concepts can interact with books online using text-to-speech, highlighting and • Word Recognition • Craft and Structure accessibility settings. 10 • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas • Production and Distribution of Writing 11
Building Fluency A COMPLETE MATH PROGRAM Unique Learning System’s proven math program helps students build foundational math skills and concept mastery before moving on to more advanced course areas such as high school math, algebra and geometry. MONTHLY DIFFERENTIATED MATH LESSONS COVER STATE EXTENDED STANDARDS Consistent, differentiated monthly lessons in Unique Learning System covering individual states’ extended standards allow you to effectively target skills for standards-based goals on a student's IEP. Topic areas include: • One-to-one • Measurement • Telling time correspondence • Graphing • Algebra • Number sense DYNAMIC MATH CREATES DATA-DRIVEN INSTRUCTION SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES POSITIONS STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS This supportive approach, delivered in conjunction with Unique Learning System’s highly interactive Dynamic Math solution, creates a specialized environment Coming in 2019! With each completed that cultivates positive, personalized results. Dynamic Math saves planning lesson assignment, Unique Learning System time, supports classroom management and provides extra practice problems automatically saves student answers to enhance to aid in measuring your students’ math skills. Simply identify the skills each reporting and support responsive instruction and student needs to practice and Dynamic Math’s expansive collection of problems administrative decision making. Captured data creates targeted, on-demand practice in addition, subtraction, multiplication and may include accuracy, responsiveness, and rate division—providing all the reinforcement that’s needed to master the concept! of completion. 12 13
Expanding the Content Areas PROVIDE AN UNDERSTANDING OF ACCESS TO COMPLETE SCIENCE THE NATURAL WORLD & SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARDS n2y’s science courses for intermediate, middle and high school help students meet the rigor outlined in the Next Integrating standards-based science and social studies lessons using Unique Learning Generation Science Standards. Along System’s evidence-based delivery provides districts and schools with the most complete with standards-based content, teaching and flexible special education instructional option available. From the preschool through resources and supplemental tools high school grade bands, month-long units with science- and social studies-based themes support access to general education cover the general education standards in a three-year cycle. Monthly lessons in ELA, math science standards through your state’s and writing also support the science or social studies theme to improve skill retention. extended science standards. • Earth and Space Science • Life Science (Biology) ON-DEMAND • Physical Science COURSES FOR UPPER GRADE HELP STUDENTS ACCESS BANDS GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES Differentiated science and n2y’s social studies courses for middle and social studies courses at the high school offer consistent coverage of the intermediate through high school National Social Studies Standards, providing levels are accessible on demand, depth and perspective to the events that giving teachers the flexibility helped shape history. Along with standards- to integrate these subjects as based content, teaching resources and needed—to pace with general supplemental tools support access to general education, match district pacing education social studies standards through guidelines or fulfill accessible your state’s extended social studies standards. course requirements. Teachers • U.S. History using these weeklong courses can cover all standards-based • World History instructional targets in the course of a year. All courses include a • Civics/Government book, comprehension questions • Geography and interactive activities. • Economics 14 15
Setting a Course for Independence TRANSITION SKILLS With a goal of preparing every student for independence The assessment results in a and success in life beyond the classroom, Unique Learning comprehensive planning tool to aid System integrates transition learning skills throughout the with future goal setting. Guided by six grade bands, beginning at preschool. At the post-high these core rubrics, students gain school level, a dedicated transition band provides students the confidence to conquer the skills with a realistic setting for engaging the skills necessary to necessary to meet those goals: develop expectations for their futures. • Current Status THIS IS ME NOW • Preferences THIS IS WHAT I LIKE • Abilities and Challenges THIS IS WHAT I CAN DO TRANSITION PLANNING PUTS STUDENTS IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT An important inventory feature for the middle school, THE TRANSITION PASSPORT high school and transition age levels, Transition Planning SUPPORTS PERSONALIZED helps educators guide students down the path toward FUTURE PLANNING independence with future planning that meets real-world expectations for employment, daily living needs and Giving students further ownership of the community awareness. transition process, a Transition Passport helps them create a personal collection of supporting To ensure progress, students complete the Transition documents—a binder of evaluations, guides and Planning Assessment—a battery of five key skill areas: supports that travel with each student through • Vocational/ • Community the transition grade band to create a post- Employability graduate takeaway resource. • Personal Life • Daily Living 16 • Lifelong Learning 17
Setting Goals, Monitoring Progress and DELIVERING SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES With a wide diversity of learning preferences and skills, it can be challenging to accurately assess and measure educational progress in students who have complex learning needs. Educators using Unique Learning System have the support of Goals, Preferences, Skills (GPS), a powerful data collection and assessment center designed specifically to guide and advance unique learners on their instructional path. Use GPS to determine each student’s present level of performance, develop standards-based Individualized Educational Program (IEP) goals and much more. DRIVING OUTCOMES WITH TRUSTED DATA From Goals to Turning Assessments into MEANINGFUL INSIGHTS AND RESULTS PROGRESS No instructional program is complete without Grade Band: Middle School Unit Target: Life Science Unit Topic: What Is an Ecosystem? Unit 10 Unique GPS Level 1 Checkpoints the assessments and reliable data to demonstrate Supporting IEPs and instructional decisions with ongoing data— results and, more important, student progress. Unique Learning System Monthly Checkpoints are designed as a pre- and post-assessment of knowledge and skills presented in each monthly unit. This tool is presented in a screening assessment format with a sampling of questions that may assist teachers in identifying instructional goals, as well as monitoring a level of growth, following instruction. ULS Monthly Checkpoints are designed specifically for the grade level band and for the content that is presented in the unit materials. They include a graduated set of performance questions based on common question formats, which are Each assessment in GPS—modified to accurately presented to students for a response. and the expertise to interpret that data—is key to enabling Monthly Checkpoints Quick Start Suggested Administration Level Online administration is highly recommended, however ● Level 1 Checkpoints are recommended for Scoring and Results Level 1 Checkpoints receive 2 composite scores; one measuring responsiveness and one capture present skill levels and guide individual a printable version of this assessment is also available. ● Pre-test, prior to beginning unit instruction, will students with the most significant disabilities and who have a suggested measuring accuracy. ● Responsiveness composite score (12 points): provides a percentage of test items meaningful progress. With consistent, reliable resources for goal provide a measure of the students’ background differentiated task level of 1. with responses, and measures improvement in students’ active response mode. knowledge and previous learning. ● Accuracy composite score (12 points): measures accuracy in answering question ● Post-test will show what the students have forms. instruction—is designed to meet a specified skill learned at the end of the unit instruction. ● A test history graph is provided to measure monthly growth from pre- to post-test. ● A Skills Analysis provides a view of performance by question type. ● An itemized Score Summary may be viewed to analyze student performance for each setting, progress monitoring and reporting, Unique Learning System question answered. and standard. This design promotes the inclusion Directions for Administration ● Click on Monthly Checkpoints button from the student’s GPS page. ● Click on Administer Checkpoint. ● Select the month you are testing. ● Select the test you wish to administer. guides special educators every step of the way as they start their of ALL students in a standards-based curriculum. ● Select Pre- or Post-test version. ● Select administration type. ● Review your selections. If correct, click Run Test. To download the printable version, click the PDF icon in the Related Materials tab at the bottom of the page. Once test is completed, click Run Test and insert answers. An Administration Guide supports teachers with the ● Please note: once initiated, the test must be completed for the scores to save properly. students on a path to lifelong learning and independence. ● Each question has three answer choices. Read the question aloud to the student and look for a response. Responses may be given verbally, by pointing or by using other modes that are particular to the student. The administrator of the assessment can click the selected response. Some students may also be able to directly select an answer choice. ● Item questions are visible at the bottom of each screen page for the test administrator. This feature may be turned off or on by selecting Hide/Show directions, located above the item questions. rationale for each assessment as well as instructions ● Item questions can also be found within this general instructions document when administering the test offline. This assessment is not intended for independent completion by the student. Questions should be administered by a teacher or staff member. ● Provide students’ personal accommodations and modifications to the assessment in order to facilitate a measure of each student’s knowledge and skills. ● All questions in each Monthly Checkpoint section can be administered. A student’s lack of response (after their identified wait time) can be recorded by selecting No Response. for administering, scoring guidance and more. ● At the end of each assessment, the student’s score will be viewed and saved. ● A notes box is also provided at the end of the assessment where prompting types and levels, or other related information, may be described. Copyright © 2018 n2y, LLC. All rights reserved. MIDDLE, Unit 10, Life Science, What Is an Ecosystem? Unique Learning System®, October 2018 Unique GPS, Level 1 Checkpoints 18 19
BENCHMARK ASSESSMENTS Benchmark Assessments help you gather MAXIMIZE ENGAGEMENT with n2y’s Special Education Solution baseline data and track and monitor progress in targeted skill areas (including reading, writing, math, transition and emerging skills) to promote standards fulfillment. Integrated with Unique Learning System’s high-quality, differentiated content and powerful assessment capabilities, our full array of popular and proven programs further enrich and support all aspects of a successful learning environment: student engagement, communication, literacy and math skills, transition skills, self-regulation and classroom management. News-2-You® delivers world events and CHECKPOINTS breaking news in an age-respectful, standards- Checkpoints provide pre- and post- aligned weekly newspaper that enables all assessment measurements of monthly students to access informational text and take unit content and skills acquisition. part in meaningful discourse. The engaging symbols from our SymbolStix PRIME® database enliven all our programs and support communication with consistent, recognizable visual messaging. L3 Skills™ enables students to practice life and transition skills, as well as core math and literacy skills, in a familiar, engaging online format. And Positivity™, our CORE RUBRICS proactive, strategy-based solution for self- regulation and classroom management, helps Core Rubrics address transition readiness lay the foundation for learning by empowering skills in the areas of employability, emotional control and executive functioning. communication, self-advocacy, daily living and social strategies. Finally, it’s important you deliver your research- based n2y solutions with fidelity to ensure the best outcomes. Whether your district and special education teams prefer on-site or online training, TRANSITION PLANNING each n2y program is backed by best-in-class Professional Development and support, from Transition Planning helps to facilitate implementation courses to solution mastery to future planning for employment, daily living opportunities for certification. needs, community access, and successful independence for middle school, high school 20 and transition-aged students.
I have witnessed how Unique Learning System has helped to change the landscape of instruction for students with moderate to severe disabilities. The introduction of this curriculum has changed the way students are able to access instruction and has changed the way teachers are able to plan, both in single classrooms and collaboratively, in that students are now receiving the same instruction throughout the district. Patricia Juarez ALTERNATE CURRICULUM SUPPORT TEACHER LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, CA Positivity Coming SOON Self-Regulation Unique See for yourself how n2y’s comprehensive, Learning System cost-effective and time-saving total solution Curriculum is transforming the lives of students and the educators who serve them. SymbolStix News-2-You PRIME L³ Skills Literacy and News Communication Support Skills Practice Schedule a demo at n2y.com/demo Professional Development Training and Implementation 800.697.6575 • n2y.com Copyright © 2018 n2y, LLC. All rights reserved.
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