Tools to support UDL in Elementary Schools were purchased with ARRA funds in the summer of 2011
- By whom are these materials intended to be used?
- My school did not get enough math kits. What should we do ?
- How many math kits was my school designated to receive?
- We’d like to order more math kits. How can we do this?
- Our math kits are missing the fraction circles and the balances.
- We need more fraction circles. How do we get them?
- My school didn’t get any ELMOs. Why not?
- How many ELMOs should my school have received?
- My school didn’t get any Playaways. Why not?
- When should the Playaways be delivered to my school?
- What is the password for Accessible Book Collection?
- I went to the Accessible Book Collection website, but I can’t figure out how to read a book.
- How do I register students with Accessible Book Collection?
- How was the administration notified about these materials?
All of the materials purchased with ARRA funds were earmarked to support ALL students through a Universal Design for Learning approach. The funds were administered through the department of special education, however, they were not intended to be reserved for the use of special education students only. Therefore, the materials should be distributed or shared by general and special education staff to support all students in the school building. The needs of the students should be the primary driver in sharing the materials among teachers.
The formula for how many kits a school would receive was based on enrollment. We would have liked to have had 1 kit per 2 classrooms, but there wasn’t enough money to make that happen. The manipulatives range in level for all grades, but there is no problem with a school deciding to take the angle viewers (for example) and such out of the kits and redistributing them to the higher grades. The hope is that upon having a chance to these manipulatives that support the principles of UDL, schools will find other funding sources to purchase more as needed. [back to top]
1 kit per approximately 66 students based on the November 2010 enrollment. If you’d like to know the exact number ordered for your school, please email Linda Wilson. [back to top]
Fraction circles and balances were not purchased as part of the math kits. The kits were designed to supplement materials that are already expected to be in schools based on the recommendations of the math curriculum guides since 2001. [back to top]
First check your closets. Fraction circles are already in most school buildings. Fraction circles are available from several vendors including Nasco and Lakeshore. The circle shape in the die cutter that most schools have will also create a circle that fits nicely into the Equivalency Rings. You can then laminate and cut the circles into the appropriate fractions as desired. [back to top]
Schools were surveyed at the beginning of 2011. Equipment was ordered for each school that had 3 or fewer ELMOs at that time. The intent was to make it possible for all elementary school teachers have a chance to use ELMOs and experience how they benefit instruction. The hope is that schools will devise a plan to share the limited resources as sensibly as possible and look for other funding sources to purchase more. [back to top]
If your school had no elmos at the beginning of 2011, then you should have received 4 ELMOs with LCD projectors. If you had 1 ELMO, you should have received 3. If you had 2 ELMOs you should have received 2, and if you had 3 ELMOs, you should have received 1. Your media specialist was emailed in June with the exact number ordered for your school. You may also contact Linda Wilson to find out how many were ordered. [back to top]
Only elementary schools that serve students in grade 3-5 were given Playaways. [back to top]
The week of September 5th. [back to top]
Login information was emailed to elementary resource teachers during the preservice week. All of the information (other than the login and password) is also posted on the ABC Quick Guides Page. [back to top]
The Accessible Book Collection website is a repository of digital text (with pictures) of books that students might be reading in school. You may download a book from ABC as an alternative to scanning the book or requesting it from the Speri Silverman. The format of the books you download is generic, so you don’t need to use Kurzweil – you can use Natural Reader, WordQ or any other text reader software to have it read. For more information on downloading books, see the ABC Quick Guides Page. [back to top]
There is no formal registration process. You just need to keep a list of eligible students at your school. See Information for the resource teacher (131k pdf).
Elementary principals were notified at the March 4, 2011 Curriculum Update Meeting.
Updated August 29, 2011 | Maintained by by Linda Wilson