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Expanded Skills

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The purpose of the Expanded Skills Standards* for students who are D/HH is to enable them to apply concepts, knowledge, and skills related to their individual hearing levels in educational, home, community, or employment settings. These standards are designed for students who require specially designed instruction to address the unique needs resulting from their individual hearing levels and communication needs. Instruction in these identified needs promotes student success in standards-based instruction. Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (ToDHHs) are key IEP team members and play a critical role in developing these skill sets among students in this population. This instruction is provided in a variety of settings and may be delivered in student specific communication modalities (for example, American Sign Language, Cued Speech, spoken language, and/or sign-supported English).

*In order to teach the Expanded Skills course(s) a teacher must have a Florida teacher certification in the area of Deaf or Hard of Hearing (K-12).

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Expanded Skills CoP

RMTC-D/HH will be hosting a community of practice (CoP) professional development opportunity that will allow Florida ToDHHs to collaboratively investigate a variety of resources to teach Expanded Skills standards to students who are DHH on their caseload. It will be a forum to learn more about the expanded skills standards, recommended curriculum, how to utilize them via specially designed instruction, and progress monitor the skills taught. Through this study, the team will collaborate to make the RMTC-D/HH Expanded Skills Year-Long Course Map a robust interactive resource for Florida teachers when planning instruction for students who are D/HH. In addition, teachers will create model lesson plans to be spotlighted for Florida teachers. Upon completion of this CoP,  teachers will have a bank of lesson plans by standard on the course map.


Expanded Skills Lesson Plans

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