What is SDI?

      • In 2018 the IDOE put out a briefing on the importance of SDI, Specially Designed Instruction. In this article they described SDI as:
        The individualized instruction provided to a student receiving special education services. In other words,
        “What does a student need that special education can provide?”

        • SDI is the instruction applied to address academic and functional deficits.
        • SDI is instruction intended to close the academic gap between a student with a disability and peers.
        • SDI is what makes special education “special.”

      SDI IS

        • In addition to core instruction (supplemental)
        • A service or support
        • What an educator/staff/school personnel does
        • Teaching specific skills identified as learning barriers
        • Important features of a program and/or unique instruction 
        • Specific to the student (individualized)
        • Maintaining high expectations and supporting students in the general education setting
        • Promiting independence 
        • Presumed competence 

      SDI is NOT

        • In place of core instruction (supplant)
        • LRE placement 
        • What a student does
        • A restatement of the academic content standards being taught
        • Naming a specific program that replaces a special education services
        • Driven by programs or schedules 
        • Lowering expectations and/or removing students from the general education setting
        • Promoting dependence 
        • Presumed incompetence 

      So many resources, so little time!

      • Stepping into the world of SDI can be daunting! If you find yourself getting lost in all of the options and need a guide, reach out to us at Earlywood. Rachel Herron can help point you in the right direction, rherron@earlywood.org 

        Together we can help you identify the right SDI to support your learner and elevate your practice to the next level! 

      • IDOE SDI "Spread the Word" (2018)
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      • Don't forget GoalBook! Member District Special Educators have memberships to GoalBook. Check out GoalBook today for ideas on how to individualize your SDI for your unique learners. Need help? Just let us know!
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