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Susie Lund - Waterloo Community School District

Susie LundThe Iowa Core for our students with the most significant disabilities, called the Essential Elements, has revolutionized teaching and learning for Iowa students. These Iowa Core standards’ reduced depth, breadth and complexity make them accessible for our learners with the most complex needs. Before adopting these Essential Elements, teachers with students with significant disabilities were sometimes challenged to find a link between academics that were relevant for their students, and also aligned with grade level core standards. Now, using the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) and a balanced literacy approach, teachers are able to focus instruction at students’ instructional levels in order to achieve growth in the most functional skill of all: literacy!