T.H.E. P.A.C.T.
"The Cure for the Common Core"

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SXSWedu Conference: March 9-12, 2015
Austin, Texas

Bridging the Gap Between General Education & Special Education
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
10:20 AM
Presenters: Phyl T. Macomber, M.S. ATP
Author & Curriculum Strategist
Make A Difference, Inc.
Description: Learn how to provide Universal Design for Learning (UDL) using research-based, instructional lessons to bridge the gap between general education and special education. View real-life success stories of how the largest, multi-district School Administrative Unit (SAU) in New Hampshire is deploying a multi-year initiative to support TRUE COLLABORATION between classroom teachers and special education staff. Step inside these classrooms and see "connect-the-dot" lessons, aligned to the Common Core standards, using interactive learning boards, accessible binder systems, an app instructional system, "come-to-life" floor-based templates, and interactive whiteboards. Get a multitude of ideas of how your teams can work together - making your curriculum planning easier and integrating special education and related services into your classrooms - while providing meaningful inclusion and learning for ALL.

iPACT Lab: Friday, March 27, 2015

The iPACT App System:
The WHAT, WHY & HOW of UDL Instruction & the Common Core
Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Presenter: Phyl T. Macomber
Author & Curriculum Strategist
Make A Difference, Inc.
Description: http://www.aboutthepact.com/training/ & Select the Full-Day Training Tab/iPACT Course Tab
Registration: Contact Liza Rice, Department of Special Education, SAU 29 in Keene, New Hampshire 603-357-9001 Select #5 Voice Option
Training Location: Courtyard Keene Downtown
75 Railroad Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03431
(603) 354-7900
Cost: $149

Clinical Feedback

Lisa Munroe, Classroom Teacher from Keene, New Hampshire, says:

"T.H.E. P.A.C.T. is an amazing tool that is beyond the intended audience of special education. It should be implemented for all students in regular ed classrooms to enhance study skills and gain strategies to be a learner. It is clearly considered to be 'best teaching practices.'"

Mary Holland, Speech-Language Pathologist from AEA 11 in central Iowa, shares:

"Phyl's passion is infectious. Phyl 'walks the walk' and her credibility is very high as she speaks from experience. Phyl's corporation title - Make A Difference, Inc. - says it all!"

Skye Forest, Special Educator from Montpelier, Vermont, comments:

"Each module of T.H.E. P.A.C.T. has been designed with empirical evidence about optimal instruction and learning, and the results are proof positive."

Margaret M. Oliveri, Speech-Language Pathologist from the state of Connecticut, describes:

"Learning about T.H.E. P.A.C.T. gave me new motivation and clearly shows the 'how to do whatever needs to be done' for ALL students in a comprehensive and easy manner."

Stephanie LaRose, Classroom Teacher from Sherwood Park, Alberta, states:

"T.H.E. P.A.C.T. has endless possibilities for ALL students - not just those with disabilities."

Jean Chute, Assistive Technology Coordinator from South Burlington School District in Vermont, explains:

"I listen to and read about technology in education every day. This system makes complete sense for all teachers. This is an excellent example of an instructional method that is necessary for some and good for ALL."

Kim Pier, AT Coordinator & AT Specialist from a school district in Connecticut, describes:

"T.H.E. P.A.C.T. brings differentiated instruction to a great new level!"

Nancy Dalley, Special Ed Teacher from Boise, Idaho, states:

"T.H.E. P.A.C.T. has re-stimulated my commitment to my profession."

Mary Creeden, Speech-Language Pathologist from Montpelier, Vermont, explains:

"I have worked in the public school systems that embraced the full inclusion model for over 20 years. The biggest challenge is adapting curriculum so that all students can be successful leaners as well as successful participants in the classroom. Phyl has it figured out!"

Jane Fetty, Speech-Language Pathologist from Johnston, Iowa, shares:

"I love that Phyl actually works with real students and knows the structure and limitations of the school setting!"

Julie Bassi, Psychologist from Bow, New Hampshire, describes:

"I truly feel that this system is beneficial for regular education instruction - particularly in the area of writing. Phyl, your energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to this project are contagious!"

Alisha Natelle, Special Educator from a school district in Connecticut, shares:

"T.H.E. P.A.C.T. allows us to keep lessons fresh without needing to reinvent the wheel for each concept with consistent and predictable lessons."

Lesley Mc Gilligan, AAC Specialist from Special School District in St. Louis, Missouri, says:

"Phyl's color-coded framework is genius for busy teachers and struggling students. T.H.E. P.A.C.T. just makes good sense!"

Linda Orr, Speech-Language Pathologist, from Bethel, Vermont, explains:

"T.H.E. P.A.C.T. has streamlined the preparation of adapted age-appropriate curriculum materials and allowed for the usage of the same Learn About, Read About, Write About, Talk About presentation formats across the different topic areas. T.H.E.P.A.C.T. is the best!"

Susan Ayers, Speech-Language Pathologist and AT Specialist from southern New England, explains:

"The feature of the program that I find to be the most beneficial is that fact that is melds old forms with new functions to target receptive and expressive language development."

Tamara Tinder, Special Educator from Johnston, Iowa, shares:

"I have used T.H.E. P.A.C.T. and purchased resources on the framework. It has helped me dramatically improve the learning experiences of my students, as well as give my paraeducators and myself a common approach to utilize. I love the simplicity behind T.H.E. P.A.C.T."

Becky Longley, Special Educator from the Hartford Autism Regional Program, remarks:

"Following T.H.E. P.A.C.T. format for designing literacy units has made learning fun for the students and decreased hours of preparation time for me."

Cynthia Gomez, Teacher from Montpelier, Vermont, comments:

"Using T.H.E. P.A.C.T. has brought a new micro-focus to my curriculum planning. I have always known what I want my students to understand, now I know how to get them there."

Jennifer Luckhart, Speech-Language Pathologist from Bridgeport, Connecticut, finds that:

"T.H.E. P.A.C.T. is the answer to your prayers. You'll never wonder 'Hmmm, what should we do today?'"

Rita Astalosch, Regular Education Teacher from the Edmonton, Alberta area, describes:

"I love that I can use the resources that I already have within T.H.E. P.A.C.T. framework!"

Lynette Kaschker, Special Education Teacher from the state of Connecticut, concludes: 'T.H.E. P.A.C.T. is long overdue. It is an empowering tool for those who teach because it is easy, comprehensive, and covers ALL areas."

Pam Galow, Special Education Teacher from Idaho, states:

"You have taken all of the things that those of us in the field do and made it so organized, individualized, and systematic. I LOVE IT. It makes so much sense!"

Michelle Mitchell, Special Education Teacher from western Connecticut, says:

"T.H.E. P.A.C.T. is like the KWL (Know, Want, Learn) chart for effective teaching! It encompasses all the key elements of essential instruction."

Noelle Bellucci, Speech-Language Pathologist from the state of Connecticut, explains:

"T.H.E. P.A.C.T. is a logical way to organize instruction across all language strands and developmental levels."

Matt Girosky, AT Specialist from southern New England, states:

"I work with older students with learning disabilities and the concepts of T.H.E. P.A.C.T. will be effective and a good influence."

Bevin Early, Special Education Teacher from St. Louis, Missouri, describes:

"T.H.E. P.A.C.T. offers incredible ideas for adapting teaching - especially writing - and I appreciate that finally someone has introduced a SYSTEM for instruction."

Stacie Gay, Speech-Language Assistant from Fall Mountain School District in New Hampshire, comments:

"I love it when I am able to witness an 'ah-ha' moment - when teachers and paraprofessionals recognize that T.H.E. P.A.C.T. is exactly what their student needs."

Nancy Farrerr, Special Educator from the State of Idaho, declares:

"This is doable and I CAN DO IT."

Hillary Jellison, AAC Specialist and co-owner of Communicare in western Massachusetts, shares:

"T.H.E. P.A.C.T. is real-life knowledge that is just successful!"

Karen L. Johnson, Speech-Language Pathologist from New England, exclaims:

"T.H.E. P.A.C.T. will revolutionize how I interact with my students! It is so practical and well-organized."

Annette Meier, Special Education Teacher from AEA 8 in Iowa, says:

"T.H.E. P.A.C.T. has been eye opening and mind blowing!"

Noelle Bellucci, Speech-Language Pathologist from the state of Connecticut, suggests:

"T.H.E. P.A.C.T. can be applied to all areas of the curriculum and the repetition of formats will reduce the cognitive demands on the students and the staff."

Maureen C Briggs, Special Education Teacher from New England, describes:

"T.H.E. P.A.C.T. provides multisensory learning in a very teacher-friendly manner. The sequential Learn About, Read About, Write About, and Talk About modules provide the necessary repetition of concepts using various low and high tech tools - it is excellent."

Florelia Baldizon, Speech-Language Pathologist in Connecticut, remarks:

"T.H.E. P.A.C.T. is the (T) hottest (H) example (E) of how to provide strategies and skills to our students based on their individual intelligence through a progressive (P), accessible (A), comprehensive (C), and transferrable (T) framework."

Laurie Giacomazzi, Special Educator in southern New England, shares:

"T.H.E. P.A.C.T. is a great way to make grade level curriculum accessible to all learners."

Nerissa Hall, AAC Specialist and co-owner of Communicare in western Massachusetts, shares:

"With T.H.E. P.A.C.T., you can use the ideas tomorrow!"

Terry Tierney, Speech-Language Pathologist in New England, remarks:

"Phyl is giving us our 'outside of school' life back! No more working late into the evening modifying and creating for every curriculum topic."

Angela Dougher, Special Educator from the Hartford Autism Regional Program, remarks:

"When educators ask me how I adapt curriculum for my intensive needs population, I simply tell them that I use T.H.E. P.A.C.T. Framework. T.H.E. P.A.C.T. is the answer to adapting curriculum. I will never use anything else!"

Cara Leckwold, AAC Specialist from Anchorage, Alaska, finds that:

"T.H.E. P.A.C.T. is an easy framework for adapting any curriculum to any individual using the tools that are already available to you. Learners will have a practical framework to understand new information and communicate their new knowledge. You will have consistent tools to record progress, capitalize on a learner's strengths, and target areas for remediation."

Karen Hrank, Assistive Technology Specialist from North Branch New Jersey, explains:

"By using T.H.E. P.A.C.T., math skills can be improved using consistent learning activities and predictable AT supports for the required methods of drill, practice, and repetition. T.H.E. P.A.C.T. provides a consistent framework for presenting math concepts in a clear, concise format, allowing for varied activities and differentiated learning."

Tammy Carlson, Special Educator from New England, shares:

"I went to bed last night hearing your repeated words ... Learn About, Read About, Write About, and Talk About! T.H.E. P.A.C.T. makes so much sense. I have attended many workshops, but this, I must say, has topped them all!!! Your personal touch to your presentation was exceptional. I loved it. I went to the principal today to personally thank her for helping to make it happen for me to attend. She asked what I thought, and I told her how wonderful it is to attend a training and walk away with GREAT insight."