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SKIP: Secondary Kurzweil 3000 Implementation Project

Roger L. Rachow
Assistive Technology Consultant
Cinda Rachow
School Improvement Consultant
Area Education Agency 13
PO Box 1109
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51502
Phone: (712-366-0503)
Fax: (712) 366-7769
Email: rrachow@aea13.k12.ia.us

This session will provide the nuts and bolts information regarding the implementation of Kurzweil 3000 reading machine software at the secondary level to remove content reading barriers for low end readers and students with learning disabilities or behavioral disorders. This project (SKIP) is an ongoing collaboration project with Kurzweil 3000 and project secondary schools in Iowa. This project was designed to provide reading accommodations that would provide a bridge to allow positive student learning of upper level concepts to students who typically are unable to achieve that level of knowledge due to low reading skills.

This presentation will include a step-by-step plan for implementation of SKIP from single student/secondary classroom to general educators as implementators. The SKIP project currently involves secondary classes of sciences, Social Studies, English, Reading, Intensive Studies, Industrial Arts, and Consumer Math.

There are approximately 350 students and 60 general education, special education, and Para educators involved in this implementation project.

The plan used to implement SKIP will be discussed. Video clip examples will be used to show student use in a variety of environments within the middle schools and high schools involved in the SKIP project.

We will discuss the following model used to implement at the secondary level. Where to begin-staff development needs assessment; staff development for all learners, students, sped teachers, general education teachers and Para educators.

This presentation will show how to build an accepting environment, and how to increase positive student achievement to support momentum of use by all students. Information concerning the use of a data driven approach, student and staff assessment surveys, and "up close data" to drive and support continued use of SKIP and how to determine the level of support needed for success.

Participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters to assist them in the implementation of Kurzweil 3000 in their schools.

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