Building capacity dissolves differences. It irons out inequalities.
Capacity Building Projects
The goal of Open Access is to leverage the science and practice of implementation to strengthen equity in education systems, support educators, and improve outcomes for learners and their families. This is done by expanding the selection, adoption, and sustained use of educational practices supported by evidence [specifically universal design for learning, accessible technologies and augmentative alternative communication] that result in positive student outcomes.
To remove barriers to learning and increase inclusive opportunities, the projects are designed to develop the capacity of regional implementation teams to train, coach, and provide technical assistance to school sites in these specific focus areas.
Leveraging the Universal Design for Learning framework.
Leading and Coaching Towards UDL is designed as an integrated model with general education and special education lead trainers and coaches working together to support districts and sites through two years of a UDL implementation journey.
Learn how to support teams beginning with the exploration of UDL through the installation of UDL practices, guided by protocols to support the work. Work with teams to understand UDL as an implementation process and sustain effective UDL practices as the goal.
Increasing access to digital tools and assistive technologies.
Accessible Curriculum for All supports a shift from a ‘one student at a time’ AT service delivery model, towards building capacity at the school site level for quality AT consideration and implementation with high-incidence students. Develop regional AT Specialists, or support current AT Specialists into shifting roles toward training and coaching site teams with AT consideration through a UDL lens. When deeper dives or AT assessments are needed, AT Specialists support a team-based problem-solving and decision-making process.
Building communication competence for students with complex communication needs.
Building Tiered Supports for AAC is a model for developing ALL communication partners' knowledge and skill sets in developing communication competence with complex communicators. Develop regional AAC Specialists, or support current ones, in shifting roles towards training and coaching classroom teams. This development includes training and coaching site-based speech-language pathologists with students who need AAC. Coaching includes conducting AAC Needs Assessment and supporting collaborative teaming.
Our SELPA Partners Across the State
Based on the 11 service regions of the California County Superintendent Educational Services Association, Select a Region to find an Open Access Project near you.
For more information and contact information for project teams, navigate to the "About the OA Network" tab and explore under Regional Teams.