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T.E.A.M.S. (Teaching Engaging Academics Made Special) is a model for equity and accessibility for students with special needs.

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location_on Jefferson Hills, United States
Our mission for the T.E.A.M.S model is to inspire special educators to rethink, redesign, and re-envision what special education is in order to realize every student's potential.
Mr. Robert DeFillippo, Teacher, co- creator
Providing equity through opportunity and accessibility through differentiation

Mr. Robert DeFillippo, Teacher, co- creator

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Our initiative is our TEAMS lab, which stands for Teaching, Engaging, Academics, Made Special. The TEAMS model and lab’s mission is to inspire special educators to rethink, redesign, and re-envision what special education is in order to realize every student's potential.

Our vision for the TEAMS model is to provide our proven framework for students with severe cognitive and emotional disabilities that has allowed equitable access to STEAM and Computer Science competencies through a differentiated model that focuses on the integration of classroom norms and strategy development.

Our model focuses on the accessibility of common outcomes in technology, including: problem solving, critical thinking, and computational thinking, as well as what these skills look like for students with severe cognitive and emotional disabilities.

Differentiation of these outcomes allows us to focus on the processes and the learning surrounding them. By focusing on the journey and not just the destination, we maximize learning opportunities. 



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Engineering and Coding
 Lego engineering with block coding:Students displayed foundational skills of problem solving and computational thinking by following single and multi-step directions, sequencing and cause and effectStudents were given opportunities to synthesize communication and collaboration classroom norms and to display competencies on varied levels through differentiated assessments 
IDEA Model/matrix page
Problem solving model slidesGoogle slides used as a strategy to critically think through a presented problem
Math with Coding
PBL in math using coding:Access to grade level learning in GeometryAssessments allowed for students to demonstrate understanding on several different levels. Differentiated through the use of a model or a matrix as s strategy to critically think through a presented problem Classroom Norms were implemented to provide opportunities to communicate, collaborate, and problem solve.
Engineering and Design - PBL
Access to grade level learning through PBL:Classroom Norms used to teach communication and collaborationCross-curricular mathAssessments allowed for students to demonstrate understanding on multiple levelsDifferentiation through the use of a model and matrix as a strategy to critcially think through a presented problem
Engineering and Design
Access to grade level standards through:Classroom Norms learned through Problem SolvingDifferentiated through the use of a model and matrix as a strategy to critically think through a presented problemStart points and Outcomes where varied for student accessAssessments allowed for students to demonstrate understanding on several levels
Art with Robotics!!!!
TEAMS differentiated block coding:Student products were differentiated on 3 levelsOutcomes with products were different but the learning objectives were the same for all studentsNorms were followed that allowed students to reflect on their learning Assessments that were cognitive and social emotional allowing a whole student approachAccessibility through differentiation
Differentiated Unplugged coding activities
As part of our schools first Hour of Code to kick off Computer Science Education Week TEAMS model was used to differentiate coding activities for students with severe cognitive disabilities.  Our model was able to give our students an opportunity to participate in activities that they have not had access to before. 

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May 2019
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December 2018
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T.E.A.M.S. Model Playbook
The introduction to our T.E.A.M.S. Model Playbook and our vision and mission.
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Norms
Our classroom norms.
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Communication
A strategy page including steps, hacks, and resources for building communication as a classroom norm.
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Communication Lesson Plan
A lesson plan to teach communication.
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Collaboration
The strategy page including steps, hacks, and resources for collaboration.
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Collaboration Lesson Plan
A lesson introducing collaboration into the classroom.
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