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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.

T. E. A. M. S. Model

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.
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#MakingMadeSpecial

Mr. Robert DeFillippo, Teacher, co- creator
“Providing equity through opportunity and accessibility through differentiation”

Mr. Robert DeFillippo, Teacher, co- creator

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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2016
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T.E.A.M.S. playbook and resource pages
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Beth Whitney
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Engineering and Coding
IDEA Model/matrix page
Math with Coding
Engineering and Design - PBL
Engineering and Design
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Differentiated Unplugged coding activities

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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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