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Significant Support Needs (SSN)
Students with significant support needs are highly diverse learners with extensive needs in the areas of cognition and/or learning, communication, movement, and social/emotional abilities. The individual may also have concurrent health, sensory, physical, and/or behavioral disabilities.
Students with significant support needs require:
- a wide variety of approaches and supports to demonstrate their knowledge and skills
- intensive instruction in literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving skills in order to acquire and generalize knowledge
- substantial adaptations (modifications and accommodations) and/or ongoing supports in order to access grade-level curriculum
- access to assistive technology tools to communicate, learn and demonstrate their knowledge
- progress to be measured by observation, data collection, assessment, and work samples
- individualized levels of support across major life activities in the home, school, and community.
SSN Power Hour (Office Hours)
The Significant Support Needs Network Team and the Significant Support Needs Task Force Members will be holding monthly office hours. The SSN Power Hour will be the first Wednesday of each month from 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM. These sessions will not be recorded.
December 6, 2023 - UDL and Learning Progressions
February 7, 2024 - Modifications
March 6, 2024 - Inclusive IEP and Goal Writing
April 3, 2024 -Progress Monitoring and Making Decisions
All participants must register no later than two weeks in advance for each power hour session/conversation.
2020 Extended Evidence Outcomes (EEO)
This Standards and Instructional Support (SIS) sub-web is dedicated to the Extended Evidence Outcomes of the Colorado Academic Standards. The EEOs are written for students with significant cognitive support needs.
For the Alternate Achievement Standards and Alternate Assessment Participation Guidelines guidance:
Professional Development Trainings: On-Demand
The Quality Indicators offer guidance to educators and administrators when developing, implementing, and evaluating quality programs and services for students with the most significant needs.
- Archived SSN Trainings
- Connect Listserv
- Extended Evidence Outcomes (EEOs)
- SSN Teacher's Corner
- SSN & COVID
- Current Trainings
- Archived Trainings
Book Study Opportunity
The Colorado Department of Education SSN Network announces the return of this exciting opportunity. We will be holding a weekly Virtual Book Study on the book, Comprehensive Literacy for ALL: Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities to Read and Write by Karen Erickson and David Koppenhaver, 2020. This is an amazing time to learn and network with your colleagues across the state.
This is an opportunity for school personnel who provide literacy instruction (planning, preparation, delivery) for students who are working towards the alternate achievement standards or Extended Evidence Outcomes (EEO).
The virtual book study will begin the week of January 16th and end the week of April 8th. We are offering 3 different sessions and you can choose the day and time based on your schedule.
**All participants must register no later than December 29, 2023, to be considered.
Significant Support Needs Advisory Council
The SSN Advisory Council is comprised of teachers, administrators, related service personnel, professors from Institutions of Higher Education, and parents from throughout Colorado. This group advises the Colorado Department of Education on the statewide needs of this population and those who serve them. Their expertise is utilized for work groups to develop trainings and products to assist educational teams in meeting the needs of this very diverse population.
For more information about Significant Support Needs, contact:
Email Gina Herrera
Phone: (303) 253-0451
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