Improving Math Instruction for Students with Disabilities Protocols for Mathematics and Special Education Leadership Teams.
This series of five protocols were designed to promote collaboration between mathematics and special educators to improve math instruction and outcomes for all students including students with disabilities. The protocols are intended to assist district or school-based leadership teams by providing a structure for developing a shared vision, common language and foundational knowledge on mathematics instruction and the instructional needs of with students with disabilities. These protocols are the result of a four-year collaboration between the Offices of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and the Special Education Planning and Policy at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, EDC and math and special educators from the districts participating in the Massachusetts Urban Math Support Network. High quality core curriculum and instruction begins with the Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks; these protocols address the conceptual understandings and mathematical practices that are an essential part of rigorous math expectations for all students. By focusing on students with disabilities when planning mathematics instruction, educators will be better able to address the needs of all learners.