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Academic Environment and Curriculum

FACE uses high quality, research-based teaching techniques driven by each student’s annual academic, social, behavioral, IMG_4320vocational, and communication benchmarks in addition to those outlined in the Next Generation Sunshine State and Common Core Standards.

For our students with significant cognitive disabilities, Access Points have been developed. These access points are expectations written for students with significant cognitive disabilities to access the general education curriculum. Embedded in the Sunshine State Standards, access points reflect the core intent of the Standards with reduced levels of complexity. The three levels of complexity include participatory (Pa), supported (Su), and independent (In) with the participatory level being the least complex. The new Florida Alternate Assessment will measure student achievement on the access points in Reading, Writing, Mathematics, and Science.

A teaching plan is created for each of his or her Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals. These teaching plans are then further broken down into individual outcomes. Data is collected at least three times per week to evaluate the student’s progress and is reviewed monthly by a behavior analyst. This information is also shared with parents in a daily communication log sent home with the student.

Occupational and speech therapy is also provided on-site at FACE (by Children’s Choice for Therapy) in addition to the following curriculum:

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
Designed especially for children with autism who have delays in speech development, PECS is an alternative to vocal communication that uses pictures instead of words to help children communicate. PECS is usually taught in six (6) progressive phases, where the pictures/icons are phased out as language develops. For children who are non-verbal, PECS can also be a first step towards using an electronic communication device.

Unique Learning Systems
Unique Learning System is an online standards-based curriculum that is common core aligned and is specifically designed for students with special needs. All lessons are differentiated to accommodate the diversity of learners with significant disabilities.

Each week, students connect with the world through symbol-supported news articles and dozens of worksheets, games, and activities.

n2y uses instructional targets to bridge between standards and the curriculum content for students with disabilities. Instructional Targets are aligned to the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

Touch Math
TouchMath is a multisensory program that uses its signature TouchPoints to engage students of all abilities and learning styles. The step-by-step approach covers: Counting • Addition • Subtraction • Place Value • Multiplication • Division • Time • Money • Fractions • Story Problems • Shapes • Sizes • Pre-algebra

Model Me Social Skills Curriculum
Model Me Kids® videos demonstrate social skills by modeling peer behavior at school, on a playdate, at a birthday party, on the playground, at a library, at the dentist, restaurant, and more. Designed as a teaching tool for children,
adolescents, and teenagers with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, and developmental delays, the videos are used by teachers, parents, and therapists. Real children model each skill.

MEville to WEville
As the first researched-based literacy curriculum developed for students with learning challenges in the moderate to severe range, MEville to WEville is designed to build a classroom community that promotes a sense of belonging.
Each unit offers students a new and different perspective on themselves, their families, and their school.

Go Math (Academic Classes)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt GO Math! is a comprehensive Kindergarten—Grade 6 mathematics program developed to support the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the NCTM Curriculum Focal Points. The program emphasizes Big Ideas and depth of understanding through interactive lessons, research based instructional approaches, best practices from around the world, and differentiated instructional resources to ensure success for all students.

Learning A-Z (Academic Classes)

Reading A-Z
Reading A-Z is providing Common Core-specific resources, correlations to existing books, and we’re providing information on key CCSS topics, why they are important, and how Reading A-Z resources can be used to implement elements of CCSS.

Learn more about the incorporation of common core into the classroom.

Students gain access to online interactive ebooks, quizzes and reading practice.  Help with reading comprehension has never been easier!

Please see your child’s teacher for log-in information.

Writing A-Z
Access is instant and includes hundreds of leveled, downloadable writing resources, including core lessons and mini-lessons that allow you to target specific writing skills. Tools are provided to teach process writing on four developmental levels within the genres of expository, narrative, persuasive, procedural, and transactional writing.

Science A-Z
Science A–Z is a dynamic website offering a customizable collection of downloadable lessons and materials in four scientific domains: life, earth, physical, and process science. To meet the varying needs and abilities of students, each unit is aimed at the grade range at which the topic is taught in most states—either K–2, 3–4, or 5–6. Materials within each unit are provided at three developmental reading levels: low •, middle ••, and high •••. The K–2 units include a fourth level of science resource for emerging readers.


AFLS – The Assessment of Functional Living Skills
School Skills (All students are required to be assessed in the Fall and Spring)

It is important for a learner to be an active participant in a variety of skills, routines and social situations in educational settings.  These skills are essential in striving for independence and successful functioning in different types of classrooms, in all parts of the school campus, and with peers and various staff.  This assessment covers all age levels of education (i.e., elementary school, middle school, high school, college).  It also incorporates skills that are necessary in a wide range of classroom environments (i.e., special day classes, “pull out” classrooms, inclusion, regular education), and considers the individual’s level of development (e.g., language, behavior, and cognitive abilities).  The School Skills Protocol includes:

  • Classroom Mechanics
  • Routines and Expectations
  • Meals at School
  • Social Skills
  • Technology
  • Common Knowledge
  • Core Academics
  • Applied Academics

The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills – Revised (ABLLS®-R)
Developed by Dr. Partington, the ABLLS®-R system is an assessment tool, curriculum guide, and skills-tracking system used to help guide the instruction of language and critical learner skills for children with autism or other developmental disabilities.

The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP)
The VB-MAPP is a criterion-referenced assessment tool, curriculum guide, and skill tracking system that is designed for children with autism, and other individuals who demonstrate language delays. The VB-MAPP is based on B.F. Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior, established developmental milestones, and research from the field of behavior analysis.