Presenter: Ayo Jones, Noodle Nook
Core Area: Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A, 6B, 6C

Grade Level: 
Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

What exactly does a low-incidence disabilities (LID) classroom walkthrough look like through the lens of T-TESS? In this 1-hour course from Noodle Nook, Ayo Jones reveals a practical approach to the process of what you should anticipate as a LID classroom teacher, paraeducator, and observer. When you complete this course, you’ll have a solid understanding of the expectations and what to specifically look for during a classroom observation.

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Teacher evaluations for every Texas teacher using the Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) is an essential part of being an administrator or part of campus leadership. Learning how to complete an evaluation and what to look for in classrooms with educators teaching students with low-incidence disabilities (LID) isn’t part of your standard handbook.

In this course from Noodle Nook, Ayo Jones shares the important things to look for during a classroom observation, useful tools to help you during teacher evaluations, and ample pictures to help you know if what you’re seeing is what you should be seeing. This session works well for new instructional coaches or curriculum coaches as well as administrators and leadership responsible for teacher evaluations under T-TESS, specifically for low-incidence disability classrooms.

This course is extremely helpful in completing a classroom observation in a LID classroom. It focuses your teacher evaluation tangibles and lets you be more intentional with your evaluation and teacher improvement plans. It’s perfect for administrators, new T-TESS or experienced evaluators recently assigned to educators teaching students with significant disabilities.

In this 1-hour course, you will learn:

  • How to identify essential elements in classrooms for students with significant disabilities
  • Which classroom arrangements are ideal in low-incidence disability (LID) classrooms
  • What to look for during lessons from special education teachers
  • How to evaluate teacher efficacy in LID classrooms
  • How students with significant disabilities can demonstrate learning
  • How to identify teaching essentials during your T-TESS classroom observation

Presenter Bio

Ayo Jones is an experienced special education teacher, successful instructional coach, and charismatic professional speaker. Driven by her love for all things special education, Ayo provides educators teaching students with significant disabilities exactly what they need to survive and thrive. In her over 15 years in education, she has coached hundreds of teachers, trained thousands of educational professionals, and developed curriculum for tens of thousands of students with disabilities. She is a regular consultant to multiple school districts and educational support centers throughout Texas and beyond as well as in West Africa, where she does outreach to underserved students.

Ayo is the founder of Noodle Nook, an online resource for teachers in special education, providing tools for classroom success. She hosts a teacher podcast, is a published author, and delivers curriculum to teachers worldwide, including Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Best known for her engaging public speaking, Ayo’s captivating presence and witty delivery have made her a sought-after professional trainer.

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