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June Behrmann

June Behrmann is a longtime special education teacher (pre-K to grade 6) who retired for about two seconds, and is now prospecting for accessible instructional resources. Follow June on Twitter @aimnoncat. Thank you to AIM-VA: Accessible Instructional Materials for sharing this blog with us.

5 New Playlists from "PowerUp" Charge Academic Instruction with Evidence-Based Practices

November 3, 2014

Time to check or check back with "PowerUP WHAT WORKS," the online resource that is available 24/7 to support the system-wide use of best practice research in technology, differentiated instruction, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), education, and special education.

Five new playlists include evidence-based English/language arts and math resources. They can be used as-is, modified, or as inspiration to create new media for education agencies that engage in blended professional development. Various products are available. They include:

  • Instructional Strategy Guides
  • Quick Views
  • Resources
  • Archived webinars
  • Blogs
  • Tech ideas

Here are the October 2014 playlists with descriptions as provided on the website:

English/Language Arts

  • Vocabulary – Recognizing and expanding vocabulary is crucial to improve students’ reading comprehension, writing, and listening, and speaking. Learn ways to combine evidence-based practices with supportive technology tools. Download the Vocabulary Playlist.
  • Informational Reading – Being able to comprehend and utilize the content from expository texts is a core element of ELA standards. Find a range of evidence-based practices with suggested technology tools. Download the Informational Reading Playlist.
  • Writing – The writing process spans prewriting, drafting, and reviewing. Find ways to use a range of technology tools with best practices to support writing. Download the Writing Playlist.


Math Language Success in math depends on understanding the specific way language is used in math. Help your teachers use technology-enhanced strategies to address student challenges. Download the Math Language Playlist.

Understanding Math Concepts Students can better understand underlying math concepts through visual representation, modeling, and organizing. Explore math teaching strategies, supported with a range of technology tools. Download the Math Concepts Playlist.

Resources for PowerUP WHAT WORKS are collected and disseminated by a multidisciplinary team of experts from American Institutes for Research, in collaboration with the Center for Applied Special Technology, and Education Development Center, Inc.. PowerUP is funded as a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).


Thank you to AIM-VA: Accessible Instructional Materials for sharing this blog with our Reading Rockets audience.

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