Improve Instruction and Academic Achievement for Students with Disabilities

Across the nation, wide achievement gaps persist between students with disabilities and those without. Many special education teachers are not adequately prepared to teach reading and math. Until they are, the gap between general education and special education students will remain. CORE works with special education teachers and paraprofessionals to build their instructional skills so that they have the same expertise in evidence-based reading and math practices as general education teachers.

Our on-site, job-embedded professional learning provides:

  • Personalized training in the science of how to teach math and reading, particularly to students with learning difficulties, including dyslexia
  • Instruction on integrating  high-leverage practices (HLPs) into instruction
  • Assistance identifying and implementing evidence-based curricula, appropriate materials and assessments
  • Coaching, including modeling lessons, analyzing data, reviewing IEPs, and setting goals for robust student outcomes
  • Guidance to establish processes to reduce the over-identification of students in need of special education services and the over-representation of English learners and children of color

 

Need assistance to evaluate and improve your  systems, policies and procedures to better support students with disabilities?

 

CORE and our partner Pivot work with districts to evaluate existing general education and special education systems and develop action plans to improve practices and build capacity. We also provide guidance to develop and implement Multi-tiered Systems of Support to ensure every student receives high quality teaching and equitable academic and behavioral supports. Learn more.

Raise the bar for your special education students. Strengthen special education and general education teachers’ instructional skills to ensure all students excel, especially your most vulnerable. Contact us to discuss how CORE can create a custom professional learning program for your team.

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Meet CORE's Special Education Experts

  • Gail Adams, M.Ed. – Literacy, K-12
    Gail Adams, M.Ed. – Literacy, K-12
Gail Adams, M.Ed. – Literacy, K-12

Gail Adams is an Educational Services Consultant with CORE. Gail is a veteran educator with more than 35 years experience in general and special education as a teacher, reading specialist, and program specialist. In addition to working for the Poway Unified School District, Gail has served as an educational consultant for the San Diego County Office of Education and the North County Professional Development Federation. As such, she was a contributing author and trainer for materials developed under two California reading grants. In addition, Gail is a nationally certified trainer for several intervention programs, including Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching, Read Well, Read Naturally and REWARDS. She is co-author of three intervention programs: The Six Minute Solution: A Reading Fluency Program, Words for Academic Writing: Vocabulary Across Curricula, and eSolution: Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension.

  • Beverly A. Jagla, M.Ed. – Literacy, K-8
    Beverly A. Jagla, M.Ed. – Literacy, K-8
Beverly A. Jagla, M.Ed. – Literacy, K-8

Beverly A. Jagla has been an Educational Services Consultant with CORE since 2003. She holds a Master of Education degree in special education from Central Washington University and received her Superintendent’s Credentials from Seattle Pacific University in 1995. Her teaching experiences include first grade, special education (K–6), gifted and talented (1–6), and over 20 years as an adjunct professor with Central Washington University in its Teacher Education program. She was an elementary principal for 12 years in a K–5 school and an Assistant Superintendent for 11 years, working with curriculum, instruction, and professional development. Bev has also served as an Acting Superintendent.

Bev’s experience with CORE has included work in urban, suburban, and rural settings. She has done site implementation work with reading programs in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, New Mexico, North Dakota and Washington. She has delivered specific trainings in reading instruction in California, Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Montana, New York, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington. She is totally committed to helping all children develop proficiency in reading and language arts skills.

  • MaryAnn Jalbert, M.Ed. – Literacy, K-12 & Math, K-6
    MaryAnn Jalbert, M.Ed. – Literacy, K-12 & Math, K-6
MaryAnn Jalbert, M.Ed. – Literacy, K-12 & Math, K-6

MaryAnn Jalbert is an Educational Services Consultant with CORE. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education/education of exceptional children K–12 from the Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with a K–12 reading specialist endorsement from the University of Alaska, Southeast.

Ms. Jalbert brings 40 years of diverse experience in public education to CORE. She has taught primary age students and students with disabilities in grades K–12; served as a district reading specialist, Title I math/literacy support specialist, and Title I staff development coordinator for a large urban school district in Alaska. She has facilitated professional learning sessions in elementary mathematics and  K-12 literacy as an adjunct instructor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska Pacific University, and Portland State University.

MaryAnn joined CORE in 2010 and has worked with educators in urban, suburban, and isolated rural school settings throughout the United States in addition to presenting CORE K-12 Literacy and K-6 Math Workshops.

As a site consultant, MaryAnn’s knowledge of core reading and mathematics programs and intervention resources helps to ensure that achievement improves for all students at the sites that she serves.

  • Sewellyn Kaplan, M.S. – Literacy, Middle & High School
    Sewellyn Kaplan, M.S. – Literacy, Middle & High School
Sewellyn Kaplan, M.S. – Literacy, Middle & High School

Sewellyn Kaplan is an Educational Services Consultant with CORE. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Riverside with a dual major in Spanish and English, and her master’s degree in Learning Disabilities from California State University, East Bay. She also holds an Administrative Credential in the State of California. Between degrees, Ms. Kaplan was a teacher and then the owner of a folk art store (for 13 years), giving her a strong sense of entrepreneurship. In public education, she worked as a high school literacy coach for a large urban school district where she implemented all reading interventions and monitored the implementation of the Response to Intervention strategies. Ms. Kaplan also spent eight years teaching in an alternative high school setting with a focus on reading instruction. During that period, she received numerous awards, including Teacher of the Year, the Humanitarian Award, and the Warren W. Eukel Teacher Trust Award. Lastly, Ms. Kaplan was an Assistant Principal/Instructional Specialist at a large urban high school tasked with implementing all English Language Arts and mathematics curricula and working closely with teachers to improve instruction.

In all roles, she has been instrumental in developing and delivering professional development. Of particular note in education is her experience in both learning differences and very diverse populations of students, enabling her to offer teaching strategies for all populations.

In her career with CORE, she has had the opportunity to work with all grade levels, K-12, in implementing and assessing a wide variety of literacy programs, with an emphasis on supporting access to growth for all students. She has led trainings in vocabulary development, fluency, writing, and reading strategies.

In her numerous roles, Ms. Kaplan has worked closely with both teachers and students to ensure success and a love of learning that will endure a lifetime.

  • Michael Kelly, M.Ed. – Literacy, K-8
    Michael Kelly, M.Ed. – Literacy, K-8
Michael Kelly, M.Ed. – Literacy, K-8

Mr. Michael Kelly is an Educational Services Consultant with CORE. He holds a master’s degree in educational administration from California State University, Fresno. Mr. Kelly was a language arts/reading teacher in the Turlock Elementary School District in California for 11 years. He also served 19 years in the Atwater School District in California as an elementary and middle school principal and Director of Special Programs and Special Education.

Mr. Kelly’s experience with CORE spans over ten years, working in urban, suburban, and rural school settings. He has delivered several Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtI) trainings and various literacy and assessment workshops throughout the country. He has done site implementation work in Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Missouri, and New Mexico. He has worked extensively with Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools throughout the western United States and in remote village schools in Alaska.

Mr. Kelly’s interest in special education, early and adolescent literacy, executive coaching, and strong reading program implementation translates to a deep commitment to the success of each and every child learning to read

  • Teresa Roeder – Literacy, preK-12
    Teresa Roeder – Literacy, preK-12
Teresa Roeder – Literacy, preK-12

Teresa M. Roeder has a long and distinguished history with CORE. She worked as a full-time consultant during CORE’s developmental period, helping to create CORE’s services and products and is presently an Educational Services Consultant. Ms. Roeder returned to her school district, San Ramon Valley in California, where she worked in the Office of Instruction and Assessment, responsible for professional staff development districtwide, curriculum development, and implementation of the K–3 Assessment Plan aligned with a standards-based reporting system; served on the District Assessment Team; was the K-12 District Inclusion Specialist; and most recently assumed a position at the high school level as a teacher of English and a Resource Specialist for students identified as dyslexic for participation in special education. She has served in the capacity of a Teacher Leader, Mentor Teacher, and districtwide new teacher coach and Literacy Specialist, providing professional staff development in general education and special education in grades K–12. Further, Ms. Roeder has served as an instructor in the Reading Certificate Program for the University of California, Berkeley.

Just before returning to CORE, she served as Executive Editor for LeapFrog School House and was a contributing member to a research study involved with the University of London. Ms. Roeder holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Sonoma with an Elementary Credential, a Learning Handicapped and Severely Handicapped Specialist Credential, and resource specialist’s advanced degree.