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Standards-Based Goals: Undivided Learning with Dr. Caitlin Solone

Standards-Based Goals: Undivided Learning with Dr. Caitlin Solone

Published: Oct. 26, 2021Updated: Nov. 10, 2023

In California, all special education students must have academic goals written into their IEP that are aligned with the state standards associated with their grade. On October 14, 2021, Dr. Caitlin Solone (education advocate, teacher educator, and faculty at UCLA) explained how to develop standards-based goals that actually work for our kids. She gave us tips on how to include functional goals that are aligned with the school’s Common Core Connectors and explained why parent advocacy for curriculum inclusion is important for all students.

Check out the clips below for highlights or watch the full recording here (with transcript available). You can also read more from Dr. Solone in our article about how to write IEP goals.

Goals aren't just structured around the curriculum of reading, writing, and math. They also include skills that are a bit harder to measure, like listening and communicating. Check out this clip for examples of functional skills to work into IEP goals.
Common Core Connectors and Essential Understandings are valuable resources both for teachers designing curriculum and for parents helping develop IEP goals. Listen to this clip for Dr. Solone's explanation of what CCCs/EUs are and how to use them.
Parents raising kids with disabilities are sometimes urged by the school to put their child on an alternate curriculum as early as first or second grade. Is this something you should agree to? When should you consider it, and how do you know if it's right for your child? How is state testing a factor? Dr. Solone gives some great advice to parents in this clip:
Need more IEP support? Undivided can help you understand the services your child may be entitled to, learn how to advocate while fostering collaboration, and get expert tips so that you can enter your IEP meeting feeling prepared and confident. Read about our IEP services here!

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Brittany OlsenUndivided Editor

An editor and cartoonist who loves using words and images to simplify and share ideas. She has ten years of experience as a copy editor and lives near Portland, Oregon. She often spends her free time going on nature walks with her dog or trying new bread recipes.

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Meghan O'Dell, Undivided Writer and Editor

Dr. Caitlin Solone, Education advocate, teacher-educator, and Academic Administrator for the Disability Studies program at UCLA

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