Topic of the Month: December 2017

During the first two months, we focused on setting up the classroom environment for student success and developing instructional plans to increase student outcomes. Last month our focus moved to the Facilitation of Social Skills and Behavior Management and during December, the focus will shift slightly to emphasize  Embedding Instruction of Social Skills Throughout the Day.

The use of evidence-based practices when arranging the classroom supports students’ understanding of behavioral expectations. Likewise, intentional instruction in social skills is a proactive method of addressing potentially challenging behavioral situations.

Our Pre-K Contacts’ Conference this year will focus on social-emotional development. Please look at the links under this month’s topic to begin your exploration and learning in this area. If you would like to explore any of the information in more depth, please be sure to contact your TATS Regional Facilitator.

 Please return at the beginning of each month to view our new topic. We hope you visit even more frequently and familiarize yourself with all of the resources we have available to support your district plan to increase child outcomes for young children with disabilities.

Resources for previous months can be found from the home page on the pages Administrator Resources  and Curriculum and Instruction (links under Classroom Ideas)

The TATS Professional Development series includes multiple resources in the Administrators’ Observation Guide for Evidence-based Practices and the corresponding “Rock Your Classroom” guide for teachers.  The links are below: 

“Rock Your Classroom” – Focus on Embedding Instruction of Social Skills – Resources and Evidence-based Practices with photos and quality indicators:
Administrators’ Guide – Administrators’ Guide – Focus on Embedding Social Skills Instruction

The entire “Rock Your Classroom” document with all topics listed below can be accessed at the following link; “Rock Your Classroom”


 Previous and Future Topics based on the Observation Guide for Evidence-based Practice

September Classroom Spaces

October – Lesson Planning


November –  Social Skills and Classroom Behavior Management     

December –  Embedding Instruction of Social Skills

January – Embedding Instructional Strategies in  Adaptive and Motor Skills

February – ESE Supports and Services including Child Outcome Measurement System

March – Embedding Instructional Strategies in Communication and Early Literacy

April – Engagement and Responsiveness

May – Differentiated Instruction and continued focus on Child Outcome Measurement System