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  FDLRS / FIN Action Resource Center


Access Points Instruction in a General Education Setting

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
The registration period has closed for this event.


Registration open through 2/6/2023 11:59 PM

Seats Available: 3


Target Audience: General Education & Exceptional Student Education teachers, grades K-12, TOAs (Teacher on Assignment), District support and Administrators (all levels)


Course Objective: Participants will have an understanding of:

  • Florida’s approach to educating students with the most significant cognitive disabilities
  • Utilizing the least dangerous assumption
  • Florida’s state academic standards (Access Point)
  • Locating and using the available resources for Access Points instruction


Course Description: Participants will have the opportunity to learn about Florida’s approach to education students with the most significant cognitive disabilities by using the least dangerous assumption and teaching Florida’s state academic standards. Participants will know what resources are available for the teaching and learning of Access Points in an inclusive setting and be able to identify resources that can be used immediately.


Implementation Activity: N/A


Follow-up Method: Coaching and feedback cycle available upon request


If you have any questions related to this course please contact: Kim Riley: kriley@contactfin.com


Kimberly (Kim) Riley

Kim graduated from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts in 1992 with a Bachelor's Degree in Education with the specialization of Early Childhood Education Kim currently maintains certifications in PreK- Grade 3, ESE K-12 and Pre-K Disabilities endorsement.

She began her teaching career as a co-teacher for an integrated preschool program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and typically developing peers ages 3-5 in the public-school system. She worked with staff to support students with autism when they graduated from the program to enter kindergarten. During that time, she also bridged the gap of home/school connection and provided home visits to support the concerns and challenges families were having at home with their child in order to help them be successful in school.

Kim moved to Florida in 2004 where she was a teacher of students with varying exceptionalities in grades K-5. Her teaching experience includes working with students with significant cognitive disabilities, physical disabilities, specific learning disabilities, developmentally delayed, orthopedically impaired, autism and other health impaired in both a separate class setting and inclusive general education settings. While school-based Kim became the ESE team lead providing professional development to school staff in support of inclusionary practices and mentor to new teachers. In expanding her support for teachers and students Kim joined the OCPS District ESE department as an Instructional Coach supporting teachers across the district K-12. Her role in this position included working with teachers, school staff, parents and administrators in creating effective learning environments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities instructed in Access Points. Kim's passion for providing access to, participation in and progress within standards-based instruction and what that looks like for a student with the most significant cognitive disability has led her to providing professional development at the district and state levels. She has collaborated with the FLDOE and a team of writers from across the state in developing the access points for content areas. She has trained teachers on the instruction of access points and assessment through the FSAA (Florida Standards Alternate Assessment). For several years she has led a team of curriculum writers in creating resources for the teaching and learning of access points that directly correlate to the general education standards to help facilitate inclusionary opportunities for students with the most significant cognitive disability.

Kim's role at FIN is to collaborate with districts and schools to provide customized services and support ensuring all students with disabilities have the same educational, social, and future opportunities as their peers. FIN facilitates the implementation of best practices for inclusive education through: Data-driven, student-focused planning and problem-solving across districts and schools; Data-driven professional development and technical assistance to increase knowledge and skills of district and school personnel; Coaching and resources for district and school personnel to build and sustain capacity; Sharing information to build collaborative relationships between families, schools and districts.



Inservice Points: Points - 6


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