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Last week, NPR's Lee Hale published an article entitled, "It's Not Easy Teaching Special Ed", examining what makes this profession so challenging, though rewarding. The answer: incredibly high stakes and not enough hours in the day. Hale cites a doctoral study (Mitchell, University of Kansas, 2011) that analyzed the hours special ed teachers spent on different parts of their job. Actual instruction of students typically comprises only 27% of a special ed teacher's normal day at school. The other 63% was divided between managerial work (paperwork and administrative duties), collaboration with other teachers and other members of the IEP team, and progress monitoring and data collection.

Connections For Autism is directly addressing these challenges, by partnering with educators and school districts and providing hundreds of resources including IEP goals aligned to Common Core Standards, assessment and progress monitoring forms, and differentiated materials to support evidence-based practices. But perhaps the biggest efficiency CFA offers educators is how all of these materials are organized and presented. CFA gives IEP members online access to the same information on a student, creating a virtual space for collaboration, progress monitoring and storage of resources. Our goal at CFA is to streamline the process so that teachers can spend less time at their desks, and more time in front of their students.

How CFA Creates Efficiency for Educators

Teacher Time Pie Chart