Welcome to Unique Learning System
Unique Learning System provides differentiated, standards-aligned content designed specifically to help individuals with complex learning needs access the general education curriculum. Unique Learning System’s differentiated materials have an array of components to support the special education classroom and provides a means of access to instruction for students with even the most complex needs. Users interact with differentiated, thematic units of study with text-to-speech capabilities, interactive components, hundreds of activities and multiple opportunities to show what they know.
This getting started guide will walk you through these areas of your subscription:
- Set Up Your Teacher Dashboard
- Add Students and Create Profiles
- View Your Lesson Plans and Suggested Monthly Plan
- Get Started with GPS
- Additional Materials
Set Up Your Teacher Dashboard
The Teacher Dashboard is a simplified but powerful daily management hub - helping you take charge of your day from one convenient place by:
- Ordering activity content based on your daily schedule
- Launching lessons directly from your dashboard
- Automating the order of lessons in Student View
- Creating individualized plans for students who don’t follow your main classroom schedule
Begin with an automated wizard to set up your schedule and receive a monthly plan populated with differentiated content. Enter your schedule and the subject you teach to create a Master Plan. Personalize your plan by adding in days where you will not teach your normal schedule.
When completing the My Plan Setup wizard, select the Help-on-the-Spot tooltips for a description of each page.
Once a recurring schedule is created through the Wizard setup, the lesson content for each day will display in the My Plan section of the Teacher Dashboard. If you’ve added individual student plans, or have access to multiple grade bands, select them from the list. Student View will automatically display the content from the plan.
Select from the action icons to open lesson plans and activities.
- Launch PDF materials.
- Launch iDoc lesson plans. Use Lesson Plans to prepare for class and view the standards addressed throughout the lesson.
- Launch an activity for preparation or presentation purposes or as group work. The lessons plans indicate which activities should be presented as a group or as individual practice.
For independent Student access use Student View. The schedule and materials you set through Teacher Dashboard will automatically sync to Student View in the order that the student should complete each activity for that day. Plus, student daily performance will be tracked through student view!
The Calendar view offers a comprehensive overview of your week and can be used to add additional content or make edits quickly. If managing multiple student schedules, the Calendar view will allow edits to be made to these individually.
Click here for more information on editing your schedule in Calendar view.
Individual Student Plans
Create individualized plans for students through the Student Plan wizard who don’t follow your main classroom schedule. Student Plans can be created for students who have different IEP goals and join different classrooms throughout the day.
Click here for more information on creating an Individual Student Plan.
Add Students and Create Profiles
Create student accounts and assign personalized learning preferences for each student through My Students.
Students who have previously used Unique Learning System with another teacher can be added to a new classroom. Create a new student account for a student using using Unique Learning System for the first time.
For information on adding and dropping students, click here.
Profiles record data on the current abilities of your students, suggest a differentiated level and give access to the assessments in GPS. Work with you educational team to complete a new profile annually for each student using Unique Learning System.
A completed profile indicates the student’s present level of performance, which is helpful when writing an IEP. The profile suggests instructional strategies for each skill based on the student’s present level. The profile will yield a differentiated level which will guide selecting instructional materials for that student.
- Level 3 students are typically learning to read text, produce simple writing, perform basic math processes.
- Level 2 students may require picture support and other direct support in learning.
- Level 1 students typically require maximum support within all instructional tasks. Students requiring level one supports typically do not make distinct or consistent choices. For these students, the main objective is increasing participation and demonstrating an active participation response.
With a profile completed for each student, you’re equipped to communicate student learning needs to the educational team and apply individual instructional strategies to the monthly materials.
View Your Lesson Plans and Suggested Monthly Plan
The Master Plan in your Teacher Dashboard populates activities from Unique Learning System’s Suggested Monthly Plan, to ensure that teachers are covering all of the appropriate lessons and standards in their grade band every month. The plan highlights how lessons can be revisited for multiple exposures to skills over time.
Use the GO button located on the iDoc Nav Bar quickly navigate to any of the lesson plans or activities.
Using the lesson plans, teachers can engage all students with age-respectful, standards-based materials.
- Lesson plans provide detailed instructions for delivering each activity, supported by a consistent routine.
- The plan’s Instructional Targets offer a bridge between state standards and Unique Learning System’s curriculum and document alignment with your state’s extended standards.
- Differentiated tasks outline individual participation expectations for each activity, allowing all students to address the state’s extended standards through the instructional targets.
- Topic Connections describe how the lesson is supporting the social studies or science standards-based topic.
Click on a grade band for more support on Monthly Lessons:
- Elementary (K-2)
- Intermediate (3-5)
- Middle School (5-8)
- High School (9-12)
- Transition (12+)
The Lesson at a Glance page focuses on each activity in the lesson plan. It includes resources and materials needed teach the lesson.
Each activity page outlines an instructional routine for you to:
- Introduce the activity and present a learning goal,
- Model the activity
- Choose the most appropriate activity format based on each student’s skills and needs
- Review or retell the activity’s goal
- Monitor progress and check understanding of each individual student with key questions.
GPS: Data Collection Center
Goals, preferences and skills (GPS) is the data collection center in Unique Learning System. The GPS has an array of assessment tools that can be administered to identify and monitor a student's goals, preferences and abilities in relation to the instructional practices within the Unique Learning System curriculum.
Skill Tracking allows a teacher to identify skills that should be tracked on individual students that directly correlate to an IEP goal and/or track subsets of students on a determined skill. Skills that are tracked within Unique Learning System give a complete summary of all the n2y resources that are related to a particular skill, including lessons, standards, the present level of performance and related assessments.
The Profile records observations of a student’s current abilities in the Preschool, K-12 Learning or Transition. Each profile provides suggested support levels and strategies for differentiating instruction.
Monthly Checkpoints provide pre- and post-assessment measures of monthly unit content and skill learning.
Benchmarking Assessments enable teachers to gather baseline data and monitor progress in selected areas of reading, writing and math.
Core Rubrics address transition readiness skills in the areas of employability, communication, self-advocacy, daily living and social strategies.
Transition Planning allows students in Middle School, High School, and Transition grade bands to self-identify personal preferences and transition skills.
Select from the links below to open our Knowledge Base article for each topic: