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HLP #15: Use Scaffolded Supports

Scaffolded supports are provided to students that are either pre-planned or provided “on the spot” and then faded and/or removed once they are not needed.  A teacher, or team of teachers use data to make decisions about when the scaffolds need to be removed or kept in place.  This video, HLP 19, Use Scaffolded Supports, is divided into two parts.  Part 1 defines scaffolded supports and provides the rationale for their use.  Part 2 shows teachers using key aspects of this HLP across a range of settings.

While permission to use this video is not necessary, the citation should be: Kennedy, M. J., Romig, J.E., & Peeples, K. (2021). HLP 15: Use Scaffolded Supports.

How the videos are designed:

  • Introduction and definition of each HLP
  • Brief review of the research
  • Several brief videos of general education and special education teachers implementing the practice

What the videos are:

  • A resource to augment training/professional learning
  • A demonstration of HLP practice across degrees of intensity
  • A portrayal of teachers’ implementation of an HLP
  • A demonstration of practices that can be used with all students, not only those with disabilities

What the videos are not:

  • A complete resource for training/professional learning
  • A demonstration of each tier across various settings
  • A depiction of all features of quality instruction/student engagement
  • Promoting the use of practices that would replace the need for intense, data-driven decisions and interventions provided by special educators or other specialists


This content was produced under U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Award No. H325A170003 & S283B120021-12A . David Guardino serves as the project officer. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Education. No official endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education of any project, commodity, service, or enterprise mentioned in this website is intended or should be inferred.

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Last Updated:  16 December, 2021

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