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Description: Membership in the Virginia PTA provides the opportunity to participate in the National PTA Reflections program. This competition encourages students to explore the arts and express themselves by providing positive recognition for their artistic efforts. Since it was founded in 1969 by Mary Lou Anderson, millions of students have benefited from this program. Reflections Awards Program Students in Pre-K through grade 12, and a special artist division, create theme-based artwork in...
Description: The Shenandoah Valley Inclusive Wellness Coalition (SVIWC) is an alliance of individuals with disabilities, family members, and professionals who are working to increase opportunities for ALL individuals to participate in community-based physical activity and wellness opportunities.
Description: SHAPE America is dedicated to supporting health education and physical education teachers across the country as schools implement reopening plans and continue effective instruction through the school year during the COVID-19 pandemic. PE goes hand-in-hand with social and emotional learning as it’s a learning environment where SEL socialization occurs naturally through active play, teamwork, and motor skill development. Students learn resilience, problem-solving skills, collaboration,...
Description: Young Athletes is a unique sport and play program for children ages two to seven with and without intellectual disabilities. Our focus is on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth. Children enjoy activities that develop motor skills like balance, flexibility, strength, and coordination. In fact, in a recent study, children with developmental delays who participated in a structured eight-week Young Athletes program showed...
Description: During this unprecedented year of learning, the Kennedy Center is focusing on developing digital education resources to ensure that students continue to have access to high quality arts education. Our remote learning priorities include: Performances for Young Audiences, Classroom Lessons, Digital Learning Resources, Teaching Artists Present, Moonshot at Home, Virtual "Field Trips" They are continuing to expand their offerings with online courses, web-based professional development, virtual...
Description: This section includes: TSBVI Independent Living Activities Curriculum Book (.zip download file) TSBVI Basic Skills Activity Routines Curriculum Book (.zip download file) Experiential Activities for Home (DOCX) Additionally, here are some other resources we think are great: Paths to Literacy: Virtual ECC Academy - Perkins, TSBVI, APH, and CalState University are teaming up to provide 3 weeks of free online lessons covering the different areas of the ECC, each day for one hour. We're in the middle...
Description: It is recognized that everyone is doing their best to manage work, self-care, children’s online education, and more during the COVID-19 pandemic. Families and professionals supporting children with disabilities face additional challenges. You are not in this alone. The PA Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), in collaboration with the Bureau of Special Education, has created this website for families and general educators supporting complex learners at home. For the purpose...
Description: During the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, it's important to have fun activities to keep children engaged.  Some children may be able to be self-directed with homework and reading, while others will need more active engagement with adults.  Parents often have competing demands, with other children, working from home, or just getting through the day.  We hope that some of these ideas may be helpful during this time!  Establishing a Routine Helping Around the House Cooking Ideas...
Description: This is a place for parents and teachers across the United States to work together, to collaboratively build out a database of educational resources, materials, and activities so that no parent or teacher is on their own. Resources can be searched by: Type Grade level Subject Review This site was created by two current and former teachers: Rose Sebastian, a post-doctoral fellow in education at the University of Virginia and Kendal Friesen, a special education teacher for San Diego Unified.
Description: Resources About Face Masks, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School) (Available in English & Spanish) The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities and Children’s Specialized Hospital have developed a series of resources to help children understand and feel comfortable wearing face masks. Wearing Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Advocate Medical Group: Adult Down Syndrome Center For Individuals with Down Syndrome For Families...
Description: The resources are organized by the following topics: Early Childhood Education Resources Counseling Resources Online Learning Resources Math Education Resources Culturally and Diverse Learner Resources Health and Physical Education Resources
Description: This brief provides guidance to parents, family members, and caregivers about using the power of play to build resilience and support healing. Some of the ideas outlined in the brief include:  Create opportunities for young children to communicate their fears and express their big feelings in constructive ways. Support children in releasing the extra energy charge that accumulates in their bodies after a stressful or traumatic experience. Teach infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children...
Description: Supports for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities is a resource that originated in Arkansas. Intended as a means of collaboration between teachers and families, the document offers examples and related resources for a number of lessons that can completed at home during normal daily routines. We asked a number of Virginia special educators to preview the document and then invited them to a virtual discussion where they shared their initial thoughts, offered some great ideas, and...
Description: There are 2 types of tools on this page. On the left, you’ll find games and calendars for families to use to make their home an Active Home. On the right, you’ll find resources to help teachers and parents partner together to provide meaningful movement opportunities that progress students toward physical education and social & emotional learning outcomes. Check back often for updates. Topics Include: Active Fun for Families DEAM Calendars (Drop Everything And...
Description: As a public health organization, we at Hip Hop Public Health felt the strong need to support the communities we work with during a time like this. For those of you wondering how best to keep your schools, workplaces and homes safe, refer to this practical and informative guide from the CDC. Even with current social distancing recommendations, the importance of keeping active remains important for our overall health and immune systems. Hip Hop Public Health has, therefore, put together...
Description: In an effort to support Virginia educators, VDOE created the Continuity for Learning (C4L) Task Force consisting of teachers, leaders, and collaborating educational partners across Virginia. The C4L Task Force has prepared Virginia Learns Anywhere (PDF) which reinforces much-needed structure while also empowering individual teachers to support students in learning remotely. The C4L Task Force encourages divisions to develop and implement continuous learning plans in partnership with local...
Description: Wide Open School Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. There is so much good happening, and we are here to gather great stuff and organize it so teachers and families can easily find it and plan each day.  Resources are organized by "I'm an educator" or "We're in a family" and "Grades PreK-5" or "Grades 6-12". The topics include: Daily Schedule Emotional Well-Being Field Trip Getting Started Learning At...
Description: Resources on this page are provided by educators and families from around the world. We are collaborating to support the needs of students with significant disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. These materials are open source and may be adapted to fit your child or student's need. They may not be used for purchase.   We are updating this site often. Please email distancelearning4sped@gmail.com if you have a resource to share that would support students with significant...
Description: Most school districts have closed during the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, leaving both parents and teachers looking for help. Teachers have been tasked with figuring out how to deliver lesson plans and classroom activities as part of distance learning. Parents are trying to keep students on track with their studies and educational growth. We are here with a growing list of online learning resources. And to make it better, many companies are choosing to make their products free for schools,...
Description: Stories help. They entertain. They teach. They keep young minds active, alert, and engaged. For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.
Description: Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced today that every teacher in the commonwealth’s public schools will be able to host virtual classes on the Virginia Department of Education’s Virtual Virginia online learning system throughout the 2020-2021 school year. The expanded access to Virtual Virginia is available at no cost to school divisions through $3.5 million in support from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES...
Description: Parents of children with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities are accustomed to paying close attention to their child's physical, cognitive, and emotional development. This proactive approach should also include their child's sexual development, which for many parents may not seem as obvious or urgent, especially to those with young children. Drawing on her unique background as both a sexual educator and mother of a child with Down syndrome, the author blends factual...
Description: The Teaching Channel now offers a large collection of professional development videos for pre-K through 12th grade teachers to discover new approaches for working with students. Some of the video topics include: Assessment, Behavior, Celebrating Teachers, Class Culture, Coaching, Differentiation, Digital Literacy, Engagement, English Language Learners and more.
Description: CATCH My Breath is a free best-practice middle and high school E-cigarette prevention program! The curriculum increases students' knowledge of E-cigarettes, nicotine and addiction dangers. It offers activities, online resources, and take-home materials for parents. The CATCH My Breath Youth E-cigarette Prevention Program’s goal is to increase students’ knowledge of E-cigarettes, nicotine and addiction dangers while cutting their intended use of the product in the future. Our aim is...
Description: Resources for Parents & Other Caring Adults Video Resources The Underage Drinking "Talk" Saves Lives "No Drinks for You” - Anti-Social Hosting Law Enforcement: Social Hosting  Don’t be a Party to Teenage Drinking There are Costs to Being the Life of the Party Parents are the Key to Preventing Underage Drinking Virginia teens say they ride in cars with impaired drivers and that their parents don’t talk to them about underage drinking*. It is a fact that parents are the...
Description: There are hundreds of teacher-reviewed curriculum and instructional resources for social, emotional, physical and environmental health aligned with Virginia Standards of Learning! The curriculum resources are organized by grade level.
Description: A Place To Be helps people with disabilities, medical and mental health struggles face, navigate and overcome life's challenges using the clinically-based practices of music therapy. Our Board-Certified therapists create individualized plans to help our clients achieve therapeutic goals and discover unrealized potential in a supportive, engaging and fun environment. A Place To Be is more than just our programs. We are a community dedicated to the values of inclusivity, respect, acceptance, love...
Description: Virginia Family Special Education Connection provides a one-stop-shop for parents, families and caregivers of children with special needs to: Access local school system contacts and disability services in your community Explore an abundance of resources, including assistive technology and behavioral supports to help your child succeed. Learn about and plan your child's educational program Understand your legal rights and responsibilities POWER (Parent Organizer with Educational Resources)...
Description: The following kids app reviews represent some of the best kids apps found in iTunes and the Android marketplaces. We cull the app marketplaces, talk with kids app developers, pay attention to the app buzz, and download and play 1000s of children's apps every year. We don’t spend much time writing about kids apps that we don’t think are worth your child’s time, thus most kids apps reviewed on this site get a rating of 3 stars or higher. That said, not all of these apps have...
Description: The DEA and Discovery Education have joined forces to combat a growing epidemic of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use nationwide. Operation Prevention's mission is to educate students about the true impacts of opioids and kick-start lifesaving conversations in the home and classroom. Operation Prevention's classroom resources provide educators with engaging tools that are aligned to national health and science standards and integrate seamlessly into classroom instruction. Through a series...
Description: TTJunior, TweenTribune, TeenTribune, and TTEspañol (Spanish version) are included in a free online educational service offered by the Smithsonian for use by K-12 grade Teachers and students. These consist of daily news sites for kids, tweens, and teens, and includes text, photos, graphics, and audio and/or video materials prepared by the Smithsonian and others about current events, history, art, culture and science. There are lessons, instructional and assessment tools, and opportunities...
Description: This manual is a resource book that contains basic information, guidelines, and recommendations for establishing and enhancing a school health program. It reflects a growing emphasis on the role of school health in prevention of disease and health promotion and wellness for students. The purpose of this manual is to provide guidelines for local school divisions to develop or strengthen their school health program at the individual, school program, or community level. These guidelines are...
Description: As you get older, you’re able to start making your own decisions about a lot of things that matter most to you. You may choose your own clothes, music, and friends. You also may be ready to make decisions about your body and health. Making healthy decisions about what you eat and drink, how active you are, and how much sleep you get is a great place to start. Here you’ll learn how your body works—how your body uses the food and drinks you consume and how being active may help...
Description: The mission of Virginia's public education system is to educate students in the fundamental knowledge and academic subjects that they need to become capable, responsible, and self-reliant citizens. Therefore, the mission of the Virginia Board of Education and the superintendent of public instruction, in cooperation with local school boards, is to increase student learning and academic achievement.
Description: BRCTH provides life-enhancing, equine assisted activities for individuals with disabling conditions, including those who are “at risk”, in the northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and contingent counties in WV.   We serve adults and children from age four.  In order to provide these services to the community, we rely upon a dedicated team of volunteers.  See our Volunteer page for more information. Contact BRCTH
Description: The Metropolitan Washington Ear, Inc. (MWE) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization incorporated under the laws of the state of Maryland. MWE provides reading and information services for blind, visually impaired, and physically disabled people who cannot effectively read print, see plays, watch television programs and films, or view museum exhibits. Established in 1974, we've been providing quality services through out Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia for more than 40 years. Our...
Description: The DCMP provides services designed to support and improve the academic achievement of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. Explore our website to learn how we are living our mission to promote and provide equal access to communication and learning for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. The DCMP is an idea that works thanks to funding by the U.S. Department of Education and administration by the National...
Description: This free 10 minute video explores the value of play, playful inquiry and the role of adults in supporting, advocating for  and investing in children’s play.
Description: Play is more than enjoyment; it encompasses active engagement in learning and is an important part of children’s development. Play gives children the opportunity to practice new skills needed in real life. Play can happen anytime, anywhere, and with anyone – peers and adults. Through play, children are motivated to discover the world! Fred Rogers, a children’s television legend, succinctly stated, “Play is really the work of childhood.” In this issue, over 100...
Description: This site contains a Parent's Guide on Puberty for Boys with Disabilities and a Parent's Guide for Girls with Disabilities. This publication was developed and written by Vanderbilt Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND). The appendix has storyboards and visuals that you can use in implementing the methods outlined in the toolkit. This file is not included in the printed manual. You may choose to print the entire appendix, or you may want to print a particular page or set...
Description: How can I help students who are recovering from a concussion? As a teacher, you play an important role in helping students recover from a concussion as they return to school. Making short-term changes to your students' school work load and schedule- and giving them time to help their brain heal- can help them get back to their regular school routine. As they begin to feel better, you can slowly remove these changes. Concussion symptoms may return as students get back to physical or mental...
Description: Many parents wonder what they can do to ensure that their preschooler will be successful when she enters school, especially now with so much emphasis on state testing and learning standards. Through play and everyday activities such as cooking, cleaning, and grocery shopping, your young child is acquiring the information and skills needed to learn more difficult skills, including how to read, write, and solve problems. This guide is meant to help you understand that the...
Title: Newsela
Description: Content manufactured for the classroom isn’t cutting it. Newsela content comes from the real world, about people and topics students relate to. They start with the world's best sources and carefully select only the content that is most representative, most engaging, and best for Culturally Responsive Teaching. Because when students read about things they’re excited about, they learn to love learning for life.  Newsela content is provided at 5 reading levels, so the...
Title: Planbook
Description: Planbook.com provides the following (for a minimal yearly fee): Set up your school year in minutes, using a weekly, bi-weekly or cycle schedule Create "Alternate Day" schedules for planning days, half days, etc. Add extra class lessons, or remove an individual class from daily schedule Easily bump, extend, copy, link or move lessons when needed Re-use schedule and lessons from year to year, adapt as needed (Potential resource for Co-Teaching Teams)
Description: EDSITEment is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Trust for the Humanities. EDSITEment offers free resources for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality K-12 humanities education materials in the subject areas of history and social studies, literature and language arts, foreign languages, arts, and culture. All websites linked to EDSITEment have been reviewed for content, design, and educational impact in the classroom....
Description: This is a section of the Smithsonian website that includes links to Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Kids' Favorites, Smithsonian Students, and Visiting the Smithsonian.  This includes: Art, History, and Culture: Activities and Games Science and Nature: Activities and Games Arts Meets Science in the Collections Art, History, and Culture in the Collections Science and Nature in the Collections
Description: Here are Mary’s Top 10 Tips on communicating with someone who has a disability. This video engages the viewer while educating them on the proper disability etiquette. This video is part of a series on disability awareness and inclusion in sports and physical education.
Description: AIR is one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations. Our overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life. For us, making the world a better place is not wishful thinking. It is the goal that drives us. Their vision is to: Inform improvements to education, health, workforce development, and related areas; Collaborate with organizations, policymakers, and practitioners...
Description: Young Audiences – Arts for Learning – Virginia is the leading provider of quality arts-in-education programming in Virginia. We offer an array of arts performances and workshops grounded in the core curriculum, residencies for children of all ages, and professional development in arts-integration techniques that improve students’ literacy skills, motivation to read, and ability to learn. We are dedicated to bringing innovation and imagination to education through the arts. We...
Description: These include: Universal Design for Learning: From Theory to Practice, Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning, UDL Myths & Misconceptions, CAST and Project OPEN Present UDL On Campus, UDL Now!, A Discussion on UDL and Learner Variability, Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice, A Book Discussion, UDL Implementation: Are You Ready?