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Description: Included in this VPI+ Professional Development library are resources that have been carefully vetted and selected by staff from the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). Articles, online learning, web pages, and documents on specific topics can be narrowed down using the categories or by searching for a particular keyword. Topics include: Classroom Interactions and Organization Teacher-child interactions (CLASS) Supportive Environments Play-based learning...
Description: NTACT (National Technical Assistance Center on Transition) is charged with assisting stakeholders in implementing evidence-based and promising practices and predictors that promote positive post-school outcomes for all students with disabilities. Throughout the website and other resources from NTACT, effective practices and predictors have been evaluated regarding the amount, type, and quality of the research conducted, and are labeled as either (a) evidence-based, (b) research-based, or (c)...
Description: These resources were developed by the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA). VISTA was dedicated to teaching science using hands-on, problem-based learning (PBL) that enabled students to act as “real world” scientists, working in collaborative groups to address timely and exciting issues.
Description: Do you remember how excited your children were about maths* when they were young? How they were excited by patterns in nature? How they rearranged a set of objects and found, with delight, that they had the same number? Before children start school they often talk about maths with curiosity and wonder, but soon after they start school many children decide that maths is confusing and scary and they are not a “math person”. This is because maths in many schools is all about procedures,...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Office of Special Education Instructional Services in consultation with the Office of Humanities and Early Childhood are seeking K-6 teachers to participate in the Multi-Sensory Structured Language Instruction Pilot Project II during the 2016-2017 school year.  Again this year, approximately 80 teachers will be selected through a competitive application process to participate in the August 1-5, 2016, regionally-based pilot project.  The...
Description: The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) are pleased to announce the completion of the English Learner (EL) Tool Kit to support states, districts and schools in meeting their legal obligations to EL students and ensuring access to a quality education. Topics included in the tool kit include:  tools and resources for identifying ELs, providing ELs with high-quality EL programs, evaluating the effectiveness of EL programs, avoiding unnecessary segregation, providing qualified...
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...
Description: Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. Our reading resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.
Description: CEC's (Council for Exceptional Children) divisions individually explore a single facet of special education in thoughtful detail, bringing together professionals to exchange ideas, stimulate research, and promote expertise in key areas of each fast-growing field. These include: Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD), Division for Research (CEC-DR), CEC Pioneers Division (CEC-PD), Council for Educational Diagnostic Services...
Description: The IRIS Center has assembled an impressive collection of Evidence-Based Practice Summaries of research about the effectiveness of various instructional strategies and interventions. The summaries include links to research reports, information about an intervention’s level of effectiveness, and the age groups for which it is designed. Summaries are available on the following topics: Assessment (includes progress monitoring), Behavior and Classroom Management, Content...
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.
Description: The EBI (Evidence Based Network) Network has been developed to provide guidance in the selection and implementation of evidence-based interventions in the classroom setting.  To this end, four general sections have been developed for your use: Evidence Based Intervention Section, Problem Solving Team/RTI Resources, Foundations of Problem Solving and ELL Resources.
Description: This section provides a Guidance Package (which includes a Set of Guiding Principles for Providing High-Quality Education in Juvenile Justice Secure Care Settings, and a Dear Colleague Letter on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for Students with Disabilities in Correctional Facilities), Additional Resources (which includes Frequently Asked Questions and Fact Sheets), and Technical Assistance and Support.
Description: The Center on RTI is a national leader in supporting the successful implementation and scale-up of RTI and its components. It continues the work of the National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI), which AIR ran from 2007-2012 with a grant from the Office of Special Education Programs. When the Center’s federal funding ended in 2012, AIR took over upkeep and maintenance of the Center’s website and products and continues to provide support for states, districts, and schools...
Description: Providing high-quality education in juvenile justice secure care settings presents unique challenges for the administrators, teachers, and staff who are responsible for the education, rehabilitation, and welfare of youths committed to their care. The services provided to them in secure care facilities should be developmentally appropriate and focus on the youths’ educational, social-emotional, behavioral, and career planning needs so that their time within a secure care facility is a...
Description: Start with the Arts at Home is an educational resource that uses the arts to assist young children, including those with disabilities, in exploring themes commonly taught in early childhood classrooms in the home setting. Start with the Arts at Home is available for free download in both English and Spanish.
Description: In this article written for Colorín Colorado, Bright Ideas author Kristina Robertson offers an overview of WIDA's new Essential Actions handbook and shares a step-by-step process for using this tool as part of a professional learning community focused on meeting ELLs' academic language needs. (ELL = English Language Learner)
Description: English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are designed to assist students in communicating effectively in English, both in and out of school. A number of resources and services are available to schools to help limited English proficient (LEP) students demonstrate their ability to understand, read and write English in order to function and be successful in school and in American society.
Description: This resource (PDF) contains documents and websites (in English and Spanish) about Advocacy, Early Intervention, Special Education (2 through 21 years), Transition and Information on Specific Disabilities.
Description: This is a bilingual site for families and educators of English language learners. The bilingual section was created just for parents and families to provide you with the information you need to help your child become a good reader and a successful student.
Description: Esta sección bilingüe ha sido diseñada pensando en ustedes, con el fin de brindarles información útil para ayudar a sus hijos a convertirse en buenos lectores y en estudiantes de éxito.
Description: This brief identifies gaps in current high school curricula, suggests how high schools can modify curricula to help students attain the skills they need, and highlights practices that are particularly effective for students facing specific challenges. Available in pdf (6 pages).
Description: Each and every child in an early childhood classroom can benefit from the use of visual supports. This webinar will explore strategies for utilizing visual schedules, visual prompts, and other assistive technology materials throughout the daily routines in the classroom. Ideas for engaging children and easing them through transitions will be shared.
Description: This Social Policy Report from the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)*, examines how to best support the development and learning of children who are multilingual, and offers recommendations for policy and practice.
Description: The five principles included here are meant to serve as a comprehensive and cohesive vision of ways to ensure the appropriate inclusion of ELLs with disabilities in large-scale assessment systems, to make certain that their results are valid indicators of their knowledge and skills. We believe that these principles should serve as a starting point for a larger, multi-disciplinary conversation about how to best assess these students. They are not the endpoint, but the beginning of a much-needed,...
Description: This section includes information on: Accommodations Assessment Assistive Technology Behavior and Discipline Child Find Critical Area Self-Assessment Questions Disability Specific Documents Educational Interpreters English Language Learners Extended School Year Services Funding and Grants Health Guidance IEP Inclusion Resources Instruction Paraprofessional Prior Written Notice Parent Involvement Section 504 Resources Secondary Transition Services
Description: The National Association for Bilingual Education is the only professional organization at the national level wholly devoted to representing both English language learners and bilingual educational professionals. Along with our affiliate organizations in 20 states, we represent a combined membership of bilingual and English-as-a-second-language teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, university professors and students, researchers, advocates, policymakers, and parents. (National...
Description: This policy forum from the Center for Early Care and Education Research (CECER-DLL)- Dual Language Learners (DLLs) discusses: Who are these children?, What Circumstances Characterize DLLs?, How to Best Understand the Growing Population, Research Informing Policy and Recommendations.
Description: The George Lucas Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.
Description: Teachers are recommended to use these materials in small groups as part of ongoing professional development. The webinars are divided into short segments to enable school teams to use the materials flexibly. Part 1: Introduction to English Learners and Principles of Instruction, Part 2: Designing and Implementing Tiered Intervention Programs for English Learners, Part 3: When Students Continue to Struggle Part 4 Overview of Assessment for Special Education Eligibility, Part 5: Assessment of...
Title: readVirginia
Description: When children read what they enjoy, they learn to love reading and become better readers. The free summer reading programs at your public library will help your child keep reading and learning while having fun all summer long. Research has shown that children who continue to read during the summer vacation perform better in the fall when school resumes, and the even reading for simple summer enjoyment helps children with literacy skills, while helping prevent learning losses.
Description: This Reading Progression Chart (PDF) identifies the grade level at which specific skills are formally introduced in the 2010 English SOL. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: These practice items provide examples of the new content and increased rigor represented by the revised Standards of Learning (SOL) and illustrate the new Technology-Enhanced Item types for the mathematics, reading, science, and writing SOL tests. Technology-Enhanced Items (TEI) require students to indicate their responses in ways other than a multiple-choice format. Please note that the practice items are not intended to be a complete test and are not intended to cover all content for the grade...
Description: Serving Up MyPlate is a new collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities. Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy. These materials includes a colorful 4 page booklet for parents in English, Spanish,...
Description: The focus of SpecialQuest Birth–Five is on inclusion for children with disabilities ages birth through five (pre-kindergarten) and their families, particularly those in Head Start* along with Child Care, Early Intervention/Part C, Early Childhood Special Education/619, family support, and other related programs. (parent, parents)
Description: Students of all ability levels should have the opportunity to experience literacy designed to help them learn new skills or review current abilities. Adapting literacy activities is one method used to make books accessible. This handout discusses why and how to adapt literacy activities for the development of literacy skills.
Title: BrainPop
Description: BrainPOP creates animated, curricular content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement.  Our award-winning online educational resources include BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP, BrainPOP Español, and, for English language learners, BrainPOP ESL. BrainPOP is also home to GameUp, an educational games portal for the classroom. There is a cost to subscribe. (BrainPop is available in Spanish.)
Description: The SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library supports the inclusion of young children with disabilities birth–five and their families, in early care and education settings. The SpecialQuest materials and approach have been used with over 5,000 participants nationwide, refined over a period of ten years, and have been shown to create and sustain change. Materials on this website are provided at no cost with funding from the Office of Head Start.
Description: Founded in 1948 as Recording for the Blind, Learning Ally serves more than 300,000 K-12, college and graduate students, veterans and lifelong learners – all of whom cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, or other learning disabilities. Learning Ally’s collection of more than 65,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles – downloadable and accessible on mainstream as well as specialized assistive technology devices – is the...
Description: Welcome to Rick Wormeli’s new website supporting implementation of his book, Fair Isn’t Always Equal. (Complete the free, one-time registration and you’ll be taken directly to the site.) In order to be supportive of teachers, principals, superintendents, parents, policy-makers, professional developers, authors, and school board members who are exploring assessment and grading issues, especially in classrooms where teachers are trying to differentiate instruction with diverse...
Description: roject HOPE - Virginia ensures the enrollment, attendance, and the success of homeless children and youth in school through public awareness efforts across the commonwealth and subgrants to local school divisions. Project HOPE - Virginia funds activities throughout the school year, including early childhood education, mentoring, tutoring, parent education, summer enrichment programs, and domestic violence prevention programs.
Description: This collection of research-based articles describes ways to promote oral language throughout the early childhood curriculum. Also included is a list of print and online resources. (curriculum and instructional strategies)
Description: This book provides a definition and description of each component of literacy, a summary of related research, and a thorough description of the teacher’s role in supporting literacy development. Also offered are teaching strategies to embed language and literacy in all aspects of the daily routine and learning environment. Adaptations for second language learners and children with special needs are provided, as well as checklists to assist the teacher in self-reflecting and improving the...
Description: This module discusses the importance of selecting evidence-based practices and programs. It also examines actions that school personnel can take to increase the likelihood that the practice or program is implemented as it was designed.
Description: This site contains lots of free printables for use in the classroom made with Boardmaker.™ Click "Materials Exchange" on the right hand side to access free materials.(Communication)
Description: Literacy Connections provides a wealth of information on reading, teaching and tutoring techniques, ESL literacy, and adult literacy. We recommend resources that are useful for teachers, volunteers, and directors of literacy programs. Topics include the language experience approach, phonics, word study, word families, and the best in children's literature.
Description: Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas: Getting to the core of middle and high school improvement addresses one important way in which schools can and must improve the literacy instruction they provide to students in grades 4-12. More specifically, it focuses on reading and writing instruction in the academic content areas-particularly in the areas of math, science, English, and history- that comprise the heart of the secondary school curriculum. (adolescent literacy)
Description: The RMC Research Corporation's Center on Instruction (COI) website is your gateway to a cutting-edge collection of research-based resources on instruction.While these resources are useful for improving the achievement of all students, they particularly target students in the lowest performing schools, students with difficulties learning mathematics, students needing intensive instruction, or special needs/diverse learners, including English language learners. This site includes information on...
Description: This site is designed for kids ages 6-15. It includes Activity Lab, Game Station, Book Zone and Express Yourself. This site is provided by Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit children's literacy organization.
Description: This book includes information on evaluation, decision making, service delivery methods, and new assessment tools. Special topics such as Dysphagia, auditory processing, and ESL/ELL are also covered.