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Description: This report offers recommendations for creating and expanding policy guidance specifically addressing the needs of English learners with disabilities during remote learning and school reopening. It also includes recommendations to address the persistent challenges schools face in supporting English learners with disabilities. Finally, the report includes several state leadership actions to facilitate implementation of the recommendations, and to help strengthen collaboration between English...
Description: This document is intended for use by all teachers of English Learners with Disabilities (ELWD). The purpose of this document is to support effective collaboration within Individualized Educational Programs (IEP) and processes and instructional programs that serve to meet the language and learning needs of ELWD. The information included is recommended based on research and evidence for best practices for ELWD. Refer to relevant federal, state, and local policy when making decisions about programs...
Description: This resource is designed for all teachers who work with English Learners with Disabilities (ELWD). Make Instruction and Assessment Multimodal and Comprehensive Support Language Development Provide Direct instruction and Make Expectations Clear Vary Teaching Strategies and Approaches Consider and Connect to Students' Backgrounds Reduce Cognitive Load and Alow Processing Time Promote and Reinforce Expected Classroom Behavior
Description: The intended audience for this document is school teams that support an English Learner (EL) having difficulty engaging in learning activities, and suspect the EL may have a disability. The purpose of this document is to assist teams in understanding languange learning and cultural influences and the multiple factors potentially affecting EL progress. Gather a School Team for the Pre-Referral Process Build the Professional Knowledge of the School Team and Discuss Consider Factors that Influence...
Description: The intended audience for this document is teachers of English Learners (EL) who do not have a formal background with special education. The purpose of this document is to provide a foundation for professional conversations about appropriate supports according to a specific category of need that is influenced by a specific disability or combination of disabilities. Consider the Disability and Implications on Learning Differentiation and Support Ideas by Type of Instructional Concern
Description: Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, almost all school districts rapidly shifted to distance learning in spring of the 2019-2020 school year. This shift laid bare both the logistical and instructional challenges of distance learning, particularly for English learners and students with disabilities, both of whom have faced persistent achievement gaps. This work was conducted as part of GAO’s COVID-19 monitoring and oversight responsibilities under the CARES Act. It...
Description: NCFL works to eradicate poverty through education solutions for families. Over our 30-year history, we have changed the lives of millions of families by providing literacy strategies, programming, and resources. Engaging multiple generations in learning together is a fundamental and distinguishing aspect of our work, because we know this holistic approach creates a stronger impact and greater success for families.    Industry Insights Free Resources Families/Family Literacy Early...
Description: The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) funds a network of 10 Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs). Each REL serves a designated region of the country and works with educators and policymakers to support a more evidence-based education system. In response to COVID-19, the RELs have collaborated to produce this series of evidence-based resources and guidance about teaching and learning in a remote environment, as well as other considerations brought by...
Description: At IRIS, they have a bit of experience when it comes to which of their resources are most heavily used at the beginning of any given academic year. Consider this your curated list of back-to-school learning modules and case study units from your friends at the IRIS Center. Classroom Behavior Management (Part 1): Learning the Components of a Comprehensive Behavior Management Plan Classroom Management (Part 2): Developing Your Own Comprehensive Behavior Management Plan Effective Room Arrangement:...
Description: Strategies to Support Multilingual/English Learner Students in Remote Learning Environments is an informative video that provides information on supporting students in remote learning environments. Learn from presenters including: Jessica Costa, English Learner Instructional Specialist, Department of Learning and Innovation, Virginia Department of Education Jose A. Velazquez, Director of Academic Instruction & School Support, Education Service Center-Region 19 Presented in Partnership with...
Description: Rewordify.com is powerful, free, online software that improves reading, learning, and teaching. This site can: Intelligently simplify difficult English, for faster comprehension, Effectively teach words, for building a better vocabulary, Help teachers save time and produce engaging lessons, Help improve learning outcomes. Rewordify.com helps with reading comprehension and vocabulary development by simplifying English to a lower reading level. It lets you reword a sentence or reword a paragraph....
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: English Learners (ELs) may face unique challenges and have distinct social emotional needs. School closures and social distancing could exacerbate the stresses of learning a new language and navigating a different culture as well as heighten inequities and disparities.
Description: Social Emotional Wellness Considerations for Teachers and School Staff Quick Guide Social Emotional Wellness Considerations for Early Learners Quick Guide, Social Emotional Wellness Considerations for English Learners Quick Guide, Social Emotional Wellness Considerations for Military-Connected Learners, Social Emotional Wellness Considerations for Parents and Caregivers Quick Guide, Social Emotional Wellness Considerations Students with Disabilities Guide  Social-Emotional Wellness...
Description: The purpose of this webpage is to provide important information and links to resources that support educators in providing equitable instruction and services to English Learners (ELs). Divisions across the Commonwealth of Virginia serve over 105,000 ELs, who speak over 240 languages, and come from a variety of learning and cultural backgrounds. These students bring a unique set of assets that have the potential to enrich the experiences of all learners and educators. The Virginia Department...
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: Getting ELs talking about your content is critical for their overall language development as well as their literacy development. Check out this interactive database from the University of Oklahoma to search and filter strategies.
Description: Webinar Recordings The Comprehensive Literacy Webinar Series focuses on best practices in literacy instruction and resources available to school divisions. Through the diverse expertise of our partners and presenters, the Virginia Department of Education's goal is to offer timely, research-based, and instructionally sound sessions to Virginia educators. Webinars take place January & February 2020.  Recordings of the webinars are posted after the webinars take place. Topics include:...
Description: 6 Essential Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners 5 Free Video Games That Support English Language Learners 5 Improving Math Curriculum for English Language Learners
Description: Across the United States, educators are changing the way they teach STEM courses. Students collaborate to investigate local phenomena in science class and work out intriguing problems in mathematics class. Across STEM courses, students attempt explanations, justify their positions, question and challenge one another’s ideas, and build new understanding together. This focus on students’ meaning-making represents an important shift. Rather than focusing on memorizing formulas and...
Description: STARTALK has identified a variety of activities designed to keep learners engaged as they process and produce language. All of the activities include a short overview description, step-by-step directions, as well as helpful tips and suggestions for differentiation. Some of the activities also include video examples, strategy guides, graphic organizers or sample materials, as well as links to additional resources. STARTALK thanks Helena Curtain and Rosanne Zeppieri who inspired this work and...
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: Families are the enduring presence in the lives of young children with disabilities. This volume contains activities to support early care and education staff and families in developing positive relationships that support collaboration and family leadership. Session 1: Creating Bright Futures (Building Relationships with Families) Session 2: Listening to Families Session 3: When Concerns Arise: Learning from Families' Experiences Session 4: Getting...
Description: Students can build their own comic strips on the website, with ample scaffolding. Previously available for six languages, the site has added functionality so that users can write text for balloons in ANY language. This site includes resources for creating comic strips, printables, writing tools as well as resources for Teachers, Parents, ESOL/Literacy, Special Needs, Apps, E-Books & More.
Description: Young children in immigrant families, almost all of whom are U.S. citizens born in this country, are an increasing large group of the nation’s population. In 2015 there were an estimated 5,760,000 children age 5 or younger with at least one immigrant parent, about one-quarter of the total 23 million children of the same age nationally.  This number doubled in the 25 years since the 1990 Census and accounts for all the net growth in the young child population since then. Based on data...
Description: This section provides information on assessment and eligibility determination guidelines to special education professionals who work with English Learners. These guidelines can be used where traditional evaluation procedures may not be appropriate and are based on specific aspects of diversity such as race, culture, the acculturation process, high mobility among families and poverty rates.  
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: NTACT 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) promising.  NTACT has developed Practice...
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: 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: 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: To support the use of evidence based interventions (EBI) in schools, the Evidence Based Intervention Network (EBIN) was developed to provide guidance in the selection and implementation of EBI in the classroom setting. The EBIN has an extensive resource base including evidence based intervention briefs, video modeling of EBIs, information on selecting and using EBI. Each of these resources has been developed in collaboration with faculty and students from a variety of universities. We hope you...
Description: The Center on RTI provides services on a fee for service basis to assist states, districts, and schools to successfully implement and scale-up MTSS/RTI and its components -- screening students, monitoring student progress, providing evidence-based interventions that adjust in intensity depending on a student's responsiveness, and identifying students with learning disabilities. To determine what services may be needed, staff collaboratively problem-solve with the requesting state, district, or...
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: From translating research into practice to providing online professional development, the Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts (VGC) emphasizes scientifically based research and is dedicated to improving instruction for all students, especially struggling readers, English language learners, and special education students.
Description: As a parent, there are many ways that you can help your child succeed every single day! These bilingual parent resources offer tips on helping your child learn to read, succeed in school, and learn a new language. They also provide information about the U.S. school system and share ideas on how to build a relationship with your child’s teacher and school. In addition, you can find fun reading tips and games, bilingual booklists, ideas for using the public library, and videos of...
Description: Colorín Colorado is a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of bilingual, research-based information, activities, and advice for educators and families of English language learners (ELLs). Colorín Colorado is an educational service of WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in the nation's capital, and receives major funding from the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association.
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: The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviews the existing research on different programs, products, practices, and policies in education. Our goal is to provide educators with the information they need to make evidence-based decisions. We focus on the results from high-quality research to answer the question “What works in education?” Topics include: Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Behavior, Children and Youth with Disabilities, English Learners, Teacher...
Description: Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the child nutrition programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.   
Description: School readiness and school success for children who are dual language learners are tied directly to mastery of their home language. This series of handouts is designed to provide staff and families with basic information on topics related to children learning two or more languages. They emphasize the benefits of being bilingual, the importance of maintaining home language, and the value of becoming fully bilingual. These easy-to-read resources highlight important information that every adult...
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.
Title: BrainPOP
Description: What is BrainPop? Engaging learning games, animated movies, and activities. Designed with relevance, depth, and humor to encourage kids on their unique learning paths. Supporting teachers' roles and needs with classrooom-optimized tool, shaped by millions of hours of use by students and teachers in diverse learning settings. Learning made visible thourgh tools that challenge students to reflect, make connections, and engage in deeper, curiosity-driven learning. Covering universal topics with...
Description: PALS-PreK is a scientifically-based phonological awareness and literacy screening that measures preschoolers' developing knowledge of important literacy fundamentals and offers guidance to teachers for tailoring instruction to children's specific needs. The assessment reflects skills that are predictive of future reading success and measures name writing ability, upper-case and lower-case alphabet recognition, letter sound and beginning sound production, print and word awareness, rhyme awareness...
Description: Based on brain science and leading instructional practice research, Learning Ally provides new, integrated tools to help educators drive sustainable transformational change in literacy leadership and student achievement. We help school systems and leaders address the equity gap through evidence-based solutions that combine early assessment, intervention, and accommodation with interactive professional development and coaching. Our programs help educators identify and prevent learning issues,...
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.)
Description: Project HOPE - Virginia ensures the enrollment, attendance, and the school success of children and youth experiencing homelessness through public awareness efforts across the commonwealth and subgrants to local school divisions. School divisions develop customized programs to meet the needs of homeless children and youth in their area. Project HOPE - Virginia funds activities throughout the school year, including early childhood education, mentoring, tutoring, parent education, summer enrichment...
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 (est. completion time: 3 hours).