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Description: The Alerts series is a joint initiative sponsored by two divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children—the Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) and the Division for Research (DR). Each Current Practice Alert provides timely and informed judgments regarding professional practices in the field with a special focus on learning disabilities. Based on the adequacy of the current knowledge base and practice experience, each Alert makes a recommendation of “Go For It”...
Description: This document was developed to clarify the relationship between Specially Designed Instruction, Core Instruction and Interventions within a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) for educators developing, improving and maintaining systems of support for all students.
Description: Smithsonian TTJunior, TweenTribune, TeenTribune, and TTEspañol (Spanish version) is 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: A few resources for identifying SDI and incorporating SDI into the co-taught classroom. Behavior Advisor:  (Note: You must create a free account to access this resource) Contracts- A contract is a written agreement between a student and a teacher that is directed toward changing the youngster's behavior.  http://www.behavioradvisor.com/Contracts.html.
Description: SmartBrief provides: Summaries of what matters to you, written by expert editors to save you time and keep you informed and prepared. A daily snapshot of special education with news from Education Week, Teacher Magazine and other leading sources.
Description: Before the IEP, before any evaluations or documentation, before there is talk about assistive technology, Divisions must first ensure that it is set up and prepared to use AIM-VA; from establishing the rules for educators and administrators by creating digital rights managers, to submitting book purchases to the NIMAC, to creating a system to ensure all of a student's needed materials are converted. View this webinar on AIM-VA's YouTube channel and help your division prepare for the 2017-2018...
Description: Narrated Crosswalk Presentations for each grade level and EOC summarizing the 2016 Mathematics SOL revisions have been posted.  These presentations provide additional support for school divisions and teachers as they explore the new 2016 standards.  2017 SOL Mathematics Institutes resources have been posted.  These materials include facilitator guides, PowerPoint presentations, and other resources that are intended to support professional development of teachers with the...
Description: Project Aim: Develop a comprehensive implementation program for the delivery of Universal Core vocabulary instruction and augmentative communication supports using the multi-tiered system for augmenting language (mSAL). Goals: Teach students with significant cognitive disabilities and complex communication needs to use symbols included on augmentative communication systems to communicate with a variety of people for a variety of needs. Create and evaluate the mSAL with...
Description: Multisensory Tools for Reading and Writing Color-Coded Word Building Tiles (View / Download) Read It, Build It, Write It Mat (View / Download) Story Stick Questions (View / Download) Multisensory instruction can help kids with reading and writing issues gain basic skills. It works by engaging more than one sense at a time. Multisensory teaching doesn’t have to be limited to school. You can use some techniques at home.
Description: Graphic Organizers to Help Kids With Writing Hamburger Paragraph Graphic Organizer (View / Download) Spider Map Graphic Organizer (View / Download) Persuasion Map Graphic Organizer (View / Download) Pro-Con T-Table Graphic Organizer (View / Download) Sequence Chart Graphic Organizer (View / Download) Graphic organizers are simple yet powerful tools that can help kids with dysgraphia, executive functioning and other issues that can cause trouble writing. A graphic organizer not only helps break...
Description: If your child has trouble with math because of dyscalculia or other learning and attention issues, graphic organizers can help. Graphic organizers allow kids to break down math problems into sequential steps. They’re great tools for figuring out what’s being asked in a word problem, which operation to use or how to organize answers. Kids can also use graphic organizers to learn and review new math concepts. There are many different kinds of graphic organizers. The five downloadable...
Description: For people with disabilities and those at risk, the horse and its environment can provide unique healing and learning experiences. Under the watchful eye of a certified instructor, trained volunteers, educators and healthcare professionals, a student’s interaction with a horse can be therapeutic as well as a fun and freeing experience. BRCTH offers eight-week spring and fall therapeutic riding sessions, plus week-long summer day camps. Instruction includes grooming, handling and mounted...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (DOE) reminds school divisions that registration for the Virtual Virginia 2017 summer session and 2017-2018 academic year opens on April 1.  More than 70 online courses, including certain core, Advanced Placement (AP), world language, and elective courses will be offered. A full-time program, in addition to the supplemental program, modeled after the current partnership with Virginia public schools will continue to be offered. The full-time program will...
Description: It is important that children have high-quality, developmentally appropriate math experiences from an early age. In this learning deck, we will discuss how engaging learning activities can be developed and implemented in preschool classrooms to help children learn a variety of math skills, from counting to patterning and beyond! We also will discuss how intentional, systematic instruction can be used in the context of engaging activities to ensure student learning. Facilitators: Jessica Hardy,...
Description: When students share and exchange their ideas, both they and their teachers benefit. Students can reflect on their own understanding while making sense of and critiquing the ideas of others in a collaborative and supportive learning environment, as required by the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice. They can make conjectures, link prior knowledge to current understanding, reason about mathematics, refine and amend their approaches, and take ownership of their mathematical...
Description: PowerUp Your Classroom Differentiate instruction with evidence-based strategies and technology to meet the needs of your diverse learners.   Find expert guidance on how to integrate educational technology with best practices in English language arts (ELA) and Math instruction, example lesson plans, and more! PowerUp Your Professional Development Create your own pathway for designing face-to-face, blended, and virtual learning activities. Find guidelines for PD...
Description: Included in this VPI+ video clip directory are a series of video clips that have been carefully vetted and selected by staff from the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). Video clips on specific topics can be narrowed down using the categories on the left. Please note: The links below direct you to a website not associated with the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The VDOE does not necessarily endorse the views expressed or the data and facts...
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: Hyperactive, non-compliant, and disruptive behaviors in the classroom are often challenges for early childhood educators, regardless of whether a young child is diagnosed with ADHD or not. Understanding the rationale for and principles of behavior management and self-regulation approaches can help you support positive development for young children with challenging behaviors using evidence-based strategies.  This "Ask the Expert" video is full of information and strategies that you may find...
Description: A variety of one hour professional development archived webinars focused on early intervention and early childhood topics.  These are hosted by the Division for Early Childhood and can be purchased $35.00 for non-DEC members; $25.00 for DEC members.
Description: What is  music therapy? How are children referred to music therapy services? Do music therapists conduct assessments? These are just a few of the questions that parents, educators, and allied health professionals may have when first encountering music therapy in the early childhood setting. This article provides a brief overview of music therapy and outlines the major aspects of the systematic treatment process.
Description: The AIM Explorer is a free simulation that combines grade-leveled digital text with access features common to most text readers and other supported reading software. Magnification, custom text and background colors, text-to-speech, text highlighting, and layout options are presented in a logical sequence to help struggling readers decide which of these supports might help them to access and understand text. The AIM Explorer is designed to be used by a reader working collaboratively with an...
Description: For more than a decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free. Educators' Resources Our curriculum staff has created the following guides to assist you in using GCFLearnFree.org content with the...
Description: These online training modules, created by Barbara Didona, MEd. (funded by the Allen C. Crocker Family Fellowship at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, and by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School) were created specifically for paraprofessionals. The free, research-based modules are full of practical tips and strategies. The modules can also be shared by parent centers with the professionals and paraprofessionals for whom they...
Description: The Disability History Museum hosts a Library of virtual artifacts, Education curricula, and Museum exhibits. These programs are designed to foster research and study about the historical experiences of people with disabilities and their communities. The Disability History Museum is a virtual project, it has no bricks or mortar. It aims to provide all site visitors, people with and without disabilities, researchers, teachers and students, with a wide array of tools to help deepen their...
Description: ATware Solutions, LLC. has been formed by a multidisciplinary team of people from several Virginia universities to produce software and hardware that can be used by people with disabilities, or professionals and families assisting people with disabilities.
Description: On November 2, 2012, the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) adopted Unified English Braille (UEB) as an official braille code to replace English Braille American Edition (EBAE) in the U.S.  At that time, BANA also maintained the current Nemeth Code for Mathematics and Science Notation,the Music Braille Code, and the International Phonetic Alphabet as official braille codes.  January 4, 2016, was identified as the general implementation date for UEB in the U.S. ...
Description: Collaborative Teaching Resources: Checklist for Reviewing Success, Collaborative Teaching Observation Protocol, Teacher Working Style Guide, Roles and Responsibilities of Collaborative Teachers, Collaborative Teaching Rubric, Assessment of Collaborative Teaching Practices in Inclusive Classroom, Lessons Planning Forms, Quality Indicators for Collaboration, Interpersonal Dynamics Discussion Tool Mentoring Co-Teaching Teams & Forms: Equitable Roles and Responsibilities in a Co-Taught...
Description: Quality transition planning is student centered and student driven. The initial step is gathering information regarding a students’ current strengths, needs, preferences, and interests in the context of “of current and future working, educational, living, and personal and social environments”, (Sitlington, Neubert, and Leconte, 1997). Transition assessment toolkit. The Summary of Performance is required (IDEA, 2004) and intended to provide a student with a summary of their...
Description: The Instructional Coaching Group (ICG) is committed to one goal: that every student receives excellent instruction, every day, in every class. We partner with schools, districts, states/provinces and nations to achieve this goal in three ways: (a) sharing high-impact teaching strategies, (b) proven instructional coaching practices to support implementation of those practices, and (c) system change strategies to ensure teachers understand, agree with, and are committed to implementing...
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: Our understanding of how best to support the learning of individuals with ASD always evolving.  With new autism research becoming available, it is necessary for educators, medical personnel, parents, and other service providers to stay up-to-date on best practices, evidence-based interventions and strategies available to support those with ASD. Evidence-based practice (EBP) are those practices that have been researched and are widely accepted and recognized as effective techniques. ...
Description: The Models of Best Practice in the Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder guidance document from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) includes addressing social communication skills. Because of the characteristics of ASD, we have to think far beyond just reading, writing, and arithmetic to include a wide range of other skills! These social communication challenges can severely limit opportunities in the classroom and in the community. In order for students to be more...
Description: Make & Play Quiz allows teachers to design their own unique board game or "quiz", where students can learn or strengthen their skills by playing a game. Each square can have a Question (Multiple Choice, Fill in the Blank or True/False) or an Event (Stop-skip turns, Go forward, Go Back or Get Points). One to four players can play at a time and the games can be shared with others. The cost is 99¢. 
Description: VDOE Office of Special Education Program Improvement has web-based trainings available online that offer support and resources for mathematics instruction support, planning a master schedule and using data informed decision making through the lens of the Virginia Tiered System of Supports. Participants will gain valuable tools and resources to assist in meeting the needs of SWD (students with disabilities). Administrators, teachers and division level staff are encouraged to use these resources...
Description: This series of webshops showcases the products created by real co-teachers of Virginia, select teams of middle and high school co-teachers participating in the Virginia Department of Education’s Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative. These co-teachers established demonstration sites and opened their doors to visitors wishing to observe quality co-teaching; they also developed co-taught lesson plans and videos to share through these webshops. In their videos, teachers model not only...
Description: Marilyn Friend, Ph.D. is interviewed at the 2016 Focus on Inclusion conference on the topic of "What is Specially Designed Instruction?". This video was published on Mar. 11, 2016. "First and most basically, if you look at the regulations in Federal Special Education Law, Specially Designed Instruction is actually the definition of special education and it is the required service that every student with an IEP must receive, so that whether the student is educated in a separate setting or perhaps...
Description: The organization of the document, as detailed in the Table of Contents, is as follows: Introduction: Establishes a common vocabulary, defines co-teaching, and describes the six co-teaching approaches; Guidelines for Administrators: Considerations for Beginning a District-Wide Co-Teach Program: Provides information for district-level administrators on setting up and implementing a co-teach program; Guidelines for Campus Administrators: Considerations for Beginning a Campus Co-Teach Program:...
Description: Formative assessments are ongoing assessments, observations, summaries, and reviews that inform teacher instruction and provide students feedback on a daily basis (Fisher & Frey, 2007). While assessments are always crucial to the teaching and learning process, nowhere are they more important than in a differentiated classroom, where students of all levels of readiness sit side by side. Without the regular use of formative assessment, or checks for understanding, how are we to know what each...
Description: A variety of subject-focused, standards-based instructional materials are available to enhance inquiry-based learning with students. All activities are free and completely online. The instructional materials require no installations or logins and are device neutral. US History GeoInquiries: This collection of GeoInquiries is designed to enhance teaching of high school US history through maps. Earth Science GeoInquiries: This collection of GeoInquiries is designed to enhance teaching of Earth...
Description: The Brain Injury Strategies App is intended to provide ideas for supporting an individual who is returning to learning. It addresses various areas of concern that can happen after a concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury. The end product is a summary of selected strategies that can be implemented by an educator for an individual student. (Note: To preview Brain Injury Strategies App, use 1234 as student ID.)
Description: We have developed Communication Guidelines and Resources to support educational team members in enhancing the communication abilities of students with ASD and to create lifelong learners. The Communication Guidelines and Resources are designed to: Enhance understanding of what communication is, Enhance understanding of why communication is important, and Advance expectations, knowledge, and skills related to communication based assessments, strategies, and supports. The Communication Guidelines...
Description: Give your students a boost and support their summer reading with accessible fiction and non-fiction books. Titles can be found in a variety of accessible formats within many genres required by your schools, such as: Historical Fiction Biography Non-Fiction Young Adult Science Fiction Classics Graphic Novels Search books on your summer reading lists for eligible AIM-VA students and ORDER NOW! Click below for a sampling of available books at different reading levels: Elementary School books Middle...
Description: CommonLit delivers high-quality, free instructional materials to support literacy development for students in grades 5-12. Our resources are: Flexible; Research-Based; Aligned to the Common Core State Standards; Created by teachers, for teachers. We believe in the transformative power of a great text, and a great question. That’s why we are committed to keeping CommonLit completely free, forever. Themes include: America, Comedy & Tragedy, Death, Education, Fear & Paranoia,...
Description: Getting your child's backpack organized is a feat worth celebrating. But making sure he puts in everthing he needs for the trip to school and back can take some work.  A luggage tag checklist is an easy way to help your child keep track, without it being obvious to other kids. All you have to do is buy an inexpensive clear luggage tag to attach to the backpack's zipper pull. Take out the address label and replace it with this printable checklist. Customize the "To School" and "To Home"...
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: 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: 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: Access to instruction means everything if struggling readers are to keep pace with their grade-level peers. AIM-VA blog readers love our stories about chosen apps and websites that help to by-pass textbooks, trade books or other traditional learning materials in print when they prove to be barriers to learning.  Favorite Apps  The following are lists of favorite apps that are shared by reliable sources.  They support all learners and may hold special value for struggling students...
Description: Mindfulness in the classroom, sometimes called “contemplative pedagogy,” involves teaching methods designed to cultivate deepened awareness, concentration, and insight. On this site, you can find: The Pedagogical Role of Mindfulness Meditation in Higher Education Mindful Activities in the Classroom Mindfulness at Vanderbilt Additional Resources Organizations & Programs