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Description: Virginia Special Education Instructional Services provides a direct line of communication with Virginia’s educators, paraprofessionals, and special education administrators and focuses on specially designed instruction for students with disabilities. This publication provides a way to share new resources as well as make special educators aware of professional development opportunities and resources of interest to special educators.
Description: This guide has practical strategies that work for helping children of all ages who may be struggling with an at-home learning task. Families may find these strategies useful when helping their children complete various reading, math, and/or behavioral tasks at home. Tips for Using this Guide To use this guide, think about your child(ren) and which strategies may help them learn or practice a new task. Keep this guide close by as you help your child(ren) with their learning at home, and explore...
Description: An American whose classroom in Beijing is now online shares what she and her team have learned since the coronavirus hit, just as U.S. teachers make the same shift. Asynchronous Teaching It’s Not All About Screens Teacher Office Hours Tech Support Involve Families Teacher Support Apps We’ve Found Helpful
Description: In these unprecedented times, teachers are being asked to think outside of the box in terms of how to continue teaching students outside of the classroom. Quick Takes are a series of short videos, with each episode focused on a specific topic or question that has risen to the top during this time of transferring instruction into online formats. Quick Take: What You Need to Know About Student Privacy Quick Take: What You Need to Know About Accessibility Quick Take: Co-teaching with Remote...
Description: This repository of resources has been compiled to support Virginia school divisions as they endeavor to meet the continuing learning needs of their students with disabilities during the COVID-19 school closures.
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: The C4L Professional Development Guidance document is divided into six categories to assist school division and school level administrative staff in focusing efforts when creating professional development. The intent of including the information in the sections below is to ensure aspects of the daily operations of schools are not overlooked as division personnel tackle the multiple facets of pulling resources together for professional learning. The following sections are a high level overview...
Description: Coronavirus is posing unprecedented challenges to public schools around the country. To help ensure the continuity of special education services during remote instruction and to spotlight best practice approaches for schools and educators, an alliance of national education organizations has come together to ensure equity for all learners.  EducatingAllLearners.org creates a hub of curated tools, strategies, tips and best practices for supporting students with disabilities...
Description: This Social-Emotional Learning Topic Page provides research insights into learning outcomes, implementation, assessment, and other key issues around Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), along with relevant resources to learn more. Video, Building Social Emotional Awareness in the Classroom With the RULER Approach, is available.
Description: Instruction: High-Leverage Practices (HLPs) in Special Education: A Professional Development Guide for School Leaders (CEC) (Social/Emotional/Behavior is one of the four areas of practice.) Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) (SEL Resources During COVID-19 and Infographics) PBIS Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, OSEP National Technical Assistance Center (Mental...
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: Applying the Principles of Explicit Instruction to ONLINE Teaching of Strategies, Concepts, and Vocabulary Terms. Presenter, Anita Archer, provided some very practical tips for teachers migrating to remote instruction and the resources associated with the webinar were helpful as well. The Youtube recordings include the chatbox and the link to the downloadable materials are listed within the chatbox for both sessions.
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: This resource is being provided to support teachers of students with significant cognitive disabilities. The lesson ideas are divided by grade-band from kindergarten through high school. Sections are divided into functional activities associated with time of day (morning, afternoon, evening). Parents should be assured that they are not expected to complete each activity with their child each day. The teacher and parent should work together to select activities that will help meet the needs of...
Description: Theresa Wills, an assistant professor in George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development, is reaching out to teachers to offer her expertise in virtual education. In the past few weeks, Wills, who teaches in the Mathematics Education Leadership program, has been conducting dozens of webinars focused on helping instructors move their education online. “Teachers want to know how to set up a classroom so that students can interact with the instructor and the...
Description: In just a matter of weeks, the fabric of your day—your teaching—has come unraveled. Now you’re left wondering what to do for your class—for your students with complex needs—each of whom you know so well!  Now you’re wondering: How to help your students even when they’re away from school How to support parents to continue the work you started What resources will be helpful to parents We hear you. We’re in this with you. One of the ways...
Description: In these unprecedented times, teachers are being asked to think outside of the box in terms of how to continue teaching students outside of the classroom. In this webinar, veteran online instructors help identify steps to move online and strategies for adapting the lessons already in motion to this new format.
Description: The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL supports educators and policy leaders and enhances the experiences and outcomes for all PreK-12 students. Our work is critical at a time when educators, parents, students, and employers increasingly recognize the value of SEL. Together, we are united in our call for schools to educate the whole child, equipping...
Description: Reading Websites: AdLit.org- All About Adolescent Literacy, Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL), National Center for Family Literacy, Reading Rockets, Scholastic Learn at Home: Free Resources for School Closures (Available in Spanish), Wonderopolis: Where the Wonders of Learning Never Cease Recordings/Videos: VDOE Comprehensive Literacy Webinar Series (Webinar Recordings) Literacy for All: In converstion with Dr. Caroline Musselwhite Between the Lions Early Reading audible - Stories help....
Description: #GoOpenVA is a collaborative initiative that enables educational entities throughout Virginia to create, share, and access openly-licensed educational resources (OER, also known as open education resources). OER are free digital materials that can be used or modified to adjust to student needs; they are openly-licensed unhampered by many traditional copyright limitations. GoOpenVA encourages all Virginia educators and learners to create, share, and use digital resources with the end goals of...
Description: What Is It? Preparing and modifying primary source documents so that all students can read and analyze them in their history classrooms. Rationale Although they are useful for engaging students in the past, and teaching them to think historically, primary source documents often use antiquated or complex language. This can pose a challenge even for able readers, let alone those who read below grade level. Adapting a variety of historical documents for use in the classroom will allow students...
Description: Sarika S. Gupta, Hunter College CUNY Julie Glen, The National Child Research Center Storytelling—the act of communicating ideas to others through action or words—is an effective vehicle for engaging diverse young learners. Storytelling also can be used to engage and encourage children’s participation in emergent learning. The rock study described here emerged from children’s interests in our inclusive preschool classroom. We used storytelling in this study to promote...
Description: Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey suggest strategies to help students engage with complex texts. Establishing a Purpose When students are encountering complex texts, they need to know what they are supposed to be learning. When students know what they are learning, they are more likely to learn it—and they are more likely to engage in the work required to learn. Modeling and Thinking Along In addition to ensuring that students know what they are supposed to be learning from complex texts,...
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: The K-12 Inclusive Practices Guide is an informational resource to support school divisions and parents looking to improve outcomes for students with disabilities by meeting their needs to the maximum extent possible in general education setting.
Description: Executive function and self-regulation skills are like an air traffic control system in the brain—they help us manage information, make decisions, and plan ahead. We need these skills at every stage of life, and while no one is born with them, we are all born with the potential to develop them. But, how do we do that? The Center on the Developing Child created this Guide to Executive Function to walk you through everything you need to know about these skills and how to develop and practice...
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: For some kids, summer means having more time to stick their noses in a good book and read. For other kids, summer reading is a chore. This is especially true for kids who struggle with reading and are reluctant to pick up a book. Still, reading over the summer is important. It allows kids to practice their reading skills and learn about new topics. Kids can experience the “summer slide” if they don’t do anything academic over the long break. They may spend the beginning of the...
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: High Leverage Practices for Inclusive Classrooms offers a set of practices that are integral to the support of student learning, and that can be systematically taught, learned, and implemented by those entering the teaching profession. The book focuses primarily on Tiers 1 and 2, or work that mostly occurs with students with mild disabilities in general education classrooms; and provides rich, practical information highly suitable for teachers, but that can also be useful for teacher...
Description: Team members working with students who are deaf and hard of hearing need to carefully consider each student’s unique needs and learning style, as well as the demands of the task. Strategies are offered to provide a starting point for thinking about possible adaptations. It is important to remember that all team members should have input into decisions regarding instructional strategies.
Description: Check out DonJohnson's latest How-To Videos and Printable PDFs made to support specific needs. Snap&Read Co:Writer uPAR Quizbot Readtopia First Author Start to Finish  
Description: Educators, policymakers, researchers and families agree: a high-quality preschool program can build early literacy and math skills, as well as develop the social and emotional foundation that children need to persist in school. But young children—whether in Head Start, public pre-kindergarten or in a private program—only receive the full effect of these benefits if they show up for class regularly. How do you go about improving attendance in the preschool years? It starts with...
Description: According to Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children  with Disabilities in Virginia, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) means that to the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities, including children in public or private institutions or other care facilities, are educated with children who are not disabled, and that special classes, separate schooling or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment occurs only when...
Description: This Self-Assessment provides a list of Quality Indicators of Co-Teaching and an opportunity to indicate your perception of the implementation of these indicators in your school/classroom.  It looks at Administrative Support, Interaction of Co-Teachers, and Evalution of Co-Teaching Effectiveness.
Description: The goal of this site is to provide information and resources for teaching and working with children who have complex learning challenges. Specifically, the site is designed for individual state deaf-blind projects, teachers, family members and related services providers interested in beginning or enhancing literacy instruction for children who have combined vision and hearing loss. Contributors reviewed literacy development literature, as well as literature related to literacy learning for:...
Description: The purpose of the Guidelines for Working with Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired in Virginia Public Schools is to provide information for the provision of services to students who are blind or visually impaired to support their educational goals. These Guidelines provide a resource of suggestions for implementing services; they are not regulatory. They are written for any individual interested in serving the educational needs of students who are blind or visually impaired or...
Description: The purpose of this discussion guide is to help IEP teams make informed decisions about whether intervener services are appropriate for a particular student.    Why Intervener Services May Be Needed Students who are deaf-blind have absent, partial, or distorted vision and hearing. Deaf-blindness severely limits access to visual and auditory information that forms the basis for learning and communication and creates challenges for educational systems mandated to provide a free and...
Description: Position Statement: Facilitated Communication It is the position of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) that Facilitated Communication (FC) is a discredited technique that should not be used. There is no scientific evidence of the validity of FC, and there is extensive scientific evidence—produced over several decades and across several countries—that messages are authored by the "facilitator" rather than the person with a disability. Furthermore, there is...
Description: What do High-Leverage Practices (HLPs) look like in practice? The HLP Video Series supports teacher educators and new teachers with concrete, easy-to-access examples of HLPs in action, in real classrooms with real students. The videos and supporting resources are easily and freely accessible online, offering a practical, real-world illustration of HLPs by teachers intentionally and explicitly using the practice to meet the specific needs of students in their classrooms. HLP videos highlight...
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: The UDL Guidelines are a tool used in the implementation of Universal Design for Learning, a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn.  The UDL Guidelines can be used by educators, curriculum developers, researchers, parents, and anyone else who wants to implement the UDL framework in a learning environment. These guidelines offer a set of concrete suggestions that can be applied to any discipline or domain to...
Description: This is a place to browse and build resources, lessons and collections. You can use and share these materials to support instruction guided by the UDL principles. UDL Studio ™ UDL Exchange ™ UDL Book Builder ™ UDL Guidelines ™ iSolveIt ™ Math Puzzles UDL Curriculum Toolkit ™ CAST Science Writer ™ UDL Curriculum Self-Check ™ UDL Editions ™
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: What is Restorative Practices? All humans are hardwired to connect. Just as we need food, shelter and clothing, human beings also need strong and meaningful relationships to thrive. Restorative practices is an emerging social science that studies how to strengthen relationships between individuals as well as social connections within communities. Restorative practices is being applied in the following settings: K-12 and Higher Education Community Health Organizational Leadership Criminal Justice...
Description: Tools and resources for school staff and other adults trained to facilitate conferences and circles to repair harm in educational settings and designed to assess readiness, implementation and outcomes for school-based restorative discipline models. On the Restorative Practices section of the Minnesota Department of Education's website, this document is called the Restorative Interventions Facilitator's Toolkit, but the document's title is actually: Restorative Interventions Implementation...
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: Think about what a good day at school or work looks like for you.  Do you need coffee?  Do you need to listen to music first thing in the morning or do you need quiet to start your day? Does it happen now? If not, what can YOU do to make it happen? Who can help you out along the way? What it is The Good Day Plan is a simple tool used to help you identify the factors that play a role in whether or not you have a good day. What it does The Good Day Plan allows you to view your day from...
Description: Promoting Self-Regulation in the First Five Years: A Practice Brief provides guidelines to promote self-regulation development in children from birth through five years old. By proactively teaching and supporting self-regulation skills across settings, we can help children from all backgrounds enter kindergarten ready to learn. This brief is one of several from a series on self-regulation from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S....