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Description: Educating Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: A Guide for Professionals in General Education Settings is an online, three-module resource that is designed to equip general education professionals (grades K-12) with the knowledge and skills they need for working with deaf and hard of hearing students in the classroom or school environment. Developed in a collaboration between the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center and the Texas Education Service Center 20, this resource allows...
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: The Applied Studies Competencies, Standards, and Aligned Standards Crosswalk links the competencies from the Applied Studies Curriculum Map with relevant SOL and ASOL as well as any available sample lesson plans or sample activities. Currently, the crosswalks for Science and English are available for teachers to use. The crosswalks for Math and History/Social Science will be posted when the newly updated SOL and ASOL are available.
Description: This resource contains the following: Explanations and examples of Algebra I, Geometry, Constructions, Trigonometry, Calculus Definitions and examples of essential vocabulary Meets the NCTM standards for content Interactive tools are available Printables Meant for teachers to use as a resourcr due to pop-up ads.
Description: Make & Play Quiz is a free app that 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.
Description: This book has an emphasis on assessment in mathematics and encouraging children to construct knowledge. Developmentally appropriate activities, suggestions to teach mathematics, and ways to encourage children to explore and play with numbers, measurements, and operations are included.
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: After teaching science for more than 15 years, both overseas and in the U.S., Laurie Westphal now works as an independent gifted education and science consultant nationwide. She enjoys developing and presenting staff development on low-stress differentiation strategies and using menus for various districts and conferences, working with teachers to assist them in planning and developing lessons to meet the needs of their advanced students. Laurie currently resides in Houston, TX, and has made it...
Description: The Digital Literacy portal is an initiative of the Obama Administration to serve as a valuable resource to practitioners who are delivering digital literacy training and services in their communities. As more and more jobs and educational offerings are available online, the ability to navigate the Internet is critical to participate more fully in the economy. Jumpstarted by a federal interagency working group dedicated to spurring the advancement of digital literacy across all age groups and...
Description: File Folder Heaven was created by a Special Education teacher, for teachers and parents, working with early learners and students with Autism or developmental disabilities. There are a wide variety of printable file folder games, adapted books, cookie sheet activities clothespin tasks, task cards that provide students with hands-on opportunities to practice basic skills.
Description: These resources are provided for teachers to help students with severe disabilities participate in the general curriculum. Please limit the use and distribution of these materials accordingly. Some titles are available in electronic format and can be downloaded directly from this website. Stories adapted to PowerPoint include sounds/music and allow a student to "click" along using a computer and mouse/switch.
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.The reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2004 made it clear that students with disabilities are to be considered first and foremost as general education students. This distinction, along with...
Description: A few resources for identifying SDI and incorporating SDI into the co-taught classroom. (From Marilyn Friend's presentation materials, Virginia's Co-Teaching Summer Institute, July 2017.)
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: 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: 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...