Literacy (Reading & Writing)
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Description: n2y is your home for effective symbol-supported tools and materials for your students with special needs. The products include: 1. "news-2-you", an online newspaper that connects the classroom to the world with news stories that provide new information on reader-friendly themes. 2. Unique Learning System is a complete standards-based curriculum program designed specifically for students with special needs. 3. SymbolStix is the first and only online symbol library available for personal use in...
Description: This paper, “Frameworks for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood: Description and Implications,” has been jointly developed by the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the National Head Start Association. The purpose of the joint paper is to define early childhood response-to-intervention frameworks and to promote a broader understanding and discussion of the topic.
Description: This site brings together the range of web-based content available through Perkins School for the Blind for teachers, families, and others interested in the education of children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with deafblindness or additional disabilities.
Description: Broadcast LIVE and for FREE, Perkins Training & Educational Resources Program introduces webinars, presented by experts in the field of visual impairment and deafblindness. There are many recorded webinars that can be watched for free or you can register to earn professional credit.
Description: Our products are developed to teach reading, writing, math, safety, social skills, self-determination, communication, and work/life skills to children and adults with special needs. Using interactive software, our educational programs combine instructive lessons with games designed to engage and challenge learners with special needs at any age. Our learning materials, software, and AAC (augmentative alternative communication) devices offer cutting-edge solutions to help children and adults with...
Description: AIM-VA provides accessible instructional materials at no cost to Virginia K-12 students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP). Accessible instructional materials are alternative print materials, (e.g., Braille, electronic files, etc.) that can be delivered to and used by students who are not able to use traditional print formats. AIM-VA staff provide educators with training and technical assistance on how to select and use accessible instructional materials with students. Learn more...
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: The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities. (This website is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.)
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.
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Description: Released tests are representative of the content and skills included in the Virginia SOL tests and are provided to assist in understanding the format of the tests and questions. Some items on the mathematics tests released in spring 2014 were replaced with items of similar content to preserve the integrity of the test item bank. In addition, test item sets rather than full released tests are being provided for History & Social Science tests in 2014 to protect these item banks. The answers to...
Description: The VSA Playwright Discovery Competition invites middle and high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of script writing. VSA has an innovative and Free Resource Guide for Teachers to help guide teachers and students through the playwriting process.
Description: The 2013 virtual conference was held on November 11-15, 2013, featuring Penny Reed's keynote address that focused on integrating assistive technology to improve the performance of students on the Standards of Learning. Daily webinars featured Digital Print Plus MS Word Equals Access…a Winning Equation, Who Needs AT in an Early Childhood Classroom?, Accessible Academic Activities – Literacy and AAC and Core Vocabulary. Although the live conference is over, the archived videos are...
Description: Serving students who are nonverbal is a challenge. It is necessary to provide these students with ways to communicate so that they can answer academic questions and participate in the social communication of the schools. Use of core vocabulary can help make this happen.
Description: Accessible Academic Activities are educational activities that support single switch technology. Students with physical disabilities and/or students who become overwhelmed by too much information (or choices) are good switch candidates. This webinar will review a variety of educational activities that provide curricular supports for switch users focusing on emergent literacy skills (specifically alphabet knowledge, letter writing, print knowledge, oral language, and phonological awareness)....
Description: Many school divisions are working to improve student performance on standards of learning tests, yet few are thinking about the power of assistive technology. How can you bust the barriers to the use of AT in these endeavors? Dr. Reed will draw on research from many fields to suggest critical actions that you can use to gain support for assistive technology. Participate in this webinar and become a barrier buster! Note: You will need to sign in to your TTAC Online Account to access this Archived...
Description: Have you heard the word about MSWord? Did you know that you can adjust the cognitive difficulty of print information to provide multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement using MS Word and free Internet downloads? Awesome, right? The tools in MS Word plus the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) equals access to knowledge. But wait, there’s more! Using a process called "cognitive rescaling" (Edyburn, 2002) and flexible digital technologies, you can...
Description: Understand Scoring has been revised with the Virginia 2010 Standards of Learning. In this module, you will gain a greater understanding of the essay scoring process by examining sample professionally scored papers. The domains and rubrics reflect the 2010 English Writing Standards. The system covers Learn About Scoring and Anchor Papers. Practice Scoring for practice sets and verification sets are now available.
Description: The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English, mathematics, science, history/social science, technology, the fine arts, foreign language, health/physical education and driver education.
Description: The Iowa Department of Public Health has the following archived webinars on Pediatric TBI and Schools: Intro to the Brain Injury Quick Guide, Pediatric Brain Injury 101, Common Challenges after Brain Injury, Managing Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom Following Brain Injury, Pediatric TBI: Where do we go from here?, Pediatric TBI: From Hospitalization to Classroom, Returning to the Classroom Following Concussion & Transitions for Students Following Brain Injury.
Description: This version includes highlights (compiled by NPDC) of this report. The purpose of this report is to describe a process for the identification of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and also to delineate practices that have sufficient empirical support to be termed “evidence-based.”
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Description: The purpose of this report is to describe a process for the identification of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and also to delineate practices that have sufficient empirical support to be termed “evidence-based.”
Description: Whether you're a high school or college student, tests are unavoidable. If you take a multiple-choice exam your strategy will be different than if you were to take an essay test. Learning proper note taking, studying and test taking strategies are a vital part of improving your grade on exams as well as your academic success.
Description: Virginia’s nationally-recognized model for raising student achievement in low-performing schools is the Partnership for Achieving Successful Schools (PASS). PASS provides differentiated levels of assistance and intervention that match the unique needs of each school. In implementing PASS, VDOE’s Office of School Improvement helps school divisions build internal capacity for effective and sustained reform. Under the auspices of PASS, the Office of School Improvement offers resources...
Description: Presentations and handouts from the 2013 English SOL Institutes are now available online. Focus areas are vocabulary, nonfiction reading, persuasive writing, and research using primary sources.
Description: Literactive is the leading provider of reading material for pre-school, kindergarten and grade 1 students available online. The program is comprised of carefully levelled guided readers, comprehensive phonic activities and a wealth of supplemental reading material which gradually develop a child's reading skills in a sequential and enjoyable manner. Developed and approved by teachers and parents across the United States, Literactive is the acknowledged leader in early learning online. All the...
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 Reading Teachers Network – or RTN – is the online source for renewal, creativity, and reading instruction for all reading teachers and administrators. RTN has been designed to provide the research-based resources teachers need, and to be a meeting place where educators can connect and communicate. RTN is a 24/7 virtual resource for teachers of reading that includes videos of classroom instruction, webinars, articles about best practices, instructional tools, and much, much more.
Description: Into the Book is a reading comprehension resource for elementary students and teachers. We focus on eight research-based strategies: Using Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating and Synthesizing.
Description: The Best Evidence Encyclopedia (BEE) presents reliable, unbiased reviews of research-proven educational programs to help: POLICY MAKERS use evidence to make informed choices. PRINCIPALS choose proven programs to meet state standards. TEACHERS use the most powerful tools available. RESEARCHERS find rigorous evaluations of educational programs. ...because all children deserve the best in education.
Description: This site offers free tools and resources to help school staff and parents promote positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning for all children and youth. (Parents, parent, Behavior, Math, Reading)
Description: The Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) is a multidisciplinary research center at Florida State University. FCRR explores all aspects of reading research—basic research into literacy-related skills for typically developing readers and those who struggle, studies of effective prevention and intervention, and psychometric work on formative assessment.
Description: The Brain Injury Association of Virginia have updated this guide for educators that includes the following sections: Brain Injury 101, The Student with TBI: AN Overview, Educational Implications, Transition, Family and Special Education.
Description: This report serves to provide a better understanding of possible factors that may contribute to difficulties in a school environment after a concussion and serves as a framework for the medical home, the educational home, and the family home to guide the student to a successful and safe return to learning.
Description: ASOL Writing Sample Activities are available under VA Assessments> VAAP > Teaching Process.
Description: ASOL Reading Sample Activities are available on the VA Assessments> VAAP > Teaching Process.
Description: 2013 conference presentations and materials are available for download from the conference program.
Description: This contains a listing of the reading products available from Don Johnston.
Description: The arts play a vital role in the education of children with disabilities in and out of traditional classrooms and educational environments, from pre-K through the 12th grade and beyond, to sustain achievement academically, socially and as engaged citizens of the twenty-first century. Our programs and resources at the intersection of arts education and special education include: an annual conference, an annual forum, publications of exemplary programs, webinars, bibliography of journal article,...
Description: We’re focused on ways to support innovative teaching with the arts, and meet changing trends in education and to accommodate the ever-evolving impact of technology in our lives. Our collection of free digital resources—including lesson plans, audio stories, video clips, and interactive online modules—has been streamlined for easier browsing and upgraded to leverage best practices in educational media and multimedia-supported instruction. There is a section for educators and a...
Description: Start with the Arts is an instructional program created by VSA for pre-school and early elementary school learners that uses the arts to assist young children, including those with disabilities, in exploring themes commonly taught in early childhood classrooms.
Description: These 11 video clips and related learning guides provide an opportunity to enhance and support teacher practice in the area of literacy for students with significant disabilities.
Description: The purpose of this checklist is to help teachers and parents design environments, materials, and interactions that will promote optimal motivation and engagement in learning. Each section correlates with Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning and provides strategies for adults to use that will create the highest quality preschool experiences for each child. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: Prepared by Office of Humanities and Early Childhood, Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the purpose of this document is to provide early childhood educators a set of minimum standards in literacy, mathematics, science, history and social science, health and physical development, personal and social development, music, and the visual arts, with indicators of success for entering kindergarten that are derived from scientifically-based research.
Description: The purpose of the Preschool Curriculum Review Rubric is to help early childhood educators identify and choose curricula that are based on scientific research and that align with Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: Resources for this handout were collected from numerous recommendations from colleagues,students, SWAAAC team members, and personal research. Whenever possible the description from the iTunes store was included. Apps are generally categorized by the most appropriate association. It should be noted that many apps could fall into more than one category. (iPad, iPads, iTouch, Time Management, Math, Music, Reading, Writing, Art, Science, Social Studies, Communication, Vision, Hearing)
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: All of the free trials are fully-functioning versions of the products but each is limited in the number of times it can be used. These include: Worksheet Wizard, Write Now, Literacy Productivity Pack, Talking Word Processor, PDF Equalizer, E-Text Reader, Universal Reader Plus, English Talking Dictionary, Scan and Read Pro, Text-To-Audio, Text Cloner Pro, Magnify It (Available for free), Talking Calculator (Available for free), Literacy Productivity Mac Pack, and English Talking Dictionary Mac.