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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.
Description: The Early Literacy Skills Builder program incorporates systematic instruction to teach both print and phonemic awareness. ELSB is a multi-year program with seven distinct levels and ongoing assessments so students progress at their own pace.
Description: This link includes the conference sessions and downloadable materials from the 8th Annual Special Education Conference (Fairfax County Public Schools). Topics include: transition (post-secondary, preschool), executive functioning, reading (middle and high school), medicaid waivers, online textbooks, ADHD, Apps, depression and suicide prevention, bullying, stress, inclusion, mathematics, dyslexia, mentoring, communication to enhance the IEP Process, Down Syndrome, VA Assessment options, child...
Description: The Story of Movies is an interdisciplinary curriculum introducing students to classic cinema and the cultural, historical and artistic significance of film.
Description: School2Home is a program designed to help close the Achievement Gap and the Digital Divide by integrating the use of technology into teaching and learning at low-performing middle schools throughout California.
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: Gooru is a free search engine for learning that makes it easy for teachers to discover educational content, organize it into learning playlists, and teach and share it with students to study. (Discover your favorite Science, Math, Social Sciences and English Language Arts topics)
Description: The ICDL is a rich resource which can be used in a wonderfully wide range of situations by children, parents, teachers, librarians and others from all walks of life. Children can expand upon the stories to create games; parents can extract themes to help explain important lessons; teachers can utilize the multicultural nature of the collection to teach languages; librarians can enrich community outreach programs with tales from around the world and; of course, anyone can just open a book to read...
Description: The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable...
Description: Research shows that children who read for pleasure in the summer do better and forget less when they go back to school. And it's not just in reading. Kids who don't read over the summer can slide backward in all subject areas. This means the summer months and other breaks from school offer great opportunities for families and caregivers to help improve reading and writing. This includes reasources for reading, mathematics, science and history & social studies.
Description: When children read what they enjoy, they learn to love reading and become better readers. The free summer reading programs at your public library will help your child keep reading and learning while having fun all summer long. Research has shown that children who continue to read during the summer vacation perform better in the fall when school resumes, and the even reading for simple summer enjoyment helps children with literacy skills, while helping prevent learning losses.
Description: This reports on a group of high school students with learning disabilities who attend a dual-enrollment high school/college program that emphasizes the use of technology, including the Bookshare accessible library, to help students earn college credit while still in high school. The program offers a student-centered learning environment allowing seniors to complete required high school courses while accumulating college credits. Each student focuses on individual educational choices and academic...
Description: This Reading Progression Chart (PDF) identifies the grade level at which specific skills are formally introduced in the 2010 English SOL. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: The VMAST practice items give students the opportunity to use research-based supports and simplifications that have been applied to existing online items to make them more accessible for students with disabilities. The practice items are samples only. They do not cover all content for the grade level or course, nor do they provide examples of all item types or functionality that may be found in the field test items. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE) (Standards of Learning, SOL)
Description: These practice items provide examples of the new content and increased rigor represented by the revised Standards of Learning (SOL) and illustrate the new Technology-Enhanced Item types for the mathematics, reading, science, and writing SOL tests. Technology-Enhanced Items (TEI) require students to indicate their responses in ways other than a multiple-choice format. Please note that the practice items are not intended to be a complete test and are not intended to cover all content for the grade...
Description: In order to become independent readers, students must build vocabulary by applying their knowledge of word structure and context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. Teachers need to provide both direct and indirect instruction in all areas of vocabulary development across all content areas. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: This guide, from the Brain Injury Association of Virginia, includes sections on: What is a Brain Injury? (Symptoms & Causes), A Partnership Approach, Screening Questions and a chart with Brain Injury Deficit Management Strategies. (Accommodations)
Description: These resources are available from the VDOE website to support instruction and assessment.
Description: The National Education Association’s (NEA) website contains "Tools and Ideas" including Lesson Plans (Arts, Health & Physical Ed, Language Arts & Literature, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies), Classroom Management, School Life, Teaching Strategies, and Advice & Support.
Description: Wonderopolis, a program brought to life by the National Center for Family Literacy, engages and inspires families in the pursuit of education and learning together. We help families create a new force — transforming the parent/child relationship into an engine for progress and upward mobility.
Description: Boardmaker software is the premiere software among educators for creating printed symbol-based communication and educational materials. A drawing program combined with a graphics database, Boardmaker features more than 4,500 Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) in both black-and-white and color, all in 44 languages. Ideal for creating printed materials! Click the link below to see all of the available downloads.
Description: Serving Up MyPlate is a new collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities. Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy. These materials includes a colorful 4 page booklet for parents in English, Spanish,...
Description: This site contains a wide range of technology resource support sites, including information on apps, blogs, iPads, online tools, QR codes, screencasting, twitter and much more.
Description: On this website you will find books that have been adapted using the Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) and the Mayer-Johnson program BoardMaker©. The Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) are typically used by individuals who have difficulty being understood verbally or have severe difficulty with reading and writing. (AAC Resource)
Description: Schools today face the challenge of providing appropriate services to a diverse and increasingly numerous student population diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. In order to achieve this goal, evidence-based practice is essential in the schools. To assist school professionals as they strive to help these students reach their potential, the National Autism Center has produced a comprehensive 245-page manual, Evidence-Based Practice and Autism in the Schools. The manual outlines relevant...
Description: This report looks at a variety of technology-based products and technology-assisted programs designed to improve the early literacy skills of children from birth through age 8. The report also provides information about available technologies for parents, educators and children, as well as what may be missing in current uses of technology by children.
Description: The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) maintains and promotes the Louis Database of Accessible Materials, named in honor of Louis Braille. Louis contains information on accessible print materials produced by about 160 organizations throughout the United States. These materials include books in braille, large print, audio, and electronic file format. Louis also lists products developed by APH.
Description: This site is intended to be an active community of graphics, pictures, and visual supports. Parents, professionals, and others can share graphics, pictures, and ideas to help individual students learn to use language and communicate the best they can. (AAC Resource)
Description: This site includes Books & Reading (Reading help, Book Lists), Child Development (Cognitive, Language, Physical), School Help (Grade-by-Grade Guides, Teacher-Parent Relationships), Activities, News & Blogs and Kids' Sites Early Learning Games.
Description: The following is an annotated listing of curriculum, instruction, and assessment supports and guidance provided to school divisions since 2010 to assist with the implementation of the 2010 English Standards of Learning.
Description: This document highlights the correlation of Inspiration® with the 2010 English Language Arts Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools - Middle School. The Inspiration Standards Match is designed to demonstrate the many ways Inspiration supports the standards and to give educators ideas for using this tool to meet learning goals across the curriculum.
Description: Because many middle- and high-school students have difficulty with reading for content instruction, it is important that teachers teach effective vocabulary and comprehension skills.
Description: The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. The association comprises nearly 60,000 individual members of the early childhood community and...
Description: The Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP) provides training, information, technical assistance and resources regarding the uses of technology for children with disabilities. OTAP services are available to anyone concerned with the needs of Oregon's children with disabilities from birth to age twenty-one. The program is sponsored by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).
Description: Established by Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education (CTE), the Maryland Assistive Technology Network (MATN) provides assistive technology specialists information on the most up-to-date AT policies, practices, and devices.
Description: The WATI website provides the resource manual for Assessing Student's Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNA): the complete version and by individual chapters. The WATI Student Information Guide Process Forms (AT for Seating, Positioning and Mobility, AT for Communication, AT for Computer Access, AT for Motor Aspects of Writing, AT for Composition of Written Material, AT for Reading, AT for Mathematics, AT for Organization, AT for Recreation and Leisure, AT for Blind / Low Vision, AT for Deaf /...
Description: Assistive technology enables students with disabilities to access the curriculum, increase independence and participate actively in education and life activities. Thank you for visiting our site today and we hope you find the resources you need to successfully include technology devices and services for your schools.
Description: This section of the VDOE website includes Professional Development Resources, Literacy Resources, English and Reading Resources for Elementary School, Middle School and High School.
Description: In this set of video clips, Virginia educators demonstrate strategies and activities that can be used in vocabulary instruction in middle school classrooms. The strategies and activities presented here are not limited to English class, but can be used for any subject or content area involving vocabulary instruction. A facilitator’s guide (in PowerPoint) provides additional staff development opportunities.
Description: This document highlights the correlation of Inspiration® with the 2010 English Language Arts Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools - High School. The Inspiration Standards Match is designed to demonstrate the many ways Inspiration supports the standards and to give educators ideas for using this tool to meet learning goals across the curriculum.
Description: This document highlights the correlation of Kidspiration® with the 2010 English Language Arts Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools - Elementary. The Kidspiration Standards Match is designed to demonstrate the many ways Kidspiration supports the standards and to give educators ideas for using this tool to meet learning goals across the curriculum.
Description: This document highlights the correlation of Webspiration Classroom® with the 2010 English Language Arts Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools - High School. The Webspiration Classroom Standards Match is designed to demonstrate the many ways Webspiration Classroom supports the standards and to give educators ideas for using this tool to meet learning goals across the curriculum.