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Description: This document highlights the correlation of Webspiration Classroom® with the 2010 English Language Arts Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools - Middle 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.
Description: The purpose of this article from Teaching Exceptional Children is to equip educators and other school staff involved in the school reentry process for students with TBI with the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions when addressing the specific needs of this group. TEACHING Exceptional Children September-October 2012 vol. 45 no. 1 54-63.
Description: The Virginia Accessible Instructional Materials Center (AIM-VA) renewed the statewide license of Read:OutLoud, an accessible eBook and web reader for students with IEPs or 504 Plans. The AIM-VA Read:OutLoud license is now upgraded to a no-term license (no expiration), meaning that you will be able to use Read:OutLoud (version 6) on a continual basis. There will be no annual renewal fees.
Description: This takes you to the Read:Outloud 6 Show-Me-How Tutorials.
Description: This section of the Don Johnson website includes information on: Understanding the Product Learning to Use the Product Extras and Supports
Description: This packet provides school administrators with information and resources about concussion. Successful concussion management policies follow the Recognize, Remove, Refer, Return protocol.
Description: Get Ready to Read! is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten. Intended for use with all children, the resources and information provided on this site promote skill-building, communication between adults, and ways to address concerns. This site includes "Screening Tools," "Transitioning to Kindergarten Toolkit," "Skill-Building Activities," and "Early Learning & Childhood Basics."
Description: This list was created by a Speech Language Pathologist/Augmentative Communication Consultant/Assistive Technology Consultant. (iPad)
Description: The Accessible Literacy Learning (ALL) Reading Program is an evidence-based reading instruction program that has been proven highly effective in teaching students with disabilities to read. Developed by Drs. Janice Light and David McNaughton of Penn State, ALL eliminates the need for oral responses, helping even non-verbal students learn to read. (It is available for check out from the T/TAC Libraries.)
Description: If you received a note from a physician stating a student in your class had a concussion and needed academic accommodations, would you know how to change the student’s coursework not only to help him continue participating in class, but also to help him recover? Would you be able to explain to a parent what changes you have made and why?
Description: In 2006, the U.S. Department of Education developed a Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities (Tool Kit) to support the Department’s initiative to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. The Tool Kit focused on increasing states’ capacity to provide rigorous assessment, instruction, and accountability for students with disabilities. The Tool Kit on Universal Design for Learning is an additional component of the original Tool Kit, and offers a...
Description: The U.S. Department of Education has developed a Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities (Tool Kit), which offers a compilation of information that will move states forward in improving results for all students with disabilities. The Tool Kit includes information about the Department’s investments, papers on large-scale assessment, technical assistance (TA) products, and resources. The section on large-scale assessment includes a collection of seven papers and a...
Description: The following information is provided to assist educational teams in considering assistive technology in the development, review, and/or revision of a student’s Individual Educational Plan. This document provides a framework for identifying relevant tasks within instructional areas as well as appropriate accommodations, modifications, and technology solutions. This is not an exhaustive list. Additional tasks and solutions will need to be added to address individual student needs. This...
Description: This packet includes Information for Teachers: Signs and Symptoms of Concussion, Return to Academics Progression, Accommodations Suggestions and Accommodations Plan from Healthcare Provider.
Description: Students of all ability levels should have the opportunity to experience literacy designed to help them learn new skills or review current abilities. Adapting literacy activities is one method used to make books accessible. This handout discusses why and how to adapt literacy activities for the development of literacy skills.
Description: BrainPOP creates animated, curricular content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement. Our award-winning online educational resources include BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP, BrainPOP Español, and, for English language learners, BrainPOP ESL. BrainPOP is also home to GameUp, an educational games portal for the classroom. There is a cost to subscribe. (BrainPop is available in Spanish.)
Description: LEARNet is a resource for teachers, clinicians, parents, and students from the Brain Injury Association of New York State. LEARNet includes a problem-solving system designed to help you identify useful procedures for helping students with brain injury in school and at home. There are the followig sections: Problem-Solving System Video Introduction, What Problems Have You Seen?, Tutorials and Suggestions for Intervention, About the Brain, For Kids, For Parents, For Teachers, and Sports...
Description: The Strategic Instruction Model (SIM) Content Literacy Continuum (CLC) focuses on helping secondary schools develop and sustain comprehensive and integrated literacy programs. This school improvement process is led by a SIM Implementation Team with extensive experience in secondary literacy. The team works with administrators, teachers, and staff to develop and implement a standards-based plan to improve literacy and content area learning tied to student performance on state assessments.
Description: The Strategic Instruction Model™ is a comprehensive, evidence-based adolescent literacy program that empowers teachers and enables students to better succeed in school and beyond.
Description: Assistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment or product that can be used to help someone with a disability successfully function at home, in school, at work, and in the community. This resource provides visual examples of a range of AT products to help parents who are beginning their search for assistive technology.This fact sheet includes basic questions to be considered when trying to identify assistive technology devices that will best suit your child and illustrated examples of...
Description: The purpose of this brief (from the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials) is to help families and educators understand the right of all students with disabilities who need accessible instructional materials to receive these materials in a timely manner. This right is based on provisions in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as well as in the disability civil rights statutes Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Description: The Language Adventure Early Childhood Curriculum is a comprehensive, spiraling curriculum of thematic units for use with preschool through kindergarten for students with hearing loss. It consists of three volumes: Preschool Curriculum (for 3’s), PreKinder Curriculum (for 4’s), and Kinder Curriculum (for 5’s). Each unit of study provides classroom teachers with more than 300 pages of classroom activities, vocabulary lists, center ideas, and a listing of related...
Description: These resources include: Birth through Grade Five Literacy, Adolescent Literacy through Grade Twelve, Literacy for Special Populations, Standards of Learning Documents for English and Progression Charts for Reading, Writing, Grammar and Research.
Description: The Autism Internet Modules were developed with one aim in mind: to make comprehensive, up-to-date, and usable information on autism accessible and applicable to educators, other professionals, and families who support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Written by experts from across the U.S., all online modules are free, and are designed to promote understanding of, respect for, and equality of persons with ASD. Modules feature videos, charts, pictures, case studies and a...
Description: PSP ebook creator allows you to make attractive ebooks you can read on your PlayStation Portable. While the PSP may not be the ideal reading device, adding books to your device gives it yet another functionality, and its excellent screen means text is well defined. PSP ebook creator allows you to import any TXT file and create a book of JPEG image files that you can read from the PSP's photo folder. (reading)
Description: Literary Resources offers a wealth of support and information about reading and children. The myriad choices reflect our determination to provide teachers and parents with current trends in education, down-to-earth suggestions on reading in the home, and no-nonsense strategies to improve children’s reading.
Description: Early literacy screening is the key to providing effective literacy instruction and preventing future reading problems. The Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) provides a comprehensive assessment of young children’s knowledge of the important literacy fundamentals that are predictive of future reading success. PALS is the state-provided screening tool for Virginia’s Early Intervention Reading Initiative (EIRI) and is used by 99% of school divisions in the state on a...
Description: This comprehensive collection of powerful literacy tools and strategies for secondary teachers is based on research from top literacy experts.
Description: A guide for parents and professionals working with children ages 3-8 with disabilities. It provides assistive technology activities to encourage inclusion among all students. A wide range of devices and products promote best practices for home and classroom learning. (2006)
Description: This is a workbook by Michelle Ranae Wild, M.A. for individuals living with brain injuries and other cognitive issues. Topics covered in the workbook include: Making Cognitive Connections, iPod Touch Basics, The Clock App, The Calendar App, The Contacts App, The Notes App and Synchronizing with iTunes.
Description: MEville to WEville is the first researched-based literacy curriculum developed specifically for students with disabilities in the moderate to severe range. Designed to build a classroom community that promotes a sense of belonging, each unit offers students a new and different perspective on themselves, their families, and their school. This curriculum is available in all T/TAC Libraries.
Description: Results of this meta-analysis provide guidance for intervening with adolescent struggling readers, outlining major implications for practice. The report focuses on interventions designed to improve students' use of reading comprehension strategies. It also considers the impact of interventions that target improved reading vocabulary, accurate decoding of unfamiliar words in text, and increased reading fluency. This resource can facilitate the strengthening of reading and English/Language Arts...
Description: As part of the project, case studies are being developed to support educational teams and families in their efforts to address the literacy and communication needs of individuals with severe disabilities, including deaf-blindness.
Description: Autism consultant, Susan Stokes, has authored six articles on autism: 1. Assistive Technology for Children with Autism 2. Children with Asperger's Syndrome: Characteristics/Learning Styles and Intervention Strategies 3. Effective Programming for Young Children with Autism (Ages 3-5) 4. Structured Teaching: Strategies for Supporting Students with Autism 5. Increasing Expressive Communication Skills for Verbal Children with Autism and 6. Developing Expressive Communication Skills for Non-Verbal...
Description: The English Standards of Learning Online Writing Web page supports the 2010 English Standards of Learning and provides resources correlated to the writing standards. Beginning with the spring 2013 test administration, all SOL writing tests will be administered online. Teachers need to provide opportunities for students at all grade levels to plan, compose, revise, edit, and publish writing using computers.
Description: Closing The Gap provides professionals, parents and consumers with the information and training necessary to best locate, compare and implement assistive technology into the lives of persons with disabilities.
Description: Founded in 1948 as Recording for the Blind, Learning Ally serves more than 300,000 K-12, college and graduate students, veterans and lifelong learners – all of whom cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, or other learning disabilities. Learning Ally’s collection of more than 65,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles – downloadable and accessible on mainstream as well as specialized assistive technology devices – is the...
Description: Students with learning disabilities can enhance and develop their communication skills, learn how to adapt to situations, and develop social skills. Check out this collection of iPad apps that can make a difference in the life of a learning disabled child.
Description: Welcome to Rick Wormeli’s new website supporting implementation of his book, Fair Isn’t Always Equal. (Complete the free, one-time registration and you’ll be taken directly to the site.) In order to be supportive of teachers, principals, superintendents, parents, policy-makers, professional developers, authors, and school board members who are exploring assessment and grading issues, especially in classrooms where teachers are trying to differentiate instruction with diverse...
Description: From improving math frequency to tracking data, here are a few good Special Education apps to check out on iTunes...(One teacher's thoughts on using iPods & iPads in the classroom)
Description: Many literature students are expected to be familiar with the basic terms used in short stories/novels and poetry.
Description: There are a wide variety of excellent writing resource links categorized on this site. (VAAP resource)
Description: This site provides a printable download of the story train as a visual support for writing and to teach beginning, middle and end concepts. (VAAP resource, reading)
Description: This report summarizes some of the current literature on adolescent literacy research and practice. It is not a research synthesis or a literature review; such an effort is well beyond the scope of this document. Rather the report suggests some methods of building adolescent reading and writing skills in the classroom. To the extent possible, recommendations are evidence-based. There is little published literature on the effectiveness of instructional approaches or programs for adolescents, and...
Description: The goal is to be a credible resource for quality educational apps. This blog will help parents, grandparents, teachers, administrators and anyone else, wade through the vast number of ”educational” apps being introduced on a daily basis. Remember, not all educational apps are created equal. This blog, founded by two lifelong educators, is dedicated to the idea, that quality mobile educational apps are the tools of the future but they need to be used responsibly.
Description: In this video, T-TAC ODU staff share some favorite ways to adapt books.
Description: The Khan Academy is a library of over 2,400 educational videos on the topics of Math, Science, Economics and finance, Arts and humanities, Computing, and Test Prep. Please note that these videos are not necessarily aligned with the Virginia standards and, like any online resource, screening of the content prior to use is strongly encouraged.
Description: Welcome to Tool of the Week, CEC’s special education resource destination! We want to make your work easier and support you in your practice. Subscribe today and you’ll find a FREE tool for your special education toolbox in your inbox every week. Tool of the Week is a service of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the international professional membership organization supporting special educators. All Tools of the Week come from CEC’s first-rate publications and...
Description: Assistive Technology Consideration Quick Wheel offers federal definitions of AT devices and services as well as a list of the AT tools to consider in content areas and other resources including books, journals, newsletters and internet sites. Special savings for large orders.
Description: We've designed this site as your 'go to' place for reliable information and resources on Differentiated Instruction. The site is also the home of the Institutes that we host on the grounds of the University of Virginia. We hope that this site provides you a place to share your successes with others and find help from experts in the field. In the resources section, you will find exemplar lesson plans, help with writing clear learning goals, information on strategies that support differentiation,...