Literacy (Reading & Writing)
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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 compilation of current...
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: 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: 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: 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: We Give Books is a free website that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don't have them, simply by reading online. Simply choose the charity you want to read for and then select the books you want to read. For each book you read online, we donate a book to a leading literacy group on your behalf.
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: 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: 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,...
Description: The purpose of the UNC Charlotte General Curriculum Projects is to research and develop evidence-based practices for assessing and teaching academic content that is aligned with grade level standards. This link takes you to adapted texts that were developed by this project. Note: Please read and purchase each original text (cited by author) prior to using the General Curriculum Projects adapted text. (VAAP resource)
Description: This document provides research-based guidance on academic literacy instruction in the content areas. It is intended for use by literacy specialists and other technical assistance providers in their work with states to improve educational policy and practice in adolescent literacy.
Description: FirstSchool partners with school communities to focus on improving PreK-3rd grade school experiences for African American, Latino and low-income children and their families. The FirstSchool team provides research expertise and professional development support in collaboration with districts, schools, administrators, and teachers.
Description: These videos of young children engaged in typical activities have been produced for use in professional development programs to build the skills of practitioners in observation, documentation, and assessment in early childhood settings. You can watch the clips online or download QuickTime versions of the videos for use in training. (The Practice Clips are available in Spanish.)
Description: A website/blog developed by Paula Kluth to help teachers reach and teach all learners in K-12 classrooms. Here's her description: "If you are interested in differentiation, active & responsive instruction, and inclusive schooling, you have come to the right spot. Every day, I will feature a link to an idea found on the web or to an entire website that will help educators reach and teach all of the learners in their diverse classrooms." (Math, Reading/Language Arts, Science, Physical...
Description: This online article reviews teaching strategies that target attention, concentration, memory, organization and following directions for students with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). This article can be found on the Brain Injury Association of America web site (more resources are available if you click "Living with Brain Injury" and then "Community"). (traumatic brain injury)
Description: Based on the premise that children need a solid foundation of literacy knowledge and skill to succeed, this book for parents and teachers provides a comprehensive introduction to literacy development from infancy through preschool with an emphasis on age-appropriate methods, books, and materials for encouraging emergent literacy. Bibliographies for age-appropriate children's books are listed throughout the book, and each chapter contains references. (1999) (Content)
Description: Between the Lions is designed to help kids ages 3 to 7 learn to read. Unique among the hundreds of programs aimed at children, this puppet, animated, and live-action show is based on a detailed and rigorous literacy curriculum. It was developed in extensive and ongoing consultation with reading professionals. The result is a lively, educational blend of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, and other teaching methods for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade students. The Parents &...
Description: This is site where young children discover the joy of reading and grown-ups enjoy the journey.It has a section for Babies and Toddlers (Ages 0-2), a section for Preschoolers (Ages 3-5) and a section for Grown-Ups.
Description: This comprehensive book addresses the development of writing in young children, from scribbling to script, letters to words, and from simple to increasingly complex messages. It provides the developmental stages of writing and strategies to support and expand the child’s opportunities for writing. (Content)
Description: This site includes free reproducible language and early literacy activities in English and Spanish. These materials include forty-six home and community activities for adults and children that encourage early language and literacy development in young children. They are appropriate for children with disabilities as well as children who are developing typically. (Early Childhood/preschool/parent/family)
Description: This book provides a definition and description of each component of literacy, a summary of related research, and a thorough description of the teacher’s role in supporting literacy development. Also offered are teaching strategies to embed language and literacy in all aspects of the daily routine and learning environment. Adaptations for second language learners and children with special needs are provided, as well as checklists to assist the teacher in self-reflecting and improving the...
Description: This book gives the International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) joint position statement on “Learning to Read and Write, Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children.” The authors translate the philosophy into teaching practices under eight major themes: the power and pleasure of literacy, the literate environment, language development, building knowledge and comprehension, knowledge of print, types of...
Description: This resource offers 93 brief messages for parents on topics ranging from biting to developing children’s literacy—all ready for teachers to tailor to their individual programs’ needs or to use as is to strengthen communication between programs and families. Each message can also be adapted for newsletters, family packets, parent-teacher conferences, bulletin boards, or parent handouts. Includes dozens of innovative strategies for bringing parents on board in your program.
Description: This rubric has been developed for programs in Virginia that provide preschool services to children who are four-years-old. While it is intended for the Virginia Preschool Initiative, Title I Preschools, Early Childhood Special Education, and Even Start Family Literacy programs, private and parochial providers may also use this rubric. 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...
Description: The goal of the Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) is to promote the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices. This site has resources for early childhood intervention practitioners, parents, and other caregivers of children, birth to five years of age, with identified disabilities, developmental delays, and those at-risk for poor outcomes. This site includes CELLvideos for use with parents and by teachers.