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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: Students who read with understanding at an early age gain access to a broader range of texts, knowledge, and educational opportunities, making early reading comprehension instruction particularly critical. This guide recommends five specific steps that teachers, reading coaches, and principals can take to successfully improve reading comprehension for young readers.
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: 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: It is a little known fact that over one million children are homeless every night in America. Saily's Journey is a children's book that addresses the complex issues of homelessness and raises awareness about America's most vulnerable population. When Saily the Snail loses his shell in a storm, he departs on a journey to find a new home. Along the way, he meets both friends and foes as he seeks to find a place to call home.
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 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 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: Developmentally appropriate, research-based strategies for promoting children's literacy learning in preschool, kindergarten, and elementary classrooms and infant/toddler settings. A strong, coherent framework for effective practice appears in NAEYC's joint position statement with the International Reading Association, which is supported by many other organizations and reprinted in this book. Alive with classroom photos and children's work, the book offers crystal-clear guidance and exciting...
Description: How do preschoolers learn and develop? What are the best ways to support learning in the early years? This revised edition of The Intentional Teacher guides teachers to balance both child-guided and adult-guided learning experiences that respond to children’s interests and focus on what they need to learn to be successful in school and life. This edition includes New chapters on science, social studies, and approaches to learning Updated, expanded information on social and...
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.
Description: CITEd supports leadership at state and local education agencies to integrate instructional technology for all students to achieve high educational standards. CITEd provides this support through identification of best practices, innovative online technical assistance tools, professional development, and communities of practice. CITEd is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and is a cooperative effort of the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the...
Description: The story of a resourceful and quick-witted raccoon, who chose as her home the very most cozy attic she could find-in a house occupied by a man, a woman, and a little boy who loved animals and adventure. Two pages of natural history facts and raccoon lore are included at the story's end.
Description: This website is a joint project created by an elementary special educator, a physical therapist and a parent of a child who has Down syndrome. The project's goal is to compile literature-based lesson plans and other resources for educators, therapy providers and parents to use in an effort to enhance the inclusion of young children with disabilities in their neighborhood schools and communities through similarities awareness. Our goal is to ensure that classrooms, schools, teachers,...
Description: Cooper, a friendly pink mouse, becomes homeless when two fat cats and a lady in a red hat take over the cheese shop where Cooper works and lives. He is confused and sad as he looks for a place to go, until he runs into three children who, like Cooper, are homeless. The friendship that forms between them changes all of their lives in ways they never expected. Cooper's Tale is a thought provoking children's book that explores the challenges that homeless children face and provides hope for a...
Description: This document is intended to be used by school divisions as a framework for the development of assistive technology operating guidelines tailored to local resources and service delivery models and should be used in conjunction with federal and state regulations. (November 2008)
Description: This module presents an overview of Bookshare, a project supported by the U.S. Department of Education and OSEP, which provides books in digitized formats to individuals who have print disabilities. On hand is information about how such students can access textbooks, other instructional materials, and text-reader software at no cost, as well as how teachers can use this information in their daily instructional planning.
Description: This module discusses the importance of selecting evidence-based practices and programs. It also examines actions that school personnel can take to increase the likelihood that the practice or program is implemented as it was designed.
Description: Bookshare® is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities. Student memberships are currently funded by an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Bookshare offers 90,627 digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology tools. If you have a disability that makes it difficult or impossible to read a printed book, you most likely will qualify for Bookshare® services.
Description: The latest CITEd powerful tool to help professionals and families find educational and assistive technology products for students with disabilities.
Description: This website includes handouts and "Make it Yourself" directions, vendors and selected resources, web links, books and products for assistive technology for communication and literacy. (Communication)
Description: TinSnips includes links to information, organizations, techniques and strategies especially for teaching students in the autism spectrum. Ideas for things to do and make, social stories, songs, hands-on, functional activities that address multi-sensory learning styles and promote higher order thinking skills. (Individualization and Support Strategies)
Description: This page contains printable games, activities, charts and calendars for any part of a preschool classroom.(Individualization and Support Strategies)
Description: On our site you will find more than 900 content items including lesson plans, games, group activities, sensory integration ideas, motor skills activities, social stories, and visuals with more to come in the weeks and months ahead. Many resources on the site require a monthly subscription.
Description: Pics4Learning is a curated image library that is safe and free for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and illustrations for classroom projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other projects in an educational setting. (pictures, graphics, AAC Resource)
Description: This site contains lots of free printables for use in the classroom made with Boardmaker.™ Click "Materials Exchange" on the right hand side to access free materials.(Communication)
Description: ResourceSET is the new and improved home of our popular curriculumSET and pictureSET resources. Visit this area to download free activities, templates, visual supports and other educational materials to support your students’ learning needs. (AAC Boards, pictures)
Description: Literacy Connections provides a wealth of information on reading, teaching and tutoring techniques, ESL literacy, and adult literacy. We recommend resources that are useful for teachers, volunteers, and directors of literacy programs. Topics include the language experience approach, phonics, word study, word families, and the best in children's literature.
Description: Makes Sense Strategies™ (MSS) is composed of scientific research-based instructional procedures and resources designed for “wateringup” the curriculum, and was developed and validated by Edwin Ellis, Ph.D. (University of Alabama). (Reading, writing, social studies, math)
Description: This site has 58 graphic organizers that you can download for free, from the following categories: cause and effect, character and story, compare and contrast, sequence, cycle, timeline and chain of events, vocabulary development and concept and miscellaneous. (reading, writing)
Description: This resource includes a variety of graphic organizers available in English and Spanish. Help your students classify ideas and communicate more effectively. Use graphic organizers to structure writing projects, to help in problem solving, decision making, studying, planning research and brainstorming. You have permission to print and copy these pages for classroom use. (VAAP resource, reading)
Description: The United States Department of Education and Department of Justice have just issued a reminder calling for colleges and universities--as well as K-12 school districts--to make sure devices such as e-readers that are required in the classroom comply with accessibility laws. The federal action came on the heels of a settlement agreement made by Justice with five institutions that were running Amazon Kindle e-book readers as pilot programs. According to the agencies, Kindle devices aren't...
Description: The blog of a teacher educator discussing poetry, children's literature and issues related to teaching children and their future teachers. Thematic booklists are included. (Reading)
Description: Nationwide, students in the middle grades and high school are failing to develop the reading and writing skills they need in order to meet higher academic standards. This major new SREB report on adolescent literacy discusses the urgency of the problem in depth and presents specific solutions for SREB states based on the recommendations of the SREB Committee to Improve Reading and Writing in Middle and High Schools, chaired by Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia, the SREB Board chair. The report...
Description: Videos, activities, and narratives will guide you through the process to learn about serving children with disabilities effectively. Topics include: Embedded Interventions, Transition, Communication to Collaboration, Family-Professional Partnerships, Assistive Technology, Dialogic Reading Practices, and Tiered Instruction. All of the modules are available in Spanish and Module 1 is also available in Portugese.
Description: This site has a wide variety of activities to help students write. The site can be searched by grade level or topic. (writing, VAAP resource)
Description: The Alliance for Excellent Education released this report which identifies instructional practices in writing shown to improve students’ reading abilities and recommends ways that teachers can improve students’ reading skills through teaching writing.
Description: The purpose of these guidelines is to provide resources and suggestions to enhance the provision of services to students who are deaf or hard of hearing in order to support their educational goals.
Description: Students work with authors, editors, and illustrators in exclusive workshops designed to guide them in developing their skills. Subjects include: Biography Writing, Descriptive Writing, Folktale Writing, Mystery Writing, Myth Writing, News Writing, Poetry Writing, Speech Writing and Writing a Book Review. (VAAP resource)
Description: A webquest is an inquiry-based activity that involves students in using web-based resources and tools to transform their learning into meaningful understandings and real-world projects. This website provides users with information and resources for webquest problem solving, information processing, and collaboration. (Writing, VAAP resource)
Description: This site offers a storytelling community for children where they can post their own stories, and/or read the stories of others. (writing, VAAP resouce)
Description: This site offers free sample interactive stories to serve as a catalyst for writing instruction. Classroom subscriptions are available for purchase. (VAAP resource)
Description: This site is a resource for printing out flashcards that can be used as word banks or to fill-in-the-blanks when students need help with writing. It includes ABC's Cards, Animal Cards, Food Cards, Clothes Cards, Basic Concepts, Phonics Cards, and Verb Cards. (VAAP resource)
Description: The Secondary Literacy Instruction and Intervention Guide: Helping School Districts Transform into Systems that Produce Life-Changing Results for All Children speaks to the critical need for a clear, coherent and replicable district-level model incorporating evidence-based and research-validated literacy resources to meet the differentiated needs of struggling adolescents. These tools and guide are designed around the context of the University of Kansas' Content Literacy Continuum (CLC) Model.
Description: Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas: Getting to the core of middle and high school improvement addresses one important way in which schools can and must improve the literacy instruction they provide to students in grades 4-12. More specifically, it focuses on reading and writing instruction in the academic content areas-particularly in the areas of math, science, English, and history- that comprise the heart of the secondary school curriculum. (adolescent literacy)