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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: The Alliance for Excellent Education understands that the first step in improving any rural high school is to encourage and support the active engagement of students, parents, teachers, the community, and business leaders. This guide is designed to give parents and community members some suggested ways to begin thinking about whether their local high school is adequately preparing all of its students for a successful future and what they can do to help turn that vision into reality.
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)
Description: This document is designed to help principals monitor and support adolescent literacy instruction in their schools more effectively. It provides a brief history of the classroom walk-through, a detailed explanation of an Adolescent Literacy Walk-through (ALWT) for grades 4-12 (including a section for reading interventions in grades 4-12) and brief descriptions of the elements of instruction which research suggests will improve overall student reading achievement. (Center on Instruction)
Description: This report from the National High School Center provides an in-depth look at implementation and structural issues and the support required to successfully institute Response to Intervention (RTI) at the secondary-school level. It defines the RTI models, explores benefits and challenges at the high-school level, provides a snapshot of implementation at the high-school level, and outlines the resources needed to support this work.
Description: In "Impact: Feature Issue on Early Childhood Education and Children with Disabilities" (published by the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota), parents reflect on their experiences with early childhood education and inclusion for their children; researchers and practitioners discuss strategies for identifying and providing quality, inclusive programs; and staff from inclusive early childhood programs around the country describe their approaches.
Description: The RMC Research Corporation's Center on Instruction (COI) website is your gateway to a cutting-edge collection of research-based resources on instruction.While these resources are useful for improving the achievement of all students, they particularly target students in the lowest performing schools, students with difficulties learning mathematics, students needing intensive instruction, or special needs/diverse learners, including English language learners. This site includes information on...
Description: Through the Schools to Watch® initiative, the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform identifies schools across the United States that are well on their way to meeting the Forum's criteria for high performance. Forum members believe that three things are true of high-performing middle-grades schools: academic excellence, developmentally responsive and socially equitable.
Description: This site is designed for kids ages 6-15. It includes Activity Lab, Game Station, Book Zone and Express Yourself. This site is provided by Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit children's literacy organization.
Description: This article by Kristin Stanberry and Marshall H. Raskind will introduce parents to the role of AT in helping their children with LD. The better informed you are about AT, the greater the chances your child will experience success in school, in recreation and, eventually, at work. You will also want to learn how to choose AT tools that are reliable and to select technology that is tailored to your child's individual needs, abilities, and experience.
Description: The primary purpose of FACTER is to assess and teach students with moderate to severe developmental disabilities. FACTER addresses the ability to perform typical everyday "routines" while incorporating essential "related skills" for living. All people engage in a broad range of routines every day in their lives. For example, eating lunch, academic seatwork, socializing with friends, and going shopping are all naturally occurring daily routines. These routines can be task analyzed into a number...
Description: This book includes information on evaluation, decision making, service delivery methods, and new assessment tools. Special topics such as Dysphagia, auditory processing, and ESL/ELL are also covered.
Description: A Supplemental Resource Guide to the K-12 English Standards of Learning Enhanced Scope and Sequence, Virginia Department of Education's Division of Instruction-January 2006
Description: RTI is a comprehensive student-centered assessment and intervention model used to identify and address individual student difficulties before referral to special education. In using the RTI approach, students receive research-based intervention and assessment. Rather than waiting for a student to fail, interventions and assessments are designed to meet the needs of each student with individualized instruction.
Description: This assessment and intervention planning tool includes a Manual and Inventory Booklet designed to help professionals work with family members and individuals with complex communication needs to determine the most appropriate technologies and communication strategies for communication with partners in various context.
Description: We are a small staff of researchers and special educators who work for the Oregon Institute on Disability and Development, a program of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. We specialize in developing effective assessment and teaching strategies for children and adults with low-incidence disabilities. We have special expertise in addressing the educational needs of children who are deaf-blind and children with autism spectrum disorders. Our approaches and...
Description: Tangible Symbol Systems are designed for people who are unable to understand the meaning of the abstract symbols used in formal language systems. The 55-page illustrated manual shows how to teach individuals to communicate using tangible symbols: objects or pictures that represent items, people and events in their daily lives. This product describes instructional strategies appropriate for a broad range of learners of all ages who are unable to communicate using speech, manual sign language or...
Description: This web site is a "joint collaboration between Ball State University and Paws, Inc. Its mission is to encourage children to explore academically sound literacy activities and provide them with tools to express themselves through creative writing programs. It is an internet destination that is free, safe, and fun!" There are all kinds of activities for kids to participate in to show their talents and abilities. Teachers will find lesson plans, curricula, and printable materials in the Teacher's...
Description: Many children with special needs require software that is very simple to operate. Switch software is a type of software program that is operated by only a few defined keystrokes and/or a mouse click. (The newest software programs include: Animated Toys II, Virtual Motor Skills and Story Builder.)
Description: Start-to-Finish Library (from Don Johnson) offers your struggling readers a wide selection of age-appropriate narrative chapter books written at two readability levels and delivered in three media formats. Students accomplish several goals with this unique series; they practice reading fluently and with comprehension using multiple text and electronic supports, while accessing the curriculum’s required topics, genres and literature. In Internet Explorer, if the product videos will not play...
Description: This site includes coloring, games, videos and music for early learning. (Early Childhood)
Description: PBS Teachers is PBS' national web destination for high-quality preK-12 educational resources. Here you'll find classroom materials suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade levels. We provide thousands of lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations.
Description: Expanded to include connections to Common Core State Standards, as well as NCTM standards, this critically acclaimed book will help every teacher and coach to meet the challenges of differentiating mathematics instruction in the K–8 classroom. In this bestseller, math education expert Marian Small explains two powerful and universal strategies that teachers can use across all math content: Open Questions and Parallel Tasks. (Differentiation)
Description: This site has a collection of interactive phonics flashcards and phonics worksheet generators. The flashcards include uppercase and lowercase letters. The worksheet maker produces printable activity sheets. (reading)
Description: This site includes phonics worksheets, free printable phonics workbooks for kids, ESL, or adult literacy programs with an additional section of free online phonics games from Fun Fonix!
Description: Foundational Skills for Young Readers This proven Phonics program provides explicit instruction and abundant practice for phonemic awareness, alphabetic knowledge, decoding skills, sound-symbol correspondences, and manipulating and building words. (This program must be purchased.) You will: Use a variety of learning opportunities— traditional, hands-on, and online—to makes sure all students have a strong foundation for reading Inform instruction with multiple, grade-appropriate...
Description: Apply the principles of universal design for learning to transition for students with disabilities with this groundbreaking guidebook. Schools across the country already use universal design for learning to improve all students' access to the general curriculum and tap each learner's individual strengths—and now they'll have a practical book that takes this powerful teaching approach one step further for students approaching the transition to adult life. Transition specialists and...
Description: The IRIS Center offers a wide variety of resources and services to suit a diverse set of instructional needs and circumstances. Resources: Developed in collaboration with nationally recognized researchers and education experts, the Center’s resources about evidence-based instructional and intervention practices—Modules, Case Study Units, Activities, and others (including a number of Web-based tools)—are specifically created for use in college instruction, professional...
Description: Researchers set out to collect, categorize, and analyze experimental and quasi-experimental information on adolescent writing instruction in order to determine which elements of existing instructional methods are reported by research to be effective. (Excerpted from the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition E-News, which can be found at http://www.ncset.org/enews/.)
Description: Firelight books has a variety of "Wheels" that give teachers time-tested strategies for increasing student performance. (The wheels need to be purchased.) Modification Wheel Intervention Strategies Wheel Multisensory Teaching/Learning Styles Wheel Roots and Affixes Wheel Terrific Teaching Strategies English Language Arts Wheel Terrific Teaching Strategies Math Wheel Terrific Teaching Strategies Science Wheel Terrific Teaching Strategies Social Studies Wheel
Description: I want to introduce myself. I’m Mrs. Houghton, and I’m “The Reading Lady.” As an educator and reading specialist, I created The Reading Lady to help children learn to read and to impart my love of reading. Reading is an adventure that changes with each new book. It is a journey that you can take over and over again. I would like to share my background as an educator. I’ve been a reading specialist for over 20 years, and an educator for 26 years. I have my Masters in...
Description: Created in association with the Partnership for People with Disabilities and supported by Part C funding, this is an excellent training website for all ECSE and ECE teachers. Training modules include:- A course on typical child development for children from Birth to 3- A second module for 3-6 (to be developed in the near future)- A course on Family Centered PracticesCourses can be used towards re-certification points and the site has a registry that will keep track of the courses you have taken....
Description: Lexia Reading is a computerized reading program that provides phonics instruction and gives students independent practice in basic reading skills. Lexia Reading is designed to supplement regular classroom instruction. It is designed to support skill development in the five areas of reading instruction identified by the National Reading Panel. (From IES What Works Clearinghouse, U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences)
Description: The purpose of this network is to provide consultant services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing in school divisions and state operated programs in Virginia. VNOC is designed to promote and enhance educational services for the child or provide needed training for personnel. VNOC professionals have expertise in one or more of the following areas as they relate to children who are deaf or hard of hearing: Instructional strategies; Sign language proficiency; Communication methodologies...
Description: SOLO, from Don Johnston Incorporated, is a software tool that includes word prediction, a text reader, graphic organizer and talking word processor—putting students in charge of their own learning and accommodations. Students of varying ages and abilities have access to, and make progress in, the general education curriculum. This is designed for students in ability level grades 3-9 and interest level grades 3-12.
Description: Teachers around the world use Starfall.com and Starfall high-quality educational products as an inexpensive way to make the classroom more fun and inspire a love of reading and writing. Parents use Starfall to prepare their children for school, and to support them once they are there. Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children. Primarily designed for first grade, Starfall is also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and second grade.
Description: Use this site to create, read, and share engaging digital books that build reading skills for students. Your universally designed books will engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills. (Create an account to create, modify, and save books.)
Description: AdLit.org is a national multimedia project offering information and resources to the parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers (grades 4-12). The Hot Topics in Adolescent Literacy section is available in Spanish.
Description: This section offers both research and practice information on fostering successful reading practices in adolescent students. A section with research-based strategies that offers examples and advice is included as well as information on reading behaviors. Research papers and bibliographies for aspects of literacy are also available.
Description: The Tar Heel Reader is a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces (i.e. switches, alternative keyboards, touch screens, and dedicated AAC devices). You may write your own books using pictures from the huge collection at Flickr or pictures you upload. All books should be complete, edited, and revised to the best of your ability before publishing them to the site. While you are working...
Description: The National Center for Family Literacy is creating a literate nation by leveraging the power of the family. This site includes a section called, "Tools for Literacy Programs," which contains free teacher resources. (families/parent/parents)
Description: This site includes the following for educators: Lesson Plans, Free Professional Resources and Art Techniques.
Description: Dinah Zike is known for designing hands-on manipulatives that are used nationally and internationally by teachers, parents, and educational publishing companies. (Foldables are three-dimensional, interactive graphic organizers.) This site provides some samples and an online catalog of books, videos, etc.
Description: Guidance designed primarily for service providers regarding effective early intervention for infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing, the extensive resource section is beneficial to anyone working with young children and students with hearing loss and their families.
Description: The U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences (IES), What Works Clearinghouse WWC) developed the practice guide: Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices. This guide presents strategies that classroom teachers and specialists can use to increase the reading ability of adolescent students. The recommendations aim to help students gain more from their reading tasks, improve their motivation for and engagement in the learning process, and...
Description: In the primary grades, students with reading difficulties may need intervention to prevent future reading failure. This guide offers specific recommendations to help educators identify students in need of intervention and implement evidence-based interventions to promote their reading achievement. This practice guide was published by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
Description: The Mid-Atlantic Equity Center (MAEC) promotes academic rigor for students who have traditionally been denied educational opportunities and equal access to a quality education. We believe that promoting academic rigor for all students and ensuring that underrepresented groups of students have access to high quality curriculum and instruction are the most effective ways to address equity in the nation's schools. (Service area includes Virginia.)
Description: This document uses a frequently asked questions (FAQs) format, with answers based on the collective experience, to date, of five (three elementary and two middle) public U.S. schools that are implementing elements of Response to Intervention (RTI), including evidence-based instruction, progress monioring, structures for regulating the intensity of intervention, and professional development.
Description: Virginia's state professional association for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Inforamtion on legistation, advocacy, and training. Hosts an annual state conference each spring. (SLP)
Description: LD OnLine provides a new article called Learning Disabilities: An Overview. This article provides the basic facts to people who are learning about learning disabilities. Please use it to educate others.