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Description: The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success through inclusion. Chapters in Lynchburg, the Peninsula, Richmond, and Tidewater The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities’ “Building Inclusive Schools” Email Update provides curriculum ideas, sample activities, funding sources, and articles to educators each month during the school year.  In addition, VCIC has compiled resources by topic for use by schools:...
Description: Q. How do I know if my child needs additional help in school? A. Your child’s school uses a variety of methods to determine if your child needs additional help. Your child may need additional help if he or she: Is performing poorly in school Has been absent from school a significant number of days Is reading below grade level Fails to achieve a passing score on SOL tests Q. My child is having difficulty in school. Is there help my child can receive? A. Your child’s teacher or...
Description: The I’m Determined project, a state directed project funded by the Virginia Department of Education, focuses on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior. This project facilitates youth, especially those with disabilities to undertake a measure of control in their lives, helping to set and steer the course rather than remaining the silent passenger. There are resources and videos for Educators, Parents and...
Description: This manual was developed by the Virginia Department of Education and the state system of Training and Technical Assistance Centers to help local school divisions meet federal and state mandates that children with disabilities be educated in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). The manual contains 8 modules and extensive resources which provide critical information for understanding, building, supporting, and sustaining inclusive placement opportunities for young children with...
Description: On November 2, 2012, the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) adopted Unified English Braille (UEB) as an official braille code to replace English Braille American Edition (EBAE) in the U.S.  At that time, BANA also maintained the current Nemeth Code for Mathematics and Science Notation,the Music Braille Code, and the International Phonetic Alphabet as official braille codes.  January 4, 2016, was identified as the general implementation date for UEB in the U.S. ...
Description: Collaborative Teaching Resources: Checklist for Reviewing Success, Collaborative Teaching Observation Protocol, Teacher Working Style Guide, Roles and Responsibilities of Collaborative Teachers, Collaborative Teaching Rubric, Assessment of Collaborative Teaching Practices in Inclusive Classroom, Lessons Planning Forms, Quality Indicators for Collaboration, Interpersonal Dynamics Discussion Tool Mentoring Co-Teaching Teams & Forms: Equitable Roles and Responsibilities in a Co-Taught...
Description: Quality transition planning is student centered and student driven. The initial step is gathering information regarding a students’ current strengths, needs, preferences, and interests in the context of “of current and future working, educational, living, and personal and social environments”, (Sitlington, Neubert, and Leconte, 1997). Transition assessment toolkit. The Summary of Performance is required (IDEA, 2004) and intended to provide a student with a summary of their...
Description: The Instructional Coaching Group (ICG) is committed to one goal: that every student receives excellent instruction, every day, in every class. We partner with schools, districts, states/provinces and nations to achieve this goal in three ways: (a) sharing high-impact teaching strategies, (b) proven instructional coaching practices to support implementation of those practices, and (c) system change strategies to ensure teachers understand, agree with, and are committed to implementing...
Description: NTACT (National Technical Assistance Center on Transition) is charged with assisting stakeholders in implementing evidence-based and promising practices and predictors that promote positive post-school outcomes for all students with disabilities. Throughout the website and other resources from NTACT, effective practices and predictors have been evaluated regarding the amount, type, and quality of the research conducted, and are labeled as either (a) evidence-based, (b) research-based, or (c)...
Description: Our understanding of how best to support the learning of individuals with ASD always evolving.  With new autism research becoming available, it is necessary for educators, medical personnel, parents, and other service providers to stay up-to-date on best practices, evidence-based interventions and strategies available to support those with ASD. Evidence-based practice (EBP) are those practices that have been researched and are widely accepted and recognized as effective techniques. ...
Description: The Models of Best Practice in the Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder guidance document from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) includes addressing social communication skills. Because of the characteristics of ASD, we have to think far beyond just reading, writing, and arithmetic to include a wide range of other skills! These social communication challenges can severely limit opportunities in the classroom and in the community. In order for students to be more...
Description: Make & Play Quiz allows teachers to design their own unique board game or "quiz", where students can learn or strengthen their skills by playing a game. Each square can have a Question (Multiple Choice, Fill in the Blank or True/False) or an Event (Stop-skip turns, Go forward, Go Back or Get Points). One to four players can play at a time and the games can be shared with others. The cost is 99¢. 
Description: This site contains a Parent's Guide on Puberty for Boys with Disabilities and a Parent's Guide for Girls with Disabilities. This publication was developed and written by Vanderbilt Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND). Boys Toolkit Web Version The toolkit web version is a pdf version of the printed toolkit that you can print for your reference. Boys Toolkit Appendix This appendix has storyboards and visuals that you can use in implementing the methods outlined in the...
Description: VDOE Office of Special Education Program Improvement has web-based trainings available online that offer support and resources for mathematics instruction support, planning a master schedule and using data informed decision making through the lens of the Virginia Tiered System of Supports. Participants will gain valuable tools and resources to assist in meeting the needs of SWD (students with disabilities). Administrators, teachers and division level staff are encouraged to use these resources...
Description: This series of webshops showcases the products created by real co-teachers of Virginia, select teams of middle and high school co-teachers participating in the Virginia Department of Education’s Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative. These co-teachers established demonstration sites and opened their doors to visitors wishing to observe quality co-teaching; they also developed co-taught lesson plans and videos to share through these webshops. In their videos, teachers model not only...
Description: Marilyn Friend, Ph.D. is interviewed at the 2016 Focus on Inclusion conference on the topic of "What is Specially Designed Instruction?". This video was published on Mar. 11, 2016. "First and most basically, if you look at the regulations in Federal Special Education Law, Specially Designed Instruction is actually the definition of special education and it is the required service that every student with an IEP must receive, so that whether the student is educated in a separate setting or perhaps...
Description: The organization of the document, as detailed in the Table of Contents, is as follows: Introduction: Establishes a common vocabulary, defines co-teaching, and describes the six co-teaching approaches; Guidelines for Administrators: Considerations for Beginning a District-Wide Co-Teach Program: Provides information for district-level administrators on setting up and implementing a co-teach program; Guidelines for Campus Administrators: Considerations for Beginning a Campus Co-Teach Program:...
Description: Formative assessments are ongoing assessments, observations, summaries, and reviews that inform teacher instruction and provide students feedback on a daily basis (Fisher & Frey, 2007). While assessments are always crucial to the teaching and learning process, nowhere are they more important than in a differentiated classroom, where students of all levels of readiness sit side by side. Without the regular use of formative assessment, or checks for understanding, how are we to know what each...
Description: A variety of subject-focused, standards-based instructional materials are available to enhance inquiry-based learning with students. All activities are free and completely online. The instructional materials require no installations or logins and are device neutral. US History GeoInquiries: This collection of GeoInquiries is designed to enhance teaching of high school US history through maps. Earth Science GeoInquiries: This collection of GeoInquiries is designed to enhance teaching of Earth...
Description: The Brain Injury Strategies App is intended to provide ideas for supporting an individual who is returning to learning. It addresses various areas of concern that can happen after a concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury. The end product is a summary of selected strategies that can be implemented by an educator for an individual student. (Note: To preview Brain Injury Strategies App, use 1234 as student ID.)
Description: We have developed Communication Guidelines and Resources to support educational team members in enhancing the communication abilities of students with ASD and to create lifelong learners. The Communication Guidelines and Resources are designed to: Enhance understanding of what communication is, Enhance understanding of why communication is important, and Advance expectations, knowledge, and skills related to communication based assessments, strategies, and supports. The Communication Guidelines...
Description: It is one thing to read about learning and attention issues.  It's another thing to see them through your child's eyes. Experience firsthand how frustrating it is when your hand won't write what your brain is telling it to. Or how hard it is to complete a simple task when you have trouble focusing. Use these unique simulations and videos to better understand your child's world. Simulations These game-like experiences  are a fun way to help you see why learning and attention issues can...
Description: Give your students a boost and support their summer reading with accessible fiction and non-fiction books. Titles can be found in a variety of accessible formats within many genres required by your schools, such as: Historical Fiction Biography Non-Fiction Young Adult Science Fiction Classics Graphic Novels Search books on your summer reading lists for eligible AIM-VA students and ORDER NOW! Click below for a sampling of available books at different reading levels: Elementary School books Middle...
Description: CommonLit delivers high-quality, free instructional materials to support literacy development for students in grades 5-12. Our resources are: Flexible; Research-Based; Aligned to the Common Core State Standards; Created by teachers, for teachers. We believe in the transformative power of a great text, and a great question. That’s why we are committed to keeping CommonLit completely free, forever. Themes include: America, Comedy & Tragedy, Death, Education, Fear & Paranoia,...
Description: Dyslexia and dysgraphia are both learning issues. Dyslexia primarily affects reading. Dysgraphia mainly affects writing. While they’re different issues, the two are easy to confuse. They share symptoms and often occur together. This article provides a simple table can help you tell them apart. It gives information about What is it?, Signs you may notice, possible emotional and social impact, What can help, and Accommodations. If your child is struggling with reading or writing, it can be...
Description: Currently 4 videos are available: No Fighting, No Biting! Managing Sibling Conflict The goal of this workshop is to give parents some strategies to cope with conflict between siblings, including situations where one sibling has a disability. Presented by: Meladie Gey Burke, LPC, RPT Transition 101: Agency Linkages Agency linkages are critically important for students with disabilities as they prepare to transition to postsecondary education, training, employment and independent living. The goal...
Description: This free app is designed to help determine if students are eligible for accessible materials from AIM-VA. It is an universal app designed for both iPhone and iPad.
Description: This free AIM Navigator App is the mobile form of an online resource that facilitates the process that guides the work of a collaborative team as they work through the AIM-related needs of individual students. It is not a screening or diagnostic tool. The Navigator consists of a series of guiding questions to assist teams with decision-making about need, selection, acquisition, and use of accessible instructional materials. Learning supports for completing each decision-making step are available...
Description: Getting your child's backpack organized is a feat worth celebrating. But making sure he puts in everthing he needs for the trip to school and back can take some work.  A luggage tag checklist is an easy way to help your child keep track, without it being obvious to other kids. All you have to do is buy an inexpensive clear luggage tag to attach to the backpack's zipper pull. Take out the address label and replace it with this printable checklist. Customize the "To School" and "To Home"...
Description: For an enjoyable activity with lifelong benefits, we recommend one of our reading programs, which are designed and taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development. Programs are offered through a partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University, Office of Continuing and Professional Education. These programs are at 7 locations throughout Virginia.
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (DOE) reminds school divisions that registration for the Virtual Virginia 2016 summer session and 2016-2017 academic year is now open.  More than 70 online courses, including certain core, Advanced Placement (AP), world language, and elective courses will be offered. A full-time program, in addition to the supplemental program, modeled after the current partnership with Virginia public schools will continue to be offered. The full-time program will offer...
Description: These resources were developed by the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA). VISTA was dedicated to teaching science using hands-on, problem-based learning (PBL) that enabled students to act as “real world” scientists, working in collaborative groups to address timely and exciting issues.
Description: Do you remember how excited your children were about maths* when they were young? How they were excited by patterns in nature? How they rearranged a set of objects and found, with delight, that they had the same number? Before children start school they often talk about maths with curiosity and wonder, but soon after they start school many children decide that maths is confusing and scary and they are not a “math person”. This is because maths in many schools is all about procedures,...
Description: How can I help students who are recovering from a concussion? As a teacher, you play an important role in helping students recover from a concussion as they return to school. Making short-term changes to your students' school work load and schedule- and giving them time to help their brain heal- can help them get back to their regular school routine. As they begin to feel better, you can slowly remove these changes. Concussion symptoms may return as students get back to physical or mental...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Office of Special Education Instructional Services in consultation with the Office of Humanities and Early Childhood are seeking K-6 teachers to participate in the Multi-Sensory Structured Language Instruction Pilot Project II during the 2016-2017 school year.  Again this year, approximately 80 teachers will be selected through a competitive application process to participate in the August 1-5, 2016, regionally-based pilot project.  The...
Description: Encourage your students to get their recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day with a series of quick workout videos, featuring Washington Redskins' player Ryan Kerrigan. Appropriate for classroom or home use, these videos focus on movements that increase coordination, stabilization, flexibility, cardiovascular health, and strength. Use these videos alongside our PLAY 60 Challenge lessons to illustrate educational components in a fun and engaging way, or as a classroom break to help...
Description: Growth Mindset: Big Ideas for The Classoom — Episode 2/5 Check out a free series of videos on the Class Dojo website offering a strong message for students that their brains are not fixed but like a muscle and can grow and work for them to improve their skills at school. Entertaining Ideas  The videos, dubbed "Big Ideas for The Classroom" help teachers motivate students and build their resilience when frustration and failure cause self-doubts. There will be five in all when the...
Description: The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Boston. These awards also included the Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience: “Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah,” written by Laurie Ann Thompson,...
Description: Access to instruction means everything if struggling readers are to keep pace with their grade-level peers. AIM-VA blog readers love our stories about chosen apps and websites that help to by-pass textbooks, trade books or other traditional learning materials in print when they prove to be barriers to learning.  Favorite Apps  The following are lists of favorite apps that are shared by reliable sources.  They support all learners and may hold special value for struggling students...
Description: Mindfulness in the classroom, sometimes called “contemplative pedagogy,” involves teaching methods designed to cultivate deepened awareness, concentration, and insight. On this site, you can find: The Pedagogical Role of Mindfulness Meditation in Higher Education Mindful Activities in the Classroom Mindfulness at Vanderbilt Additional Resources Organizations & Programs
Description: VDOE Office of Special Education Program Improvement has web-based trainings available online that offer support and resources for mathematics instruction support, planning a master schedule and using data informed decision making through the lens of the Virginia Tiered System of Supports. Participants will gain valuable tools and resources to assist in meeting the needs of SWD. Administrators, teachers and division level staff are encouraged to use these resources as a part of their ongoing...
Description: This toolkit will help you navigate your child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track and support progress at each stage. The Parent Toolkit team is committed to building a community of parents, teachers, and experts where ideas and tips are shared regularly. This site includes the following sections: Growth Charts (Academic, Health & Wellness, and Social & Emotional Development) Tips & Guides (Videos, Academic, Health &...
Description: The following presentations are available: State of the States on Systemic Improvement Planning: A National Overview of Phase I SSIPs A National Picture: Indicator C4 Family Data for FFY 2013 Using Surveys to Understand How the Child Outcomes Summary Process is Being Implemented in Local Programs Performance Checklists for Facilitating Practitioner Use of DEC Recommended Practices A National Picture: Child Outcomes for FFY 2013-14 Session 1: Use of Fiscal Data for Budget Development and...
Description: DO YOU KNOW that deficits in executive functions, attention, and learning and memory are the most common cognitive problems after a traumatic brain injury (TBI)? In this document we explain what executive functions are, how they interfere with college life, and the supports students with TBI need to have equal access in college.
Description: The goal of this website is to provide a one-stop-shop for parents, families and caregivers of children with special needs to:  Learn about and plan your child's educational program Understand your legal rights and responsibilities Access local resources including school system contacts and disability services in your community Access an abundance of resources, including instructional strategies, assistive technology and behavioral supports to help your child succeed.
Description: From the AIM-VA Blog: Vendors that specialize in assistive and learning technologies is one factor making special education "special." AT For Support  Specialized products combined with teacher expertise create novel ways access to the curriculum content that all students need to know and master in order to progress in school. General educators rarely know these products. You can get to know them better by checking out our links that follow. The Gold List  Here is the list of companies...
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Description: Follow our blog to learn more about accessible materials and how to use them successfully with students who have reading disabilities in Virginia.
Description: This Thanksgiving weekend, StoryCorps will work with teachers and high school students across the country to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend. Open to everyone, The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national assignment to engage people of all ages in the act of listening. The pilot project is specially designed for students ages 13 and over and as part of a social studies, history, civics, government,...
Description: Governor Terry McAuliffe has recognized October 2015 as Dyslexia Awareness Month for the Commonwealth of Virginia. October has traditionally been declared Disability Awareness Month and continues as such. In 2004, the International Dyslexia Association’s Board of Directors voted to promote this month as Dyslexia Awareness Month as well, and from that time forward, activities have been focused during this month by organizations associated with research, instruction, and support of...
Description: The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) are pleased to announce the completion of the English Learner (EL) Tool Kit to support states, districts and schools in meeting their legal obligations to EL students and ensuring access to a quality education. Topics included in the tool kit include:  tools and resources for identifying ELs, providing ELs with high-quality EL programs, evaluating the effectiveness of EL programs, avoiding unnecessary segregation, providing qualified...