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Description: This 2014 multimedia book, Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice, can be accessed at no cost.
Description: The purpose of this activity is to provide practice in apply UDL principles when developing goals instructional delivery methods, materials selection, and assessment. The examples are not crafted to represent exemplar lesson development, but as a means to practice, using UDL principles in each area. Clearly, when planning lessons, each of these elements (goals, methods, materials and assessment) are integrated and not planned in isolation.
Description: It is a place to browse and build resources, lessons and collections. You can use and share these materials to support instruction guided by the UDL principles.
Description: Founded in 2009, the National UDL Center supports the effective implementation of UDL by connecting stakeholders in the field and providing resources and information UDL Basics, Advocacy, Implementation, Research, Community, and Resources.
Description: The UDL Guidelines, an articulation of the UDL framework, can assist anyone who plans lessons/units of study or develops curricula (goals, methods, materials, and assessments) to reduce barriers, as well as optimize levels of challenge and support, to meet the needs of all learners from the start. They can also help educators identify the barriers found in existing curricula.
Description: For many educators, applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles is viewed as a philosophical approach for designing curriculum, shaping instruction, selecting instructional materials/technology, and developing assessments that provide greater access to learning for all students. Designing curriculum and instruction for diverse learners using the principles of UDL at the outset enhances the classroom environment and requires less retrofitting and adaptation by classroom teachers.
Description: Digital content applications have been developed through grants, challenges and partnerships with other state agencies and organizations. The following apps can be found in the Apple App Store at no cost. iTunes software is needed to run all apps.
Description: Spring is an ideal time for educators to pause and reflect. Routines and practices are established, but enough of the year remains to make adjustments. It is also not too early to start planning for next year. (William & Mary T/TAC Link Lines Newsletter, Feb. 2015)
Description: Co-teaching involves a partnership between two licensed educators, usually a general education teacher and a special education teacher, sharing responsibility for one classroom of diverse students. These professionals share the planning and delivery of instruction as well as accountability for student learning. Such a partnership between professionals with different areas of expertise is necessary for some students with disabilities to access and make progress in the general education setting....
Description: This information brief is a companion document to Issue Brief No. 9. It provides an introduction to early child development, including resources to consult when developmental concerns arise. The intended audience is families experiencing homelessness and the service providers who provide support. (Project Hope-Virginia) (Homeless Education)
Description: Finding a shared definition of early childhood inclusion has not always been an easy task for those of us in the field of early care and education. In 2009 the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) released a joint position statement on early childhood inclusion. The position statement defined early childhood inclusion, and provided the defining features of high quality early childhood inclusion: access, participation, and...
Description: This archived webinar is a presentation by Daniel Parker, WDPI, Autism and Family Engagement, and Ben Kaufman, OAR, Director, Programs and Community Outreach. (OAR- Organization for Autism Research)
Description: This includes direct links to the videos: Segment One: Characteristics, Segment Two: Integrating Supports in the Classroom, Segment Three: Practices for Challenging Behavior, and Segment Four: Effective Use of Teacher Supports as well as the Supplementary Training Manual and the Professional Development Curriculum. These videos developed for secondary teachers assisting students with autism in general education settings. However, they could be used to give educators ideas to support students...
Description: The Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate Program prepares you to expertly engage with individuals with spectrum disorders through program content developed from current research in the field. The courses promote collaborative learning with a focus on services and strategies to improve success with students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) across the lifespan in a variety of settings, including educational, home, work, and community. This 100% online graduate certificate program is from the...
Description: In this folder you will find the following: •Webinar Guide Providing Table of Contents for Webinar Discussion which Allows You to Move to Sections of Webinar You Wish To View •The Powerpoint Handouts for this Presentation •Resources Links to Accompany Webinar (these are updated as new resources are sent to DPI) •Summary of Feedback and Participant Questions •General Family and Autism Resources Folder
Description: The Virginia Center for Excellence in Teaching admits the Commonwealth’s best teachers to innovative academies in classroom instruction, education policy, and leadership at no cost to them. The program offers Virginia teachers the opportunity to participate in one of four academies: science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); the humanities and language arts; fine arts; or interdisciplinary studies. Only 60 participants will be selected. Earn 3 graduate credits at George Mason...
Description: This web site provides educators with an excellent bank of resources for the common core English/Language Arts/Literacy, Math, History/Social Studies, and Science common core literacy standards. These activities can be easily aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning.
Description: Reading Makes Cent$ is a financial literacy program for Virginia students grades K–3.
Description: VDOE provides targeted professional development through Mathematics Institutes. Since 2009, the institutes were framed by the following five goals: students of becoming mathematical problem solvers, communicating mathematically, reasoning mathematically, making mathematical connections, and using mathematical representations to model and interpret practical situations. Resources are available from the 2014 through 2009 Mathematics Institutes.
Description: This includes resources for English, Math, Science and Social Studies as well as resources that are relevant for all content areas.
Description: The Hexagon Tool helps states, communities, and agencies systematically evaluate new and existing interventions via six broad factors: needs, fit, resource availability, evidence, readiness for replication and capacity to implement. (This includes links to the NIRN-Education-TheHexagonTool.pdf and NIRN-TheHexagonTool.pdf)
Description: TED-Ed is a site dedicated to lessons worth sharing. TED, which is known for their stunning video lecture series, has launched a new service that focuses on lessons and education. Teachers, other experts, and pretty much anyone can send an audio file which TED-Ed will animate and place on their site to share with the world. It is a stunning effort powered by real educators and volunteer animation experts. The results are fantastic and engaging. This is another strong entry for those teachers...
Description: We offer over 200 free resources including: Writing and Teaching Writing, Research, Grammar and Mechanics, Style Guides, ESL (English as a Second Language), and Job Search and Professional Writing.
Description: Social studies educators teach students the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators.
Description: EARN is: a safe and structured environment in which young people can communicate, an opportunity to apply knowledge in service-learning projects, and a community of educators and learners making a difference as part of the educational process.
Description: Storyboard Generator is a free tool from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Students can choose a script (or write their own) and create a storyboard. This is a great free tool for teachers to use with their students to help them learn storytelling, presentation skills, and so much more. Easy to use, this is a powerful tool for students of all ages.
Description: This resource was created to help K-12 history and social studies teachers incorporate technology effectively into their courses. Find resources for history and social studies lesson plans, activities, projects, games, and quizzes that use technology.
Description: Are you frustrated with sources for relevant resources? Do you need to ask questions, but don't have someone to ask?
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is providing additional information to further clarify the eligibility requirements for students who are identified with a reading disability due to an organic dysfunction to receive free accessible instructional materials through AIM-VA. (Superintendent's Memo- January 9, 2015)
Description: The goal is to provide educators with the information they need to make evidence-based decisions. Access this information through practice guides that provide recommendations for educators.
Description: This statement presents an approach for categorizing the evidence base of practices in special education. The quality indicators and the criteria for categorizing the evidence base of special education practices is intended for use by groups or individuals with advanced training and experience in educational research design and methods.
Description: The EBI (Evidence Based Network) Network has been developed to provide guidance in the selection and implementation of evidence-based interventions in the classroom setting. To this end, four general sections have been developed for your use: Evidence Based Intervention Section, Problem Solving Team/RTI Resources, Foundations of Problem Solving and ELL Resources.
Description: Mind in the Making (MITM), developed by Families and Work Institute (FWI), is an unprecedented effort to share the science of children’s learning with the general public, families and professionals who work with them. Based on Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs (HarperCollins, 2010) by Ellen Galinsky, president of FWI, its mission is to promote Executive Function Life Skills in adults and through them in children in order to keep the fire for learning...
Description: New science tells us that our children's first years are when they develop the foundation for all future learning. Vroom turns shared moments into brain-building moments. Whether it's mealtime, bath time, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children's growing minds. There is also a free app available for download on Google Play or iTunes.
Description: Toys cause many preventable injuries. Tips on Toys will help you decide just which toys are safe for your children as they grow. Take a few minutes to look over the toys you already have, and keep these guidelines in mind when you buy new ones. The suggestions made in this publication are based on national information about the kinds of toys most often involved in accidents. Most of this information was gathered by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the checklist was developed...
Description: This module describes how teachers can incorporate vocabulary and reading comprehension skills instruction into content-area lessons and will introduce you to a variety of effective practices—including the use of graphic organizers—to help students better understand what they read.
Description: This Module examines some of the reasons that adolescents struggle with content-area text and overviews effective strategies teachers can use to improve the vocabulary and comprehension skills of students with a wide range of abilities and across a variety of subjects.
Description: This section provides a Guidance Package (which includes a Set of Guiding Principles for Providing High-Quality Education in Juvenile Justice Secure Care Settings, and a Dear Colleague Letter on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for Students with Disabilities in Correctional Facilities), Additional Resources (which includes Frequently Asked Questions and Fact Sheets), and Technical Assistance and Support.
Description: The Center on RTI is a national leader in supporting the successful implementation and scale-up of RTI and its components. It continues the work of the National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI), which AIR ran from 2007-2012 with a grant from the Office of Special Education Programs. When the Center’s federal funding ended in 2012, AIR took over upkeep and maintenance of the Center’s website and products and continues to provide support for states, districts, and schools...
Description: Providing high-quality education in juvenile justice secure care settings presents unique challenges for the administrators, teachers, and staff who are responsible for the education, rehabilitation, and welfare of youths committed to their care. The services provided to them in secure care facilities should be developmentally appropriate and focus on the youths’ educational, social-emotional, behavioral, and career planning needs so that their time within a secure care facility is a...
Description: The K-12 English Language Arts SOL Institutes focused on nonfiction and fiction reading, writing, instructional strategies for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities. All of the materials are now posted.
Description: This new interactive tool is designed to help health professionals and others find nutritious recipes as a key strategy for encouraging children to eat healthier meals. Resources include Cookbooks, Recipe Tools and Spotlights. Recipes in Spanish (Recetas en Español) are available too.
Description: Unfortunately, students who struggle with reading have a history of failure and usually do not have the background knowledge they need to succeed. Technology can help struggling students become productive, independent, and achieve while accessing the general curriculum. To encourage our students to become life-long learners we should guide them to self-select the technology tools that are most beneficial. This session will demonstrate free and low cost tools that are available to ALL students....
Description: Getting electronic textbooks is easier than you think. AIM-VA provides easy access for students with IEPs AND resources for students who do not have an IEP. These digital resources complement technology to give struggling learners easier access to educational materials. Would your students benefit from books that offer features such text highlighting, ability to add notes, outlining, personalization of background colors and fonts (including size and shapes), dictionary, a variety of speaking...
Description: Are you using all the tools that are available to improve your students' learning and demonstration of literacy skills? Have your students developed note-taking and study skills? Are they communicating and participating in socially acceptable ways, autonomously and as independently as possible? These are the possibilities of supports through today's mobile technologies, apps, software, and even no tech assistive technology strategies. You will be prompted to login to view this archived video.
Description: This provides a series of visual art lesson plans designed to engage students with disabilities. (The Kennedy Center)
Description: Welcome to VSA's educational tool that features short literary works by prominent writers with disabilities. Designed to engage middle and high school students and encourage dialogue about disability and diversity, each Writing Spotlight is accompanied by discussion questions and writing activities to promote language arts skills, including reading comprehension and creative writing. (Writing Spotlights are also available in Arabic, French and Spanish)
Description: Start with the Arts is an instructional program created by VSA for pre-school and early elementary school learners that uses the arts to assist young children, including those with disabilities, in exploring themes commonly taught in early childhood classrooms. You can now download an accessible version of the Start With the Arts in its entirety or in chapters for free!
Description: Start with the Arts at Home is an educational resource that uses the arts to assist young children, including those with disabilities, in exploring themes commonly taught in early childhood classrooms in the home setting. Start with the Arts at Home is available for free download in both English and Spanish.
Description: How to Learn Math is a free class for learners of all levels of mathematics. It combines really important information on the brain and learning with new evidence on the best ways to approach and learn math effectively. Many people have had negative experiences with math, and end up disliking math or failing. This class will give learners of math the information they need to become powerful math learners, it will correct any misconceptions they have about what math is, and it will teach them...