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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...
Description: The following have been updated: Blended Curriculum at a Glance (#1), Thematic Unit Planning Form (#8), ASOL to SOL Crosswalks (#9) for Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science and History/Social Science, and Science Sample Activities (#13).
Description: Science Sample Activities (Item #13) are now available under the Teaching Resources section of the VAAP. They are searchable by grade or ASOL number.
Description: The CHARACTER COUNTS! approach to character education doesn't exclude anyone. That's why we base our programs and materials on six ethical values that everyone can agree on — values that are not political, religious, or culturally biased. Use the points below to help young people understand the Six Pillars, and use the mnemonic devices at right to help them remember. (bullying prevention)
Description: This site includes: Bullying Info and Facts, Educator Toolkits and Activities, Free Bookmarks, Information Handouts, Book Club and Students with Disabilities.
Description: The Code of Virginia at § 22.1-217.01 requires school boards to distribute information to parents of those students who are identified as hearing impaired or visually impaired. Guidance documents and other resources are available at the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) Web site. Administrators and teachers may reprint the VDOE guidance information to share with parents. The attachment on the memo is a compilation of information and resources.
Description: This article introduces the framework of Universal Design for Early Childhood Education (UDECE). The goal of the framework is to synthesize best practices within the field of early childhood education and special education, providing a template to support access and equity for all children. (UDL)
Description: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to teaching, learning, curriculum development and assessment that uses new technologies to respond to a variety of individual learner differences. IDEA 2004 defines Universal design using the same definition as the Assistive Technology Act of 1998. (The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center, ECTA)
Description: UD and UDL support access to early care and education environments through the removal of physical and structural barriers (UD) and the provision of multiple and varied formats for instruction and learning (UDL).
Description: This includes: Why Do It? (the evidence base), Read About It (books, chapters, and articles), See for Yourself (videos and demonstrations) and Find it Online (websites with additional resources).
Description: A framework for supporting all young learners is universal design. This framework calls for early educators to value from the beginning the importance of planning learning environments and activities for a diverse population-creating universally designed settings in which all children and their families can participate and learn. (UD, UDL)
Description: The Books Build Connections Toolkit has information about the benefits of promoting early literacy and early learning for children. It includes publications with information and tips for pediatric professionals and families that are available to print, download or share on social media.
Description: This brief Building Blocks article will outline some UDL basics in an attempt to provide access to tools that teachers can use to meet children’s needs in the classroom so that they can learn successfully.
Description: If your child has a special need or learning difference, you've come to the right place. Common Sense Media gets lots of requests for product recommendations from parents whose kids struggle with traditional learning. Some of their kids have a hard time with schoolwork; others have trouble staying on task or find it difficult to express their feelings.
Description: These apps for special needs were made by the developers at Moms With Apps to assist children and families.
Description: Apps for Children with Special Needs (a4cwsn) is committed to helping the families and caretakers of children with special needs and the wider community of educators and therapists who support them, by producing videos that demonstrate how products designed to educate children and build their life skills really work from a user perspective. Our aim is that these videos, along with relevant information and advice from an independent source you can trust, provides valuable insight into whether a...
Description: The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is the voice and social conscience for the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. NAEHCY accomplishes this through advocacy, partnerships, and education.
Description: Esta guía ayuda a los consumidores con los problemas y quejas que tienen en su vida diaria. En esta guía también encontrará información sobre agencias federales, organizaciones nacionales y otras oficinas que ayudan al consumidor.
Description: Use the Consumer Action Handbook (CAH) to get help with consumer purchases, problems and complaints. Find consumer contacts at hundreds of companies and trade associations, local, state, and federal government agencies, national consumer organizations, and more. (USA.gov)
Description: The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University’s College of Education is excited to announce that it will be offering four Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Ed) this fall, three of which are brand new, and all of which cover a wide variety of topics. They are flexible and can be accessed at any time, in any place, and on any device. Topics include: Coaching Digital Learning: Cultivating a Culture of Change, New! Fractions Foundations, New! Disciplinary...
Description: Bring the story of the First Thanksgiving to life in your classroom! Introduce your class to the first harvest celebration, delve deeper into the relationships between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags, and take a closer look at the historical significance of the Pilgrims' settlement. (PreK-8th grade)
Description: CNN Student News is a ten-minute, commercial-free, daily news program designed for middle and high school classes. It is produced by the journalists at CNN. This award-winning show and its companion website are available free of charge throughout the school year. We strongly advise you to preview each program before showing students, as you are the best judge of the appropriateness of its news content for your specific class. (Current Events)
Description: EconEdLink is the leading source of online economic & personal finance lessons & resources for educators, students and afterschool providers.
Description: In this article written for Colorín Colorado, Bright Ideas author Kristina Robertson offers an overview of WIDA's new Essential Actions handbook and shares a step-by-step process for using this tool as part of a professional learning community focused on meeting ELLs' academic language needs. (ELL = English Language Learner)
Description: ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly. The ReadWorks curriculum is aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning, and for other states, the Common Core standards. (Grades K-12)
Description: Kids.gov is the official kids' portal for the U.S. government. We link kids, parents and teachers to U.S. government information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids. This site includes resources for: Art and Music, Exercise, Fitness and Nutrition, Get Involved, Government, Health and Safety, History, Jobs, Math, Money, Online Safety, Reading and Writing, Science, and Social Studies. There...
Description: Kids.gov is the official kids' portal for the U.S. government. We link kids, parents and teachers to U.S. government information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations. This includes resources for parents in the areas of: Art and Music, Exercise, Fitness and Nutrition, Get Involved, Government, Health and Safety, History, Jobs, Math, Money, Online Safety, Reading and Writing, Science, and Social Studies. (USA.gov)
Description: The Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Toddler Initiative will expand on the work conducted by the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPDC-ASD) funded by the Office of Special Education Programs. The ASD Toddler Initiative will develop new materials and modify existing processes to support the use of evidence-based practices for young children (birth-3) and for their families.
Description: Let's Move! Active Schools is a comprehensive program that empowers P.E. teachers, classroom teachers, principals, administrators, and parents to create active environments that enable all students to get moving and reach their full potential.
Description: The Stock Market Game™ is an online education program used to help teach math, social studies, business, economics, and language skills while focusing on the importance of long-term saving and investment. Students in grades 4-12 participate in teams and manage a simulated investment portfolio. There is a charge for this program.
Description: These resources include: Learning Inventory Elementary-New!, Learning Inventory Secondary- New!, Instructional Design Tool, IEP At A Glance, Student Profile, Assessing My Mutiple Intelligences, How Am I Smart?, See How Smart I Am Graphing Chart, Checklist of Self-Management Skills, Four Corners, Conversation Circles, Graffiti Facts, Area Of Difficulty Checklist, Differentiated Instruction Self-Assessment, Flexible Grouping Forms, Web 2.0 Keys, Jog the Web: Web 2.0 Tools, Strategy: Wordsplash,...
Description: Accommodation Rubric Enhancing the Role of the Paraeducator Paraeducator Weekly Log Paraeducator Effectiveness Self-Check Paraprofessional Schedule Inclusion Resources Differentiated Instruction Resources Collaborative...
Description: These resources include: Interactive Glossary of Inclusion Terms, Inclusion Roadmap, Scheduling Form 1, Scheduling Form 2, Scheduling Form 3, Form 3 Planning Grid EXAMPLES, Strategies for Students with Cognitive Disabilities, Collaborative Teaching Observation Form, Specialized Support Observation Form, Steps for Scheduling Elementary, Steps for Scheduling Middle School Steps for Scheduling High School.
Description: (August 2014: Added Algebra I; Algebra, Functions, and Data Analysis; and Algebra II) Mathematics vocabulary word wall cards provide a display of mathematics content words and associated visual cues to assist in vocabulary development. The cards should be used as an instructional tool for teachers and then as a reference for all students, particularly English learners and students with disabilities.
Description: Youcubed is a nonprofit providing free and affordable K-12 mathematics resources and professional development for educators and parents. Our main goal is to inspire, educate and empower teachers of mathematics, transforming the latest research on math learning into accessible and practical forms. We know from research how to teach math well and how to bring about high levels of student engagement and achievement but research has not previously been made accessible to teachers. All students can...
Description: This first draft of the Comparison of Virginia’s 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning(SOL) with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)for Mathematics provides a side-by-side overview demonstrating how the 2009 Mathematics SOL are aligned to the CCSS. The comparison was made using Virginia’s complete standards program for supporting teaching and learning in the Commonwealth’s public schools and school divisions, including both the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning and the...
Description: The Comparison of Virginia’s 2010 English Standards of Learning (SOL) with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and Literacy (ELAL) provides a side-by-side overview demonstrating how the 2010 English SOL are aligned to the CCSS for ELAL. The comparison was made using Virginia’s complete standards program for supporting teaching and learning in the Commonwealth’s public schools and school divisions, including both the 2010 English Standards of...
Description: Module 6 is a great way to learn about and train others on these two new elements in IDEA. Early Intervening Services (EIS) are for K-12 students with academic or behavioral difficulties who are not yet identified as having a disability. Response to Intervention (RTI) is a new approach to identifying whether a student has a specific learning disability.
Description: Play is vanishing from classrooms as teachers try to align their curriculum to meet new state standards. It’s time to look again at block building as an essential learning process which fosters and facilitates the learning and innovative skills children need to be successful in the future.
Description: If you’re concerned about the development of an infant or toddler, or you suspect that a little one has a disability, this page will summarize one terrific source of help—the early intervention system in your state. Early intervention services can help infants and toddlers with disabilities or delays to learn many key skills and catch up in their development.
Description: El nacimiento de un niño es un evento lleno de emociones que le cambiará la vida por completo. Un nuevo bebé hermoso llega a su hogar, familia, y comunidad. Es un tiempo para celebrar. Sus familiares conocen al niño y se preguntan: ¿Va a ser un futbolista, será una famosa cantante, va a descubrir la cura para el cáncer, o se convertirá en el presidente de los Estados Unidos?
Description: Si Ud. tiene o conoce un niño entre las edades de 3 a 21, y tiene preocupaciones acerca de su desarrollo, bienestar emocional, conducta, aprendizaje o discapacidad, esta página le ayudará a familiarizarse con los sistemas de apoyo para niños con discapacidades en los Estados Unidos.
Description: The education of children with disabilities is a top national priority. Our nation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), sets high standards for their achievement and guides how special help and services are made available in schools to address their individual needs.