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Description: A tremendous amount of social and emotional development takes place during the early years of a child’s life. The emotional well-being of young children is an important consideration for educators and caregivers supporting early learners (pre-K - grade 3) during this critical time.
Description: In addition to keeping children physically safe during the pandemic, it is also important to care for their emotional health. The threat of COVID-19, long-term social distancing, and prolonged disruption to the school routine may create signifcant stress and impact children’s mental well-being.
Description: All children and young adults require support from caregivers during times of stress and uncertainty, such as those we are facing now with the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Individuals with autism may need additional support to process the news and adapt to the many changes.  This population may face additional challenges related to comprehension, communication, difficulty understanding abstract language, an insistence on sameness, and a greater likelihood of anxiety and...
Description: Wide Open School Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. There is so much good happening, and we are here to gather great stuff and organize it so teachers and families can easily find it and plan each day.  Resources are organized by "I'm an educator" or "We're in a family" and "Grades PreK-5" or "Grades 6-12". The topics include: Daily Schedule Emotional Well-Being Field Trip Getting Started Learning At...
Description: Provision of  FAPE, Compensatory Education, IEP Meetings, Electronic Signatures, Timelines, Extended School Year (ESY), Equitable Services, And more.....
Title: eMediaVA
Description: Teachers can access more than one hundred thousand free, innovative, SOL-aligned learning objects and content for your classroom. eMediaVA is Virginia's premier online destination for high-quality, credible content to inspire your students and enrich learning in your classroom. Join the state's online virtual community of educators to learn, share and collaborate on best practices.
Description: VDOE works closely with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and other state and federal authorities to provide the latest information and guidance on COVID-19 to the commonwealth’s public schools. This Web page provides division and building-level administrators, school health coordinators and educators with ready access to up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 and the steps schools should take to safeguard the health of students and staff. Virginia public schools, in...
Description: In these unprecedented times, teachers are being asked to think outside of the box in terms of how to continue teaching students outside of the classroom. Quick Takes are a series of short videos, with each episode focused on a specific topic or question that has risen to the top during this time of transferring instruction into online formats. Quick Take: What You Need to Know About Student Privacy Quick Take: What You Need to Know About Accessibility Quick Take: Co-teaching with Remote...
Description: An American whose classroom in Beijing is now online shares what she and her team have learned since the coronavirus hit, just as U.S. teachers make the same shift. Asynchronous Teaching It’s Not All About Screens Teacher Office Hours Tech Support Involve Families Teacher Support Apps We’ve Found Helpful
Description: The purpose of this webpage is to provide important information and links to resources that support educators in providing equitable instruction and services to English Learners (ELs). Divisions across the Commonwealth of Virginia serve over 105,000 ELs, who speak over 240 languages, and come from a variety of learning and cultural backgrounds. These students bring a unique set of assets that have the potential to enrich the experiences of all learners and educators. The Virginia Department...
Description: This guide provides 5 key practices for teachers and families to support all students, including students with disabilities, at school and home. This is not an exhaustive list of “best practices.” Instead, we identified a small number of practices that have a big impact on student learning and social-emotional-behavioral growth. CENTER ON POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS AND SUPPORTS, NATIONAL CENTER ON  NTENSIVE INTERVENTION, NATIONAL INTEGRATED MULTI-TIERED SYSTEMS OF...
Description: This Brief describes the use of formative assessment processes with students with disabilities during distance learning. Formative assessment is important for all kinds of learning, and especially focuses students on learning and evidence of learning. This Brief presents five strategies that can be used to support student understanding of their own learning. This has the potential to be a powerful antidote to the “check-box” approach some students may bring to online learning where...
Description: Registration is now open for the 2020 Online Summer Learning Academy covering critical topics including restorative justice, literacy, math technology, ELL best practices, racial identity, mindfulness, and trauma informed care. Registration ends June 5, 2020. Seating is limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so register early!
Description: The resources are organized by the following topics: Early Childhood Education Resources Counseling Resources Online Learning Resources Math Education Resources Culturally and Diverse Learner Resources Health and Physical Education Resources
Description: This document was developed to assist school personnel on how to support military-connected students and their families during the pandemic.
Description: This brief provides guidance to parents, family members, and caregivers about using the power of play to build resilience and support healing. Some of the ideas outlined in the brief include:  Create opportunities for young children to communicate their fears and express their big feelings in constructive ways. Support children in releasing the extra energy charge that accumulates in their bodies after a stressful or traumatic experience. Teach infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children...
Description: Office of Student Services (OSS), has compiled Instructional Support Mental Health Resources During School Closures to assist division instructional support personnel with mental health and wellness service delivery during school closures. Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) include school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, and school nurses.
Description: (The deadline for submitting this application is June 8, 2020.) The Virginia Vision Impairment Training Project-2020 (VA VITP-2020) is a unique professional development opportunity for selected Virginia educators and related service providers who will work with young children (ages 2-6 years) with vision impairments in Virginia public school special education programs during the 2020-2021 school year. This training project is supported with federal IDEA grant funding through the collaboration of...
Description: VCU-ACE is delighted to announce the development of early childhood specific resources for families raising young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  These resources are designed to support families through the challenges and disruptions of COVID-19, as well as support families in understanding topics related to ASD and child development.   From Our House to Yours: A Message to Families In this VCU-ACE video resource, Alicia Hart, VCU-ACE Training Associate and parent...
Description: How to Keep Distracted Kids in “Study Mode” (Even if They Have ADHD): A Webinar for Families Whether your child struggles with executive functioning skills, has ADHD, or would simply rather be playing Fortnite than doing online schooling, this webinar is for you Setting the Stage for Distance Learning Success: A Webinar for Families: Friday, May 1, 2020, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. Transitioning to distance learning can be overwhelming.  Join us to learn important strategies to help...
Description: This includes Information on how to add or remove browser add-ons, extensions, and toolbars in Microsoft Edge.
Description: Each video chat features five early intervention practitioners and leaders from Virginia discussing tele-assessment, or how to conduct developmental assessments with children and families using video conferencing. The chat addresses how to prepare families and teams, what successful tele-assessments look like, and tips and advice for others who are embarking on tele-assessment. Each video chat lasts 35-40 minutes
Title: Assistiveware
Description: Everyone has something to say. Working closely with the AAC community, we build apps and share best practices to help you communicate with the world.
Description: Speech and Language Therapy Ideas and Materials
Description: In this webinar, Dr. Meghan Walls, a pediatric psychologist, provides an overview of the kinds of emotional reactions we can expect from children and youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also covered will be recommendations for how parents, teachers and other caregivers can provide emotional support and reassurance to help navigate this societal crisis.  Dr. Teri Brister, author of the NAMI Basics program, provides information about the NAMI Basics OnDemand program available online for...
Description: Due to COVID-19, program capacity has become limited due to the need for social distancing. In order to continue ongoing support and education, NAMI Virginia is excited to offer online programs that are available statewide. Online Support Groups NAMI Family Support Group For Parents of Children 17 and Under- NEW: This is a free, peer led support for parents of children living with mental health challenges. Our NAMI Family Support Groups offer a confidential space to share and gain sincere...
Description: This resource was developed in response to requests from state and local educational agencies and parents about how to hold and participate in virtual individualized education program (IEP) meetings. While intended to meet a need during the current COVID-19 pandemic, we hope the content will have broader application. Contents: A Collaborative Effort Across OSEP-Funded Projects Virtual IEP Meetings: Technology Tips for All Participants Hosting Virtual IEP Meetings: Tips for Success Common...
Description: This resource offers tips to support your child’s learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. “As a parent, what is my role, and what can I do to best support my child’s education?” Page 1: What Is My Role? Page 2: How Do I Get My Child Ready To Learn? Page 3: How Do I Find Out What My Child Should Be Learning? Page 4: How Can I Support My Child in Reading? Page 5: How Can I Support My Child in Math? Page 6: How Can I Support My Child Socially and Emotionally? Page 7:...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) cares about the well-being of both you and your child, especially as we face the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all in this together and our first priority is to keep our families and ourselves safe by seeking out meaningful supports. We should make every effort to stay positive and patient with one another and be compassionate in the understanding that everyone--administrators, teachers, students, and families--are going through this together. Please...
Description: VDOE has been fielding questions related to the impact of closings on the licensing of instructional personnel and candidates completing approved educator preparation programs at Virginia colleges and universities. A series of questions and answers to address inquiries and concerns received by the VDOE can be found on the VDOE website.
Description: VDOE has been fielding questions and concerns regarding the impact of extended closures. Some of the common and most critical issues for school divisions are the instructional and logistical barriers to meeting graduation requirements, awarding of credits, and continuity of learning. The goal of this document is to provide school divisions with information and solutions around graduation requirements, promotion, new instruction, and ease of process. The intent is not to over burden or restrict...
Description: In this webinar, Dr. Constantino discusses his concept of invisible engagement, engagement that you may not see but can see the results of. With the present conditions of learning at home, this concept can easily be adapted by teachers and worked into the process that is already in place in their school to provide structure and lessons while students are away from school. (Recorded April 7, 2020)
Description: In this webinar, Dr. Constantino shares the research tenants of family efficacy and how those can be applied to the use of any social media platform a particular school or teacher may be using. Particular attention will be paid to research and practice that focuses on the use of technology to promote family efficacy. Several examples will be shared to give participants an opportunity to see the research put into real practice. (Recorded April 14, 2020)
Description: There has never been a more important time in education. With an unprecedented upending of traditional schooling, teachers are placed in the position to direct learning from afar. In this webinar, strategies for family efficacy and feedback are shared to help teachers better monitor and understand how learning is progressing at home. The term family academic socialization will be explained and broken down into usable components by teachers. (Recorded April 21, 2020) (Dr. Steve Constantino)
Description: Dr. Steve Constantino and his guests from the Klein Independent School District, Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown, and Family Engagement Program Coordinator, Maria Ovalle-Lopez. Dr. Constantino facilitate a discussion with these practitioners about their experiences with what works in engaging families during the COVID-19 crisis. (Recorded April 28, 2020)
Description: The C4L Professional Development Guidance document is divided into six categories to assist school division and school level administrative staff in focusing efforts when creating professional development. The intent of including the information in the sections below is to ensure aspects of the daily operations of schools are not overlooked as division personnel tackle the multiple facets of pulling resources together for professional learning. The following sections are a high level overview...
Description: Find answers to the following questions: My child’s school uses an online learning platform for instruction between school and home. Can my child use her typical assistive technology when accessing this learning platform? My child is struggling with some of his school assignments.  Are there some assistive technologies or special strategies that might help him at home? My child’s teacher uses technology at school that we don’t have at home. What else can I use at home...
Description: 1. Talk with families about components of the IEP and where to find critical information (such as accommodations, including accessible instructional materials and assistive technology) that will support your student and family at home. Providing online instruction is a new skill for all of us.  Consider creating “office hours” to assist with scheduling times to answer questions from families. If possible, meet with families individually using the same online platform to help...
Description: Governor Ralph Northam sends a message of appreciation to educators saying, “I'm so proud of how Virginia teachers, principals, and superintendents are working around the clock to keep our children engaged and learning and ensure every student is served equitably amid this crisis. Thanks to each and every one of you for all you do."  (Teacher Direct April 22, 2020)
Description: This webinar helps teachers rethink their lesson plans for an online platform, including resources like teacher-created YouTube channels and explainer videos, tools for sharing resources with your peers, and ways of working with your district to ensure students have access. Slidedeck – Equitable Practices for Teaching Online Sign Up for Free Zoom Account https://zoom.us/signup Zoom Support Center https://support.zoom.us/ Sandbox Site https://zoom.us/test This...
Description: School divisions must make every effort possible to meet required timelines by scheduling and holding your student’s IEP meeting online or by phone. Here are some helpful hints for IEP meetings and service delivery.
Description: School closures are now widespread as part of the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While these are critical steps to protect the health of Americans, the disruption in routine for children with autism or special needs can be incredibly hard.   Long-term changes to daily schedules can mean a loss of skills they may have gained during school programming or lead to increased anxiety and problem behaviors. In addition, parents who are also at home unexpectedly...
Description: In this Quick Take, Kelly Grillo, Ph.D. and Daniel McNulty discuss accessibility considerations while teaching online. When do you need to use captioning, and how do you do it? Is there a digital alternative to paper packets? And what is Zoom bombing? Find out these answers and more. Resources from this Quick Take: Slides Video: Using Synthetic Speech from a Google Doc to Activate Alexa Accessible Digital Content from PATINS Project 20 Tips for Teaching an Accessible Online Course How to...
Description: As a public health organization, we at Hip Hop Public Health felt the strong need to support the communities we work with during a time like this. For those of you wondering how best to keep your schools, workplaces and homes safe, refer to this practical and informative guide from the CDC. Even with current social distancing recommendations, the importance of keeping active remains important for our overall health and immune systems. Hip Hop Public Health has, therefore, put together...
Description: ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 204,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat...
Description: The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is working closely with administration, including the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the COVID-19 Taskforce, local partners, and stakeholders to activate emergency procedures. Child Care Aware, Virginia’s resource and referral agency, assists parents and guardians in finding child care that meets the needs of each family.  In this difficult time, they stand ready to help families...
Description: VECF recognizes both the immediate and long-term impact of COVID-19 on all of us. We are especially concerned for vulnerable families and the providers who partner with them in caring for and supporting young children. We are committed to facilitating Virginia’s successful rapid response, recovery, and transformation of child care solutions. VECF Resources Include: VECF Position Statement - March 25 Child Care & COVID-19: With Crisis Comes Opportunity Smart Beginnings COVID-19...
Description: Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced that four Virginia public media stations will broadcast teacher-led classroom instruction aligned with the Commonwealth’s academic standards. Blue Ridge PBS, VPM, WETA and WHRO Public Media worked closely with the VDOE to create “VA TV Classroom” to provide instruction to students in grades K-10 who are unable to access other distance learning options. “VA TV Classroom” will air instructional content...
Description: Coronavirus is posing unprecedented challenges to public schools around the country. To help ensure the continuity of special education services during remote instruction and to spotlight best practice approaches for schools and educators, an alliance of national education organizations has come together to ensure equity for all learners.  EducatingAllLearners.org creates a hub of curated tools, strategies, tips and best practices for supporting students with disabilities...
Description: With the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone across the globe is in the process of figuring out how to adapt in order to curb the spread of this virus. HiMama has compiled these resources with the feedback and support from the childcare community to help child care centers, teachers and families make the most of these uncertain times to continue providing great care for our kiddos.