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Description: VDOE Special Education and Student Services (SESS) Reopening Frequently Asked Questions, COVID-19: A Parent Guide for School-Aged Children, Sustaining Inclusive Practices for Virtual Learning for Students with Disabilities, Considerations for COVID Recovery Services for Students with Disabilities, Special Education Students After COVID-19 Key Considerations, Virginia Learns Anywhere: Learning in Place- English & Reading, Math and Science, Social Emotional Wellness Quick Guides
Description: The purpose of this memo is to clarify, for local school divisions, their responsibility to ensure that, during the Individualized Education Program (IEP) development process, the IEP Team must consider accommodations, supplementary aids, and services needed to provide access and participation in extracurricular activities, such as sports and clubs. According to the Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia, school divisions must:...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce the release of information related to the Cohort 3 application process for the Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five (PDG B-5). PDG B-5 is a multi-year federal grant awarded to the VDOE that is accelerating Virginia’s development of an equitable early childhood system that delivers stable, affordable, and quality early care and education to prepare more children for kindergarten. PDG B-5 serves to strengthen and unify...
Description: January 25, 2021 Dear Education Stakeholder:  We invite you to participate in a project entitled, Profiles into Practice. This research is being conducted to investigate how the Profiles of a Virginia Graduate, Educator, Education Leader and Classroom influence the lived experiences of those most impacted by policy implementation and school reform efforts. If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete a 10-minute survey about your awareness of and experience...
Description: "AT in 3" offers a weekly 3-minute "news you can use" segment in the area of assistive technology in education.
Description: By promoting inclusion and diversity in your classroom, you’re helping your students improve their critical thinking, creativity and confidence (among other skills) — all of which help create a strong foundation for future growth and success. The CCEI promotional offer listed above expires January 31, 2021.
Description: The following projects can be done the traditional paper-pencil way or using the online tools suggested. Augment images, videos and virtual tours using Thinglink.com Make a PowerPoint presentation Create a zooming presentation using Prezi.com Design a 3-D model online using Sketchup.com or Floorplanner.com Make a digital diorama using wikihow.com/Make-a-Diorama And more....
Description: A key recommendation from our research findings is to give all students greater access to grade-level assignments. While this is critical to improving academic outcomes for all students, it’s much easier said than done. Assigning rigorous content poses a significant instructional challenge for teachers who are faced with the reality of students who are behind grade level and need varying types and levels of support to be successful academically. We observed teachers addressing this reality...
Description: Online Learning has become the new normal for many students across the nation which has presented challenges communicating with students and families.
Description: The University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning (KUCRL) has developed this crosswalk to assist educators in understanding the relationship between the High-Leverage Practices in Special Education (HLPs) and the elements and processes used when implementing the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM™). These comparisons demonstrate how SIM can empower all teachers with evidence-based instructional tools and interventions, which embed HLPs shown by research to improve achievement for...
Description: This Northern Virginia Family Resource Directory is provided as a free service to families and professionals by Formed Families Forward with financial support of SCAN of Northern Virginia. The Directory provides information and contact information for organizations, agencies and private practices offering programs, services and other resources for children, youth and families. There is a special focus on providers who serve families formed by adoption, foster care and kinship care who are...
Description: The High Leverage Practices (HLP) Highlight Tools were developed to acquaint educators with the key components of each HLP in order to begin implementation into their instruction and strengthen inclusive practices with students. Each Highlight Tool contains a brief description, video clips, suggested activities and a Plan of Action activity teachers can implement with students to help get them started. As teachers become more acquainted with HLPs, additional resources are provided to help extend...
Description: The High Leverage Practices (HLP) Highlight Tools were developed to acquaint educators with the key components of each HLP in order to begin implementation into their instruction and strengthen inclusive practices with students. Each Highlight Tool contains a brief description, video clips, suggested activities and a Plan of Action activity teachers can implement with students to help get them started. As teachers become more acquainted with HLPs, additional resources are provided to help extend...
Description: Teaching Phonemic Awareness with Puppets using Sound Isolation- This short video shows the basics of using sound isolation and how to model some activities using a puppet. This is best done in a small group where the teacher can monitor student responses. You also want to focus on one type of sound isolation. The activity is enhanced by using pictures, too.  Phoneme Isolating: Bag-of-Sounds- This is a comprehensive description of phoneme isolation with a lesson plan.    
Description: This year, more than ever, the pandemic has shown how committed, innovative, and resilient educators are in teaching and supporting their students, and has shown how much more work is needed to provide all students with an equitable education and opportunity in life. Thank you to everyone who has presented, attended, and sponsored on edWeb this year, and for your engagement in our global community – now 1 million strong. When classroom learning moved online in March due to COVID-19, there...
Description: This video will explain what the Arkansas Rapid Automized Naming (RAN) Screener is, outline the materials needed for the screener, provide a walkthrough of the screener, and directions for analyzing the results from the screener.
Description: The purpose of this guidance document is twofold. First, this guidance document will address specific legislation related to the provision of applied behavior analysis (ABA) services in the school setting. Second, this guidance document will provide considerations for both school division personnel and private providers in order to promote successful services and supports for students who may receive ABA services. It should be made clear, however, ABA services can be provided by a school...
Description: Q. How can teachers and family support staff engage parents around children’s learning and development during COVID-19? When creating family engagement plans and strategies to support children’s learning and development under non-traditional circumstances, schools should make sure families have everything they need for their children to learn. Communicating with families around what type of support they need and how they would like to receive this support is important. The only way...
Description: Q. What actions or steps should I take to comfort a preschooler whose parent has died? What is my role as teacher if a child experiences death in the family? Bereaved preschoolers need extra connection with caring adults during such a lonely time in their lives. Teachers have an important role in supporting the child and surviving family members by helping establish normal routines and activities. They may want to tell this story many times because it relieves some of the hurt. You do not need...
Description: Q. How can I support families during COVID-19 and social distancing? You’re stuck at home, either alone or with everyone in your family—and the only outing is a trip to the supermarket. Humans are social animals after all. We’re evolutionarily wired for proximity to each other. So, these new protocols (staying six feet apart, voluntarily quarantining as much as possible) are necessary, but may not be natural. Even when you’re totally healthy, not having social...
Description: Dr. Elizabeth Norton defines and explains the Rapid Automatized Naming (RAN) assessment and its relationship to reading success. Rapid automatized naming (RAN) tasks require children to name an array of familiar items as quickly as possible, thus revealing the automaticity of many of the same cognitive and linguistic skills central to reading. RAN ability robustly correlates with reading ability, across different grade levels, reading measures, and languages. Despite all that is known about RAN,...
Description: Each month, ECE-Virginia will focus on different topics that highlight how to foster children’s social-emotional skills, with helpful resources on equity, COVID-19 adaptations, and effective classroom strategies.
Description: Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, almost all school districts rapidly shifted to distance learning in spring of the 2019-2020 school year. This shift laid bare both the logistical and instructional challenges of distance learning, particularly for English learners and students with disabilities, both of whom have faced persistent achievement gaps. This work was conducted as part of GAO’s COVID-19 monitoring and oversight responsibilities under the CARES Act. It...
Description: TIES Inclusive Practice Series TIPS: TIP #6 Using the Least Dangeous Assumption in Educational Decisions, TIP #7 Homework in the Inclusive Classroom, TIP #8 High Leverage Practices Crosswalk, Tip #9 Special Education High Leverage Practices for Instruction in Inclusive Settings, TIP #10 The Use of Graphic Organizers in Inclusive Classrooms for Student with Significant Cognitive Disabilities And more...
Description: The Office of Equity and Community Engagement recognizes that the work of equity, justice, and anti-racism begins with introspection within our communities. As educators we have a obligation to leverage our unique proximity to young people to articulate a clear commitment to eradicating racism and disrupting systemic inequity. It is our hope that the resources included in this framework support the critical conversations being led in communities across the commonwealth.
Description: HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 2: Organize and Facilitate Effective Meetings with Professionals and Families HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 7: Establish a Consistent, Organized, and Respectful Learning Environment HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 11: Identity and Prioritize Long- and Short-Term Goals, HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 12: Systematically Designed Instruction, HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 13: Adapt Curriculum Tasks and Materials for Specific Learning Goals, HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 14: Teach Cognitive and...
Description: Subjects: English, Social Studies, Government Estimated Time: One class period, plus extended activities Grade Level: 9-12 Objective: Students will study Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and discuss the rhetorical influences on King’s speech, the oratorical devices that King used in delivering his speech and how a speech is similar to/different from other literary forms.
Description: There are 5 Big Ideas in Beginning Reading: Phonemic Awareness Alphabetic Principle Fluency with Text Vocabulary Comprehension
Description: Dr. Carol Toman, phonological awareness expert, provides a graphic overview of the phases critical to the development of literacy.
Description: Phonemic awareness, or the ability to notice and manipulate individual sounds in spoken language, is an essential building block for later decoding skills.  The activities below are designed to promote the development of various phonemic awareness skills. Robbie the Robot:  The scripted lessons in this packet provide the teacher with a simple, fun method of teaching students the most important phonological skills: phoneme blending and segmenting.  The premise is that...
Description: Supporting Self-Care for Educators During COVID-19 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Learning for Educators Toolkit How to Support Teachers Emotional Needs Right Now
Description: Crisis Counselors are available during the following times to take calls. Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and on Saturday-Sunday from 5-9 p.m. VA C.O.P.E.S can be reached by phone or text at 877-349-6428.  Spanish speaking counselors are available.  VA C.O.P.E.S. is available to all Virginia residents who may be struggling to cope with the effects and circumstances such as isolation, fear, grief and anxiety around COVID 19.  VA...
Description: These YouTube Videos include: Virtual Learning Tech Tips & Trouble Shooting (translated) Managing School & Home Life Teens & High School Special Education Pathways to Preschool Assistive Technology
Description: TalkingPoints is an education technology nonprofit with a mission to drive student success by using accessible technology to unlock the potential of family engagement in children’s education. Our multilingual technology platform connects and empowers families and teachers by using human and AI-powered, two-way translated communication and personalized content. This unique approach eliminates barriers including language, time, mindsets, and capacity to foster strong family engagement in...
Description: PowerPoint for Microsoft 365 can transcribe your words as you present and display them on-screen as captions in the same language you are speaking, or as subtitles translated to another language. This can help accommodate individuals in the audience who may be deaf or hard of hearing, or more familiar with another language, respectively. There are also position, size, color, and other appearance options for the captions and subtitles to accommodate different environments and audience needs....
Description: What is the Microsoft Translator conversation feature? Translation The Microsoft Translator conversation feature translates conversations across devices, enabling two or more people to interact one-on-one or for larger group interactions. Why use the conversation feature for Parent-Teacher Conferences? Teachers and school staff can use the conversation feature to facilitate conversations where language is a barrier, such as in: One-on-one meetings between teachers and school staff Group settings...
Description: State and district personnel, faculty, and school personnel often find it difficult to locate reliable, effective resources that translate the latest research on evidence-based practices into practical information that educators can use to improve learning and behavior outcomes for all children. The IRIS alignment tools are a user-friendly way to learn more about which of the IRIS resources align with high-leverage practices (HLPs), state-identified measurable results (SiMRs) topics, and the...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) provides information on educational services and resources to support students who are deaf and hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, or deaf-blind at its website. Attachment A is a compilation of the required guidance documents and additional resources that are available at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Special Education-Sensory Disabilities webpage. Administrators and teachers may reprint the VDOE guidance information to share...
Description: By Anita L. Archer and Charles A. Hughes Explicit instruction is systematic, direct, engaging, and success oriented—and has been shown to promote achievement for all students. This highly practical and accessible resource gives special and general education teachers the tools to implement explicit instruction in any grade level or content area. The authors are leading experts who provide clear guidelines for identifying key concepts, strategies, skills, and routines to teach; designing and...
Description: Developed by the Council for Exceptional Children and the CEEDAR Center, high-leverage practices are 22 essential special education techniques that all K-12 special education teachers should master for use across a variety of classroom contexts. Learn more about these practices in the guidance document High-Leverage Practices in Special Education. This interactive alignment tool, developed in collaboration with CEEDAR, identifies which IRIS resources provide information on HLPs.
Description: The VDOE Office of Student Services has partnered with CIEES at ODU to develop a one-stop professional development and resource collection for school leaders and specialized instructional support personnel (SISP) such as school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, school nurses, and administrators. Learning Modules include: Mental Health in Schools Refining Your Toolkit Chronic Absenteeism Defusing Disruptive Behavior
Description: Families and school staff engage in regular, two-way, meaningful communication about student learning. (Potential resources for National PTA Standards 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6 are posted separately.) **Resources Compiled by the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) - October 2020
Description: Families and school staff continuously collaborate to support students’ learning and healthy development both at home and at school, and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively. (Potential resources for National PTA Standards 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6 are posted separately.) **Resources Compiled by the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) - October 2020
Description: Families are empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success. (Potential resources for National PTA Standards 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6 are posted separately.) **Resources Compiled by the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) - October 2020
Description: Families and school staff are equal partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs. (Potential resources for National PTA Standards 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 are posted separately.) **Resources Compiled by the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) - October 2020
Description: Families and school staff collaborate with community members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation. (Potential resources for National PTA Standards 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 are posted separately.) **Resources Compiled by the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) - October 2020
Description: Your involvement in your child’s education can lead to better learning results and outcomes. This “Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide” will inform you, as a parent or caregiver, as you monitor your child’s progress as your child accesses and uses technology for learning. This guide aims to help all parents and caregivers, including those who have limited experience with digital tools, those who are expert with these tools, and anywhere in between. Each section...
Description: The Reading League is a national not for profit that promotes knowledge to reimagine the future of literacy education and accelerate the global movement toward reading instruction rooted in science. How do our brains learn to read? What are the underlying causes when students have difficulty? How do we prevent those difficulties? How do we remediate those difficulties? The scientific evidence base has converged to answer all of these questions. By leveraging the existing research in ways that...
Description: Understanding Autism: Professional Development Curriculum The Understanding Autism: Professional Development Curriculum is a comprehensive professional development training tool that prepares secondary school teachers to serve the autism population. This page includes two presentations: Understanding Autism: Professional Development Curriculum Characteristics and Practices for Challenging Behavior Strategies for Classroom Success and Effective Use of Teacher Supports Understanding Autism: A...
Description: This webinar will introduce participants to the fundamental concepts of Self-Determination for students with autism and related disabilities. We will discuss how to teach these concepts, Power-Standards for IEP goals, how to include students in the IEP process, and other strategies for supporting students with developing their self-determination skills. The presenter will be accompanied by student members of a self-determination club. Self-advocates are encouraged to participate.