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Description: Students with disabilities may encounter learning loss as a result of school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of these circumstances, educators may need to determine if educational gaps in learning or loss of skills may exist. After careful review of data, IEP Teams would make decisions about unfinished learning and the need for recovery services. Considerations for COVID Recovery Services for Students with Disabilities (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE) Nine...
Description: A year into the COVID-19 pandemic the VDOE brought together a variety of stakeholders – the Virginia LEARNS (Leading, Engaging, Assessing, Recovering, Nurturing & Succeeding) workgroup – to use information collected and compiled from many sources to create a guidance document for school divisions. The workgroup focused on equity, wellbeing, and instructional issues including curriculum, assessment and remediation, recovery and interventions. As schools reopen and develop plans...
Description: By: Aleksandra Hollingshead, Ed.D.; Joy Zabala, Ed.D.; Janice Carson, Ed.D. Educational teams evaluate assistive technology (AT) needs at least annually for each student with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). One of the most common methods of AT needs evaluation is the SETT Framework (Zabala, 2005). This blog provides a description of the AT evaluation strategies with practical strategies and considerations for distance instruction. 
Description: ncreased awareness of racism has elicited responses to reflect and respond in varying ways. These reflections and responses have followed the visibility of lynchings across the country. While these lynchings have been occurring for hundreds of years, the current pandemic of Covid-19 that led to increased engagement of news and media, brought to light many instances of racial injustice. This past year has been described as the beginning of another racial reckoning. The disproportionate number of...
Description: This webpage includes the recorded webinars that are posted within 24 to 48 hours after the session concludes. Presenters ofth provide additional resources that may include handouts, and links. The resources are listed in reverse order, with the most recent session listed first.   (Please note: You must register to view the recording.)
Description: The Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Instructional Services and Office of Humanities are seeking Kindergarten (K)-sixth grade general education teachers, special education teachers, and reading specialists who work directly with children more than 50 percent of the school day to participate in a Multisensory Structured Language Instruction professional development training based on the Orton-Gillingham instructional approach. This instructional approach is...
Description: Developed by Dr. Catherine Crowley, this self study course for speech-language pathologists was developed after identifying gaps between current clinical approaches to disability evaluations and evidence-based practice as well as the federal law. The course focuses on clinician skill-building of evidence-based approaches to elicit and analyze language samples through videos of children/students using the School-age Language Assessment Measures (SLAM), both in person and via telepractice. To...
Description: On July 1, Virginia educators will be subject to new, additional requirements for licensure. The enclosed message includes considerations for educators as they plan for licensure renewal given these recent statutory changes.  Extension of Licenses Expiring June 30, 2021 House Bill 1776, passed by the 2021 General Assembly and signed by the Governor, allows the Board of Education to temporarily grant a two-year extension for all licenses expiring on June 30, 2021. Procedures to request...
Description: This is a compilation of resources that focus on well-being and offer a myriad of tips and tools for self-care.
Description: The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD) has developed three new fact sheets in conjunction with the Partnership for People with Disabilities and the Arc of Virginia, regarding safety information about coronavirus vaccines for people with disabilities, how to receive the vaccine, and what to expect after you get it.
Description: Welcome to the online trauma learning modules for Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports, VTSS. They believe that becoming a Trauma-Sensitive School is a journey. These tools will help to develop the systems to gain knowledge, to build practices, and to have the skills to support a Trauma-Sensitive School. Within the learning modules, you will interact with content that is focused on developing a Trauma-Sensitive School. Supplemental activities, resources, and an action planner are included to...
Description: Over the past year, many students have experienced entirely virtual and remote learning and many—especially students with disabilities—will need additional support, time, and teaching to get the high quality education they deserve. Students have missed out on opportunities to learn and develop during the pandemic. In response, the federal government is providing billions of dollars to address “instructional loss”. While states, districts, and schools pilot new approaches...
Description: The purpose of this brief is to provide recommendations to district and school leadership teams on how the components of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) can be used to prioritize staff health and wellbeing.
Description: In order to create conditions for students to engage in SEL, adults need to feel empowered, supported, and valued. This calls on districts to foster a supportive staff community that promotes adults’ own SEL. This focus area helps districts strengthen staff expertise and skills to lead SEL initiatives, as well as cultivate adults’ social, emotional and cultural competencies. Key Activities include: Central Office Expertise, Professional Learning, Adult SEL and Cultural Competence.
Description: What is SEL for Educators? Social-emotional learning (SEL) shares some similarities with terms such as emotional intelligence, resilience, well-being and self-care. However, the specific components of SEL for adults in school settings are unique. Educator SEL is: The competencies that adults need in order to manage stress and create a safe and supportive classroom environment The skills and mindsets that adults need to effectively embody, teach, model and coach SEL for students The overall...
Description: Resilience is required in all aspects of life from understanding yourself and your goals, building personal relationships with friends and families to finding common ground with people you disagree with.  This resilience toolkit provides reflections, exercises, videos, and materials you can use to develop the ability to bounce back in the face of stressful situations and inevitable setbacks.
Description: Panorama's signature Adult SEL Toolkit is aligned to CASEL's Focus Area 2 for SEL implementation. For the 2020-21 school year, Panorama enhanced the toolkit with new resources, templates, and materials. Download the updated toolkit to renew and strengthen your district's focus on adult SEL and teacher wellness this year! What's Inside This Toolkit?  Panorama's Adult SEL Measures (includes 15 survey topics) 4 Adult SEL Strategies from Panorama's Professional Learning Library 3 Activities for...
Description: This is a tool for managaing stress and achieving happiness.  With over 80 self-care exercises and healing modalities, the Self-Care Wheel, by Olga Phoenix, is a great beginning for your personalized, preventative, and sustainable Self-Care plan. Use the Self-Care Wheel below to manage every-day stress, increase contentment and life satisfaction, and learn which areas of your life need improvement.
Description: The ProQOL is the most commonly used measure of the negative and positive affects of helping others who experience suffering and trauma. The ProQOL has sub-scales for compassion satisfaction, burnout and compassion fatigue. The measure has been in use since 1995. There have been several revisions.  The ProQOL measure may be freely copied as long as (a) author is credited, (b) no changes are made other than those authorized below, and (c) it is not sold. You may substitute the...
Description: 30 Days of Mindfulness in the Classroom- Bring mindfulness to your classrooms with ease. From breathing exercises to meditations to relaxation activities, each day is a new mindful exploration complete with a lesson plan. Self Care Guide for Teachers- At the heart of a mindful classroom is a healthy and happy teacher. When you’re thriving you naturally have more energy, creativity, and empathy to offer your students. It’s a win-win! Free Resources to Support Mental and...
Description: Addressing educator stress, compassion fatigue and secondary trauma has never been more important. Educators are faced with unique pandemic-related issues (how will students receive food, students lacking WiFi access, living in unsafe homes, etc.) that only add to an already challenging career. In order for us to be there for our students, we all must first take care of ourselves and our staff. This community conversation with Erin Scherder, LPES, NCSP, begins by asking us to take a holistic...
Description: Take 5 is a great mindfulness and relaxation exercise to use with kids, adults, and anyone in between. I teach it in education, healthcare, and corporate settings and people love it. Try it out! Cory Muscara is the founder of the Long Island Center for Mindfulness. He serves as faculty at Columbia Teachers College and the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches mindfulness and positive psychology, and in 2012 spent six months in silence living as a monk in Asia.
Description: CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) CARES is an initiative that connects the SEL community with experts to address how SEL can be most helpful in response to today’s circumstances. The first opportunity in this series features Dr. Marc Brackett, CASEL board member and director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Key Takeaways: Give yourself and others the permission to feel all emotions. Accept all feelings and use them wisely. Strive to become an...
Description: Why Build Resilience? A focus on compassion resilience will guide all staff back to the core set of values and the drive for a sense of purpose that drew them to work in schools in the first place. It will do so by supporting the development of a strong set of skills to manage expectations, set professional and personal boundaries, build effective collegial relationships, and practice real-time and ongoing self-care. A focus on relational trust between teachers, students, families, colleagues,...
Description: The mission of the American Institute of Stress is to improve the mental and physical health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence of stress management in education, research, clinical care, home life and the workplace. We educate and credential health care professionals and offer products and educational tools for everyone. They are a clearinghouse that gathers evidence based stress solutions.
Description: As a cognitive psychologist, Dr. Kilpatrick explains that with the right knowledge and tools, teachers can change lives since word-level reading is phonological in nature, and most reading problems are preventable.
Description: The purpose of this presentation is to build your knowledge of orthographic mapping. Once you understand the importance, you will see the role it plays for students who have reading difficulties.
Description: We want our readers to have automatic high frequency word recognition. Cognitive scientists have proven that we do not do this by storing words as visual images. Learn how phoneme/grapheme mapping can make your high frequency word instruction more valuable. 
Description: IDA infographics help make complex information easy to digest, remember, and share and are made for a wide audience–those new to dyslexia and related literacy/learning issues as well as the experts. Please share our infographics as well as our Fact Sheets to raise awareness about dyslexia and to help support the policy and practice changes needed to bring effective instruction (particularly in reading) to every child with dyslexia in every classroom across the nation. 
Description: Sound walls support students with learning those tricky high-frequency words. They also support students in retaining and learning to read unfamiliar words on their own. A sound wall does the work of matching our articulation of speech sounds/phonemes to the letters/graphemes that represent those sounds. Learn more about why you should make the switch from word walls to sound walls.
Description: Structured Literacy prepares students to decode words in an explicit and systematic manner. This approach not only helps students with dyslexia, but there is substantial evidence that it is effective for all readers. Get the basics on the six elements of Structured Literacy and how each element is taught.
Description: This includes: Understanding the How and Why of Sound Walls How to Use Sound Walls to Transform Reading Instruction Implementing a Sound Wall: Because We Need to Distinguish Between Sounds and Letters
Description: Students with disabilities may encounter learning loss as a result of school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to address their individualized needs, it will be detrimental for educatiors to ascertain student's current levels of performance to determine recovery from educational gaps in learning or loss of skills. This guidance is designed for educators to examine and reconsider the academic, behavioral, and functional needs of students with disabilities as Virginia public schools...
Description: Included here are guidance, considerations, and resources for state staff and local practitioners who are determining Preschool Special Education eligibility remotely, due in part to COVID-19. To accomplish this, many states are now exploring a variety of approaches such as teleconference, videoconference, and sharing information and video synchronously and asynchronously. Effective state policies, procedures, and practices are important to appropriately identify children eligible for Part B...
Description: This webpage highlights resources to support the use of a multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) framework to support students, families, and educators during the transitions back to school during and following the global pandemic in a manner that prioritizes their health and safety, social and emotional needs, and behavioral and academic growth.
Description: The global response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has changed daily life in many ways for many people. Yet child development has not paused, and supporting children, families, and care providers of all kinds is as important as ever. In this guide, the Center on the Developing Child has gathered a number of resources and recommendations to help you through this challenging time. This guide pulls together information on COVID-19, what it means for child development, and easy-to-share...
Description: This document is intended for use by all teachers of English Learners with Disabilities (ELWD). The purpose of this document is to support effective collaboration within Individualized Educational Programs (IEP) and processes and instructional programs that serve to meet the language and learning needs of ELWD. The information included is recommended based on research and evidence for best practices for ELWD. Refer to relevant federal, state, and local policy when making decisions about programs...
Description: This resource is designed for all teachers who work with English Learners with Disabilities (ELWD). Make Instruction and Assessment Multimodal and Comprehensive Support Language Development Provide Direct instruction and Make Expectations Clear Vary Teaching Strategies and Approaches Consider and Connect to Students' Backgrounds Reduce Cognitive Load and Alow Processing Time Promote and Reinforce Expected Classroom Behavior
Description: The intended audience for this document is teachers of English Learners (EL) who do not have a formal background with special education. The purpose of this document is to provide a foundation for professional conversations about appropriate supports according to a specific category of need that is influenced by a specific disability or combination of disabilities. Consider the Disability and Implications on Learning Differentiation and Support Ideas by Type of Instructional Concern
Description: Comprehensive System of Supports for English Learners with Disabilities (ELWD) Supporting Rigorous Learning for English Learners with Disabilities (ELWD) Supporting English Language Learners - Differentiating Language Differences from Suspected Disabilities Understanding Disability Categories and Differentiation Ideas for English Learners with Disabilities (ELWD)
Description: The intended audience for this document is school teams that support an English Learner (EL) having difficulty engaging in learning activities, and suspect the EL may have a disability. The purpose of this document is to assist teams in understanding languange learning and cultural influences and the multiple factors potentially affecting EL progress. Gather a School Team for the Pre-Referral Process Build the Professional Knowledge of the School Team and Discuss Consider Factors that Influence...
Description: The Commonwealth of Virginia is unique in that each of our school divisions are required by the Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia to have a local advisory committee (local SEAC) for special education. SEAC members are appointed by local school boards to perform several important functions that are detailed in this guide. State regulations require that a majority of the committee be comprised of parents of children with disabilities or...
Description: This includes opportunities for students with: ADHD, Autism, Down Syndrome, Dyslexia, Emotional Disabilities, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Occupational Therapy, Physical Disabilities, Sensory/Motor, Social Skills, Speech/Language, and Visually Impaired.
Description: This is a variety of resources for summer literacy activities.
Description: The Virginia Department of Education is committed to working with school divisions to ensure Virginia schools are welcoming, affirming, and safe learning environments for all students. Every Virginia student, regardless of their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, has a right to learn free from discrimination and harassment. Virginia’s Education Equity Framework, Navigating EdEquityVA (PDF), outlines our commitment to dismantle any and all forms of inequity...
Description: Recognizing that evidence-based practices (EBPs) account for at least part of the effects of teachers on achievement and the critical role of teacher preparation, the CEEDAR Center professionals, along with their partner Great Teachers and Leaders, offer innovation configurations (ICs) to promote the implementation of evidence-based instructional practices in teacher preparation activities. ICs are designed to evaluate current teacher preparation and professional development (PD) by determining...
Description: This website provides guidelines for early intervention to maximize the language and communication development of young children with special needs including: Infants Toddlers Preschoolers The website provides guidelines for early intervention specifically designed for children with complex communication needs, including children with: Autism spectrum disorders Cerebral palsy Down syndrome Multiple disabilities The website provides: Step-by-step guidelines for early intervention to build...
Description: AFIRM Modules are designed to help you learn the step-by-step process of planning for, using, and monitoring an EBP with learners with ASD from birth to 22 years of age. Supplemental materials and handouts are available for download. Each AFIRM module provides: Key components of an EBP including the various approaches that can be used with learners with ASD Behaviors and skills that can be addressed using the practice A step-by-step process for applying the practice Specific resources that you...
Description: In partnership with the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) has developed and published a set of high-leverage practices (HLPs) for teachers of students with disabilities. The HLPs are organized around four aspects of practice: Collaboration, Assessment, Social/Emotional/Behavioral and Instruction.  These resources are intended to be used as professional learning activities for educators to increase...
Description: This course provides an overview of the characteristics of ASD as well as classroom strategies to support inclusion. This course can be completed at your own pace and will include a certificate for 3 hours upon completion.