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Description: The Virginia Department of Education's Office of Dispute Resolution and Administrative Services presents series of modules to inform Virginia school personnel on the Regulations Governing the Use of Seclusion and Restraint in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools in Virginia. The modules should be completed in order and followed by a cumulative quiz that will earn the participant a certificate of completion. The tabs contain the links for Modules 1-5, followed by the cumulative quiz. Module 1:...
Description: School Reopening Frequently Asked Questions – Updated July 29, 2020 The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is committed to providing school divisions with additional updates as they become available. This afternoon, the School Reopening Frequently Asked Questions page was updated with the following information: SCHOOL BUDGET AND FINANCE Are construction and renovation costs an allowable use of the ESSER LEA formula funds? Yes.  Because ESSER funds may be used for...
Description: Recover, Redesign, Restart 2020 (PDF) is a guiding document for Virginia school divisions developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in preparation for schools reopening. It addresses all facets of school operations and includes key questions, embedded links to resources, and recommendations for school leaders within the reopening parameters set forth by our Governor.  Hundreds of hours have been devoted to its creation by caring and committed stakeholders...
Description: The video series includes: What's New for School This Year? COLA- Return to School: What Role will Trauma Play in School and How Will You Respond What is an AB Schedule? Returning to School Wearing a Mask Returning to School Physical Distancing
Description: How should you and your co-teacher prepare lessons that meet the needs of all your students when you are providing virtual lessons? In this 33 minute webinar Dr. Wendy Murawski provides practical tips on how to plan lessons and ensure you are meeting the needs of students with an IEP & 504 plans. Presenter: Dr. Wendy Murawski, Executive Director, CSUN CTL, CEO, 2 TEACH, Inc. What is Co-teaching? Parity in Charing a Classroom Administrative Support Scheduling is Important Specially Designed...
Description: The 5C Process is a five step process focused on building continuity across lifelong learning priorities, the annual IEP goals, the inclusive environments (at school or at home) and instructional support for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The process outlines a plan for transitioning instruction between school and home during periods of distance learning. While the 5C Process was developed specifically for students with significant cognitive disabilities, we believe this...
Description: Project Core is a stepping-up technology implementation grant directed by the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies, Department of Allied Health Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill. The primary goals of Project Core are two-fold: Empower teachers and classroom professionals to deliver access to a Universal Core vocabulary and communication instruction during the naturally occurring academic and daily routines of the school day. Improve the academic achievement of students with significant...
Description: The Mission is to increase access to, and use of, evidence-based approaches to screen, identify, and teach students with literacy-related disabilities, including dyslexia. This website includes resources for Parents & Families, Schools & Districts and State Agencies.
Description: Instructional Resources Supporting Students with Disabilities (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE) Resources to Support Academics and Inclusive Practices Resources to Support Accessibility/Assistive Technology Resources to Support Social Emotional Learning Resources to Support Students with Significant Needs Supports for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education) Lesson ideas by grade band from kindergarten through high school...
Description: In this Quick Take, Clara Hauth and Catherine Creighton Thompson want to get you and your families ready for the new virtual school year. What kind of questions should you be asking your families? How can you support them in this new era of learning? Find out these answers and more. Resources from this Quick Take: Sample Family Information Form Questions Sample Pre-Instruction Video/Meeting Outline Online Learner Readiness Rubric Transcript
Description: CEC Quick Take: Co-Teaching with Remote Learning Marilyn Friend is talking where we're at in co-teaching. How is it changing in virtual environments? What different decisions do co-teachers need to make? And, how are other co-teachers making it work? Find out these answers and more. Resources include: Slides Transcript Quick Take: Student Privacy with Kelly Grillo and Julie Weatherly Quick Take: Accessibility with Kelly Grillo and Daniel McNulty "Parents’ Perceptions of Special...
Description: The SEL Roadmap is designed to support school leaders and leadership teams in planning for the transition back to schools, in whatever form that takes. Schools at any stage of SEL implementation can use this roadmap to build upon existing efforts around community-building, school climate improvement, student well-being and mental health, trauma-responsive learning environments, restorative practices, and social and emotional competency development. It is also intended to help you reflect and act...
Description: At the Teaching Systems Lab, we have three projects focused on helping educators respond to extended school closures and remote learning.  What's Lost, What's Left, What's Next: To more deeply understand the practice and professional experiences of educators during the 2020 extended school closures, we interviewed 40 teachers from across the country in public, charter, and private schools, at different grade levels, and in different subject areas. Imagining September. Reopening schools...
Description: Before teachers can systematically design instruction and select relevant and appropriate adaptations to the curriculum to help ensure student success, they must first identify long- and short-term learning goals. Goals should be based on the general state standards/curriculum, but also individualized student needs. However, in practice, writing goals for students requires a nuanced understanding of what the standards are asking the  student to know and be able to do, while at the same time...
Description: A hallmark of students with disabilities is they struggle to successfully learn content within the general education curriculum at the same rate and with the same success as peers without disabilities. All IEPs contain a section to record needed adaptations (which can be broken down into accommodations and modifications) to help the student bridge the gap between their current functioning level and the level needed to succeed within the stated curriculum. Teachers who are strategic about...
Description: The Department of Education recognizes the importance of equipping states, communities, educators and families with resources and flexibilities that empower students of all ages to continue pursuing their education goals. This includes the ongoing development of guidance and policies related to elementary and secondary education, special education, higher education, and other essential components of lifelong learning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education’s social emotional learning (SEL) efforts are driven by our commitment to ensure that every student in Virginia attends a school that maximizes their potential and prepares them for the future: academically, socially, and emotionally. What is SEL? SEL During COVID-19 SEL Considerations for School Reentry After COVID-19 Positive Impact of SEL Benefits of SEL SEL in Action SEL State Examples
Description: This website is created by cognitive psychological scientists interested in research on education. Their main research focus is on the science of learning. Their Vision is to make scientific research on learning more accessible to students, teachers, and other educator They aim to : Motivate students to study Increase the use of effective study and that are backed by research Decrease negative views of teaching
Description: Supporting World Language Learning for Students with Disabilities is an overview and practical manual for including students with disabilities, difficulties, or other specialized learning needs in the foreign language classroom. Supporting World Language Learning for Students with Disabilities: Teacher Toolkit is a  supplement to Supporting World Language Learning for Students with Disabilities with additional strategies and sample lessons for teachers.
Description: T/TAC @ Virginia Tech's "BE READY" for the Challenges of the 2020-21 School Year Series. Returning to School: Tier 1 Classroom Management Geared to K-2 Classrooms - 4 Part Series Virtual Speech Therapy: Platform Options, Coaching Facilitators, and Engaging Activities Improving Student Outcomes Using High Leverage Practices: Explicit Instruction with a Focus on Distance Learning with Michael Kennedy (Live Virtual Event - July 16th) Specially Designed Instruction and the HLP Connection...
Description: This on-demand eLearning series Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties was developed by David Kilpatrick, Ph.D., in collaboration with the Specific Learning Disability Specialist in the Exceptional Student Services Unit of the Colorado Department of Education.The 13 modules provide a practical and accessible guide to the most relevant research, information, and strategies available for understanding, assessing, and intervening with students who present with reading...
Description: The Federation for Children with Special Needs and the Massachusetts Statewide Family Engagement Center have teamed up to produce this short (less than four minute) video providing families with guidance on assisting their children with using Zoom.  The video is housed on YouTube.
Description: The coronavirus pandemic has thrown all of our lives for a very big loop. Shutdowns have led to restrictions and added stress for kids and families. But there’s also an opportunity to build and celebrate strengths in new and simple ways at home. Even the smallest wins can give your child a confidence boost. To do that, follow the steps in this resource. 6 Ways the COVID Crisis Can Help Kids Build Strengths and Skills Download: Growth Mindset Activities for Kids Tiny Victories: Strengths...
Description: Circumstances may prohibit participants from attending special education meetings in person. In these situations, technology allows one or all of the individuals to participate through the Internet or telephone. Many types of meetings can occur virtually, including IEP meetings, mediations, resolution sessions, and due process hearings. While each of these types of meetings is unique, virtual meetings share common traits and considerations. Here we have collected resources, tips and...
Description: Virginia Special Education Instructional Services provides a direct line of communication with Virginia’s educators, paraprofessionals, and special education administrators and focuses on specially designed instruction for students with disabilities. This publication provides a way to share new resources as well as make special educators aware of professional development opportunities and resources of interest to special educators.
Description: Good mental health is critical to every child's success in school and life. This is particularly true for students with disabilities, who, according to recent research, are more likely to experience social isolation from peer and suffer from depression in adulthood. Students with disabilities may need additional support to process the news and adapt to the many changes we are all facing. Professional working with students with disabilities (SWD) need to proactively support both academic and...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education and James Madison University’s College of Education are launching a program to provide support, coaching and professional development to first- and second-year teachers. The Virginia New Teacher Support Program will match first- and second-year teachers with an instructional coach who will provide coaching on professional knowledge, instructional planning, instructional delivery, student assessment and professionalism. Participating teachers also will...
Description: These training modules were created by the I-CAN! Accessibility Project. The I-CAN! Accessibility Project is a collaboration between the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work and the Partnership for People with Disabilities. Module 1: Understanding Disability Module 2: Person Centered Thinking and Disability Etiquette Module 3: Disabilities and Abuse Module 4: Brain Injury and Abuse Module 5: Safety Planning and Accommodations
Description: Recorded webinar from the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations:  Distance coaching has been an option to address challenges in finding time and opportunities to meet. These challenges are especially evident in family childcare and rural settings. Due to our country’s recent events, many coaches are finding ways to do their coaching from a distance. We discuss distance coaching as one way to address this issue. We also discuss the successes and challenges of distance coaching...
Description: Join us as we talk about how to build an actionable emergency preparedness plan with Andrew Roszak, Executive Director of the Institute for Childhood Preparedness. He shares his experience on the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic across the states and best practices on how to build out a plan that works in times of crisis. We also talk about steps to take if your center is also open as an essential service to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Description: If you or a loved one are having a tough time affording groceries right now, know that you’re not alone! Help is available, and nonprofit VirginiaNavigator can guide you. Here are 3 things you can try. Find food assistance programs near you. On VirginiaNavigator.org, enter your ZIP code and search for “food.” Apply for SNAP benefits. The average monthly SNAP benefit for Virginia residents is $128 per person. Learn more about SNAP and find out if you qualify. If you have kids at...
Description: Basic Facts about COVID-19 in Other Languages or Formats (Arabic, Bangla, Chinese, Filipino, French, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Indonesian, Laotian, Persian, Portuguese, Shona, Sindhi, Spanish, Swahili, Telugu, Urdu, and Vietnamese) Talking to Children about COVID-19 | Other Language Resources (English, Spanish, Amharic, Chinese, and Korean) Schooling at Home | Other Language Resources (English, Spanish, Russian, and Haitian-Creole)
Description: Resources About Face Masks, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School) (Available in English & Spanish) The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities and Children’s Specialized Hospital have developed a series of resources to help children understand and feel comfortable wearing face masks. Wearing Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Advocate Medical Group: Adult Down Syndrome Center For Individuals with Down Syndrome For Families...
Description: Table of Contents: Economic Impact Payments, Information about Representative Payees, Stay Informed, Monthly Benefits and Other Financial Help, Protect Yourself from Scams, Getting Help from Social Security, Hearings, COVID-19 Resources
Description: The Brain Injury Association of Virginia is a nonprofit organization devoted to serving individuals with brain injury, their families and those whocare about them. One of the main components of our mission is to advance educationand support to people impacted by brain injury. 
Description: This guide has practical strategies that work for helping children of all ages who may be struggling with an at-home learning task. Families may find these strategies useful when helping their children complete various reading, math, and/or behavioral tasks at home. Tips for Using this Guide To use this guide, think about your child(ren) and which strategies may help them learn or practice a new task. Keep this guide close by as you help your child(ren) with their learning at home, and explore...
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: During this webinar, Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak will draw upon attachment science and explore how it is critical that we take action to ensure all children feel safe, seen, soothed, and have secure attachments. We’ll also explore the idea of being a "stress detective” and how to navigate challenges that allow us to reimagine early care and educational practices that emphasize relationships and wholeness, especially for children with diverse abilities and their families. Following...
Description: The essential practices in early intervention for children birth to five years can happen through actual conversation, even conversations that are held virtually. In this webinar, Robin McWilliam, Ph.D. and Cami Stevenson discuss how we can find out who’s in the family’s ecology, what the child and family needs are, develop participation-based child goals and family goals, construct a routines-by-goals matrix, and provide support-based visits—all done remotely.
Description: CEC Quick Take: What You Need to Know About Student Privacy In the first Quick Takes episode, Kelly Grillo, Ph.D. and Julie Weatherly, Esq. discuss the issues related to ensuring student privacy while teaching online. What do you absolutely need to know about what constitutes “personally identifiable information” when engaging with a student via an online platform? Is parent consent required to provide special education or related services to students virtually? These burning...
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: 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: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has put together a resource listing that will help you and your child to prioritize your mental wellness.  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 significant stress and impact children's mental well-being.  
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. This was developed by the Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII), and...
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: 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: 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...