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Description: HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 1: Collaborate with Professionals to Increase Student Success, HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 2: Organize and Facilitate Effective Meetings with Professionals and Families, HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 3: Collaborate with Families to Support Student Learning and Secure Needed Services, HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 4: Use Multiple Sources of Information to Develop a Comprehensive Understanding of a Student’s Strengths and Needs, HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 5: Interpret and...
Description: Over a decade ago, a committed group of youth with disabilities requested that Virginia officially recognize October as Disability History and Awareness Month (DHAM). The youth also developed a credo: “Disability history education and awareness will promote positive attitudes in schools creating a culture of mutual respect, understanding, and equal opportunities for all.” With the recognition of injustices people with disabilities, of all races and ethnicities,...
Description: The Federal and State definition of special education and specially designed instruction are: "Special education" means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parent(s), to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability, including instruction conducted in a classroom, in the home, in hospitals, in institutions, and in other settings and instruction in physical education. The term includes each of the following if it meets the requirements of the definition of special education:...
Description: Typical characteristics of students who represent the 1% of the population who should participate in the VAAP are outlined in the following inventory questions. IEP teams are responsible for discussing these characteristics and making decisions about whether the student demonstrates significant cognitive disabilities. It is important to keep in mind that it is the combination of some or all of these characteristics that may justify a decision for the student to participate in VAAP. Having...
Description: Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane is inviting Virginia’s 132 school divisions to apply for $107 million in federal pandemic-relief funds to move the commonwealth’s students onward and upward in their journey out of the pandemic by providing targeted math and literacy support to students, in addition to addressing their other academic and mental health needs. These “Onward and Upward VA” grants are funded from the American Rescue Plan Act and include support...
Description: The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is committed to providing all public school students with equal access to educational programs and activities. School counseling staff and other school personnel play a vital role in ensuring that all students are able to learn in a civil and positive school environment free from bullying and harassment. This training will provide you with information on how to recognize, respond to, and reduce cyberbullying at your school. 
Description: Embedding social and emotional learning (SEL) into instruction is a powerful way to help students connect and engage in learning. According to CASEL, one of the leaders in schoolwide SEL, explicit SEL instruction requires “consistent opportunities for students to cultivate, practice, and reflect on social and emotional competencies in ways that are developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive.” Critical to that approach is sharing with our students the why behind SEL...
Description: This online guide builds on two fundamental documents produced by CCSSO and the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR) Center: the 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and PSEL 2015 and Promoting Principal Leadership for the Success of Students with Disabilities. This guidance can support states in strengthening principals’ capacity to lead inclusive schools in which each student has an equitable opportunity to...
Description: To improve school readiness by supporting early childhood education in Virginia’s preschool classrooms, the 2021 Virginia General Assembly appropriated funds to support well-prepared teachers for children served in VPI or other publicly-funded preschool programs operated by the school division. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce the Early Childhood Provisionally Licensed Teacher Incentive Program. This program provides funding of no more than $30,000 each...
Description: There are several important points all principals should understand about special education. These points are not isolated; instead, they are often intertwined. Keep them in mind when working with the students in your building. 1. Make all students your responsibility. There might be other programs housed in the building, and there might be students who receive special reading instruction or other supplemental services, but the principal is responsible for ensuring that all students receive an...
Description: This curriculum evaluation tool features components that align with the Simple View of Reading (Gough & Tunmer, 1986) and Scarborough’s Rope (Scarborough, 2001). Word Recognition and Language Comprehension are broken down into subcomponents and writing and spelling as well as assessment are included.
Description: Most students with disabilities spend the majority of their school day in a general education setting. Therefore, it is essential for all teachers and school leaders to have knowledge, skill, and ongoing professional development to meet their complex learning needs. In this webinar, presenters will provide an overview of the HLPs, share a resource for school leaders to encourage implementation, and discuss strategies that can be used to differentiate support for beginning special and...
Description: Social Security recently changed the rules about what types of financial assistance can affect an individual’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility or their monthly SSI payment amount. Usually, they consider any help an individual receives in cash to meet their need for food or shelter as countable income. Generally, the more countable income someone has, the less their SSI payments will be. If their countable income is over the allowable limit, they are ineligible to receive SSI...
Description: The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides various benefits to certain eligible individuals who experience significant disabilities – including children and adolescents. These benefit programs provide monthly cash payments and in some cases health insurance such as Medicaid and/or Medicare. These programs also include work incentives designed to help beneficiaries become employed and increase earnings over time.
Description: Effective transition assessment and planning are critical to increasing students’ employment outcomes, especially for those who face the most significant barriers to employment. Discovering ME! is a youth-focused, person-centered transition assessment and planning process. This process is designed to build early, customized work-based learning experiences for individuals with significant barriers to employment. The long-term goal of Discovering ME! is that all students...
Description: This module examines the ways in which culture influences the daily interactions that occur across all classrooms and provides practice for enhancing culturally responsive teaching (est. completion time: 1 hour).
Description: This article provides a compliation of tips, strategies, and resurces to help improve the connection from home to school and expand parent involvement.
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: This module offers a broad overview of how diversity (i.e., culture, language, exceptionality, and socioeconomic status) affects learning and how teachers can better meet the needs of all their students in their classes (est. completion time: 1 hour).
Description: This module offers an overview of young children who are dual language learners. Further, it highlights the importance of maintaining children and families’ home language at the same time they are learning a new or second language, discusses considerations for screening and assessing these children, and identifies strategies for supporting them in inclusive preschool classrooms (est. completion time: 1 hour). 
Description: This exciting project partnership with George Mason University (GMU) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is to offer strength-based formative assessment and bridging activities to support instruction for K-8 students. We wanted to tap into the geniuses in our school districts in Virginia and invited these amazing teacher designers to codesign these modules. They spent their summer designing these bridging activities and refined the modules by piloting them in their classrooms. We...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE’s) Mathematics Department will be offering a webinar series, Addressing Unfinished Learning in the Mathematics Classroom - Building Bridges for Student Success, for teachers from August 2021 through October 2021. Recorded Webinar 1:  Addressing Unfinished Learning in the Mathematics Classroom- August 11-12, 2021 This webinar focused on how teachers can utilize VDOE resources to assist them in both long-term and day-to-day planning for...
Description: The Center for Schools and Communities is a dedicated group of professionals providing comprehensive services designed to build your organization’s capacity. We work closely with local education agencies, community-based organizations and state and local departments to strengthen systems. We help our clients increase their knowledge, awareness and skills by providing high quality professional learning opportunities, research and evaluation design, and...
Description: Does your school's atmosphere shout "Welcome!" to parents, students, and staff? Ed World's "Principal Files" team shares ways in which they have created welcoming atmospheres in their schools. Most of their ideas are quite easy to duplicate. All principals want their schools to feel warm and welcoming. That's why they go out of their way to make entryways inviting and front offices efficient. That's why they create brochures, Web sites, and newsletters. That's why they encourage special events...
Description: Family Friendly Schools: Increase dynamic communication between schools and families Identify and adddress cirtical cultural obstacles to academic success Provide best-in-the-nation family engagment coaching for schools looking for the next level Whether your district is new to family engagement or whether you are pros looking to dive deeper, Family Friendly Schools is your partner in increasing student success.
Description: FAMILIES IN SCHOOLS envisions a public education system where students have all the opportunities and resources necessary to succeed in school and in life. We seek a workforce prepared for lifelong learning, and active engagement in the civic life of our society. Guided by this belief, the mission of Families In Schools is to involve parents and communities in their children's education to achieve lifelong success. COVID-19 Resources to Support Families and Student Success are available in...
Description: In this course, you will learn about building trusting family-professional partnerships when working with families of young children by: Describing effective practices for developing trusting family-professional partnerships in early care and education programs. Using a decision-making process to select partnership-oriented practices linked to developing an initial friendly relationship, making shared decisions, and developing a trusting partnership with families to address challenging issues....
Description: Global Family Research Project elevates the benefits of family engagement and the connections across educational organizations, nationally and globally: at school in early childhood education in community spaces like afterschool programs and libraries through digital media
Description: During this school year only (2021-2022), school staff in any Virginia elementary school can receive free, Unstuck and On Target! manuals, materials, and online training for teachers. Unstuck is a Tier 2 social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum that improves classroom behavior for grades 3-5 with executive function/flexibility problems. Unstuck aligns seamlessly with Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) proposed SEL standards and competencies and comes with ready-made lesson plans. The free...
Description: This module, the first in a series of three, discusses the importance of identifying and selecting evidence-based practices (est. completion time: 1.5 hours). When you have completed the module, be sure to visit parts two and three.
Description: This module, the second in a series of three, discusses implementing an evidence-based practice or program with fidelity (est. completion time: 1 hour). Before completing this module, consider visiting part one. When you have finished parts one and two, proceed to part three.
Description: This module, the third in a series of three, examines how to evaluate whether an evidence-based practice is effective for the young children or students with whom you are working (est. completion time: 2 hours). If you have not done so already, consider completing parts one and two before beginning this resource.
Description: This module, first in a series of two, overviews data-based individualization and provides information about adaptations for intensifying and individualizing instruction. Developed in collaboration with the National Center on Intensive Intervention at American Institutes for Research and the CEEDAR Center, this resource is designed for individuals who will be implementing intensive interventions (e.g., special education teachers, reading specialists, interventionists) (est. completion time: 3...
Description: This module, the second in a series on intensive intervention, offers information on making data-based instructional decisions. Specifically, the resource discusses collecting and analyzing progress monitoring and diagnostic assessment data. Developed in collaboration with the National Center on Intensive Intervention at American Institutes for Research and the CEEDAR Center, this resource is designed for individuals who will be implementing intensive interventions (e.g., special education...
Description: This module describes the MTSS, or RTI, framework as applied to mathematics. It includes discussions of how MTSS and RTI are related, as well as a description of instruction, assessment, and data-based decision making at each level of intensity: Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 (est. completion time: 2.5 hours).                      
Description: This resource introduces users to progress monitoring in mathematics, a type of formative assessment in which student learning is evaluated to provide useful feedback about performance to both learners and teachers (est. completion time: 2 hours).
Description: The Office of Special Education Programs is excited to release a new OSEP Fast Facts: Race and Ethnicity of Children with Disabilities Served under IDEA Part B and new supplemental tool, Hand In Hand, which explore  IDEA, Section 618 data with the specific lens on race and ethnicity. For the Hand In Hand supplemental tool, each display in the OSEP Fast Facts: Race and Ethnicity of Children with Disabilities Served under IDEA Part B is presented with critical questions to allow parents...
Description: Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement. Ready asks that individuals: stay informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses make a family emergency plan and build an emergency supply kit, and get involved in your...
Description: You are the school’s most important education partner. Research shows that when families are involved at home and at school, children do better academically and socially. So how do you show your support? Connect early and often. Reach out to your child’s teachers at the beginning of the school year and reconnect with the teacher whenever you attend a school event.   Commit to communicating. Schools and teachers send messages to families in a number of ways—backpack...
Description: CA Human Services (formerly Commonwealth Autism/The Founders Center) is home to various programs which help adults transition smoothly from their family home to an apartment or home of their own and to maintain their independence. The majority of our young adults have an autism spectrum diagnosis or a similar developmental disability, and they have the capacity to live independently with some training and support.  Our Readiness Program supports young adults who live at home with...
Description: The Joy Zabala Fellowship in Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials celebrates the life and work of Joy Smiley Zabala, EdD, who had a substantial impact in her 40+ year career in promoting inclusion for learners with disabilities in K-12, postsecondary, and workforce settings. The fellowship will support emerging, early career professionals who, in collaboration with a seasoned mentor, will a) strengthen their expertise and skills in the use of assistive technology and...
Description: The Biden Administration has developed a Return to School Roadmap to support educators and school leaders, parents, families, and communities and lead students on a path to return to in-person learning this fall, where they are safe and supported. The Roadmap contains three “Landmark” priorities for each school, district, and state as they work to reengage students this summer and bring them back into classrooms. These priorities can be advanced using funding from the American Rescue...
Description: This module examines the three principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and discusses how to apply these principles to the four curricular components (i.e., goals, instructional materials, instructional methods, and assessments) (est. completion time: 2.5 hours).                      
Description: We are at a critical moment in the state of education and mental health in the United States. Educators and policymakers now face fundamental decisions with the potential to transform what schools can be for this generation—and all that follow. Social-emotional learning (SEL) is no longer optional, and districts face monumental decisions in searching out ways to scale SEL to the district level. Join a social-emotional expert in discussing this critical moment and how they are coping. In...
Description: Originally broadcast live on August 10, 2021, this webinar from FFF offered strategies for supporting children’s anxieties about the return to school amid COVID.
Description: These free printables are can help students and their families get organized They can help with morning routines and other organization challenges. Backpack Checklist for Younger Kids (Available in Spanish) Homework Contract for Grade-Schoolers (Available in Spanish) Getting Ready for School (Available in Spanish) Afterschool Routine Available in Spanish School Communication Log (Available in Spanish)
Description: The Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education today released new guidance for PreK-12 schools for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. The Interim Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in Virginia PreK-12 Schools reinforces the importance of in-person learning and supports school divisions in making decisions on masking and other prevention measures, as informed by local data and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Virginia has followed the...
Description: The Office of STEM and Innovation at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) partnered with the Center for Implementation and Evaluation of Education Systems (CIEES) at Old Dominion University to develop a series of asynchronous learning modules, videos, and resources to support the effective delivery of virtual instruction. This professional development website offers research-based guidance to support school leaders, educators, and key staff in navigating both blended and fully online...
Description: The Guidance for the Provision of Specialized Student Support Positions in Virginia Public Schools (PDF) was developed in response to Senate Bill 1257 to amend and reenact 22.1-253.13:2 and 22.1-274 of the Code of Virginia. It will assist school divisions in meeting this legislation, including defining Specialized Student Support positions, what constitutes “other licensed health and behavioral positions,” and information about funding for the...
Description: This guide is intended to increase the frequency and quality of conversations about race, racism, and current events regarding race in K-12 classrooms to support students and provide voice and self-reflection. It includes recommendations and tips for creating statements of support, preparing for and facilitating constructive classroom discussions, addressing harmful statements, and designing lesson plans and units for ongoing learning.