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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: Social Emotional Wellness Considerations for Early Learners Quick Guide, Social Emotional Wellness Considerations for English Learners Quick Guide, Social Emotional Wellness Considerations for Military-Connected Learners, Social Emotional Wellness Considerations for Parents and Caregivers Quick Guide, Social Emotional Wellness Considerations Students with Disabilities Guide
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: In an effort to support Virginia educators, VDOE created the Continuity for Learning (C4L) Task Force consisting of teachers, leaders, and collaborating educational partners across Virginia. The C4L Task Force has prepared Virginia Learns Anywhere (PDF) which reinforces much-needed structure while also empowering individual teachers to support students in learning remotely. The C4L Task Force encourages divisions to develop and implement continuous learning plans in partnership with local...
Description: These materials are being provided as a resource for teachers considering remote learning options. The resources contained in this site do not reflect an endorsement from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Please refer to local remote learning guidance, policies, and practices for further clarification. For optimal viewing of this site please use the Google Chrome browser.   
Description: This section includes: TSBVI Independent Living Activities Curriculum Book (.zip download file) TSBVI Basic Skills Activity Routines Curriculum Book (.zip download file) Experiential Activities for Home (DOCX) Additionally, here are some other resources we think are great: Paths to Literacy: Virtual ECC Academy - Perkins, TSBVI, APH, and CalState University are teaming up to provide 3 weeks of free online lessons covering the different areas of the ECC, each day for one hour. We're in the middle...
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: Teaching Reading Online is a six-part webinar series for teachers, tutors, & parents. The registrations for the live webinars are closed but the recordings are being posted at the link below. The webinars include: Introduction to Teaching Reading Online (recorded Aug. 4th) Tour of the Virtual Teaching Resource Hub (recorded Aug. 6th) Tech Tools for Online Instruction  Management Tips for Virtual Teaching Spotlight on Primary Grades K-12 Spotlight on Intermediate Grades 3-5
Description: This August, the Autism Society of America is dedicated to providing the autism community with the valuable resources necessary for the ever-changing landscape of back to school during COVID-19. Our goal is to provide resources to help autistic individuals and families as they navigate the “New Normal” of education during the COVID-19 crisis this summer. They have compiled a digital toolkit of resources, information, referrals, and support to help autistic individuals and their...
Description: It is recognized that everyone is doing their best to manage work, self-care, children’s online education, and more during the COVID-19 pandemic. Families and professionals supporting children with disabilities face additional challenges. You are not in this alone. The PA Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), in collaboration with the Bureau of Special Education, has created this website for families and general educators supporting complex learners at home. For the purpose...
Description: Distance Learning Resources & Tools include: Utilizing Paraprofessionals to Support Distance Learning Considerations for Supporting Families During Distance Learning Best Practices in Employability, Transition, & Life Skills for Distance Learning Activities for Teaching Employability, Transition & Life Skills Project Success Choice Board for Transition Skills And more..
Description: This is a place for parents and teachers across the United States to work together, to collaboratively build out a database of educational resources, materials, and activities so that no parent or teacher is on their own. Resources can be searched by: Type Grade level Subject Review This site was created by two current and former teachers: Rose Sebastian, a post-doctoral fellow in education at the University of Virginia and Kendal Friesen, a special education teacher for San Diego Unified....
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: Appropriately supporting students in online and blended learning environments requires a great deal of instructional planning and preparation. When enrolling students with disabilities in online or blended learning programs, additional planning may need to occur so students can be supported with additional programs and services determined by the student’s Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) or from an accommodations plan resulting from a Section 504 meeting. Either way, these added...
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: Family participation is an essential feature of the development and implementation of high-quality educational programming for students with disabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates that families, and students when appropriate, participate in the development, monitoring, and the implementation of individualized education program (IEP). Although this participation is a legal requirement, collaborative partnerships between families and school personnel also...
Description: CEC is here to support special education professionals and your ongoing efforts to apply good teaching practices remotely due to precautions surrounding the COVID-19 virus. This page is a collection of suggested resources you can use as you determine the best means to provide services to your students and their families. They have been curated for you and will be regularly updated.*
Description: During the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, it's important to have fun activities to keep children engaged.  Some children may be able to be self-directed with homework and reading, while others will need more active engagement with adults.  Parents often have competing demands, with other children, working from home, or just getting through the day.  We hope that some of these ideas may be helpful during this time!  Establishing a Routine Helping Around the House Cooking Ideas...
Description: We are living in unprecedented times as a result of COVID-19. Effective communication is essential at all times – but especially now. Everyone needs to understand what is happening and everyone needs to be able to express needs and wants, and obtain important information. This can be an especially frightening and stressful time for individuals who face significant communication challenges. This group might include individuals with: developmental disabilities (e.g., autism...
Description: In these uneasy times, everything about this new version of homeschooling or e-learning is new to us. Teachers are scrambling to figure out appropriate tools to use in virtual learning and testing out what type of instruction and assessments will work for their students. If learners in the classroom have support needs that are very complex or unique, however, the struggles go beyond issues of instruction and assessment. Try these tips to support students with complex support needs in the...
Description: The goals of the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) are to assist states and programs in their implementation of sustainable systems for the implementation of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children (Pyramid Model) within early intervention and early education programs with a focus on promoting the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children birth to five, reducing the use of inappropriate discipline...
Description: Online learning can present some unique challenges and opportunities for supporting student behavior. Whether online learning is the regular format for delivery of instruction or emergency remote teaching is an alternate and temporary shift due to a crisis, the concepts of using PBIS in the classroom can still be used. No matter the venue of the classroom, the goal of increasing time spent on instruction by increasing positive, pro-social behaviors and decreasing behavioral challenges remains...
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: We’ve heard that teachers will need to develop virtual learning activities!  Our specialists have developed a list of resources that we hope can help you. Looking for leveled reading? Try these free resources for teachers: Epic! Newsela Are you using Tar Heel Reader? Need a tip for how to share selected books with your students? Create a favorites list of the books you want your students to read.  Open the favorites page. Copy the link and share with students and families....
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: The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) is dedicated to generating, disseminating, and supporting the implementation of empirically validated, evidence-based practices to significantly affect student outcomes and support educators, researchers, policymakers, families, and other stakeholders who strive to improve academic, behavioral, and social outcomes for all learners. Educational experts at MCPER have created videos to help families use effective practices to...
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: English Learners (ELs) may face unique challenges and have distinct social emotional needs. School closures and social distancing could exacerbate the stresses of learning a new language and navigating a different culture as well as heighten inequities and disparities.
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: Designed for family members, this 10 minute video explains the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) and offers concrete tips and strategies to engage with school partners more effectively. The video features family members and school staff from around Virginia, sharing their own lived experiences and suggestions for building stronger connections between families and educators to improve outcomes for all students.  A fact sheet accompanies the video. A Fact Sheet to Accompany Family...
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: CEHD wants to help, and that’s why we’re excited to announce our educational initiative, CEHD Cares. We are fortunate to have experts and award-winning faculty across the spectrum in education who want to lend a virtual hand during this time. Over the next few weeks, our faculty will provide tips and resources on a variety of educational topics, including literacy, science and math education, early childhood education, English as a second language, and special education. Topics...
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