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Description: The purpose of this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is to provide updated guidance for school divisions as they reopen schools for instruction during the 2020-2021 academic year. In this unprecedented situation, there are no “general rules,” other than the regulatory requirements, which can be applied to fit all of the individual situations and expectations. Special education has always been meant to address student-specific needs in the provision of a free appropriate...
Description: This document offers guidance, suggestions, and resources for sustaining inclusionary practices for students with disabilities through continuous learning opportunities using a virtual platform. It is our intention that this guidance document will help you as you refine and continuously improve existing instructional practices and develop new plans over time, as we navigate through this truly unprecedented time in educating our students with disabilities.
Description: This document was developed to provide support to school administrators and directors of special education as they plan for return to school, special educators and parents who will be participating in Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings, and for Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and families that may be navigating a dispute. This document highlights information related to compliance, documentation and progress monitoring, and IEP Team considerations that are necessary in order to...
Description: School Reopening Frequently Asked Questions Virginia’s guidance, which is aligned with the interim CDC guidance for schools, serves as a recommendation for Virginia schools to mitigate risks associated with COVID-19. Divisions should make decisions on implementing such guidance, and assuming additional risk, in consultation with local health departments and school board attorneys. Public health conditions and practical limitations may inform decisions to deviate from the guidance.
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: This document includes Potential Issues, Key Considerations and Target - Students with Disabilities: ESSE, E, M, H. The potential topics listed are: Assessment, Instruction, Safety, Behavior and Social/Emotional, Medical, Fiscal, Compliance, Out of District or Private Day School Placement, and Family Engagement.
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: This webpage includes: About COVID-19, Symptoms of COVID-19, Exposure of COVID-19, Helping Your Child to be Resilient, Planning for Self-Quarantine or Social Distancing, Cleaning Recommendations or the Home, Child Care for Essential Personnel, What Parents Can Expect from Schools, School Nutrition, Graduation Requirements, Credits, and Continuity of Learning, Grading and Grade Point Averages, Learning at Home, Students with Disabilities, Bullying and Harassment, Testing Federal and State Testing...
Description: This guide is a set of strategies and key practices with the ultimate goal of supporting students with the most intensive behavioral needs, their families, and educators in their 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. It provides recommendations for leadership teams and support staff, which involves general educators as they develop and implement...
Description: Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced today that the Virginia Department of Education and the state’s public television stations will present a second season of “VA TV Classroom,” beginning later this month. “VA TV Classroom” debuted in April to provide over-the-air instruction for students without sufficient internet access to support online learning. VDOE and WHRO Public Media — with support from $200,000 in CARES Act funding —...
Description: The use of student assessment data for decision making is a key high leverage practice because it helps guide teachers and other professionals to analyze instructional practices and make necessary adjustments that improve student outcomes. Collecting data in isolation, without using that data to make instructional decisions about student programs, is not a good use of a teacher’s time. Researchers have demonstrated that when teachers utilize data to make instructional decisions, student...
Description: A resource dedicated to helping parents and families help to support your children's reading development. CBM stands for Curriculum-Based Measure. CBMs are short timed tests that measure important early reading skills and are designed to help parents and educators understand their children's risk for developing reading difficulties in the future.         
Description: The International Dyslexia Association’s fact sheets are convenient, professionally reviewed materials designed to improve understanding and support advocacy initiatives. There are over 25 fact sheets and include topics such as: Effective Reading Instruction for Students with Dyslexia, Transitioning from High School to College, Assessment of Dyslexia, and Dyslexia Basics just to name a few. Some of these fact sheets are available in Spanish.
Description: The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities is seeking Proposals in response to its recent Competitive Request for Proposal (RFP), which are due October 1, 2020, by 4:00 p.m. ET. Approximately $50,000 is available for multiple awards. Grant projects will begin November 1, 2020, and are 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental of Disabilities. The RFP titled Technology to...
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: 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: Wearing a mask is important and will help us stop the spread of COVID-19. Most places are requiring people to wear a mask right now. As you start to go out more, you may worry about your child’s safety and ability to wear a mask. Your child may not want to wear a mask and have a hard time keeping it on. Wearing a mask can be really hard for children with anxiety, sensory differences, and autism. Your child may be extra sensitive to the way the mask feels on their face, head, and ears. Some...
Description: Training for Suicide Risk Assessment Teams or School-Based Mental Health Providers Brought to you by the Office of Student Services, VDOE Part 1: Prevention Part 2: Intervention Part 3: Postvention Suicide Prevention in the Virtual Setting  Presented by: Ben Fernandez, Loudoun County Public Schools Part 1: Prevention Part 2: Intervention
Description: In response to COVID-19, many people are wearing masks and/or standing six feet apart while in the community. This presents some new challenges for everyone, but especially people with hearing loss or communication problems.   Masks   Wearing masks can sometimes make communication more difficult, especially for people who have trouble speaking or hearing.    
Description: Pre-Recorded Trainings include: PaTTAN Webinars on Teaching Reading Using Alternate Eligible Content (AEC) PaTTAN Webinars on Teaching Math Using Alternate Eligible Content (AEC) PaTTAN Webinars on Teaching Science Using Alternate Eligible Content (AEC) PaTTAN Webinars on Teaching Writing Using Alternate Eligible Content (AEC) Resources include: National Center on Intensive Intervention - A Guide for Teachers to Support Students and Families NEW - PaTTAN Family Resources Website for Complex...
Description: Making Online Learning Accessible for Deaf Students In the U.S., there are 50.8 million students and 132,853 public and private schools, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. According to Education Weekly, as of March 14, at least 57,000 schools have been closed, which affects at least 25.8 million students. Deaf educators are discussing how to respond to the pandemic in a way that supports students with hearing loss in a virtual learning environment. This article about...
Description: Learning in the online classroom can pose challenges for students with hearing loss. Here are 10 top tips to share with your child’s teacher or education team for supporting your child to thrive in the online classroom. We have also included an ‘All About Me’ handout for you to personalize and share with your child’s education team to provide them with key information at a glance whether in the traditional classroom or online.
Description: UFLI developed this site to assist teachers as they explore new ways to teach foundational reading skills using technology.  This site has tools for reading instruction and intervention with children in the elementary grades. The materials here are designed to be used with videoconferencing platforms for distance education and with interactive whiteboards in the classroom.  The activities can also be used if you are creating video lessons for asynchronous lessons. To use the materials,...
Description: Reading models Since the purpose of reading is to understand what we read, it is necessary to teach reading comprehension skills. However, it is important to recognize that decoding is a precursor skill to understanding. Decoding/word recognition is the ability to accurately and quickly read the words on a page and it plays a critical role in reading comprehension. When a child struggles with decoding, fluency is decreased, accuracy is compromised, errors occur, and the energy needed for...
Description: Accessible educational materials, or AEM, are materials and technologies usable for learning across the widest range of individual variability, regardless of format or features. Whether a material or technology is designed from the start to be accessible for all learners or is made accessible for learners with disabilities, it is considered AEM. AEM Center Activities Accessibility Practices for Teachers Access to Materials for Qualifying Students U.S. Department of Education Guidance Your...
Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has forced educators worldwide to adjust their methods of teaching, moving from direct classroom instruction to virtual teaching. While these adjustments have proved challenging, teachers everywhere are providing instruction in reading, math, writing and more, through remote learning techniques. They are being creative so that various curricula can be used to meet the needs of the students. Those serving students who are deaf and hard of hearing learning listening and...
Description: This forcuses on tools  for making math notation more accessible to learners through the use of text-to-speech, handwriting and speech recognition and other supports. EquatIO Mircorsoft OneNote Math Assistant MathType Desmos
Description: Benetech Mathshare empowers students to solve math problems and show their work so that teachers and students can see how they got there. Students can solve equations step-by-step and add notes to explain their thinking. Students with and without learning differences can use Mathshare with features like text-to-speech, speech-to-text, and word-level highlighting. Use on your schools LMS (learning management system) through assignment links, with native integrations and single sign on (SSO)...
Description: In Social, Emotional, and Academic Development Through an Equity Lens, we layout how to shift the focus away from “fixing kids” and toward addressing adult beliefs and mindsets as well as school and district policies to create an equitable learning environment. School and district leaders must consider the context in which students live. Societal realities (e.g., racism, sexism, homophobia), individual realities (e.g., socioeconomic status, family dynamics, experiences in schools,...
Description: The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) funds a network of 10 Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs). Each REL serves a designated region of the country and works with educators and policymakers to support a more evidence-based education system. In response to COVID-19, the RELs have collaborated to produce this series of evidence-based resources and guidance about teaching and learning in a remote environment, as well as other considerations brought by...
Description: (K-8, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II) These resources are provided to support teachers in implementing the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning in their classrooms.  Teachers are encouraged to not only use these tasks with their students, but also to endeavor to implement them with fidelity by utilizing the detailed information provided in the task implementation templates.
Description: Figuring out what's going on with your child can feel overwhelming. That's why we're here to help. Introducing Take N.O.T.E., a simple step-by-step tool to help you figure out if the struggles you’re seeing might be signs of a learning and thinking difference. N- Notice O- Observe T- Talk E- Engage
Description: Virtual learning is an instructional practice that uses digital technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience and improve educational outcomes. While virtual learning utilizes digital technology, it relies on teacher facilitation to help students apply their learning in meaningful ways. The teacher utilizes a learning management system and a variety of digital tools and practices, including instructional content, rich-media, interactions (discussion boards, messaging, video...
Description: TIES Center is the national technical assistance center on inclusive practices and policies. Its purpose is to create sustainable changes in kindergarten-grade 8 school and district educational systems so that students with significant cognitive disabilities can fully engage in the same instructional and non-instructional activities as their general education peers while being instructed in a way that meets individual learning needs.
Description: Building Engagement with Distance Learning provides a framework for supporting all students, including those with significant cognitive disabilities, to actively: Interact with others; Engage with classmates; Learn grade-level general education curriculum and other essential skills; Participate in routines and transitions Think about distance learning for students with disabilities as happening in phases. The First Phase focused on getting something going for students, even if it was not...
Description: Did you know? Concussions are the most common type of brain injury and if you are under the age of 35, you’re the most likely group to sustain a concussion. In an effort to spread awareness about concussion, change common misconceptions, and share prevention methods, we must first educate the public to know the signs. Everyone, everywhere is invited to join the campaign to: Educate people about concussion signs and recovery. Support people who have sustained a concussion. Change common...
Description: Personal connection and relationships are critical in being a culturally responsive educator and as a gateway to engagement in learning. This will prove more difficult with distance learning or other modifications you may be making this year. This template includes a structure and sample questions for one-on-one chats to begin to build those connections. The primary purpose of the chat is to hear about your student’s experience and perspective so that you can know them as an individual, be...
Description: Suicide Prevention Guidelines for Virginia Public Schools 2020 The best way to prevent suicide is to use a combination of efforts that work together to address different aspects of the problem. The key components are: Promoting emotional well-being and connectedness among all students. Social supports and connections are key protective factors against suicide; Identifying students who may be at risk for suicide and assist them in getting help; and Being prepared to respond when a suicide death...
Description: Just in Time Mathematics Quick Checks are formative assessments that align to the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL).These resources, developed by Virginia teachers and mathematics leaders, are designed to help teachers identify students with unfinished learning and assist in planning instruction to fill potential gaps “just in time.” As new content is introduced throughout the school year, teachers can use these Quick Checks to identify and diagnose unfinished learning at...
Description: The Youth and Parent Summit is a three-day event held each June and sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the Partnership for People with Disabilities. Youth with disabilities from across the Commonwealth meet to network and discuss issues of importance to youth and young adults with disabilities. This year, due to the travel restrictions and guidelines put in place by the governor, the event was moved online. This Virtual Summit followed a similar feel to the face-to-face events...
Description: This webinar was recorded live and edited into four parts with the goal of professional development material for administrators, all teachers as well as co-teaching teams, either individually or as a community of practice. This can be used in your division, your school, your department, or at any grade level. Attendees will learn about the High Leverage Practices (HLP’s) in Special Education, the importance of HLP #16, explicit instruction (EI), in all learning environments followed by...
Description: Collaboration is a critical high-leverage practice in special education because it is the mechanism through which all the HLPs that directly relate to students are designed, delivered, and evaluated. It also is the vehicle for addressing the complexities of providing a rigorous and responsive education for students with disabilities. Based on the HLP resources (High-Leverage Practices in Special Education: The Final Report of the HLP Writing Team and High-Leverage Practices in the Inclusive...
Description: Explicit instruction is a critical high-leverage practice because many researchers and practitioners understand its essential role in delivering high quality instruction across the grade levels and content areas to students with and without disabilities. Core elements of explicit instruction (see guide below) are present throughout many other HLPs, and should be present in every teacher’s daily instructional repertoire. Based on the HLP resources (High-Leverage Practices in Special...
Description: This module details the process of developing high-quality individualized education programs (IEPs) for students with disabilities. The module discusses the requirements for IEPs as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) with implications of the Supreme Court's ruling in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District (est. completion time: 3 hours). A Professional Development Certificate for this module is available.  
Description: At IRIS, they have a bit of experience when it comes to which of their resources are most heavily used at the beginning of any given academic year. Consider this your curated list of back-to-school learning modules and case study units from your friends at the IRIS Center. Classroom Behavior Management (Part 1): Learning the Components of a Comprehensive Behavior Management Plan Classroom Management (Part 2): Developing Your Own Comprehensive Behavior Management Plan Effective Room Arrangement:...
Description: Communicating with teachers can present some challenges, but continually working with them can create opportunities.
Description: The tables describe research-supported practices for parents and families to support virtual instruction and skill development for children and students with disabilities. These tables present the name of each practice or category of practices; a brief description of the practice(s); examples of specific actions associated with the practice for general education as well as, where relevant, students with disabilities, including subgroups; and additional information about the practice. The first...