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Description: AT Consideration Guide App: IDEA (1997) added the requirement that each IEP team consider the need for assistive technology as part of the Consideration of Special Factors. IEP teams must also document their consideration of assistive technology in the IEP plan. The consideration guide is to assist school divisions in developing a process for consideration of AT in the IEP process. (Free)
Description: More and more students are seeking support for mental health disabilities at colleges, but colleges have been unable to meet that demand. Some have argued that the nation has reached a “campus mental health crisis.” This National Council on Disability (NCD) report examines and assesses the status of college mental health services and policies in the United States, and provides recommendations for Congress, federal agencies, and colleges to improve college mental health services...
Description: North TIER runs online professional development courses created for Virginia educators by Virginia educators. Registration for the fall session starts August 30, 2017. New course fees for 2017-2018 30 hours $55 – non-member: $100 45 hours $80 – non-member: $125   These project and standards-based courses, include seven online sessions. An instructor trained and certified by EdTech Leaders Online facilitates each course, using a learning model that combines readings, videos,...
Description: RICHMOND, Va. – For a fifth consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded Virginia its highest rating for improving outcomes for students with disabilities and for compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Virginia received a “Meets Requirements” designation on the federal department’s 2017 IDEA report card. The commonwealth earned the maximum number of possible points on all 10 compliance indicators – including in...
Description: Children’s Challenging Behaviors is a six-hour workshop for parents of children and youth with mental health needs. In this workshop, a trained and experienced parent provides information to help parents understand typical behaviors versus challenging behaviors that require intervention. Parents learn when and how to seek help, develop parenting strategies, learn the ins and outs of special education and other educational supports, and discover community resources available to families and...
Description: The DEA and Discovery Education have joined forces to combat a growing epidemic of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use nationwide. Operation Prevention's mission is to educate students about the true impacts of opioids and kick-start lifesaving conversations in the home and classroom. Operation Prevention's classroom resources provide educators with engaging tools that are aligned to national health and science standards and integrate seamlessly into classroom instruction. Through a series...
Description: The Applied Studies Competencies, Standards, and Aligned Standards Crosswalk links the competencies from the Applied Studies Curriculum Map with relevant SOL and ASOL as well as any available sample lesson plans or sample activities. Currently, the crosswalks for Science and English are available for teachers to use. The crosswalks for Math and History/Social Science will be posted when the newly updated SOL and ASOL are available.
Description: This resource contains the following: Explanations and examples of Algebra I, Geometry, Constructions, Trigonometry, Calculus Definitions and examples of essential vocabulary Meets the NCTM standards for content Interactive tools are available Printables Meant for teachers to use as a resourcr due to pop-up ads.
Description: Individualized Education Program (IEP): Summary, Process and Practical Tips from Goodwin Procter LLP After months of research, a team of lawyers at Goodwin Procter LLP has generously put together a helpful guide to help families understand the IEP process as their loved ones head back to school: Individualized Education Program (IEP): Summary, Process and Practical Tips. This guide contains an IEP timeline and clearly lays out the steps to take throughout the IEP process. Questions answered...
Description: This is a post by Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty, mother to two sons on the autism spectrum and an Autism Family Partner at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Summer vacation is ending all too fast, and before we know it those bright yellow school busses will be darting through our neighborhoods and a new school year will commence. Moving to a different classroom, grade, or school can be stressful for any child; for those on the autism spectrum, handling anxiety about the...
Description: The end-of-summer countdown has begun, and while most kids aren't thrilled with the prospect of going back to school, the transition can be especially tough for those with autism. Three experts share their best tips for making the process smoother—for children of all ages. If your child is in elementary school … If your child is in middle school … If your child is in high school …
Description: Fourteen invaluable tools — checklists, charts, worksheets, letters, parent-teacher conversation starters, and more — to help you and your child team up with teachers for a successful school year. Dear Teacher, Please Meet My Child: A Sample Letter for Parents What I Wish My Teachers Knew About Me: A Free Template for Kids What Every Teacher Should Know About ADHD: A Free Handout Help Your Child’s Peers ‘Get’ ADHD: A Free Guide for Parents 7 Parent-Teacher...
Description: On July 27, 2017, the Virginia Board of Education approved the revised SAT as an additional substitute test for verified credit in reading, writing, and Algebra I and the PSAT/NMSQT/PSAT 10 as an additional substitute test for reading and Algebra I. The document listing all tests approved as Standards of Learning (SOL) substitute tests for verified credit is available on the Department of Education’s website at http://doe.virginia.gov/testing/substitute_tests/index.shtml. These additional...
Description: Make & Play Quiz (Google Play) or MakeAndPlayQuiz (iTunes) is a free app that allows teachers to design their own unique board game or "quiz", where students can learn or strengthen their skills by playing a game. Each square can have a Question (Multiple Choice, Fill in the Blank or True/False) or an Event (Stop-skip turns, Go forward, Go Back or Get Points). One to four players can play at a time and the games can be shared with others.
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) supports and encourages innovative practices to improve teaching and learning and all aspects of public education in the commonwealth’s 132 school divisions. The Professional Learning and Development portal connects educators, administrators and support services personnel to information about opportunities and resources developed by VDOE and non-profit organizations that provide professional learning opportunities for public school educators. The...
Description: This book has an emphasis on assessment in mathematics and encouraging children to construct knowledge. Developmentally appropriate activities, suggestions to teach mathematics, and ways to encourage children to explore and play with numbers, measurements, and operations are included.
Description: The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) was signed into law in December 2015. ESSA amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), and replaces the previous amendment, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).  Section 1111(b)(2)(B)(i) of ESSA clarifies that a state must administer the same assessments to measure the achievement of all public elementary and secondary school students in the state with the exception of alternate assessments aligned with...
Description: Download the free Dining Decisions game to your iPad, iPhone, or Android device and see how healthy you can make your food plate! This mobile app is a fun way for children ages 9 to 12 to learn how to make healthy food choices. Through a game, players sort foods into three different goups: Go, Slow and Whoa to earn points for healthy answers.
Description: TTJunior, TweenTribune, TeenTribune, and TTEspañol (Spanish version) are included in a free online educational service offered by the Smithsonian for use by K-12 grade Teachers and students. These consist of daily news sites for kids, tweens, and teens, and includes text, photos, graphics, and audio and/or video materials prepared by the Smithsonian and others about current events, history, art, culture and science. There are lessons, instructional and assessment tools, and opportunities...
Description: This survey was originally created by a local transition council and was updated in 2014. The purpose is to assist in identifying parents/family preferences and thoughts for their son/daughter for life after high school. Now available in English and Spanish!
Description: AAIDD,  is the publisher, copyright holder, and sole owner of the SIS, SIS-A. SIS-C, SIS-A Annual Review Protocol, and Person-Centered Planning With the Supports Intensity Scale-Adult Version™: A Guide for Planning Teams (2017). The suite of SIS tools also includes all associated interview scoring forms, user’s guides, training manuals and materials, and associated electronic software platforms, most notably SISOnline and SISVenture. The SIS-A is a standardized assessment tool...
Description: After teaching science for more than 15 years, both overseas and in the U.S., Laurie Westphal now works as an independent gifted education and science consultant nationwide. She enjoys developing and presenting staff development on low-stress differentiation strategies and using menus for various districts and conferences, working with teachers to assist them in planning and developing lessons to meet the needs of their advanced students. Laurie currently resides in Houston, TX, and has made it...
Description: The Digital Literacy portal is an initiative of the Obama Administration to serve as a valuable resource to practitioners who are delivering digital literacy training and services in their communities. As more and more jobs and educational offerings are available online, the ability to navigate the Internet is critical to participate more fully in the economy. Jumpstarted by a federal interagency working group dedicated to spurring the advancement of digital literacy across all age groups and...
Description: The road to adulthood for youth with disabilities is filled with opportunity, and parents play a key role. PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment is ready with the information families want, presented in a way families can use. Founded in 2014, PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment builds on PACER’s decades of experience providing high quality assistance and support to parents, youth, and professionals on transition topics. This...
Description: File Folder Heaven was created by a Special Education teacher, for teachers and parents, working with early learners and students with Autism or developmental disabilities. There are a wide variety of printable file folder games, adapted books, cookie sheet activities clothespin tasks, task cards that provide students with hands-on opportunities to practice basic skills.
Description: These resources are provided for teachers to help students with severe disabilities participate in the general curriculum. Please limit the use and distribution of these materials accordingly. Some titles are available in electronic format and can be downloaded directly from this website. Stories adapted to PowerPoint include sounds/music and allow a student to "click" along using a computer and mouse/switch.
Description: This document is a July, 2017 update of ECTA Center's resource that addresses updated guidance in the Dear Colleague Letter on Preschool Least Restrictive Environments published in January, 2017. Worksheets included in this toolkit: Early Childhood Progams Comparison Worksheet Determining Costs Inclusive Worksheet
Description: In 2006, the Highmark Foundation launched an initiative to improve the health and well-being of Pennsylvania’s children. A focus within the initiative was to achieve impact through supporting the road scale dissemination of the evidence-based Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP). The foundation also sought to develop and provide systems of support for schools engaged in bullying prevention. Statement from the Highmark Foundation. As Highmark Foundation delved more deeply into the...
Description: Over the last several decades, state policymakers have expanded access to high-quality programs for young children, including pre-kindergarten programs, but have not typically focused on the unique needs of infants, toddlers, and their families. ZERO TO THREE’s new brief, Advancing State Policies for Infants and Toddlers: Lessons Learned From Three States, describes the experiences of three states (Indiana, Oregon, and Vermont) working to develop and take action toward cross-sector...
Description: The Alerts series is a joint initiative sponsored by two divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children—the Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) and the Division for Research (DR). Each Current Practice Alert provides timely and informed judgments regarding professional practices in the field with a special focus on learning disabilities. Based on the adequacy of the current knowledge base and practice experience, each Alert makes a recommendation of “Go For It”...
Description: This document was developed to clarify the relationship between Specially Designed Instruction, Core Instruction and Interventions within a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) for educators developing, improving and maintaining systems of support for all students.The reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2004 made it clear that students with disabilities are to be considered first and foremost as general education students. This distinction, along with...
Description: A few resources for identifying SDI and incorporating SDI into the co-taught classroom. (From Marilyn Friend's presentation materials, Virginia's Co-Teaching Summer Institute, July 2017.)
Description: This CEELO blog post refers to the early childhood provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that enable districts to improve early learning for all children, including young children with disabilities. 
Description: Looking for a roadmap to ensure that the technology in your workplace is accessible to all employees and job applicants? You've come to the right place! Whether you're just getting started on accessible technology or looking for more advanced guidance, PEAT offers resources that can help. This site includes resources on the following action steps: Learn More Get the Basics Assess Build Your Initiative Buy & Implement Communicate Measure Share What Works
Description: They say home is where the heart is… but an inaccessible home can easily break your heart. This month we’re focusing on ways to help you fall back in love with your home by improving access. From the techie overhaul, to the classic remodel to the DIY home hacker, there’s more than one way to modernize the home of your dreams. The Bathroom Conundrum To remodel or not to remodel? That is the question, and Richard Holicky has an answer. The Historic Remodel Mark Smith...
Description: The Virginians with Disabilities Act § 51.5-33 directs the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD), beginning July 1, 2017, to submit an annual report to the Governor, through the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, that provides an in-depth assessment of at least two major service areas for people with disabilities in the Commonwealth. In June 2016, the Board determined that the 2017 focus would be on the education and employment of individuals with disabilities as related...
Description: To help teachers with those Workplace Readiness Skills with which students most often struggle, we are providing instructional modules for use in the classroom. Modules are now available for Positive Work Ethic Diversity Awareness Creativity and Resourcefulness Reading and Writing Skills Critical-thinking and Problem-solving Skills Life-long Learning Skills Job-specific Mathematics Skills Telecommunication Skills. Look for more modules later this year.
Description: The purpose of this memorandum is to summarize legislation passed by the 2016 and 2017 Virginia General Assemblies that directly impacts individuals applying for an initial license or seeking renewal of a license.  To clarify questions received from school divisions and licensees, effective July 1, 2017, please provide verification that all statutory renewal requirements, including those passed in 2016 and 2017, are completed every five years during each renewal period.  You may wish...
Description: We are celebrating over 30 years of non-profit services, advocacy and support to families and professionals involved with autism. We are the local affiliate of the national Autism Society of America that was founded in 1965. We provide 5 core services to maintain and increase the quality of life for everyone: Information and Referral – Contact us by email or phone for local resources and general information about autism and the services and programs we provide. Support – We are...
Description: Here are a few things to know about American Sign Language from five people who use it every day. “One thing is, daily, we see that hearing people think that ASL isn’t a language,” D.T. Bruno said in an interview for this video,” but the brain doesn’t discriminate against ASL as a language. ASL has all of the features of any other language in the world.”This video was filmed at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.
Description: This Directory provides employment opportunities for individuals who would like to work as a Consumer-Directed Assistant, supporting a person with a disability to live independently in the community. A Consumer-Directed Assistant is a person who assists an individual with a disability with activities of daily living- such as bathing, toileting, dressing, and grooming.  An Assistant also helps with routine tasks such as cooking, housework, errands, and shopping; and with recreation and...
Description: We want to hear from you! The Rehabilitation and Research Training Center (RRTC) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is conducting a study to determine if people with physical disabilities can gain needed information on employment by participating in a Facebook Group on Employment. The study will last for six months. However, individuals can spend as much or as little time as they choose interacting in the Facebook group or reviewing the materials disseminated through a monthly Email. You...
Description: This handout created by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University is designed specifically for practitioners to use with parents and caregivers, reinforces the importance of "serve and return" interactions to children's healthy development and breaks them down into five easy steps developed by the Filming Interactions to Nurture Development (FIND). View and download the tool 
Description: This includes the following chapters: Enhancing Progress for Meaningful Family Engagement in all Aspects of Positive BehavioralInterventions and Supports (PBIS) and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Family Engagement Foundations: Supporting Children and Families Engaging Families Through School-Wide Positive Behavior Support: Building PartnershipsAcross Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Translating Family Engagement Strategies to Practice in Local Sites Implementing PBIS Promoting Family Engagement...
Description: This website is the Virginia Subdivision of The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) which exists to promote policies and advance evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children (0-8) who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities. DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with disabilities and other special needs and their families.
Description: SmartBrief provides: Summaries of what matters to you, written by expert editors to save you time and keep you informed and prepared. A daily snapshot of special education with news from Education Week, Teacher Magazine and other leading sources.
Description: Several referral services can direct you to a lawyer who fits your needs. Your match may be just one a phone call away. State your legal problem and you can be given the name of an attorney in that area of the law right in your community. Referral services charge a small fee that covers your initial consultation with the lawyer. The Virginia Bar Association does not offer attorney referrals. There are, however, a number of referral services in the state.
Description: Tuck aims to improve sleep hygiene, health, and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free resources. Boasting the largest collection of aggregated data on sleep surfaces on the web (over 95,000 customer experiences from nearly 1,000 individual sources), Tuck aims to power consumers, sleep professionals, and the troubled sleeper looking for answers. Check back often for updates and expanded sleep product information.   This website includes...
Description: My Parent Journey blog post by Jon Morin Apr 27, 2017 Because of our older son’s high test scores and big vocabulary, his teachers have often suggested that he be placed in gifted and talented (GT) classes. But since he also has issues with executive functioning, social skills and learning, it’s not that simple. Back when he was 8, my son got his first IEP. The school recommended that he be placed in a self-contained class to help with his meltdowns and difficult behavior. Although...
Description: Before the IEP, before any evaluations or documentation, before there is talk about assistive technology, Divisions must first ensure that it is set up and prepared to use AIM-VA; from establishing the rules for educators and administrators by creating digital rights managers, to submitting book purchases to the NIMAC, to creating a system to ensure all of a student's needed materials are converted. View this webinar on AIM-VA's YouTube channel and help your division prepare for the 2017-2018...