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Description: The reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (“IDEA”), December 3, 2004, and its implementing federal regulations, October 13, 2006, prompted the need to revise Virginia’s special education regulations, The Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children in Virginia (“Virginia Regulations”). This guidance document presents a review of the key elements in the Virginia Regulations. It is not meant to cover all of the...
Description: The United States Department of Education and Department of Justice have just issued a reminder calling for colleges and universities--as well as K-12 school districts--to make sure devices such as e-readers that are required in the classroom comply with accessibility laws. The federal action came on the heels of a settlement agreement made by Justice with five institutions that were running Amazon Kindle e-book readers as pilot programs. According to the agencies, Kindle devices aren't...
Description: Face-cards are a safe, easy to use resource for exploring feelings and the faces that go with them. Face-cards portray the ten most common emotion expressions. People on the autism spectrum use face-cards to identify and explain feelings. Face-cards are also used by teachers, parents and therapists with both children and adults across a range of abilitiies. Version 2.0 has iGaze,a simple therapeutic tool that may assist people with autism in developing eye contact skills.
Description: The blog of a teacher educator discussing poetry, children's literature and issues related to teaching children and their future teachers. Thematic booklists are included. (Reading)
Description: Students who are deaf and hard of hearing must have complete access to all communication in their educational environments to meet the same learning standards as their hearing peers. (Fast Fact, hearing impairment)
Description: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 requires that IEPs include a statement of measurable goals, including academic and functional goals designed to meet the child’s needs that result from the disability to enable the child to be involved in and progress in the general curriculum, or for preschool children, as appropriate, to participate in appropriate activities, as well as meet each of the other educational needs that result from the child’s disability. (Fast Facts)
Description: "Orthopedic impairment" means a severe orthopedic impairment that adversely affects a child's educational performance.
Description: "Deafness" means a hearing impairment that is so severe that the child is impaired in processing linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification, that adversely affects the child’s educational performance. “Hearing Impairment” means an impairment in hearing, whether permanent or fluctuating, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance but that is not included under the definition of deafness in this section.
Description: “Visual impairment including blindness” means an impairment in vision that, even with correction, adversely affects a child’s educational performance. The term includes both partial sight and blindness.
Description: Speech-language impairments can impact the way a student communicates. Speech errors include errors when producing specific sounds that are not a result of normal development or language acquisition, dysfluency (stuttering), or motor speech issues. Students may also receive therapy for improving the understanding and use of spoken or written language, pragmatics, and meta-linguistic skills. Students with swallowing disorders or dysphagia can also receive services from speech-language...
Description: "Specific learning disability" means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or do mathematical calculations.
Description: “Deaf-Blindness” means hearing and visual impairments occurring at the same time, the combination of which causes such severe communication and other developmental and educational needs that they cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for children with deafness or children with blindness.
Description: The term “developmental delay” as a disability category is not as specific as the other categories in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the IDEA regulations.
Description: A Maths Dictionary for Kids is an animated, interactive online math dictionary for students which explains over 600 common mathematical terms and math words in simple language.
Description: This blueprint is intended to serve as a resource for professional education programs and preK-12 school settings to enhance supervised field experiences, including classroom experiences and internships of teacher candidates. The blueprint focuses on the continuum of field placements from early field experiences for an individual exploring a career in education through the culminating student teaching field experiences that serve as a bridge from the education program into the profession....
Description: Nationwide, students in the middle grades and high school are failing to develop the reading and writing skills they need in order to meet higher academic standards. This major new SREB report on adolescent literacy discusses the urgency of the problem in depth and presents specific solutions for SREB states based on the recommendations of the SREB Committee to Improve Reading and Writing in Middle and High Schools, chaired by Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia, the SREB Board chair. The report...
Description: The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss. HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss. HLAA is working to eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss and raise public awareness about the need for prevention and the importance of regular hearing screenings throughout life (hearing impairment)
Description: LearningPort is a national professional development library of learning modules, tool kits, archived webinars and video resources created by NASDSE’s IDEA Partnership and funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to support the use of ARRA funds in states and LEAs. These modules were developed to enable district teams to meet their increasing professional development needs in a flexible as-needed manner.
Description: This resource packet created by Scott Marfilius includes information on Support in the Classroom, Universal Design for Learning Guidelines, Samples of Support Technology, Instructional Planning Matrix, Technology Tools for Support, Types of Assistive Technology Tools for Math, Accessibility Strategies to Consider and Math Resources.
Description: Videos, activities, and narratives will guide you through the process to learn about serving children with disabilities effectively. Topics include: Embedded Interventions, Transition, Communication to Collaboration, Family-Professional Partnerships, Assistive Technology, Dialogic Reading Practices, and Tiered Instruction. All of the modules are available in Spanish and Module 1 is also available in Portugese.
Description: This site has a wide variety of activities to help students write. The site can be searched by grade level or topic. (writing, VAAP resource)
Description: The Alliance for Excellent Education released this report which identifies instructional practices in writing shown to improve students’ reading abilities and recommends ways that teachers can improve students’ reading skills through teaching writing.
Description: Throughout the day infants and toddlers have many opportunities to use their arms and hands and develop their fine motor skills. During bath time they can hold their toothbrushes, during mealtime they can hold spoons, and during story time they can turn the pages of books. Unfortunately, a lot of the objects that we use during the day are not made for little hands, causing these routines to become difficult. Low-tech assistive technology and simple adaptations can be used to adapt these objects...
Description: The Board of Education maintains a detailed comprehensive, six-year plan to integrate educational technology into the Standards of Learning and the curricula of the public schools in Virginia. The plan presents a vision for the use of technology in schools and classrooms, and it serves as a blueprint for school divisions by identifying the necessary components of an effective technology program. For 2015-2017, an addendum to the 2010-2015 Plan was developed in order bring the state technology...
Description: The purpose of these guidelines is to provide resources and suggestions to enhance the provision of services to students who are deaf or hard of hearing in order to support their educational goals.
Description: These resources include: Transfer of Rights for Students with Disabilities Upon Reaching the Age of Majority in Virginia (also available in Spanish) Students with Disabilties: Guidelines for Assessment Participation Students with Disabilities: Guidelines for Special Test Accommodations A Parent's Guide to Special Education (also available in Spanish) Your Family's Special Education Rights - Virginia Procedural Safeguards Notice (Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Urdu, Farsi, Korean, Vietnamese) Extended...
Description: Students work with authors, editors, and illustrators in exclusive workshops designed to guide them in developing their skills. Subjects include: Biography Writing, Descriptive Writing, Folktale Writing, Mystery Writing, Myth Writing, News Writing, Poetry Writing, Speech Writing and Writing a Book Review. (VAAP resource)
Description: Research shows that students who take part in their own IEP development are more likely to speak up for themselves throughout their lives. The It’s About Me Forms provide easy steps to helps parents, educators and students to ensure that the student has say and control over his or her IEP, education, and future. Students use the help and guidance of an adult to work through six thought-out steps with easy to use tools.
Description: A webquest is an inquiry-based activity that involves students in using web-based resources and tools to transform their learning into meaningful understandings and real-world projects. This website provides users with information and resources for webquest problem solving, information processing, and collaboration. (Writing, VAAP resource)
Description: This site offers a storytelling community for children where they can post their own stories, and/or read the stories of others. (writing, VAAP resouce)
Description: This site offers free sample interactive stories to serve as a catalyst for writing instruction. Classroom subscriptions are available for purchase. (VAAP resource)
Description: This site is a resource for printing out flashcards that can be used as word banks or to fill-in-the-blanks when students need help with writing. It includes ABC's Cards, Animal Cards, Food Cards, Clothes Cards, Basic Concepts, Phonics Cards, and Verb Cards. (VAAP resource)
Description: This math resource includes: a number line, a fraction representation, a place value chart, a fraction, decimal and percent chart, a multiplication table and a listing of common conversions.
Description: This paper describes characteristics of programs developed for adolescents who are struggling with literacy. It references both a chart that was developed to compare and contrast those characteristics and a review guide that was created to help schools make principled decisions when choosing programs for use with their students.
Description: The Secondary Literacy Instruction and Intervention Guide: Helping School Districts Transform into Systems that Produce Life-Changing Results for All Children speaks to the critical need for a clear, coherent and replicable district-level model incorporating evidence-based and research-validated literacy resources to meet the differentiated needs of struggling adolescents. These tools and guide are designed around the context of the University of Kansas' Content Literacy Continuum (CLC) Model.
Description: The Alliance for Excellent Education understands that the first step in improving any rural high school is to encourage and support the active engagement of students, parents, teachers, the community, and business leaders. This guide is designed to give parents and community members some suggested ways to begin thinking about whether their local high school is adequately preparing all of its students for a successful future and what they can do to help turn that vision into reality.
Description: Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas: Getting to the core of middle and high school improvement addresses one important way in which schools can and must improve the literacy instruction they provide to students in grades 4-12. More specifically, it focuses on reading and writing instruction in the academic content areas-particularly in the areas of math, science, English, and history- that comprise the heart of the secondary school curriculum. (adolescent literacy)
Description: This document is designed to help principals monitor and support adolescent literacy instruction in their schools more effectively. It provides a brief history of the classroom walk-through, a detailed explanation of an Adolescent Literacy Walk-through (ALWT) for grades 4-12 (including a section for reading interventions in grades 4-12) and brief descriptions of the elements of instruction which research suggests will improve overall student reading achievement. (Center on Instruction)
Description: This report from the National High School Center provides an in-depth look at implementation and structural issues and the support required to successfully institute Response to Intervention (RTI) at the secondary-school level. It defines the RTI models, explores benefits and challenges at the high-school level, provides a snapshot of implementation at the high-school level, and outlines the resources needed to support this work.
Description: Diseñado para ayudarles a los maestros a formar relaciones positivas con las familias, este módulo destaca la diversidad de las familias y trata los factores que el personal de la escuela debe entender en cuanto a trabajar con las familias de los niños con discapacidades. (Parents- Spanish version)
Description: This module is designed to help teachers build positive relationships with families. It highlights the diversity of families and addresses the factors that school personnel should understand about working with the families of children with disabilities.
Description: In "Impact: Feature Issue on Early Childhood Education and Children with Disabilities" (published by the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota), parents reflect on their experiences with early childhood education and inclusion for their children; researchers and practitioners discuss strategies for identifying and providing quality, inclusive programs; and staff from inclusive early childhood programs around the country describe their approaches.
Description: The RMC Research Corporation's Center on Instruction (COI) website is your gateway to a cutting-edge collection of research-based resources on instruction.While these resources are useful for improving the achievement of all students, they particularly target students in the lowest performing schools, students with difficulties learning mathematics, students needing intensive instruction, or special needs/diverse learners, including English language learners. This site includes information on...
Description: Through the Schools to Watch® initiative, the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform identifies schools across the United States that are well on their way to meeting the Forum's criteria for high performance. Forum members believe that three things are true of high-performing middle-grades schools: academic excellence, developmentally responsive and socially equitable.
Description: Benefits.gov was launched in an effort to provide citizens with easy, online access to government benefit and assistance programs. The program's mission is to reduce the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government while increasing citizen access to government benefit information. The site's core function is the eligibility prescreening questionnaire or "Benefit Finder." Answers to the questionnaire are used to evaluate a visitor's situation and compare it with the eligibility...
Description: This site is designed for kids ages 6-15. It includes Activity Lab, Game Station, Book Zone and Express Yourself. This site is provided by Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit children's literacy organization.
Description: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, is one of the most common mental disorders that develop in children. Children with ADHD have impaired functioning in multiple settings, including home, school, and in relationships with peers. If untreated, the disorder can have long-term adverse effects into adolescence and adulthood.
Description: This article by Kristin Stanberry and Marshall H. Raskind will introduce parents to the role of AT in helping their children with LD. The better informed you are about AT, the greater the chances your child will experience success in school, in recreation and, eventually, at work. You will also want to learn how to choose AT tools that are reliable and to select technology that is tailored to your child's individual needs, abilities, and experience.
Description: The skills needed for successful transition are multifaceted. School-and community-based personnel can use the instruments in Informal Assessments for Transition: Independent Living and Community Participation to obtain data in these critical planning areas: Communication Interpersonal Skills Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination Daily Living Skills Health Community Participation Leisure Transportation
Description: The primary purpose of FACTER is to assess and teach students with moderate to severe developmental disabilities. FACTER addresses the ability to perform typical everyday "routines" while incorporating essential "related skills" for living. All people engage in a broad range of routines every day in their lives. For example, eating lunch, academic seatwork, socializing with friends, and going shopping are all naturally occurring daily routines. These routines can be task analyzed into a number...