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Description: This article database is written by teachers for teachers and contains articles related to responsive classroom strategies. Responsive Classroom is a research- and evidence-based approach to education that is associated with greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate. It has been recognized by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as one of the most well-designed, evidence-based social and emotional learning programs....
Description: The SPD Network is a project of the Kid Foundation, an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for students, adolescents, and adults with Sensory Processing Disorder. Available on this site are FAQs about SPD, scientific research related to SPD, SPD conferences and workshops, a treatment directory, and general information about SPD. (Sensory)
Description: This site offers instructional ideas and material suggestions for teaching a wide variety of social skills needed across the lifespan for individuals with ASD.
Description: This site contains examples of visual curriculum accommodations and modifications that can be implemented in the classroom when working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). (Individualization and Support Services)
Description: This website includes autism training and resources for law enforcement, emergency first responders, parents, educators, care providers, and the autism community.
Description: A child may be found eligible for special education and related services as a child with autism if there is an adverse effect on the child's educational performance due to documented characteristics of autism. This site includes the following tools for educators, administrators and parents: Guidelines for Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Models of Best Practice in the Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Transition to...
Description: This site provides information on a comprehensive list of topics related to autism. There are hundreds of links and several categories to choose from to get lessons and free visuals for all activities in your classroom.
Description: ResourceSET is the new and improved home of our popular curriculumSET and pictureSET resources. Visit this area to download free activities, templates, visual supports and other educational materials to support your students’ learning needs. (AAC Boards, pictures)
Description: SymbolWorld is a website created by Widgit Software specifically for symbol users. It has material for all ages.It is designed to be easy to navigate, with the option to personalize the layout and colours to suit any reader’s needs. Topics include eLive News, Science, Time and Place, Lifestyle (Recipes, Home, Leisure), Entertainment, People, Sport, and Stories. (graphics, pictures, AAC Resource)
Description: SEN Teacher has printables, specialist links, free software downloads and search tools for all types and levels of special and remedial education. SEN Teacher is also used by many parents and teachers of younger students and children without special needs. Most printable resources can be adapted to suit a variety of individual needs. All SEN Teacher resources are free to use at school and in the home. (AAC Resource)
Description: The Transition Behavior Scale-Third Edition (TBS-3) measures a student’s readiness for transition to employment and independent living. The greatest threat to success in employment and independent living is behavior which is inappropriate for those situations. The TBS-3 provides a measure of those behavioral characteristics most predictive of behavior in society in general and employment specifically. The TBS-3 subscales measure a student’s behavior in the areas of Work Related,...
Description: Transition is a part of every child’s life. Transitions from early intervention to preschool, kindergarten, middle school, and high school ultimately prepare a child for adult life. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) recognizes the importance of transition at two distinct points: The move from early intervention under IDEA Part C for Infants and Toddlers to preschool or kindergarten school services under IDEA Part B for Children ages 3–21. The move from high...
Description: This practical guidebook gives non-mental health professionals a ready-to-use, start-to-finish linked system for identifying concerns and improving young children's social-emotional health. This book walks readers though the five-step intervention process called Activity-Based Intervention: Social Emotional (ABI:SE): screening, assessment, goal development, intervention, evaluation.
Description: The information on this site should be helpful to those who are responsible for the education of students with various disabilities. This site includes information, activities with suggested adaptations, IEP development, working with paraeducators, videos, info for parents, research, products, web sites, etc. (Adapted PE, APE, Paraprofessionals)
Description: In the past, the term “severe disability” as a disability category was used in Virginia’s special education regulations although it is not a disability category in the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Description: The purpose of this report is to: (a) describe five projects that demonstrate how RTI is being adapted for pre-k children; (b) identify the critical elements of RTI needed to ensure fidelity of implementation with young children (c) provide guiding questions to help policy makers/program directors assess their readiness to implement RTI as a framework for organizing pre-k supports and services; and (d) offer policy recommendations for Pre-K RTI initiatives. (early childhood, preschool)
Description: Response to Intervention (RtI) is viewed by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) as a general education process that uses high quality instruction, tiers of interventions and student performance data to help students learn. (August 13, 2009)
Description: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 defines secondary transition as a coordinated set of activities designed to be within a results-oriented process, focused on improving the academic achievement and functional performance to facilitate movement from school to post-school activities.
Description: The Virginia Board of Education and Department of Education through its special education regulations revision process officially changed the disability category of mental retardation to intellectual disability.(Fast Fact)
Description: The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has issued a revised Q&A document to provide States, State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), parents, and other stakeholders with information regarding the IDEA requirements relating to individualized education programs (IEPs), evaluations, and reevaluations.
Description: The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) provides research, resources, and information enabling communities to address the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Center serves as a clearinghouse of information for people seeking to remove or overcome educational barriers and to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for children and youth experiencing homelessness. The Center also supports educators and service...
Description: In this research-based set of 45 video clips and accompanying materials, teacher-training professors, educational administration and supervision faculty from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute (CEPI) worked with K-12 educators to inform new teachers of effective classroom methods and best practices relating to 12 topics identified in a 2006 field study conducted by CEPI involving beginning teachers.
Description: The Project INSPIRE website provides an enormous amount of information related to individuals with disabilities. Some of the information include: instructional techniques, inclusion strategies, sport organizations, health and safety issues, and even a parent page to assist with activities in the home and community. (Adapted PE)
Description: The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.
Description: NTACT’s purpose is to assist State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, State VR agencies, and VR service providers in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment. NTACT will identify and promote evidence-based and promising practices to Increase access, participation and success of students with disabilities in...
Description: Literacy Connections provides a wealth of information on reading, teaching and tutoring techniques, ESL literacy, and adult literacy. We recommend resources that are useful for teachers, volunteers, and directors of literacy programs. Topics include the language experience approach, phonics, word study, word families, and the best in children's literature.
Description: Makes Sense Strategies™ (MSS) is composed of scientific research-based instructional procedures and resources designed for “wateringup” the curriculum, and was developed and validated by Edwin Ellis, Ph.D. (University of Alabama). (Reading, writing, social studies, math)
Description: This site has 58 graphic organizers that you can download for free, from the following categories: cause and effect, character and story, compare and contrast, sequence, cycle, timeline and chain of events, vocabulary development and concept and miscellaneous. (reading, writing)
Description: This resource includes a variety of graphic organizers available in English and Spanish. Help your students classify ideas and communicate more effectively. Use graphic organizers to structure writing projects, to help in problem solving, decision making, studying, planning research and brainstorming. You have permission to print and copy these pages for classroom use. (VAAP resource, reading)
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)