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Description: VDOE Special Education and Student Services (SESS) Reopening Frequently Asked Questions, COVID-19: A Parent Guide for School-Aged Children, Sustaining Inclusive Practices for Virtual Learning for Students with Disabilities, Considerations for COVID Recovery Services for Students with Disabilities, Special Education Students After COVID-19 Key Considerations, Virginia Learns Anywhere: Learning in Place- English & Reading, Math and Science, Social Emotional Wellness Quick Guides
Description: Young Athletes is a unique sport and play program for children ages two to seven with and without intellectual disabilities. Our focus is on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth. Children enjoy activities that develop motor skills like balance, flexibility, strength, and coordination. In fact, in a recent study, children with developmental delays who participated in a structured eight-week Young Athletes program showed...
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: As middle school math teachers, we realize it is a difficult task to get all students engaged in their learning. Teachers have to compete with many different outside factors, such as popular video games, social media, desires to socialize with friends in class, a strong dislike for math from a prior grade, events that happen outside of the classroom, etc. We have found the best way to counteract outside influences is to develop a strong foundation of relational capacity and to provide...
Description: Part 1: Engaging Students Online with Zoom  Presenters: Kathleen Pitvorec, University of Illinois at Chicago, Mary Jo Tavormina, University of Illinois at Chicago Description: We will share our content management and community engagement strategies using the Zoom platform, as well as some of the online tools that have worked well. Part 2: Synchronous Online Teaching Strategies  Presenter: Theresa Elvira Wills, George Mason University Description: Learn how to turn your F2F...
Description: This is a webinar for teachers led by Associate Professor Jered Borup, College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). Effective online teaching requires different strategies and skills than what are required for in-person teaching. If teachers are going to engage students' heads, hearts, and hands in an online environment they need to carefully change how they teach. In this webinar, we will share frameworks, strategies, and examples that will help teachers to transform their learning...
Description: The Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities (VCLD) is a statewide organization that promotes evidence-based teaching, collaboration, research, leadership, and advocacy within the Commonwealth. The Recorded Webinars include the following topics: Virtual Teaching from Different Perspectives VDOE Panelists' Favorite Resources for Teaching During COVID-19 Culturally Responsive Teaching Co-Teaching
Description: The Virginia Counil for Learning Disabilities (VCLD) is a statewide organization that promotes evidence-based teaching, collaboration, research, leadership, and advocacy within the Commonwealth. VCLD is composed of professionals who represent diverse disciplines and are committed to enhancing the education and quality of life for individuals with learning disabilities and others who experience challenges in learning. This Virginia Chapter sponsors local and regional activities for individuals...
Description: Teacher ready instructional activities for phoneme substitutions. 
Description: Blend the sounds backwards to make a new word!
Description: Dr. Carol Tolman explains the transition from phonemic awareness to phonics. 
Description: Matching upper-case and lower-case (Reading Rockets) 3rd example: This file includes uppercase and lowercase letters in a matching game that parents can use with their child at home. (School-Home Links) Letter bingo (Reading Rockets) Bingo is a simple game that children enjoy and can be used to help them learn about the upper- and lowercase letters. This link allows teachers to print the letters and board needed to play letter bingo. Letter recognition fluency (Reading Rockets) Speedy Alphabet...
Description: The alphabetic principle has two parts: Alphabetic understanding is knowing that words are made up of letters that represent the sounds of speech. Phonological recoding is knowing how to translate the letters in printed words into the sounds they make to read and pronounce the words accurately. The alphabetic principle is critical in reading and understanding the meaning of text. In typical reading development, children learn to use the alphabetic principle fluently and automatically. This...
Description: This module will explore the components of the basic structure of the English language and multisensory strategies to deliver instruction.  You will find introductory slides that explain this approach, links to documents and reports, and video clips to demonstrate and support your use of the approach being presented. View Multisensory Structured Language Instruction and Teaching Series on T/TAC William & Mary's Website)
Description: Strategies to build problem-solving skills. Videos provide strategies, tips and instructional practices beneficial to students with disabilities and struggling learners schema-based problem solving. Presenters: Elementary: Stephanie Morano, Assistant Professor Special Education Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education at University of Virginia Secondary:   Sarah R. Powell, Associate Professor in the Department of Education at University of Texas at...
Description: Phoneme addition is the first level in phoneme manipulation.
Description: PHONEME DELETION is a strategy that helps develop students’ phonemic awareness, which is part of phonological awareness. Phoneme deletion involves having students manipulate spoken words by deleting specific phonemes. If this task is too difficult initially, you can begin by having students delete syllables in compound words. Phoneme deletion tasks take place orally without the written word. Phoneme deletion should be taught using direct and explicit instruction, but after such...
Description: Advanced Phonemic Awareness Webinar by Kendore Learning/Syllables Learning Center Learn effective and interactive advanced phonemic awareness activities that you can conduct with your students online! Leading reading researcher Dr. David Kilpatrick has noted that advanced phonemic awareness instruction provides the biggest impact on the quality of a structured literacy curriculum. However, many programs do not address this need, leaving educators uncertain how to begin. The presenter show you...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is committed to providing school divisions with additional updates as they become available. Earlier today Governor Northam called on Virginia school divisions to provide in-person learning options for students by March 15, 2021, consistent with the Commonwealth’s PreK-12 Interim Reopening Guidance issued on January 14, 2021.  Therefore, the VDOE is requesting that all divisions provide an updated instructional plan with...
Description: With schools around the country utilizing many different forms of instruction, incorporating SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)  can feel complicated as classroom environments change. However, SEL  can be the foundation for academic success no matter how teachers and students come together. Topics covered during this webinar included: The five core competencies of SEL How the current educational atmosphere contributes to student mental health Why teachers need to seek connection and...
Description: While there is a tremendous amount of value to being able to see your students’ faces during distance learning, we can’t force them to be on camera, just as during in-person teaching, we can’t force unengaged students to lift their heads or remove hats or hoodies that obscure their faces. With experimentation and persistence, however, you can arrive at strategies that work. Whether they need options, encouragement, or trust in order to turn their cameras on, there’s...
Description: From scavenger hunts to Pictionary, we’ve gathered a batch of virtual games to get students talking, laughing, and engaging with peers. While most educators feel too worn out to take on anything else this year, classroom games—old and new—can provide a much-needed respite for students and teachers who are burned out on video lessons and miss social connection. We found some easy-to-use virtual games that elementary teachers are playing with their students this year, along with...
Description: This paper summarizes findings from a consensus panel on using data from learning management systems and software to help educators understand and improve student engagement during remote instruction. CRPE convened a group of researchers, practitioners, and technology and curriculum providers to explore how learning management systems and courseware, as well as student information systems, could help provide teachers and school systems with data to better measure student engagement and...
Description: What is the "Opportunities to Respond" instructional strategy? With "Opportunities to Respond", the teacher provides students with opportunities to be engaged with the instruction by asking for regular student response to questions or statements.  Students may respond with gestures, actions, or verbally and may do so either chorally or individually.  This helps students to maintain engagement with the content and increases success.
Description: It is well known that research has established a positive connection between effective instruction and high levels of student engagement and as a result, higher student achievement. When engagement is high, fewer minutes are spent reprimanding, correcting, and redirecting. Plus, a proactive approach will lead to positive relationships among the classroom community! Increasing your students’ opportunities to respond to your instruction (before assessment time) has these benefits: The...
Description: Research indicates that increasing opportunities to respond has several beneficial outcomes related to student engagement, academic outcomes, behavior, and participation. Students tend to be more engaged, thereby participating more in class, which leads to higher academic outcomes. There also tends to be fewer occurrences of inappropriate behavior as appropriate behavior is reinforced. Using this intervention also allows for more efficient use of instructional time and should be incorporated...
Description: Stress can block successful learning, emotional self-management, and memory. Neuroscience research has highlighted stressors that cause learners to "act out," "zone out," or give up, resulting in decreased learning and reduction in emotional self-management. The most frequent stressors directly linked to learning experiences are boredom (from having already mastered the information) or frustration from repeated goal failure in a skill, topic, or subject (with the goal ranging from not getting...
Description: Teaching Self-Management for Student Independence Teachers are always looking for ways to increase their students’ independence. Self-management (SM) is an evidence-based strategy that aims to do just that. With self-management, students learn a method of monitoring and reinforcing their own behavior or skill development. This also gives them the ability to actively engage in their own learning, receive immediate feedback, and self-management is a skill that will help students achieve...
Description: Featuring: Erin Saxon, Education Specialist, TTAC ODU—Narrator, Jessica Braun, CCC-SLP, Alicia McCarthy and Anna Ashleson, Co-Teachers As many educators expand their knowledge and skills in providing virtual instruction, this webinar highlights some high-tech options for those looking to level up their implementation of instruction that engages younger students. Three educators from Norfolk Public Schools have worked to expand not just their skills, but creativity in providing virtual...
Description: Integrity and Self-Control With digital technology amplifying social interaction and expression, it's more important than ever to promote, practice, and model integrity and self-control in our classrooms. Integrity, of course, extends beyond cheating on tests. It includes taking responsibility for your actions and having the courage to stand up for what's right. Having self-control is about appropriately managing your thoughts, feelings, and impulses; it starts with being consistently mindful of...
Description: This set of behavioral strategies was developed for classroom teachers to use with students who may require academic and/or behavioral support. The strategies are intended to assist teachers working with students with primary academic deficits and challenging behaviors. For students with more intensive behaviors, potential intensification strategies also are included. Each strategy includes a description of the (a) purpose and overview; (b) behavior(s) addressed; (c) implementation procedures...
Description: The self-management toolkit is a self-contained professional development session (a “PD-in-a-Box”) built to ensure that teachers have a positive experience while learning more about self-management. We have developed and extensively tested the toolkit to ensure that it is as helpful as possible to educators, and we welcome your feedback about further refinements we can make. The toolkit contains: Facilitators guide with sample agendas Slide presentation to guide you through the...
Description: What is a self management plan? Self-management plans are used to teach students to independently complete tasks and take an active role in monitoring and reinforcing their own behavior. An important goal in education is to foster self-reliance and independence. In fact, self-management strategies can be implemented before any problem behaviors occur. Research studies show that self-management strategies can be used to improve academic performance, productivity, time on-task, and to decrease...
Description: This evidence-based practice brief on self-management includes the following components: Overview, which gives a quick summary of salient features of the practice, including what it is, who it can be used with, what skills it has been used with, settings for instruction, and additional literature documenting its use in practice Steps for Implementation, detailing how to implement the practice in a practitioner-friendly, step-by-step process Implementation Checklist, to be used to monitor...
Description: In session five, the learner will: See sample Self-Management plans and learn what should be included for an effective plan. Review resources to support self-management. Develop a self-management plan based on a provided sample case study and video.
Description: Self-Management Strategies Self-management refers to a number of strategies that can be used to help students engage in appropriate or desired behavior. Through the use of these strategies students become more aware of their behaviors and how to distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors, a very important skill for students who typically have a difficult time understanding social norms and rules. Self-Monitoring Self-monitoring is a strategy that teaches students to self-assess...
Description: The Virginia Mathematics Pathways Initiative (VMPI) is a joint initiative among the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).  The Initiative supports the Profile of a Virginia Graduate by redefining mathematics pathways for students in the Commonwealth to address the knowledge, skills, experiences, and attributes that students must attain to be successful in college and/or the...
Description: “How to Learn Math for Teachers” and “Mathematical Mindsets” are courses about the teaching of mathematics K-12. If you are new to the ideas shared on youcubed and in the book Mathematical Mindsets, “How to Learn Math for Teachers” is for you.  If you are knowledgeable about the latest research and you already use number talks regularly, “Mathematical Mindsets” is the next course along. “Mathematical Mindsets” also shares the...
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: Self-Determination is central to well-being.  Self-determination is the ability to makes one’s own choices and to manage one’s own life.  Skills of self-determination are important life skills for all students, and especially for students with disabilities.
Description: Now in its fourth edition—with more than 50 new questions and a new chapter on financial literacy—this bestselling resource helps experienced and novice teachers effectively and efficiently differentiate mathematics instruction in K–grade 8. Math education expert Marian Small shows teachers how to get started and become expert at using two powerful and universal strategies: open questions and parallel tasks. This edition is even easier for teachers to use in all quality state...
Description: Students’ basic physical and emotional needs must be met before we can expect them to engage in learning whether at school or now, at home. The COVID-19 pandemic finds teachers and families struggling to set appropriate goals and parameters for in-home learning. Join national family engagement expert and author Dr. Steve Constantino and licensed psychologist, author, and emotional intelligence expert, Dr. Adam Sáenz as they discuss the emotional and academic attributes of learning...
Description: Free downloable foldables on a variety of topics are available on this site.  Graphic and semantic organizers illustrate concepts and inter-relationships among concepts, using diagrams or other pictorial devices. Graphic organizers are known by different names, such as maps, webs, graphs, charts, frames, or clusters. An example of a commonly used graphic organizer is a Venn diagram, which displays the overlap between two concepts. Venn diagrams are often used in K-12 U.S. education to help...
Description: This toolkit helps schools and families join efforts to support children’s literacy growth in remote or blended learning environments. You will learn: Features of remote literacy learning. Roles that schools and families play. Tips for planning and implementing remote literacy learning. Coaching steps to support literacy learning at home. This toolkit includes: Research Briefs & Infographics Tools & Resources for Families Tools & Resources for Educators
Description: The Learning About Your Child's Reading Development toolkit helps parents and families understand the many different skills involved with teaching your child to learn to read and how to support your child's reading development at school and home. You will learn: How to tell if your child is getting high-quality reading instruction at school. Questions to ask about the reading program in your child’s school. How to tell if your child has reading difficulties and how you can help. This...
Description: Module One: Virginia Legislation Related to Dyslexia and Reading, and the Definition of Dyslexia, Module Two: Prevalence and Characteristics of Dyslexia, Module Three: Screening and Assessing Students Around the Basic Foundational Skills of Reading, Module Four: Appropriate Instructional Match, Module Five: Social Emotional Impact of Dyslexia, Module Six: Accommodations and Assistive Technology to Address the Needs of Students with Dyslexia
Description: The purpose of these guidelines is to provide resources and suggestions to enhance the provision of services to students who are deaf and hard of hearing in order to support their educational goals. These guidelines are written for special and general education administrators, teachers of students who are deaf and hard of hearing (referred to by Virginia teacher licensure regulations as HI teachers and generally referred to as teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing-TODHH), general educators,...
Description: The following projects can be done the traditional paper-pencil way or using the online tools suggested. Augment images, videos and virtual tours using Thinglink.com Make a PowerPoint presentation Create a zooming presentation using Prezi.com Design a 3-D model online using Sketchup.com or Floorplanner.com Make a digital diorama using wikihow.com/Make-a-Diorama And more....
Description: The Center developed the UDL Scan Tool to support the examination of K-12 online curriculum and learning—beyond traditional examinations for accessibility. Using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, the intent of the Tool is to provide a measurement from which to further understand the alignment of K-12 blended and fully online digital materials to the cognitive and learning needs of struggling learners and those with disabilities. Built to include the three UDL principles,...
Description: Teachers may need to assist students as they process feelings about the news or changes in circumstances. Take a look at these free emotional intelligence activities that can be done online or in person. These materials are provided free of charge from UNICEF and 6 Seconds The Emotional Intelligence Network and can be used at any time. Visit the links below to learn how to support anyone grappling with big feelings. Understanding feelings that are driving behavior (Emotional Iceberg Activity)...