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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: Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, almost all school districts rapidly shifted to distance learning in spring of the 2019-2020 school year. This shift laid bare both the logistical and instructional challenges of distance learning, particularly for English learners and students with disabilities, both of whom have faced persistent achievement gaps. This work was conducted as part of GAO’s COVID-19 monitoring and oversight responsibilities under the CARES Act. It...
Description: The Inclusive Schools Network provides free sample activities, downloads, and celebrations for teachers to use with students of all ages and grade levels. Check out the theme specific inclusion activities. If your class or school plans to participate in Inclusive Schools Week, consider submitting a short description of your celebration activities and events by email to support@inclusiveschools.org.
Description: The Office of Equity and Community Engagement recognizes that the work of equity, justice, and anti-racism begins with introspection within our communities. As educators we have a obligation to leverage our unique proximity to young people to articulate a clear commitment to eradicating racism and disrupting systemic inequity. It is our hope that the resources included in this framework support the critical conversations being led in communities across the commonwealth.
Description: Subjects: English, Social Studies, Government Estimated Time: One class period, plus extended activities Grade Level: 9-12 Objective: Students will study Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and discuss the rhetorical influences on King’s speech, the oratorical devices that King used in delivering his speech and how a speech is similar to/different from other literary forms.
Description: There are 5 Big Ideas in Beginning Reading: Phonemic Awareness Alphabetic Principle Fluency with Text Vocabulary Comprehension
Description: Dr. Carol Toman, phonological awareness expert, provides a graphic overview of the phases critical to the development of literacy.
Description: This short video shows the basics of using sound isolation and how to model some activities using a puppet. This is best done in a small group where the teacher can monitor student responses. You also want to focus on one type of sound isolation. The activity is enhanced by using pictures, too.
Description: Phonemic awareness, or the ability to notice and manipulate individual sounds in spoken language, is an essential building block for later decoding skills.  The activities below are designed to promote the development of various phonemic awareness skills. Robbie the Robot:  The scripted lessons in this packet provide the teacher with a simple, fun method of teaching students the most important phonological skills: phoneme blending and segmenting.  The premise is that...
Description: These YouTube Videos include: Virtual Learning Tech Tips & Trouble Shooting (translated) Managing School & Home Life Teens & High School Special Education Pathways to Preschool Assistive Technology
Description: Conference Session Resources View Session Recordings and Get Handouts Access Additional Resources See Presenter Bios
Description: During Spring 2020, educators quickly adapted to providing interventions and collecting data virtually despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents were critical partners in supporting opportunities for students with intensive needs to practice and receive feedback and sharing what was working and when changes are needed. During Fall 2020, educators are providing virtual, in-person, and hybrid intervention with an ongoing need to engage with and support parents...
Description: State and district personnel, faculty, and school personnel often find it difficult to locate reliable, effective resources that translate the latest research on evidence-based practices into practical information that educators can use to improve learning and behavior outcomes for all children. The IRIS alignment tools are a user-friendly way to learn more about which of the IRIS resources align with high-leverage practices (HLPs), state-identified measurable results (SiMRs) topics, and the...
Description: Quality instruction is not one-size-fits-all. Instead, quality instruction allows students to personalize the time, place, pace, and path of their learning. Allowing their students to personalize their learning is important in any environment but it is especially important during uncertain times. In this presentation, we will share practical strategies and examples for personalizing students' learning online during the pandemic and beyond. The School of Education within Mason's College of...
Description: By Anita L. Archer and Charles A. Hughes Explicit instruction is systematic, direct, engaging, and success oriented—and has been shown to promote achievement for all students. This highly practical and accessible resource gives special and general education teachers the tools to implement explicit instruction in any grade level or content area. The authors are leading experts who provide clear guidelines for identifying key concepts, strategies, skills, and routines to teach; designing and...
Description: As a teacher, you recognize the need to develop self-determination skills in your students. You also realize there are certain skills and content you must teach. How can you do both at one time? As your students dip into their reading, you can pose questions, give writing prompts, and design assignments that will develop both skill in literacy and skill in self-determination.
Description: Your involvement in your child’s education can lead to better learning results and outcomes. This “Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide” will inform you, as a parent or caregiver, as you monitor your child’s progress as your child accesses and uses technology for learning. This guide aims to help all parents and caregivers, including those who have limited experience with digital tools, those who are expert with these tools, and anywhere in between. Each section...
Description: The Reading League is a national not for profit that promotes knowledge to reimagine the future of literacy education and accelerate the global movement toward reading instruction rooted in science. How do our brains learn to read? What are the underlying causes when students have difficulty? How do we prevent those difficulties? How do we remediate those difficulties? The scientific evidence base has converged to answer all of these questions. By leveraging the existing research in ways that...
Description: Understanding Autism: Professional Development Curriculum The Understanding Autism: Professional Development Curriculum is a comprehensive professional development training tool that prepares secondary school teachers to serve the autism population. This page includes two presentations: Understanding Autism: Professional Development Curriculum Characteristics and Practices for Challenging Behavior Strategies for Classroom Success and Effective Use of Teacher Supports Understanding Autism: A...
Description: This Policy Brief provides an overview of state strategies to promote literacy in kindergarten through third grade. It also includes current state examples that incorporate research-based approaches and policy takeaways for consideration.
Description: This portal is offered as a free resource through the 2020–2021 school year. There are two areas of the site, one for Students and one for Instructors. Materials are organized by our Phonics Scope and Sequence.
Description: Some students with disabilities have difficulty reading print and other learning materials and need specialized formats called “accessible instructional materials” (AIM). IDEA requires schools provide AIM to K-12 students who need them. What is AIM? Does my child need AIM? How is it accessed? Dr. Nicci Dowd with AIM-VA helps us connect the dots. Presented by: Dr. Nicci Dowd, AIM-VA
Description: A core component of a high-quality early education experience is that children are provided opportunities, experiences and materials that allow them to engage deeply within developmental/early learning domains to build their school readiness skills. Virginia's Foundation Blocks for Early Learning articulates the skills and knowledge young children need to demonstrate by the end of preschool in order to be successful in kindergarten. Using effective curricula helps ensure that children are...
Description: This document provides detailed directions on how to make accessible eduational materials using Microsoft Word.
Description: The Kimochis Back-To-School tutorial will allow your students to be ready to learn, no matter where or how they are doing school. Move forward with confidence using Kimochis in person or remotely to address feelings and behaviors. Give kids practice with the basic Kimochis messages and tools to make school better for everyone. The Kimochis message is “All Feelings Are Okay. All Behaviors Are Not." The tutorial covers a simple plan to deal with emotions that can interrupt learning: Name It...
Description: On VPM, there are many ways to keep learning from home. Explore the channels, shows and activities designed by educators for students of all ages.  You can access: Channels (VPM Plus, VPM World, & PBS Kids 24/7), Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School, PBS Kids, VA TV Classroom, PBS LearningMedia, Articles
Description: Ready Now Math Network are a group of independent, small developers creating innovative math software, games and digital learning tools. All of our tools have received some level of federal funding, and are based on research, with documented effectiveness. Most importantly, our products are Ready Now to be deployed at scale to improve math learning for all ages Tools you can use now Math games, websites and comprehensive learning software you can immediately integrate into instruction. Each of...
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: This page of resources is part of CPIR’s Coronavirus Suite of information. This page focuses on resources to help parents and families with schooling at home during school closures and social distancing practice.
Description: Remote Learning Guidance:Students with disabilities often have complex needs regarding accessing the curriculum. The individual needs of students are varied and present challenges for families currently working to provide instruction in virtual and remote learning environments. Families need to feel comfortable requesting more frequent communication and increased support from educators who are assisting with instruction in the home. The purpose of this document is to help families identify ways...
Description: CPIR started this resource page on coronavirus in mid-March 2020. We had hoped to keep it short, but so much information has since emerged that we’ve now split the page into a suite of stand-alone pages that are organized by topic. The separate topic-specific pages are listed and linked below, so you can more easily find resources relevant to your question or concern of the moment. We’ll be continually updating what’s here, and posting selective new info via our Facebook and...
Description: Mitigate the traumatic impact of the global pandemic through the explicit teaching of social-emotional skills. CLS is offering free daily SEL lessons for students K-12 that focus on mindset, self-awareness, and emotional regulation. Stop by our website for a new experience Monday through Friday throughout this crisis.
Description: Special Education COVID-19 Information COVID-19 Parent Guide Social-Emotional Wellness Quick Guides Guidance fromt he Department of Special Education & Student Services Virtual IEP Meeting Tip Sheets Special Education Instructional Resources
Description: This video is a recording of the #EdEquityVA webinar on September 15, 2020.
Description: Culturally Responsive Teaching: A Reflection Guide offers a set of reflection questions that make self­ appraisal, goal setting, and critical conversations across the eight competencies more concrete. We also share research evidence that describes the benefits of culturally responsive teaching. Now is the time to revamp efforts to foster a culturally responsive teacher workforce. We hope this resource enables teachers and those who support them to promote rigorous and relevant learning...
Description: Emily Hanford is the author of Why Millions of Kids Can’t Read and What Better Teaching Can Do About It, a report that focuses on our national reading crisis and how a school in Eastern Pennsylvania impacted student achievement in early literacy by embracing code-emphasis instruction. Emily is also the producer of the audio documentary Hard Words, from which this story is adapted. Her latest work, What the Words Say is a continued discussion on the reading crisis and how, in particular,...
Description: General education and special education teachers collaborate with related service providers and paraprofessionals to deliver specialized instruction and services to students with disabilities. A variety of multi-sensory intervention strategies and assistive technology tools are utilized for students to gain access to instruction within both in-person and virtual learning environments. Students may benefit from participating in activities that incorporate their academic, communication, fine/gross...
Description: It’s fascinating to watch young children learn about their world and develop new skills. And, it’s natural to find variation in the pace of development of different skills. The information and resources in this section will help parents and educators understand and support preschool-aged children's development. Early Literacy Early Math Early Childhood Resource Locator
Description: Learning to read and write doesn’t start in kindergarten or first grade. Developing language and literacy skills begins at birth through everyday loving interactions, such as sharing books, telling stories, singing songs and talking to one another. Learn how adults—parents, grandparents, and teachers—play a very important role in preparing young children for future school success and helping them become self-confident and motivated learners.
Description: The National Early Literacy Panel looked at studies of early literacy and found that there are many things that parents and preschools can do to improve the literacy development of their young children and that different approaches influence the development of a different pattern of essential skills. Identification of the domain of early literacy skills Six early skills predictive of later literacy achievement Five early skills moderately predictive of later literacy achievement Instructional...
Description: NCFL works to eradicate poverty through education solutions for families. Over our 30-year history, we have changed the lives of millions of families by providing literacy strategies, programming, and resources. Engaging multiple generations in learning together is a fundamental and distinguishing aspect of our work, because we know this holistic approach creates a stronger impact and greater success for families.    Industry Insights Free Resources Families/Family Literacy Early...
Description: The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.  Developmentally Appropriate Approaches to Literacy: Books Articles Blog Classrooom Favorites: Articles To Share with Families Articles Most Recent Issues Articles Books Blog
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 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: 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 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...