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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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)...
Description: A key recommendation from our research findings is to give all students greater access to grade-level assignments. While this is critical to improving academic outcomes for all students, it’s much easier said than done. Assigning rigorous content poses a significant instructional challenge for teachers who are faced with the reality of students who are behind grade level and need varying types and levels of support to be successful academically. We observed teachers addressing this reality...
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 video will explain what the Arkansas Rapid Automized Naming (RAN) Screener is, outline the materials needed for the screener, provide a walkthrough of the screener, and directions for analyzing the results from the screener.
Description: Dr. Elizabeth Norton defines and explains the Rapid Automatized Naming (RAN) assessment and its relationship to reading success. Rapid automatized naming (RAN) tasks require children to name an array of familiar items as quickly as possible, thus revealing the automaticity of many of the same cognitive and linguistic skills central to reading. RAN ability robustly correlates with reading ability, across different grade levels, reading measures, and languages. Despite all that is known about RAN,...
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Reading models Since the purpose of reading is to understand what we read, it is necessary to teach reading comprehension skills. However, it is important to recognize that decoding is a precursor skill to understanding. Decoding/word recognition is the ability to accurately and quickly read the words on a page and it plays a critical role in reading comprehension. When a child struggles with decoding, fluency is decreased, accuracy is compromised, errors occur, and the energy needed for...
Description: Accessible educational materials, or AEM, are materials and technologies usable for learning across the widest range of individual variability, regardless of format or features. Whether a material or technology is designed from the start to be accessible for all learners or is made accessible for learners with disabilities, it is considered AEM. AEM Center Activities Accessibility Practices for Teachers Access to Materials for Qualifying Students U.S. Department of Education Guidance Your...