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Description: A year into the COVID-19 pandemic the VDOE brought together a variety of stakeholders – the Virginia LEARNS (Leading, Engaging, Assessing, Recovering, Nurturing & Succeeding) workgroup – to use information collected and compiled from many sources to create a guidance document for school divisions. The workgroup focused on equity, wellbeing, and instructional issues including curriculum, assessment and remediation, recovery and interventions. As schools reopen and develop plans...
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 webpage includes the recorded webinars that are posted within 24 to 48 hours after the session concludes. Presenters ofth provide additional resources that may include handouts, and links. The resources are listed in reverse order, with the most recent session listed first.   (Please note: You must register to view the recording.)
Description: Sound walls support students with learning those tricky high-frequency words. They also support students in retaining and learning to read unfamiliar words on their own. A sound wall does the work of matching our articulation of speech sounds/phonemes to the letters/graphemes that represent those sounds. Learn more about why you should make the switch from word walls to sound walls.
Description: Structured Literacy prepares students to decode words in an explicit and systematic manner. This approach not only helps students with dyslexia, but there is substantial evidence that it is effective for all readers. Get the basics on the six elements of Structured Literacy and how each element is taught.
Description: This includes: Understanding the How and Why of Sound Walls How to Use Sound Walls to Transform Reading Instruction Implementing a Sound Wall: Because We Need to Distinguish Between Sounds and Letters
Description: This resource is designed for all teachers who work with English Learners with Disabilities (ELWD). Make Instruction and Assessment Multimodal and Comprehensive Support Language Development Provide Direct instruction and Make Expectations Clear Vary Teaching Strategies and Approaches Consider and Connect to Students' Backgrounds Reduce Cognitive Load and Alow Processing Time Promote and Reinforce Expected Classroom Behavior
Description: The intended audience for this document is teachers of English Learners (EL) who do not have a formal background with special education. The purpose of this document is to provide a foundation for professional conversations about appropriate supports according to a specific category of need that is influenced by a specific disability or combination of disabilities. Consider the Disability and Implications on Learning Differentiation and Support Ideas by Type of Instructional Concern
Description: The intended audience for this document is school teams that support an English Learner (EL) having difficulty engaging in learning activities, and suspect the EL may have a disability. The purpose of this document is to assist teams in understanding languange learning and cultural influences and the multiple factors potentially affecting EL progress. Gather a School Team for the Pre-Referral Process Build the Professional Knowledge of the School Team and Discuss Consider Factors that Influence...
Description: AFIRM Modules are designed to help you learn the step-by-step process of planning for, using, and monitoring an EBP with learners with ASD from birth to 22 years of age. Supplemental materials and handouts are available for download. Each AFIRM module provides: Key components of an EBP including the various approaches that can be used with learners with ASD Behaviors and skills that can be addressed using the practice A step-by-step process for applying the practice Specific resources that you...
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: This course provides an overview of the characteristics of ASD as well as classroom strategies to support inclusion. This course can be completed at your own pace and will include a certificate for 3 hours upon completion.
Description: This recorded webinar: Schema Based Instruction for Problem Solving provides an overview of schema based instruction and how it can be used effectively for teaching problem solving to students with disabilities in mathematics.
Description: WWC products allow educators to better understand what works in different contexts. WWC intervention reports show which tools increase mathematics achievement by grade, while WWC practice guides show effective practices for topics such as fractions.
Description: The EBI Network math team (Dr. Erica Lembke at the University of Missouri, Dr. Sarah Powell at the University of Texas, Dr. Pamela Seethaler at Vanderbilt University and Elizabeth Hughes at Duquesne University) has developed a framework to present math interventions that incorporates both a focus on content area (e.g. Counting & Cardinality or Operations & Algebraic Thinking) and the type of problem the child is having (acquisition, proficiency or generalization).
Description: The following MSTAR Equivalent Fraction Intervention lessons target struggling Tier 2 students. The intervention lessons provide a concrete structure to help students learn the foundational skills necessary for success in increasingly complex mathematics curricula.  The intervention lessons do not have a recommended time limit, as students may move at varying paces, depending on prior experience with the content. We estimate that each intervention lesson will take at least 30 minutes and...
Description: The Supporting All Students Resource Guides were designed through collaboration between the New York State Education Department and partners in the field.  The purpose of these guides is to provide teachers with examples of scaffolds and strategies to supplement their instruction of English language arts (ELA) and mathematics curricula.  The guides use the EngageNY ELA and mathematics modules as exemplars since they are free and open source curricula available for all New York State...
Description: Dr. Powell’s website provides resources and information about evidence- based practices, including links to virtual manipulatives.
Description: Through this Course Enhancement Module (CEM), participants will learn about assessment tools and intervention practices that should be integrated into a comprehensive, evidence-based math intervention program within the Response to Intervention (RTI) framework. The assessment tools and intervention practices are research-based and involve multiple levels of support (including schoolwide, classwide, small-group and individual levels of support) using data-based decision making. As participants...
Description: These are some interactive apps/websites that could be used to support literacy skills practice.
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: According to the National Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Center, important regulatory changes are have been made that should ease access to accessible formats of materials for students with reading disabilities, including dyslexia.  On February 12, 2021, the National Library Service (NLS) published the regulations that go along with the Library of Congress Technical Corrections Act of 2019. In addition to expanding the list of persons who may certify a student’s...
Description: These are a variety of comercially available online tools that can help with student engagement, assessment, and instructional materials.
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: 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: 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: 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 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,...