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Description: This document offers guidance, suggestions, and resources for sustaining inclusionary practices for students with disabilities through continuous learning opportunities using a virtual platform. It is our intention that this guidance document will help you as you refine and continuously improve existing instructional practices and develop new plans over time, as we navigate through this truly unprecedented time in educating our students with disabilities.
Description: In an effort to support Virginia educators, VDOE created the Continuity for Learning (C4L) Task Force consisting of teachers, leaders, and collaborating educational partners across Virginia. The C4L Task Force has prepared Virginia Learns Anywhere (PDF) which reinforces much-needed structure while also empowering individual teachers to support students in learning remotely. The C4L Task Force encourages divisions to develop and implement continuous learning plans in partnership with local...
Description: Pre-Recorded Trainings include: PaTTAN Webinars on Teaching Reading Using Alternate Eligible Content (AEC) PaTTAN Webinars on Teaching Math Using Alternate Eligible Content (AEC) PaTTAN Webinars on Teaching Science Using Alternate Eligible Content (AEC) PaTTAN Webinars on Teaching Writing Using Alternate Eligible Content (AEC) Resources include: National Center on Intensive Intervention - A Guide for Teachers to Support Students and Families NEW - PaTTAN Family Resources Website for Complex...
Description: UFLI developed this site to assist teachers as they explore new ways to teach foundational reading skills using technology.  This site has tools for reading instruction and intervention with children in the elementary grades. The materials here are designed to be used with videoconferencing platforms for distance education and with interactive whiteboards in the classroom.  The activities can also be used if you are creating video lessons for asynchronous lessons. To use the materials,...
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...
Description: The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) funds a network of 10 Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs). Each REL serves a designated region of the country and works with educators and policymakers to support a more evidence-based education system. In response to COVID-19, the RELs have collaborated to produce this series of evidence-based resources and guidance about teaching and learning in a remote environment, as well as other considerations brought by...
Description: The tables describe research-supported practices for parents and families to support virtual instruction and skill development for children and students with disabilities. These tables present the name of each practice or category of practices; a brief description of the practice(s); examples of specific actions associated with the practice for general education as well as, where relevant, students with disabilities, including subgroups; and additional information about the practice. The first...
Description: This database contains resources that are provided for the user's convenience. The inclusion of these materials is not intended to reflect its importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered. These materials may contain the views and recommendations of various subject matter experts as well as hypertext links, contact addresses and websites to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. The opinions expressed in any...
Description: Rewordify.com is powerful, free, online software that improves reading, learning, and teaching. This site can: Intelligently simplify difficult English, for faster comprehension, Effectively teach words, for building a better vocabulary, Help teachers save time and produce engaging lessons, Help improve learning outcomes. Rewordify.com helps with reading comprehension and vocabulary development by simplifying English to a lower reading level. It lets you reword a sentence or reword a paragraph....
Description: The 2020-2021 school year is starting amid a great deal of uncertainty. As instruction begins in-person, online, and with hybrid formats, teachers, families and caregivers, students and instructional teams may need to reconsider the accommodations and supports that students receive. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) along with the Assistive Technology Network has adapted this resource from the Indiana Department of Education that lists common daily accommodations for students in brick...
Description: The mission of Read Write Think is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials. It is a partnership between Internatinal Literacy Association (ILA), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the Verizon Foundation. This site includes: Classrooom Resources Professional Development Videos Parent & Afterschool Activities
Description: Harness the power of High Leverage Practices (HLPs) to boost your inclusive practices! The Ready, Set, Go Team in coordination with TTAC @ GMU is pleased to offer four, 1-hour virtual community of practices for general education teachers and special education teachers who serve students pre-K-12 with disabilities. The community of practices will be aligned with TTAC’s Ready, Set, Go newsletter articles published at the beginning of the same month. Read the Ready, Set, Go and then join...
Description: This section includes: TSBVI Independent Living Activities Curriculum Book (.zip download file) TSBVI Basic Skills Activity Routines Curriculum Book (.zip download file) Experiential Activities for Home (DOCX) Additionally, here are some other resources we think are great: Paths to Literacy: Virtual ECC Academy - Perkins, TSBVI, APH, and CalState University are teaming up to provide 3 weeks of free online lessons covering the different areas of the ECC, each day for one hour. We're in the middle...
Description: These materials are being provided as a resource for teachers considering remote learning options. The resources contained in this site do not reflect an endorsement from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Please refer to local remote learning guidance, policies, and practices for further clarification. For optimal viewing of this site please use the Google Chrome browser. 
Description: This series includes video examples and tip sheets to help educators and families in using the NCII reading and mathematics sample lessons to support students with intensive needs. These lessons provide short instructional routines to encourage multiple practice opportunities using explicit instruction principles. The videos and tip sheets describe how educators can use the sample lessons to support instruction in a virtual setting, how educators can share these lessons with...
Description: It is recognized that everyone is doing their best to manage work, self-care, children’s online education, and more during the COVID-19 pandemic. Families and professionals supporting children with disabilities face additional challenges. You are not in this alone. The PA Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), in collaboration with the Bureau of Special Education, has created this website for families and general educators supporting complex learners at home. For the purpose...
Description: CEC is here to support special education professionals and your ongoing efforts to apply good teaching practices remotely due to precautions surrounding the COVID-19 virus. This page is a collection of suggested resources you can use as you determine the best means to provide services to your students and their families. They have been curated for you and will be regularly updated.*
Description: During the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, it's important to have fun activities to keep children engaged.  Some children may be able to be self-directed with homework and reading, while others will need more active engagement with adults.  Parents often have competing demands, with other children, working from home, or just getting through the day.  We hope that some of these ideas may be helpful during this time!  Establishing a Routine Helping Around the House Cooking Ideas...
Description: This is a place for parents and teachers across the United States to work together, to collaboratively build out a database of educational resources, materials, and activities so that no parent or teacher is on their own. Resources can be searched by: Type Grade level Subject Review This site was created by two current and former teachers: Rose Sebastian, a post-doctoral fellow in education at the University of Virginia and Kendal Friesen, a special education teacher for San Diego Unified.
Description: Teaching Reading Online is a six-part webinar series for teachers, tutors, & parents. The registrations for the live webinars are closed but the recordings are being posted at the link below. The webinars include: Introduction to Teaching Reading Online (recorded Aug. 4th) Tour of the Virtual Teaching Resource Hub (recorded Aug. 6th) Tech Tools for Online Instruction  Management Tips for Virtual Teaching Spotlight on Primary Grades K-12 Spotlight on Intermediate Grades 3-5
Description: Project Core is a stepping-up technology implementation grant directed by the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies, Department of Allied Health Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill. The primary goals of Project Core are two-fold: Empower teachers and classroom professionals to deliver access to a Universal Core vocabulary and communication instruction during the naturally occurring academic and daily routines of the school day. Improve the academic achievement of students with significant...
Description: The Mission is to increase access to, and use of, evidence-based approaches to screen, identify, and teach students with literacy-related disabilities, including dyslexia. This website includes resources for Parents & Families, Schools & Districts and State Agencies.
Description: Instructional Resources Supporting Students with Disabilities (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE) Resources to Support Academics and Inclusive Practices Resources to Support Accessibility/Assistive Technology Resources to Support Social Emotional Learning Resources to Support Students with Significant Needs Supports for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education) Lesson ideas by grade band from kindergarten through high school...
Description: We’ve heard that teachers will need to develop virtual learning activities!  Our specialists have developed a list of resources that we hope can help you. Looking for leveled reading? Try these free resources for teachers: Epic! Newsela Are you using Tar Heel Reader? Need a tip for how to share selected books with your students? Create a favorites list of the books you want your students to read.  Open the favorites page. Copy the link and share with students and families....
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: Supporting World Language Learning for Students with Disabilities is an overview and practical manual for including students with disabilities, difficulties, or other specialized learning needs in the foreign language classroom. Supporting World Language Learning for Students with Disabilities: Teacher Toolkit is a  supplement to Supporting World Language Learning for Students with Disabilities with additional strategies and sample lessons for teachers.
Description: This on-demand eLearning series Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties was developed by David Kilpatrick, Ph.D., in collaboration with the Specific Learning Disability Specialist in the Exceptional Student Services Unit of the Colorado Department of Education.The 13 modules provide a practical and accessible guide to the most relevant research, information, and strategies available for understanding, assessing, and intervening with students who present with reading...
Description: CEHD wants to help, and that’s why we’re excited to announce our educational initiative, CEHD Cares. We are fortunate to have experts and award-winning faculty across the spectrum in education who want to lend a virtual hand during this time. Over the next few weeks, our faculty will provide tips and resources on a variety of educational topics, including literacy, science and math education, early childhood education, English as a second language, and special education. Topics...
Description: This repository of resources has been compiled to support Virginia school divisions as they endeavor to meet the continuing learning needs of their students with disabilities during the COVID-19 school closures. Compilation Resources Resources to Support Academics and Inclusive Practices Resources to Support Accessibility/Assistive Technology Resources to Support Social Emotional Learning Resources to Support Students with Significant Needs
Description: Supports for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities is a resource that originated in Arkansas. Intended as a means of collaboration between teachers and families, the document offers examples and related resources for a number of lessons that can completed at home during normal daily routines. We asked a number of Virginia special educators to preview the document and then invited them to a virtual discussion where they shared their initial thoughts, offered some great ideas, and...
Description: Bring the World to Your Classroom (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science and more) WHRO and PBS have curate FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for teachers. You can Browse by Subject or by Grade. PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closings (Available in Spanish) As teachers, students, and families deal with school closures, PBS LearningMedia producers and educators have come together to curate a special collection of resources organized by...
Description: This library of online learning resources is intended for educators and can be filtered by type, grade, and subject. All of the included resources are free and meet student privacy criteria.
Description: This website has been designed to describe technology activities that facilitate social emotional learning. The links in the menu lead to descriptions of the individual activities. They can be used within formal and informal educational settings.  Even though the focus of the activities are on building and enhancing social emotional learning, many can be connected with content standards related to language arts, visual arts, oral communication, media literacy, and ISTE's National Education...
Description: These social-emotional books will encourage empathy, kindness, and help kids think about grief and anger.
Description: Wide Open School Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. There is so much good happening, and we are here to gather great stuff and organize it so teachers and families can easily find it and plan each day.  Resources are organized by "I'm an educator" or "We're in a family" and "Grades PreK-5" or "Grades 6-12". The topics include: Daily Schedule Emotional Well-Being Field Trip Getting Started Learning At...
Description: The George Lucas Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.
Description: William & Mary School of Education Has the current school closure created new challenges at home for you and your learners? Join experts from the William & Mary School of Education for an informative and interactive conversation designed to help you support your students at home. A panel of six faculty members will present tips and resources: MATH: Gladys Krause, Assistant Professor of Math Education READING: Kristin Conradi Smith, Associate Professor of Literacy Education CREATIVITY...
Description: Theresa Wills, an assistant professor in George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development, is reaching out to teachers to offer her expertise in virtual education. In the past few weeks, Wills, who teaches in the Mathematics Education Leadership program, has been conducting dozens of webinars focused on helping instructors move their education online. “Teachers want to know how to set up a classroom so that students can interact with the instructor and the...
Description: To address our unprecedented global and immediate need for access to reading and research materials, as of today, March 24, 2020, the Internet Archive will suspend waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in our lending library by creating a National Emergency Library to serve the nation’s displaced learners. This suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later.  During the waitlist suspension, users will be able to...
Description: Most school districts have closed during the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, leaving both parents and teachers looking for help. Teachers have been tasked with figuring out how to deliver lesson plans and classroom activities as part of distance learning. Parents are trying to keep students on track with their studies and educational growth. We are here with a growing list of online learning resources. And to make it better, many companies are choosing to make their products free for schools,...
Description: NCII is housed at the American Institutes for Research, and works in conjunction with many of our nation's most distinguished data-based individualization (DBI) experts. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and is part of OSEP's Technical Assistance and Dissemination Network (TA&D). The Mission of the NCII is to build capacity of state and local education agencies, universities, practitioners, and other stakeholders to support...
Description: Stories help. They entertain. They teach. They keep young minds active, alert, and engaged. For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.
Description: This site provides: Books (available to be read), Reading Lists, Videos (must subscribe to access), Resources (must subscribe to access), Help Guide (must subscribe to access).
Description: Reading Websites: AdLit.org- All About Adolescent Literacy, Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL), National Center for Family Literacy, Reading Rockets, Scholastic Learn at Home: Free Resources for School Closures (Available in Spanish), University of Florida Literacy Institute (UFLI) Virtual Teaching Resource Hub, Wonderopolis: Where the Wonders of Learning Never Cease Recordings/Videos: VDOE Comprehensive Literacy Webinar Series (Webinar Recordings) Literacy for All: In converstion with...
Title: eMediaVA
Description: Teachers can access more than one hundred thousand free, innovative, SOL-aligned learning objects and content for your classroom. eMediaVA is Virginia's premier online destination for high-quality, credible content to inspire your students and enrich learning in your classroom. Join the state's online virtual community of educators to learn, share and collaborate on best practices.
Description: Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced today that every teacher in the commonwealth’s public schools will be able to host virtual classes on the Virginia Department of Education’s Virtual Virginia online learning system throughout the 2020-2021 school year. The expanded access to Virtual Virginia is available at no cost to school divisions through $3.5 million in support from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES...
Description: What Is It? Preparing and modifying primary source documents so that all students can read and analyze them in their history classrooms. Rationale Although they are useful for engaging students in the past, and teaching them to think historically, primary source documents often use antiquated or complex language. This can pose a challenge even for able readers, let alone those who read below grade level. Adapting a variety of historical documents for use in the classroom will allow students...
Description: Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey suggest strategies to help students engage with complex texts. Establishing a Purpose When students are encountering complex texts, they need to know what they are supposed to be learning. When students know what they are learning, they are more likely to learn it—and they are more likely to engage in the work required to learn. Modeling and Thinking Along In addition to ensuring that students know what they are supposed to be learning from complex texts,...
Description: Reading, and a love for reading, begins at home. Our one-page Reading Tip Sheets are available in thirteen languages and offer easy ways for parents to help kids become successful readers. Even though these tips are divided by age, many of them can be used with children at various ages and stages - parents are encouraged to choose the ones that work best for their child. These tips were created with the generous support of the American Federation of Teachers. These tips are for...