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Description: Recover, Redesign, Restart 2020 (PDF) is a guiding document for Virginia school divisions developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in preparation for schools reopening. It addresses all facets of school operations and includes key questions, embedded links to resources, and recommendations for school leaders within the reopening parameters set forth by our Governor.  Hundreds of hours have been devoted to its creation by caring and committed stakeholders...
Description: A tremendous amount of social and emotional development takes place during the early years of a child’s life. The emotional well-being of young children is an important consideration for educators and caregivers supporting early learners (pre-K - grade 3) during this critical time.
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has put together a resource listing that will help you and your child to prioritize your mental wellness.  In addition to keeping children physically safe during the pandemic, it is also important to care for their emotional health.  The threat of COVID-19, long-term social distancing, and prolonged disruption to the school routine may create significant stress and impact children's mental well-being.  
Description: Virginia Special Education Instructional Services provides a direct line of communication with Virginia’s educators, paraprofessionals, and special education administrators and focuses on specially designed instruction for students with disabilities. This publication provides a way to share new resources as well as make special educators aware of professional development opportunities and resources of interest to special educators.
Description: Good mental health is critical to every child's success in school and life. This is particularly true for students with disabilities, who, according to recent research, are more likely to experience social isolation from peer and suffer from depression in adulthood. Students with disabilities may need additional support to process the news and adapt to the many changes we are all facing. Professional working with students with disabilities (SWD) need to proactively support both academic and...
Description: This document includes Potential Issues, Key Considerations and Target - Students with Disabilities: ESSE, E, M, H. The potential topics listed are: Assessment, Instruction, Safety, Behavior and Social/Emotional, Medical, Fiscal, Compliance, Out of District or Private Day School Placement, and Family Engagement.
Description: The Virginia Department of Education and James Madison University’s College of Education are launching a program to provide support, coaching and professional development to first- and second-year teachers. The Virginia New Teacher Support Program will match first- and second-year teachers with an instructional coach who will provide coaching on professional knowledge, instructional planning, instructional delivery, student assessment and professionalism. Participating teachers also will...
Description: These training modules were created by the I-CAN! Accessibility Project. The I-CAN! Accessibility Project is a collaboration between the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work and the Partnership for People with Disabilities. Module 1: Understanding Disability Module 2: Person Centered Thinking and Disability Etiquette Module 3: Disabilities and Abuse Module 4: Brain Injury and Abuse Module 5: Safety Planning and Accommodations
Description: Recorded webinar from the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations:  Distance coaching has been an option to address challenges in finding time and opportunities to meet. These challenges are especially evident in family childcare and rural settings. Due to our country’s recent events, many coaches are finding ways to do their coaching from a distance. We discuss distance coaching as one way to address this issue. We also discuss the successes and challenges of distance coaching...
Description: Join us as we talk about how to build an actionable emergency preparedness plan with Andrew Roszak, Executive Director of the Institute for Childhood Preparedness. He shares his experience on the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic across the states and best practices on how to build out a plan that works in times of crisis. We also talk about steps to take if your center is also open as an essential service to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Description: (View up to 5 archived Wednesday Webinars, and earn 1 Contact Hour for Participation for each for free!) Many of you have attended VSDB Outreach Services’ “Wednesday Webinars” over the last four years, featuring locally and nationally acclaimed specialists in the field of deafness. Most of those webinars have been archived. If you missed benefitting from them the first time around, now is your chance to add to your knowledge and tool box! (Please feel free to share with VA...
Description: If you or a loved one are having a tough time affording groceries right now, know that you’re not alone! Help is available, and nonprofit VirginiaNavigator can guide you. Here are 3 things you can try. Find food assistance programs near you. On VirginiaNavigator.org, enter your ZIP code and search for “food.” Apply for SNAP benefits. The average monthly SNAP benefit for Virginia residents is $128 per person. Learn more about SNAP and find out if you qualify. If you have kids at...
Description: Basic Facts about COVID-19 in Other Languages or Formats (Arabic, Bangla, Chinese, Filipino, French, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Indonesian, Laotian, Persian, Portuguese, Shona, Sindhi, Spanish, Swahili, Telugu, Urdu, and Vietnamese) Talking to Children about COVID-19 | Other Language Resources (English, Spanish, Amharic, Chinese, and Korean) Schooling at Home | Other Language Resources (English, Spanish, Russian, and Haitian-Creole)
Description: Resources About Face Masks, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School) (Available in English & Spanish) The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities and Children’s Specialized Hospital have developed a series of resources to help children understand and feel comfortable wearing face masks. Wearing Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Advocate Medical Group: Adult Down Syndrome Center For Individuals with Down Syndrome For Families...
Description: Table of Contents: Economic Impact Payments, Information about Representative Payees, Stay Informed, Monthly Benefits and Other Financial Help, Protect Yourself from Scams, Getting Help from Social Security, Hearings, COVID-19 Resources
Description: The Brain Injury Association of Virginia is a nonprofit organization devoted to serving individuals with brain injury, their families and those whocare about them. One of the main components of our mission is to advance educationand support to people impacted by brain injury. 
Description: This guide has practical strategies that work for helping children of all ages who may be struggling with an at-home learning task. Families may find these strategies useful when helping their children complete various reading, math, and/or behavioral tasks at home. Tips for Using this Guide To use this guide, think about your child(ren) and which strategies may help them learn or practice a new task. Keep this guide close by as you help your child(ren) with their learning at home, and explore...
Description: An American whose classroom in Beijing is now online shares what she and her team have learned since the coronavirus hit, just as U.S. teachers make the same shift. Asynchronous Teaching It’s Not All About Screens Teacher Office Hours Tech Support Involve Families Teacher Support Apps We’ve Found Helpful
Description: During this webinar, Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak will draw upon attachment science and explore how it is critical that we take action to ensure all children feel safe, seen, soothed, and have secure attachments. We’ll also explore the idea of being a "stress detective” and how to navigate challenges that allow us to reimagine early care and educational practices that emphasize relationships and wholeness, especially for children with diverse abilities and their families. Following...
Description: In these unprecedented times, teachers are being asked to think outside of the box in terms of how to continue teaching students outside of the classroom. Quick Takes are a series of short videos, with each episode focused on a specific topic or question that has risen to the top during this time of transferring instruction into online formats. Quick Take: What You Need to Know About Student Privacy Quick Take: What You Need to Know About Accessibility Quick Take: Co-teaching with Remote...
Description: The essential practices in early intervention for children birth to five years can happen through actual conversation, even conversations that are held virtually. In this webinar, Robin McWilliam, Ph.D. and Cami Stevenson discuss how we can find out who’s in the family’s ecology, what the child and family needs are, develop participation-based child goals and family goals, construct a routines-by-goals matrix, and provide support-based visits—all done remotely.
Description: The purpose of this webpage is to provide important information and links to resources that support educators in providing equitable instruction and services to English Learners (ELs). Divisions across the Commonwealth of Virginia serve over 105,000 ELs, who speak over 240 languages, and come from a variety of learning and cultural backgrounds. These students bring a unique set of assets that have the potential to enrich the experiences of all learners and educators. The Virginia Department...
Description: This guide provides 5 key practices for teachers and families to support all students, including students with disabilities, at school and home. This is not an exhaustive list of “best practices.” Instead, we identified a small number of practices that have a big impact on student learning and social-emotional-behavioral growth. CENTER ON POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS AND SUPPORTS, NATIONAL CENTER ON INTENSIVE INTERVENTION, NATIONAL INTEGRATED MULTI-TIERED SYSTEMS OF SUPPORT...
Description: This Brief describes the use of formative assessment processes with students with disabilities during distance learning. Formative assessment is important for all kinds of learning, and especially focuses students on learning and evidence of learning. This Brief presents five strategies that can be used to support student understanding of their own learning. This has the potential to be a powerful antidote to the “check-box” approach some students may bring to online learning where...
Description: The resources are organized by the following topics: Early Childhood Education Resources Counseling Resources Online Learning Resources Math Education Resources Culturally and Diverse Learner Resources Health and Physical Education Resources
Description: This document was developed to assist school personnel on how to support military-connected students and their families during the pandemic.
Description: This brief provides guidance to parents, family members, and caregivers about using the power of play to build resilience and support healing. Some of the ideas outlined in the brief include:  Create opportunities for young children to communicate their fears and express their big feelings in constructive ways. Support children in releasing the extra energy charge that accumulates in their bodies after a stressful or traumatic experience. Teach infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children...
Description: Office of Student Services (OSS), has compiled Instructional Support Mental Health Resources During School Closures to assist division instructional support personnel with mental health and wellness service delivery during school closures. Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) include school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, and school nurses.
Description: VCU-ACE is delighted to announce the development of early childhood specific resources for families raising young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  These resources are designed to support families through the challenges and disruptions of COVID-19, as well as support families in understanding topics related to ASD and child development.   From Our House to Yours: A Message to Families In this VCU-ACE video resource, Alicia Hart, VCU-ACE Training Associate and parent...
Description: How to Keep Distracted Kids in “Study Mode” (Even if They Have ADHD): A Webinar for Families Whether your child struggles with executive functioning skills, has ADHD, or would simply rather be playing Fortnite than doing online schooling, this webinar is for you Setting the Stage for Distance Learning Success: A Webinar for Families: Friday, May 1, 2020, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. Transitioning to distance learning can be overwhelming.  Join us to learn important strategies to help...
Description: This includes Information on how to add or remove browser add-ons, extensions, and toolbars in Microsoft Edge.
Description: Each video chat features five early intervention practitioners and leaders from Virginia discussing tele-assessment, or how to conduct developmental assessments with children and families using video conferencing. The chat addresses how to prepare families and teams, what successful tele-assessments look like, and tips and advice for others who are embarking on tele-assessment. Each video chat lasts 35-40 minutes
Title: Assistiveware
Description: Everyone has something to say. Working closely with the AAC community, we build apps and share best practices to help you communicate with the world.
Description: Speech and Language Therapy Ideas and Materials
Description: In this webinar, Dr. Meghan Walls, a pediatric psychologist, provides an overview of the kinds of emotional reactions we can expect from children and youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also covered will be recommendations for how parents, teachers and other caregivers can provide emotional support and reassurance to help navigate this societal crisis.  Dr. Teri Brister, author of the NAMI Basics program, provides information about the NAMI Basics OnDemand program available online for...
Description: Due to COVID-19, program capacity has become limited due to the need for social distancing. In order to continue ongoing support and education, NAMI Virginia is excited to offer online programs that are available statewide. Online Support Groups NAMI Family Support Group For Parents of Children 17 and Under- NEW: This is a free, peer led support for parents of children living with mental health challenges. Our NAMI Family Support Groups offer a confidential space to share and gain sincere...
Description: This resource offers tips to support your child’s learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. “As a parent, what is my role, and what can I do to best support my child’s education?” Page 1: What Is My Role? Page 2: How Do I Get My Child Ready To Learn? Page 3: How Do I Find Out What My Child Should Be Learning? Page 4: How Can I Support My Child in Reading? Page 5: How Can I Support My Child in Math? Page 6: How Can I Support My Child Socially and Emotionally? Page 7:...
Description: This resource was developed in response to requests from state and local educational agencies and parents about how to hold and participate in virtual individualized education program (IEP) meetings. While intended to meet a need during the current COVID-19 pandemic, we hope the content will have broader application. Contents: A Collaborative Effort Across OSEP-Funded Projects Virtual IEP Meetings: Technology Tips for All Participants Hosting Virtual IEP Meetings: Tips for Success Common...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) cares about the well-being of both you and your child, especially as we face the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all in this together and our first priority is to keep our families and ourselves safe by seeking out meaningful supports. We should make every effort to stay positive and patient with one another and be compassionate in the understanding that everyone--administrators, teachers, students, and families--are going through this together. Please...
Description: VDOE has been fielding questions related to the impact of closings on the licensing of instructional personnel and candidates completing approved educator preparation programs at Virginia colleges and universities. A series of questions and answers to address inquiries and concerns received by the VDOE can be found on the VDOE website.
Description: VDOE has been fielding questions and concerns regarding the impact of extended closures. Some of the common and most critical issues for school divisions are the instructional and logistical barriers to meeting graduation requirements, awarding of credits, and continuity of learning. The goal of this document is to provide school divisions with information and solutions around graduation requirements, promotion, new instruction, and ease of process. The intent is not to over burden or restrict...
Description: In this webinar, Dr. Constantino discusses his concept of invisible engagement, engagement that you may not see but can see the results of. With the present conditions of learning at home, this concept can easily be adapted by teachers and worked into the process that is already in place in their school to provide structure and lessons while students are away from school. (Recorded April 7, 2020)
Description: In this webinar, Dr. Constantino shares the research tenants of family efficacy and how those can be applied to the use of any social media platform a particular school or teacher may be using. Particular attention will be paid to research and practice that focuses on the use of technology to promote family efficacy. Several examples will be shared to give participants an opportunity to see the research put into real practice. (Recorded April 14, 2020)
Description: There has never been a more important time in education. With an unprecedented upending of traditional schooling, teachers are placed in the position to direct learning from afar. In this webinar, strategies for family efficacy and feedback are shared to help teachers better monitor and understand how learning is progressing at home. The term family academic socialization will be explained and broken down into usable components by teachers. (Recorded April 21, 2020) (Dr. Steve Constantino)
Description: Dr. Steve Constantino and his guests from the Klein Independent School District, Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown, and Family Engagement Program Coordinator, Maria Ovalle-Lopez. Dr. Constantino facilitate a discussion with these practitioners about their experiences with what works in engaging families during the COVID-19 crisis. (Recorded April 28, 2020)
Description: The C4L Professional Development Guidance document is divided into six categories to assist school division and school level administrative staff in focusing efforts when creating professional development. The intent of including the information in the sections below is to ensure aspects of the daily operations of schools are not overlooked as division personnel tackle the multiple facets of pulling resources together for professional learning. The following sections are a high level overview...
Description: Find answers to the following questions: My child’s school uses an online learning platform for instruction between school and home. Can my child use her typical assistive technology when accessing this learning platform? My child is struggling with some of his school assignments.  Are there some assistive technologies or special strategies that might help him at home? My child’s teacher uses technology at school that we don’t have at home. What else can I use at home...
Description: 1. Talk with families about components of the IEP and where to find critical information (such as accommodations, including accessible instructional materials and assistive technology) that will support your student and family at home. Providing online instruction is a new skill for all of us.  Consider creating “office hours” to assist with scheduling times to answer questions from families. If possible, meet with families individually using the same online platform to help...
Description: Governor Ralph Northam sends a message of appreciation to educators saying, “I'm so proud of how Virginia teachers, principals, and superintendents are working around the clock to keep our children engaged and learning and ensure every student is served equitably amid this crisis. Thanks to each and every one of you for all you do."  (Teacher Direct April 22, 2020)
Description: This webinar helps teachers rethink their lesson plans for an online platform, including resources like teacher-created YouTube channels and explainer videos, tools for sharing resources with your peers, and ways of working with your district to ensure students have access. Slidedeck – Equitable Practices for Teaching Online Sign Up for Free Zoom Account https://zoom.us/signup Zoom Support Center https://support.zoom.us/ Sandbox Site https://zoom.us/test This...