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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: 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 some potential SOL practice resources.
Description: These are a variety of comercially available online tools that can help with student engagement, assessment, and instructional materials.
Description: Young Athletes is a unique sport and play program for children ages two to seven with and without intellectual disabilities. Our focus is on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth. Children enjoy activities that develop motor skills like balance, flexibility, strength, and coordination. In fact, in a recent study, children with developmental delays who participated in a structured eight-week Young Athletes program showed...
Description: The Arc of Virginia has created a flyer, "New Way to Pre-Register for the Free COVID 19 Vaccine in Virginia."
Description: The VDOE is seeking applications from school divisions for an eleventh cohort of teams to receive intensive professional development in TBI the summer of 2021, and ongoing support from state specialists. Eight selected teams will receive support that will focus on improving the division’s/region’s ability to provide high quality, research-based programming and support services for students with TBI. Completed applications are due to VDOE by April 16, 2021. Attached is the...
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 video defines and provides background on high-leverage practice (HLP) 18 and highlights three essential components of this HLP, demonstrating these components through video clips from real classrooms. The three key components highlighted in this video are the importance of building positive teacher–student relationships, using a variety of strategies for ensuring student engagement during lessons, and actively monitoring for engagement while providing ongoing feedback.
Description: Higher levels of student engagement are often associated with improvements in academic achievement and higher levels of student satisfaction with school. However, maintaining a high level of engagement can be challenging for teachers. An effective special educator is responsible for designing and delivering engaging instruction for students’ progress toward academic and behavioral objectives.  This resource is intended to support school leaders looking to embed the HLPs in...
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: Developing self-regulation is a real challenge for young children because it involves doing what does not come naturally to them. Yet, it is the foundation for their capacities to focus attention, manage emotions, direct their thinking skills, and get along with others. Learn about the development of self-regulation in young children. Discover how teachers can promote young children's self-management skills. Note: The evaluation, certificate, and engagement tools mentioned in the video were for...
Description: Teacher ready instructional activities for phoneme substitutions. 
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: The alphabetic principle has two parts: Alphabetic understanding is knowing that words are made up of letters that represent the sounds of speech. Phonological recoding is knowing how to translate the letters in printed words into the sounds they make to read and pronounce the words accurately. The alphabetic principle is critical in reading and understanding the meaning of text. In typical reading development, children learn to use the alphabetic principle fluently and automatically. This...
Description: As a result of peer review feedback from the United States Department of Education, Virginia was required to replace or redesign the current portfolio-based Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) and implement a new alternate assessment for eligible students with significant cognitive disabilities in the 2021-2022 school year. The new VAAP will be an online assessment in reading, mathematics, and science for eligible students with significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3 through 8...
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: Advanced Phonemic Awareness Webinar by Kendore Learning/Syllables Learning Center Learn effective and interactive advanced phonemic awareness activities that you can conduct with your students online! Leading reading researcher Dr. David Kilpatrick has noted that advanced phonemic awareness instruction provides the biggest impact on the quality of a structured literacy curriculum. However, many programs do not address this need, leaving educators uncertain how to begin. The presenter show you...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is committed to providing school divisions with additional updates as they become available. Earlier today Governor Northam called on Virginia school divisions to provide in-person learning options for students by March 15, 2021, consistent with the Commonwealth’s PreK-12 Interim Reopening Guidance issued on January 14, 2021.  Therefore, the VDOE is requesting that all divisions provide an updated instructional plan with...
Description: With schools around the country utilizing many different forms of instruction, incorporating SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)  can feel complicated as classroom environments change. However, SEL  can be the foundation for academic success no matter how teachers and students come together. Topics covered during this webinar included: The five core competencies of SEL How the current educational atmosphere contributes to student mental health Why teachers need to seek connection and...
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: Weekly webinars to address how SEL can be most helpful in response to today’s circumstances. This series is made possible with support from The Allstate Foundation.
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: Parent Resource Centers (PRCs) exist in nearly forty school divisions in the Commonwealth of Virginia. PRCs work to foster collaborative connections between families of students with disabilities and their schools. PRCs assist families by providing resources, training, and support. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) supports PRCs through the provision of funding for personnel and activities/products that support families of students with disabilities in Virginia. The VDOE also provides...
Description: While one in five children has a mental health or learning disorder, less than a third of teachers say they feel equipped to meet their students’ mental health needs. Those numbers need to change, and the Child Mind Institute can help. Our Student Success Webinar Program provides evidence-based, actionable strategies to help educators to better identify and respond to children who struggle. Offered on-demand, our webinars can be viewed at any time.
Description: Devon learned to deal with tough emotions when his teacher taught him a few simple self-management techniques.
Description: According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional, Learning (CASEL), social-emotional learning (SEL) is “the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” Self-awareness and self-management are two of the five components that make up CASEL’s model of SEL. Self-Awareness is simply the...
Description: The Technical Assistance Center for Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing is funded by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to provide training and technical assistance in the area of deafness and hearing impairment. Assistance is available to local public school systems as well as state-operated programs including early intervention through the Virginia Network of Consultants for Professionals Working with Children Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VNOC) in areas such...
Description: Odyssey magazine is an award-winning publication published annually by the Clerc Center. Each issue is theme-based, focusing on topics of importance as they relate to research, philosophy, and application of practice of instruction in the deaf education classroom.
Description: This set of behavioral strategies was developed for classroom teachers to use with students who may require academic and/or behavioral support. The strategies are intended to assist teachers working with students with primary academic deficits and challenging behaviors. For students with more intensive behaviors, potential intensification strategies also are included. Each strategy includes a description of the (a) purpose and overview; (b) behavior(s) addressed; (c) implementation procedures...
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: This evidence-based practice brief on self-management includes the following components: Overview, which gives a quick summary of salient features of the practice, including what it is, who it can be used with, what skills it has been used with, settings for instruction, and additional literature documenting its use in practice Steps for Implementation, detailing how to implement the practice in a practitioner-friendly, step-by-step process Implementation Checklist, to be used to monitor...
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: The professional development opportunities provided are provided for use by SLPs to increase knowledge and skills. These offerings were developed by the Virginia Department of Education and may be used to satisfy continuing education requirements for Virginia SLPs and meet ASHA certification maintenance hour (CMH) requirements for those seeking to renew their ASHA CCC-SLP. Individuals are responsible for maintaining all documentation of professional development activities. Individuals may...
Description: The Virginia Mathematics Pathways Initiative (VMPI) is a joint initiative among the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).  The Initiative supports the Profile of a Virginia Graduate by redefining mathematics pathways for students in the Commonwealth to address the knowledge, skills, experiences, and attributes that students must attain to be successful in college and/or the...
Description: An Ombudsman is a person who serves as a designated neutral party who advocates for a fair process and provides confidential, informal assistance and support to parents, guardians, advocates, educators, and students with disabilities. The Parent Ombudsman for Special Education serves as a resource to parents in non-legal special education matters.
Description: “How to Learn Math for Teachers” and “Mathematical Mindsets” are courses about the teaching of mathematics K-12. If you are new to the ideas shared on youcubed and in the book Mathematical Mindsets, “How to Learn Math for Teachers” is for you.  If you are knowledgeable about the latest research and you already use number talks regularly, “Mathematical Mindsets” is the next course along. “Mathematical Mindsets” also shares the...
Description: When is Virginia Kindness Week? Schools can promote and foster kindness all school year. However, Virginia has recognized VA Kindness Week as February 14th - 20th, 2021. What is Virginia Kindness Week? The purpose of Kindness Week is to recognize that simple day-to-day acts of kindness enable our schools, communities, and state to be a kinder, safer, healthier and more inclusive place to live, work, learn and play. Why Kindness? Research has proven that kindness helps us to form...
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...