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Description: The purpose of this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is to provide updated guidance for school divisions as they reopen schools for instruction during the 2020-2021 academic year. In this unprecedented situation, there are no “general rules,” other than the regulatory requirements, which can be applied to fit all of the individual situations and expectations. Special education has always been meant to address student-specific needs in the provision of a free appropriate...
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: This document was developed to provide support to school administrators and directors of special education as they plan for return to school, special educators and parents who will be participating in Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings, and for Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and families that may be navigating a dispute. This document highlights information related to compliance, documentation and progress monitoring, and IEP Team considerations that are necessary in order to...
Description: School Reopening Frequently Asked Questions Virginia’s guidance, which is aligned with the interim CDC guidance for schools, serves as a recommendation for Virginia schools to mitigate risks associated with COVID-19. Divisions should make decisions on implementing such guidance, and assuming additional risk, in consultation with local health departments and school board attorneys. Public health conditions and practical limitations may inform decisions to deviate from the guidance.
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: 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: 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: 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: Wearing a mask is important and will help us stop the spread of COVID-19. Most places are requiring people to wear a mask right now. As you start to go out more, you may worry about your child’s safety and ability to wear a mask. Your child may not want to wear a mask and have a hard time keeping it on. Wearing a mask can be really hard for children with anxiety, sensory differences, and autism. Your child may be extra sensitive to the way the mask feels on their face, head, and ears. Some...
Description: Training for Suicide Risk Assessment Teams or School-Based Mental Health Providers Brought to you by the Office of Student Services, VDOE Part 1: Prevention Part 2: Intervention Part 3: Postvention Suicide Prevention in the Virtual Setting  Presented by: Ben Fernandez, Loudoun County Public Schools Part 1: Prevention Part 2: Intervention
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: This forcuses on tools  for making math notation more accessible to learners through the use of text-to-speech, handwriting and speech recognition and other supports. EquatIO Mircorsoft OneNote Math Assistant MathType Desmos
Description: Benetech Mathshare empowers students to solve math problems and show their work so that teachers and students can see how they got there. Students can solve equations step-by-step and add notes to explain their thinking. Students with and without learning differences can use Mathshare with features like text-to-speech, speech-to-text, and word-level highlighting. Use on your schools LMS (learning management system) through assignment links, with native integrations and single sign on (SSO)...
Description: In Social, Emotional, and Academic Development Through an Equity Lens, we layout how to shift the focus away from “fixing kids” and toward addressing adult beliefs and mindsets as well as school and district policies to create an equitable learning environment. School and district leaders must consider the context in which students live. Societal realities (e.g., racism, sexism, homophobia), individual realities (e.g., socioeconomic status, family dynamics, experiences in schools,...
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: (K-8, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II) These resources are provided to support teachers in implementing the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning in their classrooms.  Teachers are encouraged to not only use these tasks with their students, but also to endeavor to implement them with fidelity by utilizing the detailed information provided in the task implementation templates.
Description: Building Engagement with Distance Learning provides a framework for supporting all students, including those with significant cognitive disabilities, to actively: Interact with others; Engage with classmates; Learn grade-level general education curriculum and other essential skills; Participate in routines and transitions Think about distance learning for students with disabilities as happening in phases. The First Phase focused on getting something going for students, even if it was not...
Description: Did you know? Concussions are the most common type of brain injury and if you are under the age of 35, you’re the most likely group to sustain a concussion. In an effort to spread awareness about concussion, change common misconceptions, and share prevention methods, we must first educate the public to know the signs. Everyone, everywhere is invited to join the campaign to: Educate people about concussion signs and recovery. Support people who have sustained a concussion. Change common...
Description: Personal connection and relationships are critical in being a culturally responsive educator and as a gateway to engagement in learning. This will prove more difficult with distance learning or other modifications you may be making this year. This template includes a structure and sample questions for one-on-one chats to begin to build those connections. The primary purpose of the chat is to hear about your student’s experience and perspective so that you can know them as an individual, be...
Description: Suicide Prevention Guidelines for Virginia Public Schools 2020 The best way to prevent suicide is to use a combination of efforts that work together to address different aspects of the problem. The key components are: Promoting emotional well-being and connectedness among all students. Social supports and connections are key protective factors against suicide; Identifying students who may be at risk for suicide and assist them in getting help; and Being prepared to respond when a suicide death...
Description: Just in Time Mathematics Quick Checks are formative assessments that align to the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL).These resources, developed by Virginia teachers and mathematics leaders, are designed to help teachers identify students with unfinished learning and assist in planning instruction to fill potential gaps “just in time.” As new content is introduced throughout the school year, teachers can use these Quick Checks to identify and diagnose unfinished learning at...
Description: This webinar was recorded live and edited into four parts with the goal of professional development material for administrators, all teachers as well as co-teaching teams, either individually or as a community of practice. This can be used in your division, your school, your department, or at any grade level. Attendees will learn about the High Leverage Practices (HLP’s) in Special Education, the importance of HLP #16, explicit instruction (EI), in all learning environments followed by...
Description: Explicit instruction is a critical high-leverage practice because many researchers and practitioners understand its essential role in delivering high quality instruction across the grade levels and content areas to students with and without disabilities. Core elements of explicit instruction (see guide below) are present throughout many other HLPs, and should be present in every teacher’s daily instructional repertoire. Based on the HLP resources (High-Leverage Practices in Special...
Description: Collaboration is a critical high-leverage practice in special education because it is the mechanism through which all the HLPs that directly relate to students are designed, delivered, and evaluated. It also is the vehicle for addressing the complexities of providing a rigorous and responsive education for students with disabilities. Based on the HLP resources (High-Leverage Practices in Special Education: The Final Report of the HLP Writing Team and High-Leverage Practices in the Inclusive...
Description: This module details the process of developing high-quality individualized education programs (IEPs) for students with disabilities. The module discusses the requirements for IEPs as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) with implications of the Supreme Court's ruling in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District (est. completion time: 3 hours). A Professional Development Certificate for this module is available.  
Description: At IRIS, they have a bit of experience when it comes to which of their resources are most heavily used at the beginning of any given academic year. Consider this your curated list of back-to-school learning modules and case study units from your friends at the IRIS Center. Classroom Behavior Management (Part 1): Learning the Components of a Comprehensive Behavior Management Plan Classroom Management (Part 2): Developing Your Own Comprehensive Behavior Management Plan Effective Room Arrangement:...
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 module—a revision of Collaborating with Families, which was originally developed in cooperation with the PACER Center—addresses the importance of engaging the families of students with disabilities in their child’s education. It highlights some of the key factors that affect these families and outlines some practical ways to build relationships and create opportunities for involvement (est. completion time: 1 hour).
Description: OSEP hosted a three-part webinar series on Continuity of Learning and Return to School during COVID-19. This series showcased ready-to-use resources, tools, and practices from OSEP partners to support the educational, developmental, behavioral, and social/emotional needs of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities through remote and distance learning. Below you will find the archived webinars, featured resources, and additional tools and information to help educators, parents and...
Description: Considerations for COVID Recovery Services for Students with Disabilities (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE) Virtual IEP Meeting Tip Sheets (A Collaborative Effort Across OSEP-Funded Projects) Virtual Meetings: Strategies, Tips and Resources (The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education, CADRE) Resources for Families and Students (Progress Center: Promoting Progress for Students with Disabilities) IEP Accommodations During Distance Learning (Understood.org) Virtual...
Description: Strategies to Support Multilingual/English Learner Students in Remote Learning Environments is an informative video that provides information on supporting students in remote learning environments. Learn from presenters including: Jessica Costa, English Learner Instructional Specialist, Department of Learning and Innovation, Virginia Department of Education Jose A. Velazquez, Director of Academic Instruction & School Support, Education Service Center-Region 19 Presented in Partnership with...
Description: As you plan services for transition-aged students, it is important to determine how you will continue to connect currently enrolled and newly referred students with the services of DARS as well as opportunities for students to connect with the Pre-Employment Transition Service counselors. All schools system in the Commonwealth have had the opportunity to complete a Memorandum of Understanding with DARS, whereby preferences regarding school contact, the referral process, pre-employment transition...
Description: This toolkit includes weekly activities to reinforce workplace readiness skills that have already been taught at school. Each activity sheet focuses on one specific workplace readiness skill that can easily be practiced at home, supplemented with technology, and varied with modifications to meet the needs of all students. Each skill learned builds upon the next skill and should continue to be reinforced at home, school, and community throughout the semester and school year. It is important to...
Description: This guide describes the use of a multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) framework to support students, families, and educators during the transitions back to school during and following the global pandemic in a manner that prioritizes their health and safety, social and emotional needs, and behavioral and academic growth.
Description: The Development of the Virginia Board of Education's Model Guidance for Student Code of Conduct Policy and Alternatives to Suspension This interactive webinar reviews the reasons the Board adopted new guidance for student conduct policy in 2019, the shifts in mindset needed for implementation of theModel Guidance, and the Guidance’s connection to the Profile of a Virginia Graduate, social emotional learning, restorative practices, trauma informed care, and equity. The Components of the...
Description: As we get this new school year underway in Virginia, the Virginia Department of Education's (VDOE's) resource page for families is continually being updated.  Please check back often for the most up-to-date information. This page includes: Family Resources Parent Guide Youth in Foster Care during School Closures due to COVID-19 Military Families Families of Students with Disabilities Guidance from the Department of Special Education & Student Services Virtual IEP Meeting Tip...
Description: Chalk It Up to Experience! Tips from Real Co-Teachers of Virginia was created by demonstration site teams to celebrate the first five years of the Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative. Teams share practical advice for effective co-teaching and practices they consider critical to establishing a strong collaborative relationship. This document will serve as an instructional resource for co-teaching teams and administrators to inform their co-teaching practices.
Description: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic places huge demands on schools, communities and families. As schools prepare for re-opening, partnerships between home and school create a foundation for educating students built on equitable collaboration. This approach not only offers the most efficient and effective move to immediate return-to-school implementation but also sets the stage for a long-term shift in the deeper and productive connections between home and school. This is a ripe opportunity to...
Description: Evidence-Based Specially Designed Instruction in Mathematics Resource Guide (PDF) provides an overview of evidence-based instructional strategies that educators can utilize to support students with mathematics disability or difficulty at any grade. Importantly, the strategies outlined in this document are targeted at improving learning outcomes for the following student populations: Students with a formal school identification of a specific learning disability in mathematics. Students...
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 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: The video series includes: What's New for School This Year? COLA- Return to School: What Role will Trauma Play in School and How Will You Respond What is an AB Schedule? Returning to School Wearing a Mask Returning to School Physical Distancing
Description: How should you and your co-teacher prepare lessons that meet the needs of all your students when you are providing virtual lessons? In this 33 minute webinar Dr. Wendy Murawski provides practical tips on how to plan lessons and ensure you are meeting the needs of students with an IEP & 504 plans. Presenter: Dr. Wendy Murawski, Executive Director, CSUN CTL, CEO, 2 TEACH, Inc. What is Co-teaching? Parity in Charing a Classroom Administrative Support Scheduling is Important Specially Designed...
Description: The 5C Process is a five step process focused on building continuity across lifelong learning priorities, the annual IEP goals, the inclusive environments (at school or at home) and instructional support for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The process outlines a plan for transitioning instruction between school and home during periods of distance learning. While the 5C Process was developed specifically for students with significant cognitive disabilities, we believe this...
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.