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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: These questions can be used to establish a relationship with families and encourage two-way communication. Edit this survey to fit the needs of your community and classroom. Remember: brevity is best. Only include the questions that you believe will best inform your relationship with your students and families. Bolded & italicized script should especially be edited.
Description: This document includes a non-exhaustive list of non-profit legal services and advocacy organizations in Virginia that provide no-cost legal or advocacy services, technical assistance, and/or referrals to the public. Other attorney or non-attorney services, including pro bono services and special education resources may be available in your community. The Virginia Lawyer Referral Service (VLRS), a program of the Virginia State Bar, provides a low-cost attorney referral and consultation service....
Description: By: Aleksandra Hollingshead, Ed.D.; Joy Zabala, Ed.D.; Janice Carson, Ed.D. Educational teams evaluate assistive technology (AT) needs at least annually for each student with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). One of the most common methods of AT needs evaluation is the SETT Framework (Zabala, 2005). This blog provides a description of the AT evaluation strategies with practical strategies and considerations for distance instruction. 
Description: Coping with Stress The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on our lives. Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can make us feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you become more...
Description: Over the past year, many students have experienced entirely virtual and remote learning and many—especially students with disabilities—will need additional support, time, and teaching to get the high quality education they deserve. Students have missed out on opportunities to learn and develop during the pandemic. In response, the federal government is providing billions of dollars to address “instructional loss”. While states, districts, and schools pilot new approaches...
Description: Welcome to the online trauma learning modules for Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports, VTSS. They believe that becoming a Trauma-Sensitive School is a journey. These tools will help to develop the systems to gain knowledge, to build practices, and to have the skills to support a Trauma-Sensitive School. Within the learning modules, you will interact with content that is focused on developing a Trauma-Sensitive School. Supplemental activities, resources, and an action planner are included to...
Description: Addressing educator stress, compassion fatigue and secondary trauma has never been more important. Educators are faced with unique pandemic-related issues (how will students receive food, students lacking WiFi access, living in unsafe homes, etc.) that only add to an already challenging career. In order for us to be there for our students, we all must first take care of ourselves and our staff. This community conversation with Erin Scherder, LPES, NCSP, begins by asking us to take a holistic...
Description: CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) CARES is an initiative that connects the SEL community with experts to address how SEL can be most helpful in response to today’s circumstances. The first opportunity in this series features Dr. Marc Brackett, CASEL board member and director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Key Takeaways: Give yourself and others the permission to feel all emotions. Accept all feelings and use them wisely. Strive to become an...
Description: The mission of the American Institute of Stress is to improve the mental and physical health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence of stress management in education, research, clinical care, home life and the workplace. We educate and credential health care professionals and offer products and educational tools for everyone. They are a clearinghouse that gathers evidence based stress solutions.
Description: 30 Days of Mindfulness in the Classroom- Bring mindfulness to your classrooms with ease. From breathing exercises to meditations to relaxation activities, each day is a new mindful exploration complete with a lesson plan. Self Care Guide for Teachers- At the heart of a mindful classroom is a healthy and happy teacher. When you’re thriving you naturally have more energy, creativity, and empathy to offer your students. It’s a win-win! Free Resources to Support Mental and...
Description: Panorama's signature Adult SEL Toolkit is aligned to CASEL's Focus Area 2 for SEL implementation. For the 2020-21 school year, Panorama enhanced the toolkit with new resources, templates, and materials. Download the updated toolkit to renew and strengthen your district's focus on adult SEL and teacher wellness this year! What's Inside This Toolkit?  Panorama's Adult SEL Measures (includes 15 survey topics) 4 Adult SEL Strategies from Panorama's Professional Learning Library 3 Activities for...
Description: Resilience is required in all aspects of life from understanding yourself and your goals, building personal relationships with friends and families to finding common ground with people you disagree with.  This resilience toolkit provides reflections, exercises, videos, and materials you can use to develop the ability to bounce back in the face of stressful situations and inevitable setbacks.
Description: Why Build Resilience? A focus on compassion resilience will guide all staff back to the core set of values and the drive for a sense of purpose that drew them to work in schools in the first place. It will do so by supporting the development of a strong set of skills to manage expectations, set professional and personal boundaries, build effective collegial relationships, and practice real-time and ongoing self-care. A focus on relational trust between teachers, students, families, colleagues,...
Description: In order to create conditions for students to engage in SEL, adults need to feel empowered, supported, and valued. This calls on districts to foster a supportive staff community that promotes adults’ own SEL. This focus area helps districts strengthen staff expertise and skills to lead SEL initiatives, as well as cultivate adults’ social, emotional and cultural competencies. Key Activities include: Central Office Expertise, Professional Learning, Adult SEL and Cultural Competence.
Description: The Commonwealth of Virginia is unique in that each of our school divisions are required by the Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia to have a local advisory committee (local SEAC) for special education. SEAC members are appointed by local school boards to perform several important functions that are detailed in this guide. State regulations require that a majority of the committee be comprised of parents of children with disabilities or...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education is committed to working with school divisions to ensure Virginia schools are welcoming, affirming, and safe learning environments for all students. Every Virginia student, regardless of their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, has a right to learn free from discrimination and harassment. Virginia’s Education Equity Framework, Navigating EdEquityVA (PDF), outlines our commitment to dismantle any and all forms of inequity...
Description: For LGBTQ+ Students: engaged and supportive families provide needed understanding, care and resilience. supportive families can mitigate other risk factors for LGBTQ+ youth. lack of family support can lead to conflict, running away, homelessness increasing the overall risk for mental health problems, including depression and suicidal ideation, among LGBTQ+ youth. (Excerpted from John Taylor's Side by Side Presentation: School PRIDE in the 21st Century Strategies to Ensure Inclusive School...
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Q. How can teachers and family support staff engage parents around children’s learning and development during COVID-19? When creating family engagement plans and strategies to support children’s learning and development under non-traditional circumstances, schools should make sure families have everything they need for their children to learn. Communicating with families around what type of support they need and how they would like to receive this support is important. The only way...
Description: The Office of Equity and Community Engagement recognizes that the work of equity, justice, and anti-racism begins with introspection within our communities. As educators we have a obligation to leverage our unique proximity to young people to articulate a clear commitment to eradicating racism and disrupting systemic inequity. It is our hope that the resources included in this framework support the critical conversations being led in communities across the commonwealth.
Description: Families and school staff engage in regular, two-way, meaningful communication about student learning. (Potential resources for National PTA Standards 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6 are posted separately.) **Resources Compiled by the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) - October 2020
Description: Families and school staff continuously collaborate to support students’ learning and healthy development both at home and at school, and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively. (Potential resources for National PTA Standards 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6 are posted separately.) **Resources Compiled by the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) - October 2020
Description: Families are empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success. (Potential resources for National PTA Standards 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6 are posted separately.) **Resources Compiled by the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) - October 2020
Description: Families and school staff collaborate with community members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation. (Potential resources for National PTA Standards 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 are posted separately.) **Resources Compiled by the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) - October 2020
Description: Families and school staff are equal partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs. (Potential resources for National PTA Standards 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 are posted separately.) **Resources Compiled by the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) - October 2020
Description: Culturally Responsive Teaching: A Reflection Guide offers a set of reflection questions that make self­ appraisal, goal setting, and critical conversations across the eight competencies more concrete. We also share research evidence that describes the benefits of culturally responsive teaching. Now is the time to revamp efforts to foster a culturally responsive teacher workforce. We hope this resource enables teachers and those who support them to promote rigorous and relevant learning...
Description: These podcasts are designed so EI practitioners like you can easily listen between visits or on breaks during your busy day. Each episode focuses on an important topic that is discussed by two experienced EI professional development specialists who have also been service coordinators, service providers, and parents of children enrolled in EI. Listen often to learn, reflect on your practices, and hear a few tips to do the work you do well even better. These podcasts are a collaborative effort of...
Description: Parents can obtain ID cards for their children under age 15 at any DMV customer service center. The cost of a child ID card is $2 per year (minimum $10; maximum $16). In addition to serving as an identity document, the child’s photograph is stored in DMV’s database. If the child becomes missing, DMV can retrieve the image from the database and transmit it to law enforcement anywhere in the U. S. Child ID cards will expire on the last day of the customer’s month of birth in a...
Description: More than 800,000 children in America are missing each year – one child every 40 seconds. Yet, when the National Child Identification Program began; less than two percent of parents had a copy of their child’s fingerprints to use in case of an emergency. The National Child Identification Program is a community service safety initiative dedicated to changing these statistics, by providing parents and guardians, with a tool they can use to help protect their children. The ID Kit allows...
Description: Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced today that the Virginia Department of Education and the state’s public television stations will present a second season of “VA TV Classroom,” beginning later this month. “VA TV Classroom” debuted in April to provide over-the-air instruction for students without sufficient internet access to support online learning. VDOE and WHRO Public Media — with support from $200,000 in CARES Act funding —...
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: In this Quick Take, Clara Hauth and Catherine Creighton Thompson want to get you and your families ready for the new virtual school year. What kind of questions should you be asking your families? How can you support them in this new era of learning? Find out these answers and more. Resources from this Quick Take: Sample Family Information Form Questions Sample Pre-Instruction Video/Meeting Outline Online Learner Readiness Rubric Transcript
Description: The Virginia Department of Education’s social emotional learning (SEL) efforts are driven by our commitment to ensure that every student in Virginia attends a school that maximizes their potential and prepares them for the future: academically, socially, and emotionally. What is SEL? SEL During COVID-19 SEL Considerations for School Reentry After COVID-19 Positive Impact of SEL Benefits of SEL SEL in Action SEL State Examples