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Description: Inclusive Practices in Successful Schools: Virginia Inclusive Schools Planning Guide Module addresses the following components: A Clear and Consistent Vision and Vocabulary for Inclusive Schools, Legislative and Accountability Standards, Strong Tier One Instruction, Student-Centered Decisions/Staffing and Scheduling, Effective Use of Resources, Collaboration Among Educators, Specialized Support, Social Inclusion, Family and Community Engagement, Sustaining Inclusive Success. This module was...
Description: Bright Horizons has been changing the way the world works for 30 years. Way back in 1986, our founders saw that child care was an enormous obstacle for working parents. Providing on-site centers became just one way we responded to help whole organizations work better. Today we offer child care, elder care, and help for education and careers -- tools used by more than 1,000 of the world’s top employers and that today power many of the world's best brands.
Description: VDH and VDOE have created a Healthy Back-to-School webpage to help parents keep their children healthy this summer and prepare them for returning to school. The site provides resources about immunizations, COVID-19, well-child visits, routine oral care and mental health. There is also a "Back to School Checklist" to help parents track and organize back-to-school tasks.
Description: The 2020 legislation amended the Code of Virginia to require the following new immunizations and booster shots: Two doses of properly spaced human papillomavirus vaccine for all children. The first dose is required before the child enters the seventh grade. Two or three properly spaced doses of rotavirus vaccine, depending on the manufacturer, for children up to eight months of age. Two properly spaced doses of hepatitis A vaccine. The first dose must be administered at age 12 months or older....
Description: This 9.5 minute video is designed for school personnel and families. It offers an overview of education equity and suggests strategies for facilitating greater educational equity through meaningful family engagement practices. The video features the voices and lived experiences of students, parents and caregivers, and school leaders. Strategies are organized by key components of family engagement in  multitiered systems of supports. The video has captions available in English and Spanish. A...
Description: This document is designed to guide the Program Leadership Team around considerations for supporting children, families, and staff as they return to the program. The guidance includes Pyramid Model practices you know and encourages you to think about those strategies from a trauma-informed perspective. While the leadership team may not know who among children, families, and staff have or are experiencing trauma, a trauma-informed approach guides programs in providing a safe and nurturing...
Description: In January 2020, Virginia legislators passed House Bill 817 requiring the Department of Education (VDOE), in collaboration with the Department of Health and medical professional societies, to develop health and safety guidelines related to the use of digital devices in the classroom. The VDOE convened a Digital Devices in the Classroom Workgroup to develop guidelines. The Digital Devices in the Classroom: Health and Safety Guidelines document (Word) address digital device use for different...
Description: Virginia families have the availability of free nutritious meals this summer through a variety of  programs. For example, the Summer Food Service Program and the Seamless Summer Option operate at schools, public housing centers, community centers, playgrounds, camps, parks and houses of worship.  Parents and others may also text “food” or “comida” to 877-877 to receive a list of nearby feeding centers. 
Description: Career exploration is an important step in helping a student fulfill long term employment goals. This exploration can help a student connect to a path that is appealing, fulfilling, and leads to a desired career. The following key questions and answers will help with decision-making and information gathering concerning academic and career choices. What is career exploration?Career exploration is one way to find out about multiple career options. During the different phases of exploration,...
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 is a compilation of articles about the importance of self-care as well as helpful strategies for parents, family members and caregivers.
Description: When a child endures a traumatic experience, the whole family feels the impact. But adults hold the power to help lessen its effects. Several factors can change the course of kids’ lives: feeling seen and heard by a caring adult, being patiently taught coping strategies and resilience-building techniques, and being with adults who know about the effects of such experiences. The resources provided include printables, videos and more on topics to help families.
Description: The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD) has developed three new fact sheets in conjunction with the Partnership for People with Disabilities and the Arc of Virginia, regarding safety information about coronavirus vaccines for people with disabilities, how to receive the vaccine, and what to expect after you get it.
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: Family engagement is increasingly recognized as a critical link in advancing school reform efforts, and the current emphasis on successful strategies for school turnaround necessitates research-based information and practices on effective family and community engagement approaches that support student achievement and school improvement.   To assist in the goal of understanding how family and community partnerships can promote school improvement efforts, this literature review strives to...
Description: The Virginia LEARNS initiative is about to take you on a journey to successful educational outcomes during uncertain times. The Student and Staff Wellbeing Checkpoint is the essential first-step consideration before embarking on the trip. We’ll focus on the social emotional wellness and physical health needs of our students, families, and staff. It will be critical to re-engage students in learning, rebuild relationships and school communities, and create equitable learning environments...
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: Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities, the VDOE’s widely utilized curriculum which assists families of students with disabilities with accessing the knowledge necessary to be full partners through the IEP process. VDOE's Coordinator of Family Engagement, Tracy Lee, has recorded five video modules for families to access at home.
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: These are a variety of comercially available online tools that can help with student engagement, assessment, and instructional materials.
Description: The Arc of Virginia has created a flyer, "New Way to Pre-Register for the Free COVID 19 Vaccine in Virginia."
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: 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: 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: These resources include Parent Handouts on Attendance and Toolkits for Parent Engagement, Attendance, and Military familes as well as for handouts for parents and students in different grade levels and in a variety of languages (English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Chinese). There are also flyers to help parents decide if their children are too sick, pledge cards and interactive exercises. Strategies for Connecting with Students & FamiliesSchool districts should consider revamping...
Description: It's been said that "necessity is the mother of invention". When the pandemic struck last year, practitioners in early education and early childhood special education, and parents came together to support young children and their families through remote service delivery. This multi-part video series, developed by Larry Edelman, features preschool staff and families from five states and illustrates their working together to use technology to make the virtual learning experience exciting,...
Description: This toolkit helps families and schools work together to support children’s literacy success in and out of school. You will learn: Tips for starting or enhancing discussions about literacy instruction and intervention Ways to increase your joint understanding of evidence-based literacy practices Strategies for addressing concerns about children’s literacy development together This toolkit includes: An Online Tutorial Research Briefs & Infographics Tools & Resources  ...
Description: The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) created this document for families about virtual learning vocabulary in English and in Spanish.
Description: This Northern Virginia Family Resource Directory is provided as a free service to families and professionals by Formed Families Forward with financial support of SCAN of Northern Virginia. The Directory provides information and contact information for organizations, agencies and private practices offering programs, services and other resources for children, youth and families. There is a special focus on providers who serve families formed by adoption, foster care and kinship care who are...
Description: This year, more than ever, the pandemic has shown how committed, innovative, and resilient educators are in teaching and supporting their students, and has shown how much more work is needed to provide all students with an equitable education and opportunity in life. Thank you to everyone who has presented, attended, and sponsored on edWeb this year, and for your engagement in our global community – now 1 million strong. When classroom learning moved online in March due to COVID-19, there...
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: Crisis Counselors are available during the following times to take calls. Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and on Saturday-Sunday from 5-9 p.m. VA C.O.P.E.S can be reached by phone or text at 877-349-6428.  Spanish speaking counselors are available.  VA C.O.P.E.S. is available to all Virginia residents who may be struggling to cope with the effects and circumstances such as isolation, fear, grief and anxiety around COVID 19.  VA...
Description: TalkingPoints is an education technology nonprofit with a mission to drive student success by using accessible technology to unlock the potential of family engagement in children’s education. Our multilingual technology platform connects and empowers families and teachers by using human and AI-powered, two-way translated communication and personalized content. This unique approach eliminates barriers including language, time, mindsets, and capacity to foster strong family engagement in...
Description: During Spring 2020, educators quickly adapted to providing interventions and collecting data virtually despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents were critical partners in supporting opportunities for students with intensive needs to practice and receive feedback and sharing what was working and when changes are needed. During Fall 2020, educators are providing virtual, in-person, and hybrid intervention with an ongoing need to engage with and support parents...
Description: Welcoming all families into the school community—Families are active participants in the life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class.  (Potential resources for National PTA Standards 2, 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 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: Families & Schools: Perfect Partners for Student Success  Governor Ralph S. Northam, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. James F. Lane and the Virginia Department of Education recognize November as Family Engagement Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The importance of parental engagement in schools is well documented. Over 30 years of research shows that one of the most effective ways to increase student achievement is for parents to be actively involved in the education of...
Description: This is Virginia Board of Education's Resolution of Recognition to Commemorate November 2020 as Family Engagement In Education Month. Whereas, partnerships between families, schools, and communities working collaboratively throughout a child's educational journey results in students of all backgrounds and abilities achieving at higher levels, becoming productive citizens, and contributing to our communities and society as a whole; and Whereas, the partnerships between families, schools and...
Description: This includes 5 Key Practies and 10 Ideas for Educators to Assist with Culturally Responsive Family Engagement. Build Relationships and Be Present. Recognize, Honor, and Promote Existing Knowledge. Identify and Use What Works for Each Family. Promote Culture of Awareness Learning, and Sharing. Foster Community by Building Social Capital.
Description: This webinar focuses on how family engagement can really advance equity for students and communities across the Commonwealth. Dr Steve Constantino is the presenter for this webinar that was recorded on Nov. 8, 2019.
Description: A core component of a high-quality early education experience is that children are provided opportunities, experiences and materials that allow them to engage deeply within developmental/early learning domains to build their school readiness skills. Virginia's Foundation Blocks for Early Learning articulates the skills and knowledge young children need to demonstrate by the end of preschool in order to be successful in kindergarten. Using effective curricula helps ensure that children are...
Description: VCU-ACE is excited to welcome you to their new early childhood website! They have resources for families about raising and supporting young children with ASD. They also have resources for educators and providers as they learn more about ASD and how to use evidence-based practices. For Parents: Raising a child diagnosed with ASD can be confusing and overwhelming. Many times, parents and family members struggle to understand the diagnosis, how to support their child's success, and how to...
Description: Remote Learning Guidance:Students with disabilities often have complex needs regarding accessing the curriculum. The individual needs of students are varied and present challenges for families currently working to provide instruction in virtual and remote learning environments. Families need to feel comfortable requesting more frequent communication and increased support from educators who are assisting with instruction in the home. The purpose of this document is to help families identify ways...
Description: CPIR started this resource page on coronavirus in mid-March 2020. We had hoped to keep it short, but so much information has since emerged that we’ve now split the page into a suite of stand-alone pages that are organized by topic. The separate topic-specific pages are listed and linked below, so you can more easily find resources relevant to your question or concern of the moment. We’ll be continually updating what’s here, and posting selective new info via our Facebook and...