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Description: The Department of Student Assessment, Accountability, and ESEA Programs and the Department of Special Education and Student Services will offer virtual training sessions for the new Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) using a modular approach. Module 1 will focus on the Virginia Essentialized Standards of Learning (VESOL), the content standards in reading, mathematics, and science used for the VAAP, and supporting curricular resources. This module will be offered in August, 2021, on the...
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: Students with disabilities may encounter learning loss as a result of school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of these circumstances, educators may need to determine if educational gaps in learning or loss of skills may exist. After careful review of data, IEP Teams would make decisions about unfinished learning and the need for recovery services. Considerations for COVID Recovery Services for Students with Disabilities (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE) Nine...
Description: HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 1: Collaborate with Professionals to Increase Student Success HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 2: Organize and Facilitate Effective Meetings with Professionals and Families, HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 3: Collaborate with Families to Support Student Learning and Secure Needed Services, HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 4: Use Multiple Sources of Information to Develop a Comprehensive Understanding of a Student’s Strengths and Needs, HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 5: Interpret and...
Description: This guide (available in Spanish) is designed to support professionals and families in understanding assistive technology (AT) and identifying possible AT tools for students from preschool through high school. “I have severe dyslexia and it's hard for me to read and write. In the eighth grade, I could not write down a single word. The first time I used a program with voice recognition, I wrote a whole short story. Using AT means I can do things myself and I don't have to depend on someone...
Description: The Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education today released new guidance for PreK-12 schools for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. The Interim Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in Virginia PreK-12 Schools reinforces the importance of in-person learning and supports school divisions in making decisions on masking and other prevention measures, as informed by local data and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Virginia has followed the...
Description: The Office of STEM and Innovation at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) partnered with the Center for Implementation and Evaluation of Education Systems (CIEES) at Old Dominion University to develop a series of asynchronous learning modules, videos, and resources to support the effective delivery of virtual instruction. This professional development website offers research-based guidance to support school leaders, educators, and key staff in navigating both blended and fully online...
Description: The Guidance for the Provision of Specialized Student Support Positions in Virginia Public Schools (PDF) was developed in response to Senate Bill 1257 to amend and reenact 22.1-253.13:2 and 22.1-274 of the Code of Virginia. It will assist school divisions in meeting this legislation, including defining Specialized Student Support positions, what constitutes “other licensed health and behavioral positions,” and information about funding for the...
Description: What is Phrasing? Phrasing in Fluent Reading Youtube Video: Teaching Reading: Phrasing to Improve Comprehension YouTube Video: Phrasing when reading How to assess Phrasing: Elements of Fluency Rate, Phrasing & Expression Checklist (attached below) Phrasing Games: 2nd & 3rd Grade - Fluency - Phrases: Fluent Phrasing  2nd & 3rd Grade - Fluency - Phrases: Phrase Progression  4th & 5th Grade - Fluency - Phrases: Fleeting Phrases 
Description: What is Reading Rate? Reading speed and fluency: What you need to know How to calculate Reading Rate: Calculating Reading Fluency  Instructional acitivities to build Reading Rate: 4th & 5th Grade - Fluency - Words: Quick Sort 4th & 5th Grade - Fluency - Words: Give Me Five 2nd & 3rd Grade - Fluency - Words: Word Sprint
Description: Michael Kennedy, author and producer of the High Leverage Practices checklists and videos, created this webinar series specifically for Regions 6 & 7 in partnership with the Virginia Tech T/TAC. These webinars have been developed with the goal of professional learning opportunities for administrators, all teachers as well as co-teaching teams, either individually or as a community of practice. They can be used in your division, your school, your department, or at any grade level.
Description: This guide is intended to increase the frequency and quality of conversations about race, racism, and current events regarding race in K-12 classrooms to support students and provide voice and self-reflection. It includes recommendations and tips for creating statements of support, preparing for and facilitating constructive classroom discussions, addressing harmful statements, and designing lesson plans and units for ongoing learning.
Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges for schools in meeting the needs of all children and students in early childhood, elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education. These challenges will continue as schools and public agencies seek to ensure support and equity for children and students experiencing the long-term adverse health effects of COVID-19, commonly referred to as long COVID.   This resource is issued jointly by the U.S. Department of...
Description: To engage families in social-emotional development, teachers and school administrators can’t just send home packets and to-do lists. They need to create strong relationships, partner with families on goals for their children, and receive and provide ongoing support. Start by learning about families. Use surveys, open houses, or phone calls to find out about family composition, special skills, concerns, and likes and dislikes. This knowledge can help teachers connect with families on a...
Description: Learn what reading fluency is, why it is critical to make sure that students have sufficient fluency, how we should assess fluency, and how to best provide practice and support for all students.
Description: What is accuracy? Elements of Fluency Graphic (attached below) YouTube Video: Mastering Reading Accuracy How to assess Accuracy? Reading Assessment Tips: Measuring Accuracy and Fluency Elements of Fluency Accuracy Checklist (attached below) Instructional Activities to Build Fluency: Kindergarten & 1st Grade - Fluency - Connected Texts: Speedy Phrases 2nd & 3rd Grade - Fluency - Word Parts: Pick-A-Part 4th & 5th Grade- Fluency - Phrases: Phrase Haste
Description: This book includes 51 easy-to-use, classroom-tested alternatives to the “stand and deliver” teaching techniques that cause so many students to tune out or drop out. Teachers report that these techniques motivate students to participate in learning, as they build confidence and are supported by compelling and safe ways to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of lessons.
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: Scientific research has shown how children learn to read and how they should be taught. But many educators don't know the science and, in some cases, actively resist it. As a result, millions of kids are being set up to fail. The prevailing approaches to reading instruction in American schools are inconsistent with basic things scientists have discovered about how children learn to read. Many educators don't know the science, and in some cases actively resist it. The resistance is the result of...
Description: The issues we are raising in our article are not new. Twenty years ago was a heady time for literacy research and practice in both general education and special education. The publication of the National Reading Panel (NRP) report1 is a widely recognized landmark for literacy practices. Less frequently recognized are reports on reforming special education, such as the Fordham Foundation/Progressive Policy Institute report Rethinking Special Education for a New Century,2 the Office of Special...
Description: This first of its kind review finds Lucy Calkins' materials (Units of Study) don't align with the science of reading. Most Americans have likely never heard of Lucy Calkins, but their children's teachers probably have. Calkins, a professor of education at Columbia University, has created one of the nation's most widely used reading instruction programs, and, according to a groundbreaking new report, the program is deeply flawed.
Description: Ensuring that all children are supported to reach their full potential and have access to learning opportunities that are equitable and strengths-based is central to high quality teaching and professional development. This documents includes some resources that may help you to create spaces and opportunities that value the identities and experiences of all children and families.
Description: Key features of Stuctured Literacy, SL, approaches include (a) explicit, systematic, and sequential teaching of literacy at multiple levels-phonemes, letter–sound relationships, syllable patterns, morphemes, vocabulary, sentence structure, paragraph structure, and text structure; (b) cumulative practice and ongoing review; (c) a high level of student- teacher interaction; (d) the use of carefully chosen examples and nonexamples; (e) decodable text; and (f) prompt, corrective feedback.
Description: Many kids struggle with reading – and children of color are far less likely to get the help they need. A false assumption about what it takes to be a skilled reader has created deep inequalities among U.S. children, putting many on a difficult path in life.  Reading is essential — not just for school success, but for life. When children have trouble learning to read, it can kick off a devastating downward spiral.1 Struggling readers are more likely to report feeling sad, lonely,...
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 website is designed as a home base for attendees of CTERM, AMSET, the Content Teaching Academies, Creating Connections to Shining Stars, and the Journey Into Teaching Academy to find resources, demonstrations, and trial information related to UDL (Universal Design for Learning) and assistive technology (AT) tools described in our sessions. Use the category tabs (UDL, Reading AT, Writing AT, Math AT, Science AT and Early Childhood) at the top of the screen to begin your playtime!
Description: The Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment (VI Consortium) offers grant funding that covers up to 60 percent of tuition for qualified Virginia applicants who wish to become Teachers of Students with Blindness/Visual Impairment (TBVI). The VI Consortium currently consists of three Virginia universities (George Mason University, Radford University, and Old Dominion University) that collaborate to provide professional development and training for TBVI across Virginia. The...
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: These three videos highlight key resources available to support families of students with the most intensive needs at home and as they transition to and from in-school services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The videos speak directly to parents and recommend that parents share the videos (and the mentioned resources) with the team of educators and other professionals working with their child. CPIR is pleased to add an easy-to-share handout for each of the videos that identifies and links the...
Description: Lots of kids love summer vacation because they don’t have to worry about schoolwork. And that’s a good thing. When kids go back to school relaxed and well rested, they’re better equipped to learn. But lots of families worry about their kids losing important skills over summer break. Some people call this the “summer slide.” And some may be concerned about the COVID slide , too.  Here are some ways to help your child keep learning over the summer —...
Description: This site includes a collection of self-paced learning modules designed to support professional learning of pre-service and in-service educators and administrators. These modules are intended to: Build knowledge of how to develop and implement high-quality educational programming for students with disabilities. Build knowledge to support implementation of intensive intervention in literacy, mathematics, and behavior for students with severe and persistent learning and/or behavioral...
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: 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: This document provides links to the resources described in the third webinar in the OSEP series designed to feature 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. (IDEAS that 
Description: With the passage of American Rescue Plan (ARP), states, districts, and schools now have significant federal resources available to implement evidence-based and practitioner-informed strategies to meet the needs of students related to COVID-19, including students most affected by the pandemic and for whom the pandemic exacerbated pre-existing inequities. This guidance document is intended to be a resource for states, districts, schools, and teachers as they reopen schools safely and support...
Description: How can we move away from the deficit-oriented mindset of “learning loss”, focusing instead on an approach rooted in learning science? In this guide, we look to the foundations established by learning science for answers that prioritize student engagement.
Description: This report offers recommendations for state education agencies on how to meet the assessment needs of students with disabilities, including English learners with disabilities and students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, during times of interrupted education due to extended school closures.
Description: This report offers recommendations for creating and expanding policy guidance specifically addressing the needs of English learners with disabilities during remote learning and school reopening. It also includes recommendations to address the persistent challenges schools face in supporting English learners with disabilities. Finally, the report includes several state leadership actions to facilitate implementation of the recommendations, and to help strengthen collaboration between English...
Description: With schools reopening across the country and a historic influx of federal funding coming, we now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a new normal of schooling - one that serves even more students and focuses more on what matters most. Join John Almarode, John Hattie, Nancy Frey, and AASA  Associate Executive Director of Advocacy and Governance Noelle Ellerson Ng for a discussion of what it will take to bring our schools back stronger than ever and reimagine teaching and...
Description: Presented in association with Education Week: Fifteen months since the pandemic tested and tested again our school systems, we now face the biggest test of all: Where to next? Is it enough to rush back to the “old normal” without benefiting from the many lessons learned? Will the “old normal” accelerate learning, reignite engagement, restore social-emotional well-being? In this Rebound webinar, presenters Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, Dominique Smith, and John Hattie offer a...
Description: This YouTube Channel includes videos about Distance & Blended Learning as well as Gradual Release of Responsibility.
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has developed guidance for local school divisions in response to language provided in the 2021 Appropriation Act. As a result of the pandemic, a student with a disability eligibility under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA), who turned 22 after September 30, 2020, and is scheduled to complete high school in the spring of 2021, shall be given the option for an extension to attend high school for the duration of...
Description: YET empowers Virginia students with disabilities, age 14-22, as they begin their transition from High School to Adulthood. Why Should You Join? Build self-advocacy skills Give input and help advise PEATC on issues that involve youth Create new friendships Learn to be an active member in your school and community Develop leadership skills
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...