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Description: VDOE Special Education and Student Services (SESS) Reopening Frequently Asked Questions, COVID-19: A Parent Guide for School-Aged Children, Sustaining Inclusive Practices for Virtual Learning for Students with Disabilities, Considerations for COVID Recovery Services for Students with Disabilities, Special Education Students After COVID-19 Key Considerations, Virginia Learns Anywhere: Learning in Place- English & Reading, Math and Science, Social Emotional Wellness Quick Guides
Description: Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, almost all school districts rapidly shifted to distance learning in spring of the 2019-2020 school year. This shift laid bare both the logistical and instructional challenges of distance learning, particularly for English learners and students with disabilities, both of whom have faced persistent achievement gaps. This work was conducted as part of GAO’s COVID-19 monitoring and oversight responsibilities under the CARES Act. It...
Description: The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) and TIES Center, the national technical assistance center on inclusive practices and policies, have developed a series of videos for parents of children with significant cognitive disabilities to help them with supporting learning at home. These are the first four videos in this collaboration: Helping Your Child with Routines at Home Helping Your Child with the Foundations of Communication at Home Helping Your Child with Communication at Home...
Description: The Inclusive Schools Network provides free sample activities, downloads, and celebrations for teachers to use with students of all ages and grade levels. Check out the theme specific inclusion activities. If your class or school plans to participate in Inclusive Schools Week, consider submitting a short description of your celebration activities and events by email to support@inclusiveschools.org.
Description: TIES Inclusive Practice Series TIPS: TIP #6 Using the Least Dangeous Assumption in Educational Decisions, TIP #7 Homework in the Inclusive Classroom, TIP #8 High Leverage Practices Crosswalk, Tip #9 Special Education High Leverage Practices for Instruction in Inclusive Settings, TIP #10 The Use of Graphic Organizers in Inclusive Classrooms for Student with Significant Cognitive Disabilities And more...
Description: HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 11: Identity and Prioritize Long- and Short-Term Goals, HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 12: Systematically Designed Instruction, HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 13: Adapt Curriculum Tasks and Materials for Specific Learning Goals, HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 14: Teach Cognitive and Metacognitive Strategies to Support Learning and Independence
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: Subjects: English, Social Studies, Government Estimated Time: One class period, plus extended activities Grade Level: 9-12 Objective: Students will study Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and discuss the rhetorical influences on King’s speech, the oratorical devices that King used in delivering his speech and how a speech is similar to/different from other literary forms.
Description: There are 5 Big Ideas in Beginning Reading: Phonemic Awareness Alphabetic Principle Fluency with Text Vocabulary Comprehension
Description: Dr. Carol Toman, phonological awareness expert, provides a graphic overview of the phases critical to the development of literacy.
Description: This short video shows the basics of using sound isolation and how to model some activities using a puppet. This is best done in a small group where the teacher can monitor student responses. You also want to focus on one type of sound isolation. The activity is enhanced by using pictures, too.
Description: Phonemic awareness, or the ability to notice and manipulate individual sounds in spoken language, is an essential building block for later decoding skills.  The activities below are designed to promote the development of various phonemic awareness skills. Robbie the Robot:  The scripted lessons in this packet provide the teacher with a simple, fun method of teaching students the most important phonological skills: phoneme blending and segmenting.  The premise is that...
Description: Supporting Self-Care for Educators During COVID-19 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Learning for Educators Toolkit How to Support Teachers Emotional Needs Right Now
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 C.O.P.E.S....
Description: These YouTube Videos include: Virtual Learning Tech Tips & Trouble Shooting (translated) Managing School & Home Life Teens & High School Special Education Pathways to Preschool Assistive Technology
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: Conference Session Resources View Session Recordings and Get Handouts Access Additional Resources See Presenter Bios
Description: PowerPoint for Microsoft 365 can transcribe your words as you present and display them on-screen as captions in the same language you are speaking, or as subtitles translated to another language. This can help accommodate individuals in the audience who may be deaf or hard of hearing, or more familiar with another language, respectively. There are also position, size, color, and other appearance options for the captions and subtitles to accommodate different environments and audience needs....
Description: What is the Microsoft Translator conversation feature? Translation The Microsoft Translator conversation feature translates conversations across devices, enabling two or more people to interact one-on-one or for larger group interactions. Why use the conversation feature for Parent-Teacher Conferences? Teachers and school staff can use the conversation feature to facilitate conversations where language is a barrier, such as in: One-on-one meetings between teachers and school staff Group settings...
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: State and district personnel, faculty, and school personnel often find it difficult to locate reliable, effective resources that translate the latest research on evidence-based practices into practical information that educators can use to improve learning and behavior outcomes for all children. The IRIS alignment tools are a user-friendly way to learn more about which of the IRIS resources align with high-leverage practices (HLPs), state-identified measurable results (SiMRs) topics, and the...
Description: These learning modules are highlights of higher education courses from the EarlyEdU Alliance. EarlyEdU follows an innovative competency- and practice-based framework. Although this approach is similar to the 15-minute In-service Suites, these learning modules go a bit deeper than the In-service Suites. They combine theory and the latest early childhood education research with students' field-based learning. Trainers and instructors can use these modules for professional development or higher...
Description: The Virginia Board of Education is seeking applications to serve a three-year term on the Early Childhood Advisory Committee (ECAC), a new advisory committee to the Board on all matters relating to early childhood care and education programs, systems, and regulations. The ECAC will be an essential component of Virginia’s new unified early childhood system. In July 2020, Governor Northam signed early childhood legislation that transitions oversight of the birth-five early childhood care and...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) provides information on educational services and resources to support students who are deaf and hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, or deaf-blind at its website. Attachment A is a compilation of the required guidance documents and additional resources that are available at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Special Education-Sensory Disabilities webpage. Administrators and teachers may reprint the VDOE guidance information to share...
Description: Quality instruction is not one-size-fits-all. Instead, quality instruction allows students to personalize the time, place, pace, and path of their learning. Allowing their students to personalize their learning is important in any environment but it is especially important during uncertain times. In this presentation, we will share practical strategies and examples for personalizing students' learning online during the pandemic and beyond. The School of Education within Mason's College of...
Description: By Anita L. Archer and Charles A. Hughes Explicit instruction is systematic, direct, engaging, and success oriented—and has been shown to promote achievement for all students. This highly practical and accessible resource gives special and general education teachers the tools to implement explicit instruction in any grade level or content area. The authors are leading experts who provide clear guidelines for identifying key concepts, strategies, skills, and routines to teach; designing and...
Description: Developed by the Council for Exceptional Children and the CEEDAR Center, high-leverage practices are 22 essential special education techniques that all K-12 special education teachers should master for use across a variety of classroom contexts. Learn more about these practices in the guidance document High-Leverage Practices in Special Education. This interactive alignment tool, developed in collaboration with CEEDAR, identifies which IRIS resources provide information on HLPs.
Description: As a teacher, you recognize the need to develop self-determination skills in your students. You also realize there are certain skills and content you must teach. How can you do both at one time? As your students dip into their reading, you can pose questions, give writing prompts, and design assignments that will develop both skill in literacy and skill in self-determination.
Description: The VDOE Office of Student Services has partnered with CIEES at ODU to develop a one-stop professional development and resource collection for school leaders and specialized instructional support personnel (SISP) such as school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, school nurses, and administrators. Learning Modules include: Mental Health in Schools Refining Your Toolkit Chronic Absenteeism Defusing Disruptive Behavior
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 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 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: Your involvement in your child’s education can lead to better learning results and outcomes. This “Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide” will inform you, as a parent or caregiver, as you monitor your child’s progress as your child accesses and uses technology for learning. This guide aims to help all parents and caregivers, including those who have limited experience with digital tools, those who are expert with these tools, and anywhere in between. Each section...
Description: The Reading League is a national not for profit that promotes knowledge to reimagine the future of literacy education and accelerate the global movement toward reading instruction rooted in science. How do our brains learn to read? What are the underlying causes when students have difficulty? How do we prevent those difficulties? How do we remediate those difficulties? The scientific evidence base has converged to answer all of these questions. By leveraging the existing research in ways that...
Description: DO-IT videos promote the success of people with disabilities, particularly in school and work settings. DO-IT videos play in a custom accessible media player with audio description and transcripts provided. They can be downloaded, viewed on DO-IT's YouTube channel, or ordered on DVD. The Search Video Library feature enables users to search the full text of all videos and begin playing videos at specific start times from the search results. Most videos are accompanied by a brochure with...
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: Understanding Autism: Professional Development Curriculum The Understanding Autism: Professional Development Curriculum is a comprehensive professional development training tool that prepares secondary school teachers to serve the autism population. This page includes two presentations: Understanding Autism: Professional Development Curriculum Characteristics and Practices for Challenging Behavior Strategies for Classroom Success and Effective Use of Teacher Supports Understanding Autism: A...
Description: This webinar will introduce participants to the fundamental concepts of Self-Determination for students with autism and related disabilities. We will discuss how to teach these concepts, Power-Standards for IEP goals, how to include students in the IEP process, and other strategies for supporting students with developing their self-determination skills. The presenter will be accompanied by student members of a self-determination club. Self-advocates are encouraged to participate.
Description: The Florida Learning Disabilities Research Center (FLDRC) is one of three federally funded LDRC projects. The projects are designed to broaden the scientific and practical understanding of learning disabilities and comorbid (co-occurring) conditions. The projects are funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) through the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). LDRC Consortium research includes basic and translational studies to elucidate the...
Description: This Policy Brief provides an overview of state strategies to promote literacy in kindergarten through third grade. It also includes current state examples that incorporate research-based approaches and policy takeaways for consideration.
Description: This portal is offered as a free resource through the 2020–2021 school year. There are two areas of the site, one for Students and one for Instructors. Materials are organized by our Phonics Scope and Sequence.
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: 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: Interactions at the Heart of Healing provides instruction and hand-on tools to equip teachers to connect with students who have experienced trauma. Now, more than ever, the interactions between teachers and students matter so much. For students who have been affected by traumatic life experiences, our interactions with them can profoundly affect outcomes and how they process and move through trauma. Trauma-Informed Professional Development Series: This online, on-demand learning...
Description: Some students with disabilities have difficulty reading print and other learning materials and need specialized formats called “accessible instructional materials” (AIM). IDEA requires schools provide AIM to K-12 students who need them. What is AIM? Does my child need AIM? How is it accessed? Dr. Nicci Dowd with AIM-VA helps us connect the dots. Presented by: Dr. Nicci Dowd, AIM-VA
Description: Navigating EdEquityVA - Virginia’s Road Map to Equity, establishes the Commonwealth’s shared education equity priorities, advances tools and resources to support local school divisions, and affirms the Virginia Department of Education’s commitment to dismantle any and all forms of inequity in Virginia’s public education system. Education Equity is achieved when we eliminate the predictability of student outcomes based on race, gender, zip code, ability, socioeconomic...