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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: Social Emotional Wellness Considerations for Early Learners Quick Guide, Social Emotional Wellness Considerations for English Learners Quick Guide, Social Emotional Wellness Considerations for Military-Connected Learners, Social Emotional Wellness Considerations for Parents and Caregivers Quick Guide, Social Emotional Wellness Considerations Students with Disabilities Guide
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: 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: 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: The Youth and Parent Summit is a three-day event held each June and sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the Partnership for People with Disabilities. Youth with disabilities from across the Commonwealth meet to network and discuss issues of importance to youth and young adults with disabilities. This year, due to the travel restrictions and guidelines put in place by the governor, the event was moved online. This Virtual Summit followed a similar feel to the face-to-face events...
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: 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: 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: CEC is here to support special education professionals and your ongoing efforts to apply good teaching practices remotely due to precautions surrounding the COVID-19 virus. This page is a collection of suggested resources you can use as you determine the best means to provide services to your students and their families. They have been curated for you and will be regularly updated.*
Description: The goals of the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) are to assist states and programs in their implementation of sustainable systems for the implementation of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children (Pyramid Model) within early intervention and early education programs with a focus on promoting the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children birth to five, reducing the use of inappropriate discipline...
Description: This is a place for parents and teachers across the United States to work together, to collaboratively build out a database of educational resources, materials, and activities so that no parent or teacher is on their own. Resources can be searched by: Type Grade level Subject Review This site was created by two current and former teachers: Rose Sebastian, a post-doctoral fellow in education at the University of Virginia and Kendal Friesen, a special education teacher for San Diego Unified.
Description: The SEL Roadmap is designed to support school leaders and leadership teams in planning for the transition back to schools, in whatever form that takes. Schools at any stage of SEL implementation can use this roadmap to build upon existing efforts around community-building, school climate improvement, student well-being and mental health, trauma-responsive learning environments, restorative practices, and social and emotional competency development. It is also intended to help you reflect and act...
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
Description: The coronavirus pandemic has thrown all of our lives for a very big loop. Shutdowns have led to restrictions and added stress for kids and families. But there’s also an opportunity to build and celebrate strengths in new and simple ways at home. Even the smallest wins can give your child a confidence boost. To do that, follow the steps in this resource. 6 Ways the COVID Crisis Can Help Kids Build Strengths and Skills Download: Growth Mindset Activities for Kids Tiny Victories: Strengths...
Description: English Learners (ELs) may face unique challenges and have distinct social emotional needs. School closures and social distancing could exacerbate the stresses of learning a new language and navigating a different culture as well as heighten inequities and disparities.
Description: Good mental health is critical to every child's success in school and life. This is particularly true for students with disabilities, who, according to recent research, are more likely to experience social isolation from peer and suffer from depression in adulthood. Students with disabilities may need additional support to process the news and adapt to the many changes we are all facing. Professional working with students with disabilities (SWD) need to proactively support both academic and...
Description: CEHD wants to help, and that’s why we’re excited to announce our educational initiative, CEHD Cares. We are fortunate to have experts and award-winning faculty across the spectrum in education who want to lend a virtual hand during this time. Over the next few weeks, our faculty will provide tips and resources on a variety of educational topics, including literacy, science and math education, early childhood education, English as a second language, and special education. Topics...
Description: During this webinar, Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak will draw upon attachment science and explore how it is critical that we take action to ensure all children feel safe, seen, soothed, and have secure attachments. We’ll also explore the idea of being a "stress detective” and how to navigate challenges that allow us to reimagine early care and educational practices that emphasize relationships and wholeness, especially for children with diverse abilities and their families. Following...
Description: A tremendous amount of social and emotional development takes place during the early years of a child’s life. The emotional well-being of young children is an important consideration for educators and caregivers supporting early learners (pre-K - grade 3) during this critical time.
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has put together a resource listing that will help you and your child to prioritize your mental wellness.  In addition to keeping children physically safe during the pandemic, it is also important to care for their emotional health.  The threat of COVID-19, long-term social distancing, and prolonged disruption to the school routine may create significant stress and impact children's mental well-being.  
Description: Research indicates that military-connected children are at higher risk of physical, psychological, and behavioral health issues than their civilian counterparts and could be at potential risk for toxic stress. The COVID-19 pandemic has likely increased the potential for stress among military families, especially those whose service member(s) are on the front lines working to care for those who are ill.
Description: The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. The Promoting Social and Emotional Competence training modules available on this site provide evidence-based practices for promoting children's social and emotional development and preventing challenging behaviors.
Description: The Social Emotional Preschool Curriculum Consumer Report provides information and guidance for Head Start programs as they select curricula based on the strengths and needs of their participating children and teachers. The curricula reviewed in this report were rated for their implementation in center-based programs, and each includes elements designed to strengthen the teaching and learning of children’s social emotional and approaches to learning skills. This report is intended to...
Description: The resources are organized by the following topics: Early Childhood Education Resources Counseling Resources Online Learning Resources Math Education Resources Culturally and Diverse Learner Resources Health and Physical Education Resources
Description: This repository of resources has been compiled to support Virginia school divisions as they endeavor to meet the continuing learning needs of their students with disabilities during the COVID-19 school closures. Compilation Resources Resources to Support Academics and Inclusive Practices Resources to Support Accessibility/Assistive Technology Resources to Support Social Emotional Learning Resources to Support Students with Significant Needs
Description: In this webinar, Dr. Meghan Walls, a pediatric psychologist, provides an overview of the kinds of emotional reactions we can expect from children and youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also covered will be recommendations for how parents, teachers and other caregivers can provide emotional support and reassurance to help navigate this societal crisis.  Dr. Teri Brister, author of the NAMI Basics program, provides information about the NAMI Basics OnDemand program available online for...
Description: Due to COVID-19, program capacity has become limited due to the need for social distancing. In order to continue ongoing support and education, NAMI Virginia is excited to offer online programs that are available statewide. Online Support Groups NAMI Family Support Group For Parents of Children 17 and Under- NEW: This is a free, peer led support for parents of children living with mental health challenges. Our NAMI Family Support Groups offer a confidential space to share and gain sincere...
Description: 8 Ways to Help Teens Cope with Social Distancing Blues (University of Michigan Medicine) Social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic could be particularly challenging for adolescents and teens who thrive on social connections and may be missing events like prom and graduation. Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus Crisis (Child Mind Institute) Tips for parents with older children at home  
Description: This resource offers tips to support your child’s learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. “As a parent, what is my role, and what can I do to best support my child’s education?” Page 1: What Is My Role? Page 2: How Do I Get My Child Ready To Learn? Page 3: How Do I Find Out What My Child Should Be Learning? Page 4: How Can I Support My Child in Reading? Page 5: How Can I Support My Child in Math? Page 6: How Can I Support My Child Socially and Emotionally? Page 7:...
Description: Supports for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities is a resource that originated in Arkansas. Intended as a means of collaboration between teachers and families, the document offers examples and related resources for a number of lessons that can completed at home during normal daily routines. We asked a number of Virginia special educators to preview the document and then invited them to a virtual discussion where they shared their initial thoughts, offered some great ideas, and...
Description: This Social-Emotional Learning Topic Page provides research insights into learning outcomes, implementation, assessment, and other key issues around Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), along with relevant resources to learn more. Video, Building Social Emotional Awareness in the Classroom With the RULER Approach, is available.
Description: All children and young adults require support from caregivers during times of stress and uncertainty, such as those we are facing now with the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Individuals with autism may need additional support to process the news and adapt to the many changes.  This population may face additional challenges related to comprehension, communication, difficulty understanding abstract language, an insistence on sameness, and a greater likelihood of anxiety and...
Description: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE) Instruction: High-Leverage Practices (HLPs) in Special Education: A Professional Development Guide for School Leaders (CEC) (Social/Emotional/Behavior is one of the four areas of practice.) Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) (SEL Resources During COVID-19 and Infographics) PBIS Positive Behavioral Interventions and...
Description: The Loop Center for Social & Emotional Development helps parents, caregivers, teachers, and administrators understand children experiencing social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. We provide proactive techniques for handling tough situations to reduce or eliminate challenging behavior.
Description: Key Findings: SEL (Social-emotional learining) refers to the skills and abilities that allow individuals to relate to others, set goals, manage emotions, and resolve conflict. To promote SEL development, districts should provide explicit instruction in SEL skills, behaviors, and attitudes. Districts should pursue a systemic approach to SEL planning and implementation that considers resources, needs, and stakeholder input. Districts should provide staff with professional development opportunities...
Description: Given the uncertainty we're all experiencing due to the coronavirus outbreak, it's not easy to "keep calm and carry on," as teachers are expected to do. Most are preparing for (or already experiencing) a school closure. And students are worried as they try to make sense of the quickly changing situation. To help reduce students' anxiety and your own about the COVID-19 pandemic, we've put together some ideas and resources focused on news literacy, media balance, and healthy communication. We hope...
Description: Teaching involves developing the whole child, not only as good mathematicians but as good people—friends, colleagues, innovators, and citizens. Problem-solving is not only a quantitative challenge but a human one. We can engage students in deeply understanding what resolving problems entails and what it feels like, which is satisfying for children and adults alike. The Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice specify that students solve real-world and mathematical problems by...
Description: This website has been designed to describe technology activities that facilitate social emotional learning. The links in the menu lead to descriptions of the individual activities. They can be used within formal and informal educational settings.  Even though the focus of the activities are on building and enhancing social emotional learning, many can be connected with content standards related to language arts, visual arts, oral communication, media literacy, and ISTE's National Education...
Description: These social-emotional books will encourage empathy, kindness, and help kids think about grief and anger.
Description: Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment with openness and curiosity. It has a variety of research-backed impacts, including reduction in stress, and improvements in job satisfaction, emotional regulation, and focus. In the Mindful Schools community – educators, parents, and school community members – many of us are exploring mindfulness because we’re excited to share mindfulness...
Description: Wide Open School Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. There is so much good happening, and we are here to gather great stuff and organize it so teachers and families can easily find it and plan each day.  Resources are organized by "I'm an educator" or "We're in a family" and "Grades PreK-5" or "Grades 6-12". The topics include: Daily Schedule Emotional Well-Being Field Trip Getting Started Learning At...
Description: The George Lucas Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.
Description: William & Mary School of Education Has the current school closure created new challenges at home for you and your learners? Join experts from the William & Mary School of Education for an informative and interactive conversation designed to help you support your students at home. A panel of six faculty members will present tips and resources: MATH: Gladys Krause, Assistant Professor of Math Education READING: Kristin Conradi Smith, Associate Professor of Literacy Education CREATIVITY...
Description: Resilience: Information to help you develop your self-awareness and ability to bounce back during times of stress and change. A psychologist’s science-based tips for emotional resilience during the corona crisis Making Sure Your Stress isn’t contagious Build Your Resilience in the Face of a Crisis Well-Being and Self-Care: Resources to help you focus on your own well-being so that you can stay healthy mentally, emotionally, and physically during the coronavirus outbreak. Four Ways to...
Description: Resources on this page are provided by educators and families from around the world. We are collaborating to support the needs of students with significant disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. These materials are open source and may be adapted to fit your child or student's need. They may not be used for purchase.   We are updating this site often. Please email distancelearning4sped@gmail.com if you have a resource to share that would support students with significant...
Description: Most school districts have closed during the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, leaving both parents and teachers looking for help. Teachers have been tasked with figuring out how to deliver lesson plans and classroom activities as part of distance learning. Parents are trying to keep students on track with their studies and educational growth. We are here with a growing list of online learning resources. And to make it better, many companies are choosing to make their products free for schools,...