The VDOE Reading Network provides K-12 teachers with effective strategies to increase the reading achievement of students with disabilities.  Following are useful resources.


Virginia Department of Education English/Reading/Writing Resources


Targeted Literacy Interventions Webinars

As part of the  PASS model for model for raising student achievement, the VDOE has created Webinars highlighting Targeted Literacy Interventions.

Access them on the VDOE Differentiated TA Page.

Session 1: Reading Instruction and Targeted Interventions – 10.31.13

Session 2: Assessing Reading at Midyear: Working Smarter with PALS – 1.9.14

Session 3: Literacy K-3: Linking Assessment to Instruction (Reading Specialists) – 2.6.14

Session 4: Planning for Success in a Reading Classroom – 3.23.14


T-TAC Online Reading Resources Training Opportunities, and Events

Investigate T-TAC Online.  To enter the site,  select your region on the Virginia map.  Select a tab at the top of the page to view VA Assessments, SOL Enhanced, Resources, Events or Online Training, and more.

Click here for T-TAC Online reading resources:


Reading Sites of Interest

The IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University is a national center dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities birth through age twenty-one.  Find a list of reading related resources in this document:   The IRIS Center’s Resources for Teaching Reading


The Florida Center for Reading Research

  • Providing information about research-based practices related to literacy instruction and assessment for children in preschool through 12th grade.

Vaughn Gross Center for Reading

  • Online professional development dedicated to improving instruction for all students, especially struggling readers, English language learners, and special education students.

PALS Virginia Homepage
PALS  Virginia Activities, and resources.

  • Providing educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction.

The Lexile Framework for Reading

  • Lexile measures are reported with the scores of students taking SOL reading tests in grades 3-8.  Instructional resources can be found at the website.  One helpful resource is the Find the Book feature.  You can access Find the Book at  Enter either a student Lexile score (from a recent SOL test), or the student’s current grade level.  Next, choose subject(s) of interest, and a tailor-made, leveled book list will be created for the student.


The Math Network provides K-12 teachers with effective strategies to increase the mathematics achievement of students with disabilities.  Following are useful resources.


Virginia Department of Education Mathematics Resouces

Fall Math Institute Resources

Fostering Students’ Abilities to Make Mathematical Connections and Representations

These resources were written and developed for use by teacher teams as a professional development tool for mathematics instruction.  This year’s focus is on fostering students’ abilities to make mathematical connections and use effective and appropriate representations in mathematics.



T-TAC Online Math Resources Training Opportunities, and Events

Investigate T-TAC Online.  To enter the site,  select your region on the Virginia map.  Select a tab at the top of the page to view VA Assessments, SOL Enhanced, Resources, Events or Online Training, and more.

Click here for T-TAC Online math resources:


Additional Mathematics Sites of Interest

Fluency Without Fear by Jo Boaler  Activities to develop Number Sense and Number Facts

Download at:

Multiple Representations of Multiplication A video from The National Center for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics  (NCETM)

Watch this NCETM  video of a teacher using multiple representations for multiplication. (This teacher works in a school where 3 x 4 is interpreted as 3 + 3 + 3 + 3). It is a good example of how to support the conceptual understanding of multiplication facts and its importance as students develop fact fluency.


Quantiles Framework Resources


Newly Added Resources

At the National Center on Intensive Instruction website, you can find examples of instructional plans that intensify fraction instruction.  You can download the plans and print-based representations (manipulatives) at these links.

Computation of Fractions 

Fractions as Numbers

Math Resources Slides


The SOL Enhanced Scope and Sequence (ESS) was created by a team of general and special educators and VDOE personnel.  ESS provides teachers across the state with differentiated lessons that are aligned with the essential knowledge and skills found in the Curriculum Framework at VDOE.  The ESS is organized by content areas (i.e. Mathematics, English, History and Social Science, Science), and can be accessed at the Virginia Department of Education Standards of Learning.


 Virginia Department of Education Instructional Resources

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Writing Instruction Resources

Sticky Note saying, Reminder!  Check out writing resources.

Project Write from Vanderbilt University 

Materials for teaching writing strategies in a systematic, explicit way.

VDOE Writing Resources

Find lesson plans, graphic organizers, progression charts, etc. at this Virginia Department of Education web page.

Download the Writing Process chart here.

Instructional Routines Supporting Student Success and Engagement

Better Learning Through Structured Teaching

View this short video to see how a broken cell phone helped  Doug Fisher understand the gradual release of responsibility model.

Formative Assessment Resources

10 Assessments You Can Perform In 90 Seconds

Good assessment is frequent assessment.  Any assessment is designed to provide a snapshot of student understand—the more snapshots, the more complete the full picture of knowledge.  These assessments are  easy to administer and use in an ongoing way.

Checking for Understanding Videos  from Expeditionary Learning


Math Resources

Formative Assessment:  Marilyn Burns; Math Solutions

Formative Assessment—a Practical Approach Using Good Questions and Tasks to Assess Student Understanding

Download a copy of the presentation at


Use these resources to collect formative assessment data:

 Math Teaching Resources from K-5 Math Teaching Resources

This site provides an extensive collection of free resources, math games, and hands-on math activities.


Reading Resources

Test of Reading Comprehension:  Maze Passage Generator

Maze passages are timed measures that measure reading comprehension. They are better predictors of future reading performance than CBM oral reading fluency probes for students in grades 4 and higher (Hosp, Hosp & Howell, 2007). Students read Maze passages silently during assessment, so Maze can be administered to a whole class at one time.

Download the manual, Using CBM for Progress Monitoring in Reading, at this link.


Being a Mindful Teacher

Practicing and cultivating a  growth mindset can enhance  relationships with  students and colleagues.   Growth mindset leads to a love of learning, resilience, and accomplishment; it breeds success.  Teachers who practice and teach the concepts of a growth mindset promote motivation and productivity in their classrooms.  To find out more: