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 Resources

NEW!!!  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


Quantiles Framework Resources

Newly Added Resources

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

E-News You Can Use for Curriculum and Instruction

Math Resources

Download a copy of the article, Creating Meaning in Mathematics for ALL Learners, at this link.  It was originally published in the February 2010  issue of TTAC ODU Network News.  The article is a brief description of the Concrete-Representational-Abstract approach to teaching mathematics.  The C-R-A approach is a evidence-based approach to teaching mathematics at tier one, a way to provide Specially Designed Instruction to students with disabilities, and a way to provide Intensive Instruction to struggling learners.  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 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

International Literacy Day 2014

  • This year’s activity kit is full of creative, 60-second activities for students of all ages. Many of the activities reflect this year’s theme, “Lift Off to Literacy.”   Click here to request and download your kit.

Global Read Aloud

  • Read aloud the same book at the same time around the world.  Click here to choose a book and join the fun.


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:


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

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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.



MOOC-Ed Offers Four Online Courses for FREE


To start off your school year,  participate in free professional development recommended by VDOE. MOOC-Ed offers Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Ed). Still not sure what a MOOC-Ed course entails? No problem, check out this short informational video.  There are many options; here are two courses that may be of interest.

Learning Differences:  October 6 – November 16, 2014

  • Registration will open soon for Learning Differences.  The goals of this MOOC-Ed include an understanding of learning differences and how they apply to all students,  and how to foster a growth mindset or problem solving approach among new teachers as they work with students.  Who should take this course?  All educators and school leaders from all types of K-12 schools, including public, charter and private.

Fraction Foundation:  Helping Students Understand Fractions:  September 22 – November 16, 2014

  • Registration is open for the Fraction Foundations MOOC-Ed. This course will help you teach fractions concepts and skills more effectively through understanding students’ thinking and implementing research-based approaches in your classroom.  Who should take this course? Though this MOOC-Ed focuses on teaching fractions in grades 3-5, the concepts are applicable for other K-8 teachers and will help you address the needs of students who have learning differences that impact their mastery of mathematics.