High Leverage Practices: Updated Resources for Administrators and Staff
High-leverage practices can improve instruction and result in better outcomes for students who struggle, including students with disabilities. Teachers who master these practices can engage in complex instructional practice and collaborations. These resources will support leaders as they design professional development opportunities to introduce and improve high-leverage practices in special education and encourage conversations about… Read More High Leverage Practices: Updated Resources for Administrators and Staff
November is Family Engagement in Schools Month
November is Family Engagement in Schools Month. Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation outlining the importance of families as they help their children reach their full potential. He notes that “Family Involvement in Education Month is an opportunity to recognize the important relationship between families and education institutions and the work being done throughout the… Read More November is Family Engagement in Schools Month
Tools: Professional Learning Plans for Administrators and Teachers
A District Leader’s Guide to Professional Development—Hanover Research By developing a comprehensive professional learning plan, district leaders can ensure they are providing high-quality, relevant, and accessible professional learning to their teachers. The following research guide provides recommendations, strategies, and case studies to inform district-wide professional learning plans. There is also a discussion guide at the… Read More Tools: Professional Learning Plans for Administrators and Teachers
Return to Learn—Checkpoints and Resources for School Leaders
As schools develop plans for summer and fall 2021 programs, attention needs to be given to addressing learning gaps and mental health needs of students and staff. The Virginia Department of Education has developed checkpoints to assist leaders and staff as they consider guiding questions, assess and allocate available resources, and deploy plans to meet… Read More Return to Learn—Checkpoints and Resources for School Leaders
Five Simple Ways to Engage Families
Create a Culture Create a culture where every family feels a sense of belonging to the school. Communicate what the student is learning and offer ongoing training to support families’ efforts to extend learning from school to home. Learning Heroes Roadmap offers parents a variety of ways to keep their child on track. Communicate Effectively… Read More Five Simple Ways to Engage Families
- COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions–FAQs (updated weekly)
- COVID-19: A Parent Guide for School-Aged Children
- Virtual Virginia
- Supporting Students Who Receive Early Childhood Special Education Services during COVID19
Virginia Learns Anywhere Download the Full Report here.
Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services.
Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) is an international professional educational organization which is affiliated with the Council for Exceptional Children whose members are dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual in society.
- Virginia Council of Administrators of Special Education (VCASE) is a professional organization that promotes professional leadership through the provision of collegial support and current information on recommended instructional practices as well as local, state and national trends in Special Education for professionals who serve students with disabilities in order to improve the quality and delivery of special education services in Virginia’s public Schools.
The Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) is a web-based educational resource for families, schools and communities that promotes inclusive educational practices.
NCII builds the capacity of state and local education agencies, universities, practitioners, and other stakeholders to support implementation of intensive intervention in literacy, mathematics, and behavior for students with severe and persistent learning and/or behavioral needs.
- Resources to help educators and other building-based personnel find tools and resources to support students with intensive needs
- Intensive Interventions: A Teacher’s Toolkit of activities and resources to assist practitioners in designing and delivering intensive interventions in reading and mathematics
Social Emotional Learning Resources
SEL: 3 Signature Practices Playbook: A Tool That Supports Systematic SEL:Practical ways to introduce and Broaden the use of SEL practices in classrooms, schools, and workplaces.
- A Parent’s Guide To Special Education (available in Spanish)
- Virginia’s Guidelines for Educating Students with Specific Learning Disabilities (ADA compliant version)
- Specific Learning Disability Supplementary Guide on Dyslexia: Frequently Asked Questions
- Universal Design for Learning
- Superintendent’s and Principal’s Memos
Webinars on various topics including, Special Education, Elementary and Secondary Instruction, and Comprehensive Literacy.
As a follow-up to the 2019 Virginia is for ALL Learners Education Equity Summer Institute, the Virginia Department of Education will host a monthly series of webinars focused on equity strategies and resources available to school divisions.
How do we move beyond the packet mentality to truly help students become independent learners while leveraging the funds of knowledge at home and in their immediate community? That is the question posed and answered by Zaretta Hammond in this important webinar series.
Webinar: Equitable Practices for Teaching Online. (IDRA)
Webinar How can we work for equity & access in challenging times? (STEM Learning Ecosystem)—-