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Description: Recover, Redesign, Restart 2020 (PDF) is a guiding document for Virginia school divisions developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in preparation for schools reopening. It addresses all facets of school operations and includes key questions, embedded links to resources, and recommendations for school leaders within the reopening parameters set forth by our Governor.  Hundreds of hours have been devoted to its creation by caring and committed stakeholders...
Description: 50 Must-Have Picture Books to Teach Social Emotional Skills (We are Teachers) Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) (SEL Resources During COVID-19 and Infographics) Confident Parents Confident Kids: A site for parents actively supporting kids' social and emotional development Edutopia (George Lucas Educational Foundation) (Social and Emotional Learning Resources) Mindful Schools Parent Toolkit (Produced by NBC News Education Nation and Supported by Pearson) Reduce...
Description: This August, the Autism Society of America is dedicated to providing the autism community with the valuable resources necessary for the ever-changing landscape of back to school during COVID-19. Our goal is to provide resources to help autistic individuals and families as they navigate the “New Normal” of education during the COVID-19 crisis this summer. They have compiled a digital toolkit of resources, information, referrals, and support to help autistic individuals and their...
Description: It is recognized that everyone is doing their best to manage work, self-care, children’s online education, and more during the COVID-19 pandemic. Families and professionals supporting children with disabilities face additional challenges. You are not in this alone. The PA Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), in collaboration with the Bureau of Special Education, has created this website for families and general educators supporting complex learners at home. For the purpose...
Description: Family participation is an essential feature of the development and implementation of high-quality educational programming for students with disabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates that families, and students when appropriate, participate in the development, monitoring, and the implementation of individualized education program (IEP). Although this participation is a legal requirement, collaborative partnerships between families and school personnel also...
Description: In this Quick Take, Clara Hauth and Catherine Creighton Thompson want to get you and your families ready for the new virtual school year. What kind of questions should you be asking your families? How can you support them in this new era of learning? Find out these answers and more. Resources from this Quick Take: Sample Family Information Form Questions Sample Pre-Instruction Video/Meeting Outline Online Learner Readiness Rubric Transcript
Description: 1. I don’t know what school’s going to look like, and I can’t plan. It’s hard to plan for school when you don’t yet know if school is going to be remote, in-person, or a combination of the two. Do you need to find childcare, change your work schedule, or take time off work so you can be available to support at-home learning? When you can’t plan, it’s hard to help your child get ready. You may not even know if you should be buying school supplies....
Description: The Federation for Children with Special Needs and the Massachusetts Statewide Family Engagement Center have teamed up to produce this short (less than four minute) video providing families with guidance on assisting their children with using Zoom.  The video is housed on YouTube.
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: Circumstances may prohibit participants from attending special education meetings in person. In these situations, technology allows one or all of the individuals to participate through the Internet or telephone. Many types of meetings can occur virtually, including IEP meetings, mediations, resolution sessions, and due process hearings. While each of these types of meetings is unique, virtual meetings share common traits and considerations. Here we have collected resources, tips and...
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: Designed for family members, this 10 minute video explains the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) and offers concrete tips and strategies to engage with school partners more effectively. The video features family members and school staff from around Virginia, sharing their own lived experiences and suggestions for building stronger connections between families and educators to improve outcomes for all students.  A fact sheet accompanies the video. A Fact Sheet to Accompany Family...
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: If you or a loved one are having a tough time affording groceries right now, know that you’re not alone! Help is available, and nonprofit VirginiaNavigator can guide you. Here are 3 things you can try. Find food assistance programs near you. On VirginiaNavigator.org, enter your ZIP code and search for “food.” Apply for SNAP benefits. The average monthly SNAP benefit for Virginia residents is $128 per person. Learn more about SNAP and find out if you qualify. If you have kids at...
Description: Basic Facts about COVID-19 in Other Languages or Formats (Arabic, Bangla, Chinese, Filipino, French, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Indonesian, Laotian, Persian, Portuguese, Shona, Sindhi, Spanish, Swahili, Telugu, Urdu, and Vietnamese) Talking to Children about COVID-19 | Other Language Resources (English, Spanish, Amharic, Chinese, and Korean) Schooling at Home | Other Language Resources (English, Spanish, Russian, and Haitian-Creole)
Description: Resources About Face Masks, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School) (Available in English & Spanish) The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities and Children’s Specialized Hospital have developed a series of resources to help children understand and feel comfortable wearing face masks. Wearing Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Advocate Medical Group: Adult Down Syndrome Center For Individuals with Down Syndrome For Families...
Description: Table of Contents: Economic Impact Payments, Information about Representative Payees, Stay Informed, Monthly Benefits and Other Financial Help, Protect Yourself from Scams, Getting Help from Social Security, Hearings, COVID-19 Resources
Description: Building Learning into Natural Home Routines and Activities Plan This document is a home learning plan created as a follow-up to the 15 questions for teachers to help parents. This plan is designed to take advantage of that partnership. It asks parents to talk about home activities or routines where they could use help from the teacher. The teacher can then offer ideas and suggestions to help teach those home routines or activities. 15 Questions to Help Teachers Help Parents This document...
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: This guide provides 5 key practices for teachers and families to support all students, including students with disabilities, at school and home. This is not an exhaustive list of “best practices.” Instead, we identified a small number of practices that have a big impact on student learning and social-emotional-behavioral growth. This was developed by the Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII), and...
Description: This video presentation is by Dr. Anastasia Samaras.
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 document was developed to assist school personnel on how to support military-connected students and their families during the pandemic.
Description: This brief provides guidance to parents, family members, and caregivers about using the power of play to build resilience and support healing. Some of the ideas outlined in the brief include:  Create opportunities for young children to communicate their fears and express their big feelings in constructive ways. Support children in releasing the extra energy charge that accumulates in their bodies after a stressful or traumatic experience. Teach infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children...
Description: VCU-ACE is delighted to announce the development of early childhood specific resources for families raising young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  These resources are designed to support families through the challenges and disruptions of COVID-19, as well as support families in understanding topics related to ASD and child development.   From Our House to Yours: A Message to Families In this VCU-ACE video resource, Alicia Hart, VCU-ACE Training Associate and parent...
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: How to Keep Distracted Kids in “Study Mode” (Even if They Have ADHD): A Webinar for Families Whether your child struggles with executive functioning skills, has ADHD, or would simply rather be playing Fortnite than doing online schooling, this webinar is for you Setting the Stage for Distance Learning Success: A Webinar for Families: Friday, May 1, 2020, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. Transitioning to distance learning can be overwhelming.  Join us to learn important strategies to help...
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: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) cares about the well-being of both you and your child, especially as we face the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all in this together and our first priority is to keep our families and ourselves safe by seeking out meaningful supports. We should make every effort to stay positive and patient with one another and be compassionate in the understanding that everyone--administrators, teachers, students, and families--are going through this together. Please...
Description: RICHMOND — Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced today that the Virginia Department of Education is partnering with Radio Poder WBTK 1380 AM — a Richmond Spanish-language station — to launch “Virginia: Educación en Radio,” the commonwealth’s first bilingual radio learning program. El Superintendente de Instrucción Pública James Lane anunció hoy que el Departamento de Educación de Virginia se está...
Description: Dr. Steve Constantino and his guests from the Klein Independent School District, Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown, and Family Engagement Program Coordinator, Maria Ovalle-Lopez. Dr. Constantino facilitate a discussion with these practitioners about their experiences with what works in engaging families during the COVID-19 crisis. (Recorded April 28, 2020)
Description: School closures are now widespread as part of the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While these are critical steps to protect the health of Americans, the disruption in routine for children with autism or special needs can be incredibly hard.   Long-term changes to daily schedules can mean a loss of skills they may have gained during school programming or lead to increased anxiety and problem behaviors. In addition, parents who are also at home unexpectedly...
Description: Beans in a Bag Germination Experiment I do this activity every spring with my preschool class. It’s always fun to see the keen interest the parents have watching the experiment develop over the course of several weeks. This year, the whole family can participate because they’ll be doing it from home! You should try it too. All it takes is a Ziploc bag, a few dried beans, and a curious preschooler. Add a paper towel and some water and watch the miracle of germination slowly take...
Description: Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced that four Virginia public media stations will broadcast teacher-led classroom instruction aligned with the Commonwealth’s academic standards. Blue Ridge PBS, VPM, WETA and WHRO Public Media worked closely with the VDOE to create “VA TV Classroom” to provide instruction to students in grades K-10 who are unable to access other distance learning options. “VA TV Classroom” will air instructional content...
Description: Coronavirus is posing unprecedented challenges to public schools around the country. To help ensure the continuity of special education services during remote instruction and to spotlight best practice approaches for schools and educators, an alliance of national education organizations has come together to ensure equity for all learners.  EducatingAllLearners.org creates a hub of curated tools, strategies, tips and best practices for supporting students with disabilities...
Description: With the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone across the globe is in the process of figuring out how to adapt in order to curb the spread of this virus. HiMama has compiled these resources with the feedback and support from the childcare community to help child care centers, teachers and families make the most of these uncertain times to continue providing great care for our kiddos.
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: Downloads include: Corona Virus Social Stories Example Blackwell Parent Matrix (English) Example Blackwell Parent Matrix (English) Getting Back to School After Disruptions Google Classroom Expectations Online Learning at Home Expectations (Teacher Instructions) PBIS for Parents Using PBIS Principles at Home And More....
Description: The National School Climate Center promotes safe, supportive learning environments that nurture social and emotional, civic, and academic growth for all students.
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: This site is focused on skills promotion and prevention, not on problems. Problems will be addressed but in a way that uses the situation as a “teachable moment” for the child and the whole family. In short, suggestions are meant to be used right away and easily to support you in optimizing your child’s social and emotional learning AND your family’s connectedness.
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: The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL supports educators and policy leaders and enhances the experiences and outcomes for all PreK-12 students. Our work is critical at a time when educators, parents, students, and employers increasingly recognize the value of SEL. Together, we are united in our call for schools to educate the whole child, equipping...
Description: Family engagement is not about doing more, it’s about doing what we already do, only doing it differently. And it seems to me that things are pretty different today than they were a week ago, so the time is right. We can be well served to use this unique situation as a way to leverage family efficacy to sustain momentum in student learning. Families, as I have said hundreds of times, are the first and most influential teachers of their children.
Description: Coronavirus. COVID-19! What to do, where to turn? The amount of information that’s constantly emerging is so staggering, it seems nearly impossible to keep up. At CPIR we thought you might find it helpful to have a brief list of resources to address key issues such as multilanguage materials to share, places parents can turn to as so many schools are closed for now, and telecommuting tips to help with maintaining social distancing practices.  The list is nowhere near exhaustive, nor...
Description: Blue Campaign is a national public awareness campaign, designed to educate the public, law enforcement and other industry partners to recognize the indicators of human trafficking, and how to appropriately respond to possible cases. Blue Campaign works closely with DHS Components to create general awareness training and materials for law enforcement and others to increase detection of human trafficking, and to identify victims. Located within the Office of Partnership and Engagement, Blue...
Description: These 20 Free Apps for Student Success cover the following topics: Productivity Campus Engagement Mental Health and Wellness Stress Management Support System Financial Creating Healthy Habits Study Support Some of these applications are only for use on desktops, while most are available on iPhones or Android products.
Description: NetSmartz is NCMEC's online safety education program. It provides age-appropriate videos and activities to help teach children be safer online with the goal of helping children to become more aware of potential online risks and empowering them to help prevent victimization by making safer choices on- and offline.