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Description: The virtual astronomy course is aligned with the Commonwealth’s Science Standards of Learning (SOL) and may be used as a stand-alone minicourse or as a supplement to full-year courses in earth science, physics, or astronomy. The course is optimized for delivery on iPad and is available at no cost via Virginia on iTunes U. The virtual astronomy course may be used to satisfy a state diploma requirement (effective with this year’s first-time freshmen) that students complete at least one virtual...
Description: Credit accommodations for students with disabilities pursuing a Standard Diploma include augmenting the Personal Living and Finances course (state course code 3120) by including the 21 Workplace Readiness Skills (WRS) for the Commonwealth. Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 Plans will have the opportunity to use the revised course to meet the Economics and Personal Finance graduation requirement if the student has earned at least three (3) standard credits in history...
Description: The purpose of this report is to describe a process for the identification of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and also to delineate practices that have sufficient empirical support to be termed “evidence-based.”
Description: Whether you're a high school or college student, tests are unavoidable. If you take a multiple-choice exam your strategy will be different than if you were to take an essay test. Learning proper note taking, studying and test taking strategies are a vital part of improving your grade on exams as well as your academic success.
Description: Rigorous teacher-developed course units cover all aspects of civic education from voting to service learning to the legislative process and more! Many lesson plans include PowerPoint presentations. Elementary resources include a resources guide, morning meeting lesson plans, mini-modules and a dramatic reading of the Constitutional Convention. Sign up now to access all of Youth Leadership Initiative’s FREE lesson plan resources.
Description: The Best Evidence Encyclopedia (BEE) presents reliable, unbiased reviews of research-proven educational programs to help: POLICY MAKERS use evidence to make informed choices. PRINCIPALS choose proven programs to meet state standards. TEACHERS use the most powerful tools available. RESEARCHERS find rigorous evaluations of educational programs. ...because all children deserve the best in education.
Description: This report serves to provide a better understanding of possible factors that may contribute to difficulties in a school environment after a concussion and serves as a framework for the medical home, the educational home, and the family home to guide the student to a successful and safe return to learning.
Description: MyPlate Kids' Place has resources that can help children make healthier choices. ChooseMyPlate.gov offers science-based advice to help kids and their parents build healthy meals and maintain or achieve a healthy weight. MyPlate Kids' Place provides online resources and tools for children to help them make wise choices in a fun and appealing way. (nutrition)
Description: This contains a listing of the reading products available from Don Johnston.
Description: The Virginia Science Activities, Models and Simulations project engages students in middle and high school in practices that are essential for learning science through inquiry. The activities involve asking questions or defining problems, using models or sensors, collecting data, interpreting results, using mathematics, technology and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions based on evidence.
Description: The mission of the Virginia Law Foundation & The Virginia Bar Association Rule of Law Project is to fundamentally change the way students learn about the rule of law as the basis of all of our rights and responsibilities as American citizens. (Social Science)
Description: The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features sets of primary documents designed for groups of students with diverse reading skills and abilities. (You must create an account to download the lessons.)
Description: The purpose of this checklist is to help teachers and parents design environments, materials, and interactions that will promote optimal motivation and engagement in learning. Each section correlates with Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning and provides strategies for adults to use that will create the highest quality preschool experiences for each child. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: Prepared by Office of Humanities and Early Childhood, Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the purpose of this document is to provide early childhood educators a set of minimum standards in literacy, mathematics, science, history and social science, health and physical development, personal and social development, music, and the visual arts, with indicators of success for entering kindergarten that are derived from scientifically-based research.
Description: The purpose of the Preschool Curriculum Review Rubric is to help early childhood educators identify and choose curricula that are based on scientific research and that align with Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: Resources for this handout were collected from numerous recommendations from colleagues,students, SWAAAC team members, and personal research. Whenever possible the description from the iTunes store was included. Apps are generally categorized by the most appropriate association. It should be noted that many apps could fall into more than one category. (iPad, iPads, iTouch, Time Management, Math, Music, Reading, Writing, Art, Science, Social Studies, Communication, Vision, Hearing)
Description: This site is intended for students age 14 and up, and for anyone interested in learning about our universe. (Science)
Description: The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has unveiled an online exhibit of disability in America. The exhibit "Everybody: An Artifact History of Disability in America" features sections on disability and history, people, places, technology and more. The exhibit presents history as viewed from the perspective of people with disabilities.
Description: Journey North engages students and citizen scientists around the globe in tracking wildlife migration and seasonal change. Participants share field observations across the northern hemisphere, exploring the interrelated aspects of seasonal change. Journey North is a free, Internet-based program presented by Annenberg Learner, a division of the Annenberg Foundation. (Science)
Description: The Bugscope project provides free interactive access to a scanning electron microscope (SEM) so that students anywhere in the world can explore the microscopic world of insects. This educational outreach program from the Beckman Institute's Imaging Technology Group at the University of Illinois supports K-16 classrooms worldwide. Bugscope allows teachers everywhere to provide students with the opportunity to become microscopists themselves—the kids propose experiments, explore insect...
Description: Gooru is a free search engine for learning that makes it easy for teachers to discover educational content, organize it into learning playlists, and teach and share it with students to study. (Discover your favorite Science, Math, Social Sciences and English Language Arts topics)
Description: The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable...
Description: Research shows that children who read for pleasure in the summer do better and forget less when they go back to school. And it's not just in reading. Kids who don't read over the summer can slide backward in all subject areas. This means the summer months and other breaks from school offer great opportunities for families and caregivers to help improve reading and writing. This includes reasources for reading, mathematics, science and history & social studies.
Description: The VMAST practice items give students the opportunity to use research-based supports and simplifications that have been applied to existing online items to make them more accessible for students with disabilities. The practice items are samples only. They do not cover all content for the grade level or course, nor do they provide examples of all item types or functionality that may be found in the field test items. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE) (Standards of Learning, SOL)
Description: The K-12 History and Social Science SOL Institutes provided training that focused on deepening participants’ understanding and application of the rigorous practices and critical reasoning skills embedded in each history and social science standard. The Institutes used primary sources to provide participants with examples of how effective history and social science instruction may be enhanced for students in each course range and how teachers can improve student achievement in content areas of...
Description: This technical assistance document provides some basic rules for determining significant digits and using significant digits in calculations. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE), Science
Description: These practice items provide examples of the new content and increased rigor represented by the revised Standards of Learning (SOL) and illustrate the new Technology-Enhanced Item types for the mathematics, reading, science, and writing SOL tests. Technology-Enhanced Items (TEI) require students to indicate their responses in ways other than a multiple-choice format. Please note that the practice items are not intended to be a complete test and are not intended to cover all content for the grade...
Description: This includes: text of the Constitution of Virginia, Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States of America with Amendments and the Virginia Charters.
Description: This is te Periodic Table of the Elements for Assessments Based on the 2010 Chemistry Standards of Learning (SOL). (Science)
Description: This guide, from the Brain Injury Association of Virginia, includes sections on: What is a Brain Injury? (Symptoms & Causes), A Partnership Approach, Screening Questions and a chart with Brain Injury Deficit Management Strategies. (Accommodations)
Description: These resources are available on the VDOE website to support instruction and assessment.
Description: These resources are available on the VDOE website to support instruction and assessment.
Description: Wonderopolis, a program brought to life by the National Center for Family Literacy, engages and inspires families in the pursuit of education and learning together. We help families create a new force — transforming the parent/child relationship into an engine for progress and upward mobility.
Description: Boardmaker software is the premiere software among educators for creating printed symbol-based communication and educational materials. A drawing program combined with a graphics database, Boardmaker features more than 4,500 Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) in both black-and-white and color, all in 44 languages. Ideal for creating printed materials! Click the link below to see all of the available downloads.
Description: Serving Up MyPlate is a new collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities. Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy. These materials includes a colorful 4 page booklet for parents in English, Spanish,...
Description: Schools today face the challenge of providing appropriate services to a diverse and increasingly numerous student population diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. In order to achieve this goal, evidence-based practice is essential in the schools. To assist school professionals as they strive to help these students reach their potential, the National Autism Center has produced a comprehensive 245-page manual, Evidence-Based Practice and Autism in the Schools. The manual outlines relevant...
Description: The following is an annotated listing of certain curriculum, instruction, and assessment supports and guidance provided to school divisions since 2010 to assist with the implementation of the 2010 Science Standards of Learning.
Description: The Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP) provides training, information, technical assistance and resources regarding the uses of technology for children with disabilities. OTAP services are available to anyone concerned with the needs of Oregon's children with disabilities from birth to age twenty-one. The program is sponsored by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).
Description: GUIDED ACCESS is a feature of iPads/iPod Touches with iOS6 or higher that can help students remain on task and focused on content by limiting access to a single app (disabling the Home Button) and restricting touch input on certain areas of the screen.
Description: This section of the VDOE website includes Professional Development Resources, K-6 Science Instructional Resources, Middle & High School Science Instructional Resources, Award Programs, Miscellaneous and Additional science resources.
Description: This section of the VDOE website includes Elementary History & Social Science Instructional Resources, Middle School History & Social Science Instructional Resources, High School History & Social Science Instructional Resources and Additional History & Social Science Resources.
Description: The purpose of this article from Teaching Exceptional Children is to equip educators and other school staff involved in the school reentry process for students with TBI with the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions when addressing the specific needs of this group. TEACHING Exceptional Children September-October 2012 vol. 45 no. 1 54-63.
Description: This takes you to the Read:Outloud 6 Show-Me-How Tutorials.
Description: This packet provides school administrators with information and resources about concussion. Successful concussion management policies follow the Recognize, Remove, Refer, Return protocol.
Description: This list was created by a Speech Language Pathologist/Augmentative Communication Consultant/Assistive Technology Consultant. (iPad)
Description: If you received a note from a physician stating a student in your class had a concussion and needed academic accommodations, would you know how to change the student’s coursework not only to help him continue participating in class, but also to help him recover? Would you be able to explain to a parent what changes you have made and why?
Description: In 2006, the U.S. Department of Education developed a Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities (Tool Kit) to support the Department’s initiative to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. The Tool Kit focused on increasing states’ capacity to provide rigorous assessment, instruction, and accountability for students with disabilities. The Tool Kit on Universal Design for Learning is an additional component of the original Tool Kit, and offers a compilation of current...
Description: The following information is provided to assist educational teams in considering assistive technology in the development, review, and/or revision of a student’s Individual Educational Plan. This document provides a framework for identifying relevant tasks within instructional areas as well as appropriate accommodations, modifications, and technology solutions. This is not an exhaustive list. Additional tasks and solutions will need to be added to address individual student needs. This...
Description: This packet includes Information for Teachers: Signs and Symptoms of Concussion, Return to Academics Progression, Accommodations Suggestions and Accommodations Plan from Healthcare Provider.
Description: Morphonix™LLC is developing a series of video games that makes abstract concepts of brain science fun and comprehensible to children and teens. Many software games spur kids to use their brains, but this is the first series of video games that also teaches children the science of their brains. These games must be purchased.