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Description: AIM-VA's New Eligibility! AIM-VA is happy to announce changes to the eligibility requirements for ordering accessible instructional materials. While it is still required for a student to have an IEP, changes have been made to the print disability category areas and the competent authorities who confirm them. The two-part requirements for students are outlined below. A student is eligible to receive AIM-VA services if they meet both of the following criteria: Student has an IEP that...
Description: VDOE invites school divisions, nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, faith-based organizations, colleges and universities, and for-profit corporations to apply for 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants. The federal grant program supports community-based programs that provide tutoring, enrichment, and counseling during non-school hours especially for low-income students and students who attend low-performing schools.
Description: The following kids app reviews represent some of the best kids apps found in iTunes and the Android marketplaces. We cull the app marketplaces, talk with kids app developers, pay attention to the app buzz, and download and play 1000s of children's apps every year. We don’t spend much time writing about kids apps that we don’t think are worth your child’s time, thus most kids apps reviewed on this site get a rating of 3 stars or higher. That said, not all of these apps have...
Description: Make & Play Quiz (Google Play) or MakeAndPlayQuiz (iTunes) is a free app that allows teachers to design their own unique board game or "quiz", where students can learn or strengthen their skills by playing a game. Each square can have a Question (Multiple Choice, Fill in the Blank or True/False) or an Event (Stop-skip turns, Go forward, Go Back or Get Points). One to four players can play at a time and the games can be shared with others.
Description: TTJunior, TweenTribune, TeenTribune, and TTEspañol (Spanish version) are included in a free online educational service offered by the Smithsonian for use by K-12 grade Teachers and students. These consist of daily news sites for kids, tweens, and teens, and includes text, photos, graphics, and audio and/or video materials prepared by the Smithsonian and others about current events, history, art, culture and science. There are lessons, instructional and assessment tools, and opportunities...
Description: File Folder Heaven was created by a Special Education teacher, for teachers and parents, working with early learners and students with Autism or developmental disabilities. There are a wide variety of printable file folder games, adapted books, cookie sheet activities clothespin tasks, task cards that provide students with hands-on opportunities to practice basic skills.
Description: These resources are provided for teachers to help students with severe disabilities participate in the general curriculum. Please limit the use and distribution of these materials accordingly. Some titles are available in electronic format and can be downloaded directly from this website. Stories adapted to PowerPoint include sounds/music and allow a student to "click" along using a computer and mouse/switch.
Description: Multisensory Tools for Reading and Writing Color-Coded Word Building Tiles (View / Download) Read It, Build It, Write It Mat (View / Download) Story Stick Questions (View / Download) Multisensory instruction can help kids with reading and writing issues gain basic skills. It works by engaging more than one sense at a time. Multisensory teaching doesn’t have to be limited to school. You can use some techniques at home.
Description: Graphic Organizers to Help Kids With Writing Hamburger Paragraph Graphic Organizer (View / Download) Spider Map Graphic Organizer (View / Download) Persuasion Map Graphic Organizer (View / Download) Pro-Con T-Table Graphic Organizer (View / Download) Sequence Chart Graphic Organizer (View / Download) Graphic organizers are simple yet powerful tools that can help kids with dysgraphia, executive functioning and other issues that can cause trouble writing. A graphic organizer not only helps break...
Description: Setting goals gives your child something to work toward. But as she moves forward, it’s important to help her look back at what she’s already achieved—including small strides she may not have even realized were accomplishments. This can help her stay motivated and push ahead with confidence. Making an “accomplishment box” is a fun way to help your child see her accomplishments—and watch them grow! To get started, download and print this set of sheets. It...
Description: Kids generally love vacations. But there are some parts they don’t always love so much, such as getting there or waiting in restaurants. Kids with certain learning and attention issues may get particularly antsy in such situations. But you can keep yours happy and busy—and maybe even using their academic skills. Check out these games, puzzles and learning pages from On-the-Go Fun for Kids: More Than 250 Activities to Keep Little Ones Busy and Happy—Anytime, Anywhere! (2015,...
Description: Natural Reader is a professional text to speech program that converts any written text into spoken words. The paid versions of Natural Reader have many more features. Download Free Version: Free to download and free to useCompatible with PDF, Word, webpages & moreMore offline voices More features about Paid Versions: Convert to Audio filesSync with iOS and Android appsUse OCR with Kindle, Adobe, iBooks & more What can NaturalReader do for you? Help people with dyslexia.Allow students to...
Description: Do your patrons need help with writing a paper? Are they having difficulty with math? Struggling with reading comprehension? If your patrons need real teacher help, now you can help connect them to a state-certified teacher through Literati Public. The Online teacher will work through homework problems, step by step, until the student is finished with their assignment. This is real time homework help, available at no cost through Literati Public at your public library. When you need...
Description: The Clerc Center, a federally funded national deaf education center, ensures that the diverse population of deaf and hard of hearing students (birth through age 21) in the nation are educated and empowered and have the linguistic competence to maximize their potential as productive and contributing members of society. This is accomplished through early access to and acquisition of language, excellence in teaching, family involvement, research, identification and implementation of best practices,...
Description: The Models of Best Practice in the Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder guidance document from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) includes addressing social communication skills. Because of the characteristics of ASD, we have to think far beyond just reading, writing, and arithmetic to include a wide range of other skills! These social communication challenges can severely limit opportunities in the classroom and in the community. In order for students to be more...
Description: Currently 4 videos are available: No Fighting, No Biting! Managing Sibling Conflict The goal of this workshop is to give parents some strategies to cope with conflict between siblings, including situations where one sibling has a disability. Presented by: Meladie Gey Burke, LPC, RPT Transition 101: Agency Linkages Agency linkages are critically important for students with disabilities as they prepare to transition to postsecondary education, training, employment and independent living. The goal...
Description: This toolkit will help you navigate your child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track and support progress at each stage. The Parent Toolkit team is committed to building a community of parents, teachers, and experts where ideas and tips are shared regularly. This site includes the following sections: Growth Charts (Academic, Health & Wellness, and Social & Emotional Development) Tips & Guides (Videos, Academic, Health &...
Description: As host, you are responsible for hosting an African American Read-In during the month of February. NCTE has developed a variety of resources to help support both individual hosts and hosting organizations implement and promote African American Read-In Programs. As you plan your upcoming event and reflect on your past event, please let us know if there are any resources that you think we should consider developing and/or providing to hosts.
Description: Help your students improve their grammar and writing skills: Create assignments and quizzes without doing any grading Target Common Core skills using your students' interests Provide students with unlimited help whenever they need it Track growth using our color-coded heat maps Teachers can sign up for free and there is a premium version that has more features.
Description: The non-profit ReadWorks is committed to solving the nation's reading comprehension crisis by giving teachers the research-proven tools and support they need to improve the academic achievement of their students. ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly. The ReadWorks curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the standards of all 50 states. Most...
Description: Newsela is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that's always relevant: daily news. It makes it easy for an entire class to read the same content, but at a level that’s just right for each student. You need to set up an account to access the articles. There is a fee for Newsela Pro.
Description: You can use The New York Times in your classroom to: enhance vocabulary, reading comprehension and writing skills integrate informational text to meet Common Core standards foster critical thinking provide content and concepts relevant to your curriculum spark student interest and stimulate discussion
Description: School success depends on a student’s ability to plan, organize and prioritize tasks, materials, and information; separate main ideas from details; think flexibly; memorize content; and monitor progress toward completing tasks. This webcast will introduce strategies using low tech to high tech tools for developing these executive functioning skills for students on the Autism Spectrum.
Description: This web page provides information and resources of particular interest to community-based organizations, both secular and faith-based, working to expand and improve learning opportunities for students. “Education Matters” is a resource that highlights key information to help improve educational outcomes for communities and families (these are available in Spanish).
Description: The new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to science to literature. Interactive tools let students zoom in, draw to highlight details, and conduct open-ended primary source analysis. Full teaching resources are available for each set.
Description: This website focusing on the five core components of reading offers information and resources to educators and parents with the goal of ensuring that all students are able to read at grade-level by the close of their third-grade year.
Description: Learn24VA is an initiative of the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia529 College Savings Plan. This portal aggregates digital tools, content, and resources to support teaching and learning 24/7. The site quickly searches for Virginia-approved online courses by subject. For example, when you type "German" in the search box, all of the approved German courses would appear in a list.
Description: This site includes: Low Tech Options, App Organizers, Chrome Extensions, and Computer Options.
Description: Our mission is to educate, guide and inspire parents of children with learning disabilities or ADHD. Our aim is to help parents realize their children’s significant gifts and talents, and to show that with their love, guidance, and the right support, their children can live happy and productive lives.
Description: These include: Universal Design for Learning: From Theory to Practice, Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning, UDL Myths & Misconceptions, CAST and Project OPEN Present UDL On Campus, UDL Now!, A Discussion on UDL and Learner Variability, Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice, A Book Discussion, UDL Implementation: Are You Ready?
Description: This 2014 multimedia book, Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice, can be accessed at no cost.
Description: It is a place to browse and build resources, lessons and collections. You can use and share these materials to support instruction guided by the UDL principles.
Description: The UDL Guidelines, an articulation of the UDL framework, can assist anyone who plans lessons/units of study or develops curricula (goals, methods, materials, and assessments) to reduce barriers, as well as optimize levels of challenge and support, to meet the needs of all learners from the start. They can also help educators identify the barriers found in existing curricula.
Description: Reading Makes Cent$ is a financial literacy program for Virginia students grades K–3.
Description: TED-Ed is a site dedicated to lessons worth sharing. TED, which is known for their stunning video lecture series, has launched a new service that focuses on lessons and education. Teachers, other experts, and pretty much anyone can send an audio file which TED-Ed will animate and place on their site to share with the world. It is a stunning effort powered by real educators and volunteer animation experts. The results are fantastic and engaging. This is another strong entry for those teachers...
Description: We offer over 200 free resources including: Writing and Teaching Writing, Research, Grammar and Mechanics, Style Guides, ESL (English as a Second Language), and Job Search and Professional Writing.
Description: EARN is: a safe and structured environment in which young people can communicate, an opportunity to apply knowledge in service-learning projects, and a community of educators and learners making a difference as part of the educational process.
Description: Storyboard Generator is a free tool from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Students can choose a script (or write their own) and create a storyboard. This is a great free tool for teachers to use with their students to help them learn storytelling, presentation skills, and so much more. Easy to use, this is a powerful tool for students of all ages.
Description: Mike DeBellis thinks that there's a big hole when it comes to children finding role models with disabilities in their reading, so he wrote a book called “Charlie and the Cardborad Box,” about a the adventures of a boy who uses a wheelchair. DeBellis says the book gives kids with disabilities someone to relate to, and it also helps spread awareness about disabilities to kids without disabilities. (disability awareness)
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is providing additional information to further clarify the eligibility requirements for students who are identified with a reading disability due to an organic dysfunction to receive free accessible instructional materials through AIM-VA. (Superintendent's Memo- January 9, 2015)
Description: This statement presents an approach for categorizing the evidence base of practices in special education. The quality indicators and the criteria for categorizing the evidence base of special education practices is intended for use by groups or individuals with advanced training and experience in educational research design and methods.
Description: Mind in the Making (MITM), developed by Families and Work Institute (FWI), is an unprecedented effort to share the science of children’s learning with the general public, families and professionals who work with them. Based on Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs (HarperCollins, 2010) by Ellen Galinsky, president of FWI, its mission is to promote Executive Function Life Skills in adults and through them in children in order to keep the fire for learning...
Description: This module describes how teachers can incorporate vocabulary and reading comprehension skills instruction into content-area lessons and will introduce you to a variety of effective practices—including the use of graphic organizers—to help students better understand what they read.
Description: This Module examines some of the reasons that adolescents struggle with content-area text and overviews effective strategies teachers can use to improve the vocabulary and comprehension skills of students with a wide range of abilities and across a variety of subjects.
Description: The K-12 English Language Arts SOL Institutes focused on nonfiction and fiction reading, writing, instructional strategies for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities. All of the materials are now posted.
Description: This new interactive tool is designed to help health professionals and others find nutritious recipes as a key strategy for encouraging children to eat healthier meals. Resources include Cookbooks, Recipe Tools and Spotlights. Recipes in Spanish (Recetas en Español) are available too.
Description: Are you using all the tools that are available to improve your students' learning and demonstration of literacy skills? Have your students developed note-taking and study skills? Are they communicating and participating in socially acceptable ways, autonomously and as independently as possible? These are the possibilities of supports through today's mobile technologies, apps, software, and even no tech assistive technology strategies. You will be prompted to login to view this archived video.
Description: Welcome to VSA's educational tool that features short literary works by prominent writers with disabilities. Designed to engage middle and high school students and encourage dialogue about disability and diversity, each Writing Spotlight is accompanied by discussion questions and writing activities to promote language arts skills, including reading comprehension and creative writing. (Writing Spotlights are also available in Arabic, French and Spanish)
Description: The following have been updated: Blended Curriculum at a Glance (#1), Thematic Unit Planning Form (#8), ASOL to SOL Crosswalks (#9) for Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science and History/Social Science, and Science Sample Activities (#13).
Description: If your child has a special need or learning difference, you've come to the right place. Common Sense Media gets lots of requests for product recommendations from parents whose kids struggle with traditional learning. Some of their kids have a hard time with schoolwork; others have trouble staying on task or find it difficult to express their feelings.