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Description: The content of this issue of Best Practices for Better Schools™ is excerpted with permission from Doing What Works (DWW), a website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of DWW is to create an online library of resources to help principals and other educators implement research-based instructional practice.
Description: This guide for teachers is a companion piece to the meta-analysis from the Center on Instruction, Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities or Difficulty Learning Mathematics: A Synthesis of the Intervention Research. Based on the findings of this report, seven effective instructional practices were identified for teaching mathematics to K-12 students with learning disabilities.
Description: The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) is an NSF supported project that began in 1999 to develop a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for math instruction (K-12 emphasis).
Description: This site offers free tools and resources to help school staff and parents promote positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning for all children and youth. (Parents, parent, Behavior, Math, Reading)
Description: NCTM Illuminations provides quality standards-based resources at no cost for teaching and learning mathematics, including over 100 interactive tools for students and instructional support for teachers. Our Resources Lessons and interactives searchable by NCTM’s Principles and Standards and by the Common Core State Standards. Over 700 lesson plans Over 100 activities; these are virtual manipulatives, applets, and games 13 Calculation Nation® games Play online math...
Description: The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviews the existing research on different programs, products, practices, and policies in education. Our goal is to provide educators with the information they need to make evidence-based decisions. We focus on the results from high-quality research to answer the question “What works in education?” Topics include: Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Behavior, Children and Youth with Disabilities, English Learners, Teacher...
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: This document (dated September 13, 2013) is based on comments provided to frequently asked questions received by the Virginia Department of Education regarding the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning. The comments are organized by content strand or course. In support of the implementation of the standards, teachers are encouraged to review comments not only from their specific grade level or course standards, but rather review the document in its entirety to gain information that can directly...
Description: Every problem in the TenMarks library is developed with the intent to engage the student's problem-solving skills. With a continually growing bank of questions, students are assured access to a wide variety of problems to practice and perfect their skills and build a strong foundation.
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: 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: The value of early education is imperative to the future academic success and the growth of children’s intellectual development. Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: Comprehensive Standards for Four-Year-Olds provides a measurable range of skills and knowledge essential for four-year-olds to be successful in kindergarten. The purpose of this document is to provide early childhood educators a set of minimum standards in literacy, mathematics, science, history and social...
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: Ever-evolving mobile technologies offer hope to students who have a learning disability like dyscalculia or dyslexia. My daughter (who has dyslexia) and I researched and/or tested all of the apps, and we think they’re especially helpful to the student with LD in dealing with math – whether it’s for schoolwork or some other kind of everyday challenge (like figuring out how much something really costs).
Description: This company provides a variety of talking calculators that range in price.
Description: Figure This! Mathematical challenges for families provide interesting math challenges that middle-school students can do at home with their families. Funding for the project was provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Education.
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: 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: This section includes Mathematics Formula Sheets and the Table of Standard Normal Probabilities. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
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 algebraic properties listed apply given a, b, and c are real numbers. This is not an exhaustive list algebraic properties. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: This lists the calculator model types that are allowed for each grade level. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: The following is an annotated listing of curriculum, instruction, and assessment resources and guidance provided to school divisions since 2009 to assist with the implementation of the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning.
Description: These resources are available on the VDOE website to support instruction and assessment.
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: ASOL Mathematics Sample Activites are available for grades 3 through 8 and high school. They are under the 3rd section of this page: Sample Activities.
Description: This document highlights the correlation of Inspiration® with the 2010 English Language Arts Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools - Middle School. The Inspiration Standards Match is designed to demonstrate the many ways Inspiration supports the standards and to give educators ideas for using this tool to meet learning goals across the curriculum.
Description: The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. The association comprises nearly 60,000 individual members of the early childhood community and...
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 as well as General, Elementary School, Middle School and High School Instructional Resources.
Description: These instructional videos are provided as support for the implementation of the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL). They include Strategies Across the Strands, Number & Number Sense, Computation & Estimation, Measurement, Geometry, Probability & Statistics, Patterns, Functions & Algebra and Additional Resources.
Description: This document highlights the correlation of Kidspiration® with the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools - Elementary. The Kidspiration Standards Match is designed to demonstrate the many ways Kidspiration supports the standards and to give educators ideas for using this tool to meet learning goals across the curriculum.
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 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...
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: BrainPOP creates animated, curricular content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement. Our award-winning online educational resources include BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP, BrainPOP Español, and, for English language learners, BrainPOP ESL. BrainPOP is also home to GameUp, an educational games portal for the classroom. There is a cost to subscribe. (BrainPop is available in Spanish.)
Description: LEARNet is a resource for teachers, clinicians, parents, and students from the Brain Injury Association of New York State. LEARNet includes a problem-solving system designed to help you identify useful procedures for helping students with brain injury in school and at home. There are the followig sections: Problem-Solving System Video Introduction, What Problems Have You Seen?, Tutorials and Suggestions for Intervention, About the Brain, For Kids, For Parents, For Teachers, and Sports...
Description: The purpose of this brief (from the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials) is to help families and educators understand the right of all students with disabilities who need accessible instructional materials to receive these materials in a timely manner. This right is based on provisions in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as well as in the disability civil rights statutes Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Description: The Autism Internet Modules were developed with one aim in mind: to make comprehensive, up-to-date, and usable information on autism accessible and applicable to educators, other professionals, and families who support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Written by experts from across the U.S., all online modules are free, and are designed to promote understanding of, respect for, and equality of persons with ASD. Modules feature videos, charts, pictures, case studies and a...
Description: Welcome to EZ AT II, a guide for parents and professionals who want to help infants and toddlers with disabilities participate more fully in daily activities. This guide shows how using simple assistive technology (AT) can help children with disabilities from birth to age 3 reach that goal. AT refers to a wide range of products, devices and strategies that help increase or improve a person’s ability to participate in life activities such as playing, reading, communicating, etc. AT opens...
Description: This is a workbook by Michelle Ranae Wild, M.A. for individuals living with brain injuries and other cognitive issues. Topics covered in the workbook include: Making Cognitive Connections, iPod Touch Basics, The Clock App, The Calendar App, The Contacts App, The Notes App and Synchronizing with iTunes.
Description: Students with learning disabilities can enhance and develop their communication skills, learn how to adapt to situations, and develop social skills. Check out this collection of iPad apps that can make a difference in the life of a learning disabled child.
Description: Welcome to Rick Wormeli’s new website supporting implementation of his book, Fair Isn’t Always Equal. (Complete the free, one-time registration and you’ll be taken directly to the site.) In order to be supportive of teachers, principals, superintendents, parents, policy-makers, professional developers, authors, and school board members who are exploring assessment and grading issues, especially in classrooms where teachers are trying to differentiate instruction with diverse...