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Accelerating Learning for Students with Disabilities During COVID-19 and Beyond

COVID-19 shuttered school buildings and the impact on students will potentially be significant for years to come. While instructional loss will affect most students, it could have a disproportionate impact on students with disabilities and other historically marginalized populations, including students of color, students impacted by poverty, and English language learners. It’s critical that schools take immediate steps to address the issue of instructional loss and prevent students from falling further behind. This 26-page report from NCLD discusses promising practices for doing just that. It explores in some detail research-based approaches to accelerate learning; how to implement those approaches with success; and policy recommendations and actions at the state and federal levels. Read more about the report and download it here.

Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools

(2021, February) | Useful for sharing with PTAs, families, community organizations involved in educational issues, and school leadership staff. COVID-19 Handbook, Volume 1: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools comes from the U.S. Department of Education. The 26-page handbook begins with a summary of CDC’s operational strategies and steps for safe school reopening. […]

Mental Health Resources

Updated, February 2021 There are many, many organizations and groups that deal with mental health. This page will help you find the one or ones that offer the type of assistance, intervention, or information you’re seeking. We’ve organized the information into the following sections: If it’s a crisis… (Keep scrolling) A quick-read fact sheet Be […]

The New Reading Rainbow: Great Books About Race, Diversity, and Inclusion

For young kids, books are an experience, a cooperative reading lessons with pointing, musing, and discussions about the content built into the comfort of bonding. While there are many excellent book lists for young readers that challenge representation and celebrate diversity, this list includes reading recommendations derived from a variety of organizations and experts leading the charge. It was created with the idea in mind that parents would be reading these books with their kids and, when questions arise, breaking down the content in a way that their child can understand. The reading list is also part of the series From The Start: A Parent’s Guide to Talking About Racial Bias, a rich source of guidance into the challenging task of talking about race. Connect with both of these resources here.

Educational Technology Counts

(2021, February) | Useful to Parent Centers in keeping up to date with how technology is currently being used in education. Every year Education Week publishes an annual report on educational technology. These reports can help Parent Centers, schools, and families learn more about the various technologies in use to support teaching and learning, and […]

PBIS State Coordinator Network

This helpful resource page from the Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports offers information and links to each state’s PBIS coordinator. You can contact your state for technical support or questions concerning the implementation of PBIS. https://www.pbis.org/about/pbis-state-coordinators (Link updated, February 2021)

Building Responsive Relationships Remotely

In the Spring and Fall of 2020, the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University hosted a series of conversations with members of its Frontiers of Innovation community. Through these conversations, members shared their stories of innovation and resilience as they sought to maintain services for families during the pandemic.

Building Responsive Relationships Remotely is a compilation of the ideas and wisdom that experts from the field shared during those conversations to help others navigate remote interactions. Read more about (and access) the resource here.

Disproportionality in Special Education | IDEA Part B | Module 5

A training module series of the Center for Parent Information and Resources November 2020   IDEA 2004 takes a stand against significant disproportionality of students in particular racial or ethnic groups in special education. This training module explains what disproportionality is, which students are most often affected, and the consequences disproportionality can and does have, […]

Plain Language Writing—An Essential Part Of Accessibility

(2020, October) | Useful to Parent Centers and other dissemination and technical assistance centers when writing for individuals with disabilities. How do you make writing accessible? We know how to replace steps with ramps. We know how to widen doorways and make restrooms larger for wheelchair users. We can accommodate Deaf people with Sign Language […]

Developing IEPs that Support Inclusive Education for Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities

This parent brief from the TIES Center focuses on developing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) that support inclusive education for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. This is especially critical for students who participate in a state alternate assessment aligned to alternate academic achievement standards. The brief identifies specific ways in which the IEPs of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities can be written to support inclusion in the general education curriculum and, ideally, the general education classroom. Find out more about this brief, the TIES Center itself, and what other great materials it offers.

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