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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.

Parent/Guardian Re-Entry Guide | 2020-2021

This draft parent reentry guide provides parents with support and resources to help navigate these unprecedented times of schooling during the pandemic. It presents an overview of the potential challenges that may present in the 2020-2021 school year and then addresses how to support students and families in the areas of social emotional learning, academic support at home, family culture and well-being, current operations, and health and safety concerns. It concludes with a large resource list for families.

Read more about what’s in the guide here, as well as where to access it.

Supporting Your Child’s Learning at Home During COVID-19

As schools across the country and around the world are closed in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, parents everywhere are searching for reliable, easy-to-understand resources to support their children’s learning at home. The IRIS Center has created a new module specifically for parents to address this urgent and growing need. Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic offers practical tools and easy-to-implement strategies to help clarify what is and what is not a parent’s role during school shutdowns; support their child’s learning at home; promote the child’s social and emotional well-being; and support the child if he or she has a disability. Read more about and connect with this learning module here.

Parent as Master Planner

Parents or adult family members play an essential role as learning coaches, ensuring their children have the structure and support to succeed in online and distance learning environments. This learning coach/master planner role is particularly important for children with disabilities, learning and attention issues, and those who struggle with executive function skills, including organization and prioritizing. This article from schoolvirtually.org offers several ways to get started in your role as learning coach. The article ends with a list of Visual Schedule apps you can download. Access the article and the list of Visual Schedule apps here.

Supporting Students with IEPs During eLearning Days

Digital learning environments can present physical, sensory, and learning barriers for students with disabilities. As learners and teachers move to fully online environments in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, what are the considerations for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and the accessibility of the materials and technologies selected? What are best practices for supporting students with disabilities remotely?

This edWebinar will be of interest to kindergarten through high school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders. Held on March 23, 2020, its archive is online and available for listening and viewing. SETDA (the State Educational Technology Directors Association) compiled resources on eLearning for state education agencies and school districts at no cost, with a special section on accessibility. When you visit SETDA’s website to view the webinar, be sure to have a look at its Parent Resources page, too. Find out more here.

Sexual Health Education for Young People with Disabilities

(2018, November) | Useful to Parent Centers, families, and youth with disabilities In recent years, changes in public policies and attitudes have resulted in improved opportunities for people with physical and intellectual disabilities. Unfortunately, societal attitudes have changed less in regard to sexuality and disability. Even today, many people do not acknowledge that most people […]

At a Glance: Classroom Accommodations for Dyslexia

Useful to: Parents and educators aiming to better accommodate the needs of children and students with dyslexia.   Understood.org, a free online resource center sponsored by many nonprofit organizations including the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), released this infographic that shares materials and techniques that may prove useful when assisting children or students with […]

Key Definitions in Part B of IDEA | Defining and Understanding Special Education

A reference sheet for Parent Centers from the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) June 2017 Entire reference list in Word Entire reference list in PDF This reference list is designed to accompany CPIR’s Brief for Parent Centers on Free Appropriate Public Education and the Dear Colleague Letter on FAPE issued by OSEP on November […]

Universal Design for Learning – Improved Access for All

(2016, March) | Useful to Parent Centers, parents, and schools interested in a cutting-edge classroom approach, based in computer technology, that helps all kids learn better. This resource of Great Schools covers the principles of UDL and gives lots of examples of how teachers can infuse UDL into their classrooms for the benefit of all their […]

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