Library Book Suggestions – February 2015

The February Library book suggestions are on various topics including strategies for struggling learners, providing effective feedback to students, strategies for inclusive classrooms, and strategies for professional learning communities. [Read more…]

Where Are We Now and Where Are We Headed? A Time for Reflection and Decision-Making

One half of the 2014-15 school year is over, and by now, educators possess data from multiple formal and informal sources that can help them to know and understand their students and to determine where they are performing in relation to mastery of the Standards of Learning (SOL).  When you analyze your students’ data, do they indicate that they are on track to meet the demands of the grade-level or course SOL? Do your instructional practices and the services for students with disabilities support movement toward reaching the state’s learning targets? In what ways could instructional practices be adjusted to more effectively meet the learning needs of your students? Do you know all you need to know about your students with disabilities and best practice to meet those needs? [Read more…]

Dyslexia: Insights and Current Understandings

Through what lens, do we examine dyslexia?  Medically, educationally, legislatively?
Definition?  Prevalence? Resources?

Much recent educational conversation centers on dyslexia.  Parent groups have formed to address their concerns regarding their children’s progress in reading and academics after a diagnosis of dyslexia.  Long-standing professional organizations work in the area of dyslexia through research, pedagogy, curriculum, and other avenues in education.  Much attention has been given to addressing the needs of students and adults with dyslexia.  Eighteen states have adopted legislation involving dyslexia, and 25 states have either issued a dyslexia handbook or recognized October as Dyslexia Awareness Month (USA Today, October 30, 2014). [Read more…]

Teacher Practices That Support Positive Academic and Behavioral Outcomes for Students

Teacher practices that increase students’ engagement in instruction are critical to improving their academic and behavioral performance (Harbour, Evanovich, Sweigart, & Hughes, 2015). Modeling, increasing opportunities to respond (OTR), and providing feedback are three simple, yet powerful, practices that teachers can incorporate into existing instructional routines (Harbour et al., 2015).  When applied consistently and effectively, these three techniques have been shown to strengthen teacher-student relationships, increase student participation in learning activities, and nurture student self-confidence and motivation to attempt and succeed at academic tasks (Harbour et al., 2015). [Read more…]

Quality Indicators for Inclusive Practices: How Are We Doing?

Spring is an ideal time for educators to pause and reflect.  Routines and practices are established, but enough of the year remains to make adjustments.  It is also not too early to start planning for next year.  Reflection can occur in three different ways (Knight, 2011): [Read more…]

Co-Teaching Demonstration Sites in Region 3

The Virginia Department of Education has identified 27 co-teaching demonstration sites through the Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative. These model sites provide opportunities for co-teaching partners across the state to observe excellence in co-teaching.  The sites highlight research-based inclusive practices to meet the needs of all students within the general education classroom.  At each model site, the co-teaching teams share with visitors co-planning, co-instructing, and co-assessing practices that have moved their co-taught students to success.   Within Region 3, the following co-teaching teams have been identified to serve as model sites read more

E-Resources 4 All

Teachers often spend a great deal of time searching for useful resources to keep struggling students engaged in learning.  They research applications and explore websites for differentiated activities and instructional materials that make learning fun for all students. [Read more…]

Virtual Assistive Technology Training

Registration is open for the February 19 and 26 Virtual TechKnowledgy Webinars.  There is space for 100 participants for each of the sessions.  Registration is free!  Register early to secure your space. [Read more…]

I’m Determined Youth Summit – Application Deadline March 20, 2015

Summit Dates:  Wednesday, June 17, 2015 through Friday, June 19, 2015
(Application Deadline March 20, 2015)

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