Continuity of Learning During COVID-19

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With the extended school closures happening throughout the United States, many States, districts, schools, parents, families, and students are having to learn in entirely new ways and facing challenges when it comes to learning during these unprecedented times. It is important to provide continuity of learning and growth for all children and youth, particularly those with disabilities. The links below offer information, tools, and resources to help educators, parents and families, and related service providers meet the educational, behavioral, and emotional needs of children and youth with disabilities through remote and virtual learning.

On this webpage you will find a direct link to the U.S. Department of Education’s COVID-19 informational webpage, as well as several highlighted resources. There are also direct links to the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) and the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA). These two centers are serving as the key repositories for OSEP resources addressing continuity of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In addition, users will find several information briefs on evidence-based and promising practices designed to support continuity of learning for students with disabilities. Viewers also have access to a searchable database containing resources and information for educators, parents and families, and related service providers to support students with disabilities. 

The information on this webpage will be updated regularly to include additional information and resources as they become available.

We hope these resources assist you during these unprecedented times.

Webinar Series Highlighting Resources For Teachers and Parents to Enhance the Continuity of Learning During COVID-19 for Children with Disabilities

Date: June 4, 2020  /  Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

OSEP is hosting the first in a series of webinars focused on ready-to-use resources, tools, and practices from OSEP-funded grantees to support the educational, developmental, and social/emotional and behavioral needs of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities through remote and distance learning. With the extended school closures occurring across the country, many States, districts, and schools are now delivering instruction remotely while parents, families, and students are having to learn in entirely new ways and facing challenges when it comes to learning during these unprecedented times. It is important to provide continuity of learning and growth for all children and youth, particularly those with disabilities. This webinar offers an opportunity to highlight free resources, targeted at various stakeholders, aimed at exploring potential strategies and innovative approaches to address the critical needs of students with disabilities during the COVID-19 era.

This webinar will take place on June 4, 2020 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Improving how we support schools, teachers, families, and students with disabilities is critical in ensuring that all students with disabilities, who have been disproportionality impacted by the shift to remote and distance learning, have access to a high-quality education and services that fit their individualized needs.

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If you have any questions, please contact the Webinar Series planning team at osep-meeting@air.org

U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Special Education Programs Highlighted Resources

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21. OSEP has developed this website to provide easy access to resources, links, and other important information in response to COVID-19’s impact on State and local educational agencies, students, families, staff, and communities. Below you will find a link to the U.S. Department of Education’s COVID-19 Resources webpage which provides information and links from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as information for elementary and secondary schools, institutions of higher education and additional resources for parents and families.  In addition to the Department of Education COVID-19 webpage, OSEP has two projects, the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) and the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) that are the central repositories of the latest information on funding and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. ECTA is focusing on early childhood audiences and NCSI is focusing on K12 audiences.

Information Briefs on Evidence-Based and Promising Practices to Support Continuity of Learning

Due to school building closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many students around the country are now participating in school activities from home, including attending virtual classes, using online learning programs, or completing traditional paper-and-pencil assignments at home and submitting them to teachers electronically. Parents and families are asked to take on a new role in supporting their children’s education at this time. This situation presents challenges for all families and particularly for families of students with disabilities who often must take on a significant role in supporting their children in virtual learning and distance instruction. The following briefs provide evidence-based and promising practices to support continuity of learning for students with disabilities and examples for families and teachers.   

Resources for Educators, Parents and Families, and Related Service Providers

This collection of resources is targeted for educators, parents and families, and related service providers.  The resources are listed alphabetically but can be narrowed down to an individual user needs by using the filter located on the right-hand side.  You can select multiple filters to help narrow your search.  As a reminder, in addition to the resources in the database, you will find additional COVID-19 information and resources on ED.gov, ECTA, NCSI, and the REL Network.

This database contains resources that are provided for the user's convenience. The inclusion of these materials is not intended to reflect its importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered. These materials may contain the views and recommendations of various subject matter experts as well as hypertext links, contact addresses and websites to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. The opinions expressed in any of these materials do not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of any outside information included in these materials.

This report from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)’s professional learning networks identifies key practices for successful online learning.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Parents/Families | Remote Learning

Provides a brief list of four things that parents should know, and actions they can take, to guide children’s learning in a virtual setting, including links to additional resources.

Tags: K-12 | Parents/Families | Remote Learning

A product of the OSEP-funded DIAGRAM Center and WGBH, this page includes videos with captions and descriptions and games that are keyboard navigable. All videos are captioned in Spanish.

Tags: Early Childhood | K-12 | Educators | Parents/Families | Remote Learning | Visual Impairments and Print Disabilities

This organization provides guidance for OT practitioners, educators, and students to incorporate telehealth into their practice in the absence of opportunity for face-to-face therapy. 

Tags: K-12 | Related Services | Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy (OT/PT) | Telehealth

This page provides guidance for using telehealth and e-visits to conduct services for PT and PTA.

Tags: K-12 | Related Services | Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy (OT/PT) | Telehealth

This page links to resources and information for conducting speech-language-hearing services using telepractice.

Tags: K-12 | Related Services | Speech Therapy | Telehealth

Provides a brief list of four things that teachers should know, and actions they can take, to guide children’s learning in a virtual setting, including links to additional resources.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Remote Learning

Presents math word problems geared toward children from preschool to late elementary school. A new vignette with built-in math problem is posted daily, with a full archive of problems.

Tags: Early Childhood | K-12 | Educators | Parents/Families | Remote Learning | STEM

These behavior strategies from the National Center on Intensive Interventions (NCII), organized around antecedent modification, self-management, and reinforcement strategies, can be used to support with primary academic deficits and challenging behaviors.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Behavior Supports

This document from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) lays out steps for preparing and executing an online course that can meet the needs of students with disabilities. 

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Remote Learning

This report from Hanover Research outlines best practice approaches in the development and implementation of high quality online and hybrid courses for K-12 students. It includes four profiles of exemplary district-level online and hybrid programs and details the elements of the online learning options offered to secondary students.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Remote Learning

 Provides tips and resources in response to the top eight questions you should consider before facilitating online learning.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Remote Learning

This website provides comprehensive, content-rich learning materials based on the Core Knowledge Sequence. Student readers, teacher guides, activity books, and other materials are available for Language Arts and History and Geography. Materials for Science, Music, and Visual Arts are in development.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Parents/Families | Remote Learning

This practice brief shares tips for maintaining continuity of learning through defining classroom expectations for remote (i.e., distance) instruction and online learning environments. With a few adaptations, teachers can use a PBIS framework to make remote learning safe, predictable, and positive.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Remote Learning | Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Support

The Learning Lab provides teachers access to millions of digital resources from across the Smithsonian's museums, research centers, libraries, archives, and more. Collections include lessons, activities, and recommended resources made by Smithsonian museum educators and classroom teachers and are supported by trainings, office hours, and models of best practice.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Parents/Families | Remote Learning | STEM

Do2learn provides thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Parents/Families | Behavior Supports | Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Support

This article from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) describes specific considerations and strategies for parents when supporting their students with disabilities in beginning online instruction.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Parents/Families | Remote Learning | STEM

Recognizing the growth of technology use in early learning settings, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services collaborated in the development of the Early Learning and Educational Technology Policy Brief to promote developmentally appropriate use of technology in homes and early learning settings.

Tags: Early Childhood | Educators | Policy | Remote Learning

This webpage details eight strategies for building and maintaining a community of learners in a virtual environment.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Remote Learning

Students experiencing trauma, such as from public health crises, weather disasters, or other upsetting events, may have been exposed to unpredictable schedules, inconsistent supervision, or food insecurity and desperately need school to be their safest, most predictable, and most positive setting, especially if they have been displaced or are without utilities or basic comforts. Multi-tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS), such as PBIS, are ideal frameworks for implementing strategies to support students coming back to school and to prevent and address further challenges. We recommend the following six strategies for school teams to ensure a safe, predictable, and positive school year. These strategies are beneficial for all students if the school has been closed, as well as for individual students returning from extended time away from school.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Support

A free online resource that provides ways for kids and families to move and learn together. The fun videos can help students at home stay active, focused, and calm while infusing good energy in their remote learning environment.

Tags: Early Childhood | K-12 | Educators | Parents/Families | Behavior Supports | Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Support

Presents the early math skills that children will need to have when they enter school, and how everyday interactions and informal activities done at home can help build those skills.

Tags: Early Childhood | Parents/Families | STEM

Shares what parents, caregivers, and teachers can do to provide hour-to-hour care and learning opportunities as they co-teach young children sheltering-in-place at home and provides links to additional resources.

Tags: Early Childhood | Educators | Parents/Families | Remote Learning

This checklist, offered in Chinese and Spanish as well as English, provides early childhood educators with practical information about integrating educational technology in their classrooms – and can be adapted for out-of-class use.

Tags: Early Childhood | Educators | Remote Learning

This website includes daily schedules, quizzes, and other tools and resources to prepare students and families for remote and virtual learning. Experts are also available for office hours to answer questions through virtual mediums.

Tags: Early Childhood | K-12 | Educators | Parents/Families | Literacy Supports | Remote Learning | STEM