Language Routines for Multilingual Families has six components: (1) share stories, (2) describe things, (3) sing songs, (4) watch TV, (5) read books, and (6) cook meals. For each component there are suggestions for activities that families can engage in within their daily routines and that require either low- or no-tech. This one-page resource is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Swedish. We know that during remote learning multilingual/Emergent bilingual students are experiencing language loss. These activities are great suggestions for using family assets to encourage language production in any language.
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The webpage teaches families how to use a CBM to assess their child in grades K-3 to get an overall picture of his or her reading skills and risk for reading disabilities. The page also includes home based activities that are based on research and can fit into families’ daily routines.
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The Unified Young readers Club is a great inclusive activity for a younger audience and accompanies Special Olympics Young Athletes play with books and study guides that support teachers as they address such topics as inclusion, awareness, friendship, bullying, and acceptance to audiences of both students with and without intellectual disabilities. Each book has a theme that relates to multiple state academic standards, and aligns with the precepts of positive school climate initiatives.
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This lesson, featuring Karen McWilliams, a 504 Coordinator and Dyslexia Teacher in Rochelle ISD in Texas, supports educators in using technology to teach foundational reading skills to students in elementary grades using a variety of facilitated activities to support phonemic awareness, phoneme–grapheme correspondence, irregular and high-frequency words, writing, and connected text. The collection, adapted from content developed by the University of Florida Literacy Institute, includes a tip sheet, a video examples, and slides illustrating the lesson.
This Voices From the Field piece includes a discussion with Amy Campbell who has been working with students who experience moderate to profound impact from expressive and receptive communication barriers as well as other disabilities or conditions (e.g., Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism) as a special education teacher for the past 12 years in the Camas School District in southwest Washington state. In the piece she highlights how she has adapted her instruction to support students during Spring 2020.