NCSI presented a multi-part webinar series sharing best practices for state special education leaders to make the best use of available resources during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. NCSI and invited experts shared information to help state leadership teams make informed decisions amid current circumstances, ensuring leaders are poised to continue high-quality educational programming for students and families.
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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 Learning Center features a broad array of tools and information to helps teachers, students, and parents. It includes videos, how to guides, getting started tips, and much more.
The Bookshare Blog highlights new Bookshare features, new or interesting books for students, and shares real life learning and tips from teachers, students, and parents.
Read an exciting new book each month, hand-picked by Bookshare staff, and then join a Zoom discussion to share your thoughts and reactions.
Visit Bookshare’s back to school resources for parents including tips for getting started, ways to find and read ebooks, webinars, video tutorials, and a community forum.
Visit Bookshare’s back to school resources for teachers. Resources include technology tips and guides, lessons learned from other teachers, shortcut guides, and more.
Whether school takes place in the classroom, online, or a combination of the two, empower your students to learn independently with Bookshare. Our specialized ebooks make it easier for struggling readers to learn on their own and for teachers and parents to assign the books students need safely and remotely.
A calendar of webinars for teachers, students, and parents. Hear about lessons learned from current users or find out how to start to quickly get started using Bookshare’s library of digital accessible books.
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.
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.
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.
To support educators, as well as state and district leaders, in answering critical data questions, these centers shared how the four essential elements of data literacy can guide teams in using data, both virtually and in-person, to make accurate and feasible decisions in times of unknown. Additionally, SEAs were given tools to help support their LEAs to work together to meet student’s diverse needs during this webinar.
This resource focuses on the accessibility supports already available on the devices many families may already have in their homes to support continuity of learning with accessible educational materials.