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 website includes books and games tailored to engage and enrich the learning of younger children. (ages 2-7)

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

Bookshare is a leading provider of print materials for students with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers, these pages provide resources to continue learning remotely. 

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

Code.org offers supports for teachers currently teaching these computer science courses and provides resources to help students learn from home.

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

These lessons from the National Center on Intensive Interventions (NCII) cover phonemic awareness, alphabetic principal or phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension and are examples of brief instructional routines that include sample scripts, activities and necessary materials to complete the activities.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Literacy Supports

Living Well With Autism is an online resource that provides parents and caregivers with ideas, and free or inexpensive resources for living well with autism.  Here, you will find social stories, visual helpers, tips, and recommended resources.

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

This article includes five modules that show ways of making online learning more accessible so that everyone has a fair opportunity to learn.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Remote Learning

This website outlines how to create positive and productive environments in our homes while so many schools are closed.

Tags: Early Childhood | K-12 | Parents/Families | Related Services | Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy (OT/PT) | Remote Learning

This website provides lessons and activities from the National Center on Intensive Interventions (NCII) are organized around six mathematics skill areas and include descriptions of sample lessons, activities, worksheets, and supplemental materials. Additional videos illustrating the concepts covered in the lessons are also included.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | STEM

This page links to resources, tips, and materials to ensure that online instruction is accessible and meaningful for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Parents/Families | Related Services | Deafness and Hearing Impairments

This website features resources including videos and documents topics from on science, nature, history and more.

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

This infographic depicts the National Standards for Quality (NSQ)’s K-12 online and blended learning community openly licensed standards to help evaluate and improve online courses, online teaching and online programs.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Remote Learning

This pre-recorded webinar provides a message from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on online education and website accessibility.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Policy

This information brief helps parents of children with disabilities understand how virtual instruction will meet the needs of their child and what their level of engagement will be in supporting their child’s learning.

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

This virtual professional learning community from the Mathematics Leadership Programs offers teachers and administrators support as they transition to online learning. The free collection includes live online training as well as archived videos and other support as needed.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Remote Learning | STEM

Resources to Support Teaching & Learning During COVID-19 School Closures - Makes top-rated curricula freely available to districts, and currently features virtual learning plans in both English/Language Arts and Math.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Literacy Supports | Remote Learning | STEM

Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic offers practical tools and easy-to-implement tips to help children learn at home during the school shutdowns caused by COVID-19. Created specifically with parents in mind, this module covers strategies to help parents get children ready to learn; support reading and mathematics instruction; promote children's social and emotional wellbeing, and help struggling learners and students with disabilities. These topics and more can be found in this engaging multi-media module: https://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/module/c19/

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

This document provides information on digital tools and practical examples that educators can use both to create a personalized learning environment for students and to focus that learning on skills needed for success in the 21st century.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Remote Learning

This brief from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) contains guidelines for conducting counseling support from a distance. Links to additional resources are included.

Tags: K-12 | Related Services | Mental Health | Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Support | Telehealth

This checklist for the American Federation for Teachers (AFT) outlines the steps teachers and school leaders should take to ensure learning can continue as instruction shifts to virtual platforms.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Remote Learning

Official communication from the US Department of Education with policy and guidelines for ensuring and maintaining student privacy during online and virtual learning.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Policy | Remote Learning

Have you asked yourself:  Are you providing early intervention or preschool services using distance technologyDo you have questions about how you can support families as they help their children with learning activities or conducting intervention within routines?  During a pre-recorded webinar the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) faculty address these questions and challenges related to assisting families.  They share ideas on checking in with families, how to respond to difficult questions, and resources that might be shared.

Tags: Early Childhood | Educators | Related Services | Remote Learning

This website provides research-based strategies to teachers, parents, administrators, librarians, childcare providers, and anyone else involved in helping a young child become a strong, confident reader. 

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

Education Modified: Provides two research-based strategy bundles for families of special populations students (or all students) that contain strategies and activities parents can use at home to complete schoolwork or provide enrichment learning activities for their children.

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

One of the key principles of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is to focus on building prosocial skills, not simply attempting to eliminate challenging or problem behavior. We encourage all schools to continue that focus, as well as other key principles of PBIS, as you address the COVID-19 pandemic. The following are a few simple recommendations educators can embed across a continuum of supports.

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

This article explains instructional scaffolding and how it can be implemented in a virtual learning environment.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Remote Learning