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 provides day-to-day projects and activities to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.

Tags: Early Childhood | K-12 | Parents/Families | Related Services | Literacy Supports | Remote Learning

This website from the National Science Foundation, offers STEM activities for learners of all ages that can be practiced online.

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

This website offers quick and easy-to-implement tips to help teachers move their instruction to online platforms.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Remote Learning

This online intervention library is for beginning and struggling readers and includes 25 leveled beginning readers, mentor guides, at-home resources, and more.

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

This website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Videos can include captions as desired.

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

Official communication from the US Department of Education with policy and guidelines for serving students with disabilities during disruptions to education caused by COVID-19.

Tags: Early Childhood | K-12 | Educators | Parents/Families | Related Services | Policy

Families and caregivers should consider using positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) in their homes on a daily basis. It is especially helpful when events disrupt normal routines – events like worldwide health pandemics. This practice brief provides recommendations for families and caregivers on how to use PBIS to continue to support their students’ social and emotional growth and minimize behavioral disruptions in the home.

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

This packet details 7 support strategies that are designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with autism during this period of uncertainty.

Tags: Early Childhood | K-12 | Parents/Families | Related Services | Autism

Outlines strategies for supporting the social skills development of babies and toddlers. Includes links to information briefs in both English and Spanish. 

Tags: Early Childhood | Educators | Parents/Families | Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Support

Tip Sheets for Families, Caregivers and Early Learning Educators: Made specifically for families, caregivers and early educators, these US Department of Education-created resources provide research-based tips for talking, reading, and singing with young children every day beginning from birth. All tip sheets are available in English and Spanish and can be downloaded for free.

Tags: Early Childhood | Educators | Parents/Families | Health | Literacy Supports

This article provides an overview of the experiences of a range of teachers who are using technology in their classrooms and recommendations on digital learning strategies.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Remote Learning

This website provides strategies and resources to help students with autism, who can struggle both because of organizational deficits and motor or coordination difficulties, with written expression.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Related Services | Autism

Provides guidance on applying the principles of development and learning when considering if, how, and when to use technology and new media with young children.

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

This website offers brief videos for speech-language pathologists (SLPs), School Psychologists, occupational therapists (OTs), physical therapists (PTs), Mental Health Services providers, and other related service providers providing tips and tricks for conducting this work remotely.

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

In this article, to help schools and school systems navigate the sudden transition to distance learning, FutureEd Director Thomas Toch explored the new education landscape with Brad Rathgeber, the head of school and chief executive of One Schoolhouse, a highly regarded, nonprofit online school that partners with 160 public and private schools worldwide to supplement their school-based instruction and to provide professional development for faculty members working in the online space.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Remote Learning

This website features an online learning assessment and other tools to support remote learning that are grounded in research.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Remote Learning

This website helps teachers create learning videos support that students to work at their own pace, with personalized embedded supports and checks for understanding.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Remote Learning

This Q and A document addresses questions counselors may have in conducting their work virtually following the closure of schools.

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

This virtual toolkit includes a number of suggested platforms, tips and resources to ease the transition to online instruction.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Remote Learning

In this article, online instructors offer wisdom they've gathered -- what to do and what not to do -- from years of experience teaching in the modality.

Tags: K-12 | Educators | Remote Learning

Created by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), this website poses an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and invites students to explore it in a variety of ways.

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