Guidance for Providing a Safety Net for Students with Disabilities
EducatingAllLearners offers guidance to help special education teachers provide remote lessons. The site, an effort for educators by educators, was launched by more than 30 organizations, including the National Center for Learning Disabilities. The site is free and available to anyone, although it is aimed at special education teachers and general education teachers who have students with special needs in their classes. It includes brief, vetted lists of online teaching tools, such as videos and lesson plans from NASA and National Geographic; advice in multiple languages on how to support students with autism; tips on how to provide speech therapy online; and first-person accounts from teachers on how they have solved specific problems. It also offers guidance for conducting online meetings with parents to discuss a student’s Individualized Education Program and a list of tips for general education teachers, who may have overlooked steps to help special education students, such as using large fonts and high-contrast lighting during online classes and turning on closed captions when showing videos. The site will be updated regularly, and teachers can share what is working for them, in real time.
The Covid-19 pandemic forced educators to make many changes in response to instant lockdowns and other unexpected pressures. But one thing educators who read Big Deal Media’s K-12 Technology newsletter didn’t have to change: their reliance on the newsletter as a valuable tool for finding and buying technology resources for their schools and districts.
SDI has released its PPE for Schools Report to help guide district leaders as they look to navigate the rest of this school year and also mitigate future risks. In the freePPE for Schools Report, district leaders will find information about the PPE procurement process, lessons learned, and best practices for moving forward.
The Aspen Institute and the Community College Research Center studied nine dual enrollment programs across three states that have narrowed or closed equity gaps in dual enrollment for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Pacific Islander students.