6 Tips for Planning Virtual Lessons for Students in Special Education

Many students will encounter a learning curve as they navigate new hybrid or online-only learning models this school year, but students who are not proficient in reading or math and students with disabilities are especially at risk of falling behind. As a school leader, you can help prevent students with disabilities from developing gaps in learning by preparing ahead of time to use virtual learning platforms with differentiated support structures. How does virtual learning impact students with disabilities? Many school…

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How to Design Virtual Lessons That Actively Engage Students

Virtual learning is new to many of us — school leaders, teachers, parents, and students. Between technical issues, an increase in distractions at home, and the new skills required to navigate virtual learning platforms, it is easy to experience frustration and be discouraged with distance learning. Extensive research has been conducted about implementing highly effective evidence-based instructional strategies in a traditional classroom; unfortunately, this is not the case with virtual classroom instruction. We can easily apply some research about traditional…

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Differentiation Strategies for Hybrid and Virtual Learning During the COVID-19 Era

The novelty of COVID-19 has created countless new challenges for principals and other school leaders. Some of the biggest challenges include engaging students through hybrid and virtual learning. How can your school reach the students most at-risk for falling through the cracks, especially when teachers have limited time (or no time at all) to see students in person? What is Differentiation? Differentiation (also called differentiated instruction) is an instructional approach which allows teachers to meet students’ individual needs, instead of…

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How to Make Data-Driven Instructional Decisions Which Benefit All Students

In the era of COVID-19, school leaders have been inundated with more data than ever. We must not only consider data that may not be available about last year’s student performance based on state standardized tests because these exams were canceled; now, we must also consider regression in student learning.  We must acknowledge that this is a challenging task for school leaders and teachers.  The reality is that in some cases there are no formative assessments, benchmark assessments, or summative…

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What We Can Learn From Schools Reopening Around the World

Whether we like it or not, schools are beginning to reopen around the United States with varying levels of health and safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. School leaders and policy makers have been looking to other countries with reopened schools to learn how to prevent the spread, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions. Several factors cause difficulty in determining which health and safety factors prevent the spread of COVID-19: Countries around the world,…

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