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 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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Set Up Special Education Students for Success During Your School’s Reopening

In July, we published an article discussing how COVID-19 related school closures in the spring impacted vulnerable student groups, including students with special needs. The Department of Education granted schools, teachers, and specialists with broad flexibility in adhering to students’ IEPs. School leaders were left without the intricate details needed to address the unique complexities of special education. This lack of detailed information left many students in special education behind: Teachers were unable to teach students in-person, forcing parents to…

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