Deliver High Quality Services
Use a variety of methods, materials, and team members to deliver high quality, consistent services. Get creative with delivery through online and analog methods. Be consistent. Communicate often. Collaborate with other team members, especially general education teachers. Use the following resources to broaden your toolbox of learning and support strategies to be utilized during this time.
Designing Online Learning Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
This article from Teaching Exceptional Children explores the research around online learning design options, questions of accessibility, and presents several current resources for instructional use.
Is Your Remote Learning Accessible for Students with Disabilities? Four ways to make your lessons more inclusive.
Check out these tips on best practices when creating online assignments.
Online Accessibility Tools
Alternative Service Models
Opportunities for Language Learning
Suggestions for ESL Classes and Activities: COVID-19 Guidance (TN Dept of Education)
School communities understand the importance of consistent, regular support for students who speak a language other than English as it relates to English-acquisition. An important part of that directly connects to the amount of exposure that children have to the English Language. Included are some ways in which schools and districts can consider ongoing support of students, even when school has been closed.
Tools for Increasing Language Access
- Microsoft Translator
Website and app to translate text, voice, conversations, camera photos and screenshots. Integrated with the Microsoft Suite. Teachers can caption live presentations in students’ home language. Speech translation in real-time for parent conferences or to communicate with students.
- Google Translator
Website, app, and extension to translate text, voice, print, and screenshots. Integrated with Google Apps. Using the camera feature, students can translate print text instantly. Copy and paste text to translate in order to communicate with parents and students.
- Read&Write for Google Chrome
App and extension toolbar with text-to-speech, annotation, picture dictionaries, and bilingual dictionaries. Students can choose from multiple features to use to better understand a text. Students can use this tool with google docs, websites, and pdfs.
- Talking Points
An app that supports two-way communication in multiple home languages in order to reach the hardest-to-reach families. Can be used in web-browser or via text message.