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Diverse Learners COVID-19 Resource Hub – Deliver High Quality Services 2020-05-16T07:29:37-05:00
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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.

Instruction Accessibility

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

Explore UDL best practices for video and distance learning.

Using UDL to Guide the Development of Inclusive Online Learning
Need more on UDL? This one-pager is a helpful tool for thinking about what multiple means of engagement, representation, and action/expression might look like within your instruction. Use the thought questions to guide your planning, and refer to the examples if you get stuck. Feel free to print this tool off to keep for quick reference. (Inclusive Schools Australia)

Helping Students With Disabilities Comprehend Text in Online Coursework

Doing the Math: Supporting Students With Disabilities in Online Courses

Add these math tools to increase the accessibility of your instruction.

Online Accessibility Tools

Alternative Service Models

Guide to Selecting Alternative Service Models during School Closure
In the current educational landscape, providing equitable access to learning opportunities has become the top priority for schools across the country. This raises the question: how do we translate services in each Individualized Education Program (IEP) into our school’s distance learning model? We offer some ideas for alternative options here.

ASHA’s Guide to Speech Therapy via Telepractice (COVID specific guidance here)
The OT’s Toolbox: Understanding Occupational Therapy Through Telemedicine Practices
Authorization and Consent to Participate in Telehealth Consultation and/or Services Sample

Special Education Services Tracker
As staff begin to provide services to students, it will be important to keep track of the ways in which students are being provided access to learning. Using this Special Education Services Tracker, case managers or school teams can monitor students’ engagement with distance learning opportunities and provide accommodations as needed. Options here include ways to track teacher time, small group, individual, and consultation services, and changes from original IEP to remote IEP services. Make a copy and choose what works for you and your students.

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.

4 Buckets for Virtual School Tech
This blog post provides teachers with a helpful framework for thinking about incorporating technology to best support EL students. Classifying digital learning tools by their purpose can help teachers both refine current technology usage and identify technology gaps. (Empowering ELLs)

Additional Needs for Support

Educating the Whole Child
As our classrooms shift into the mode of distance learning, so must our mindsets about our role as educators. During this time of uncertainty, how can we ensure that we are meeting the needs of our diverse learners, beyond academics? In this resource, we offer five areas of focus that can help teachers address the broader impact this “new normal” has on our students.

Executive Functioning In Online Environments
Information Overload: Executive Function & Cognitive Load

Creating a PBIS Behavior Teaching Matrix for Remote Instruction
Proactive classroom management strategies are essential to creating a positive learning environment – regardless of where instruction is taking place. Empower students to thrive within this new context by clearly outlining the adjusted expectations. This resource provides guidance for moving PBIS practices online. (Center on PBIS)