Summer Fun and Continued Learning
IN THIS ISSUE
- Resources from NICHCY
- From Our Friends at the IDEA Partnership
- It All Starts…in Families…and Communities
- The Little Ones: Early Intervention/Early Childhood
- Schools, K-12
- State & System Tools
As long as you live, keep learning how to live.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Summer’s almost here, and it’s time to stock up on ideas for activities, outings, and ways to keep engaged and learning. We’ve compiled a wide range of options, suitable for great-weather days and rainy days alike. Reading, being sportive, planning for the future, catching up on info-gathering, pursuing professional development opportunities…what might enrich you and yours in the long summer days ahead?
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RESOURCES FROM NICHCY!
Camps for children with special needs.
Consult NICHCY’s 2013 Summer Camps fact sheet and connect with camps and other summer opportunities for young people with disabilities.
Catch up on the Common Core.
You’ve probably heard a lot about this new initiative in education called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). What’s it all about? How does it relate to you as an educator, administrator, or parent? How does it apply to students, especially those with disabilities? This resource page will help you find answers to questions such as these.
FROM OUR FRIENDS AT THE IDEA PARTNERSHIP
The Learning Port.
Brought to you by the IDEA Partnership, the Learning Port is a fabulous national online library of professional development resources. This library provides local educators with easy access to an array of resources that can be used or customized to meet their needs.
IT ALL STARTS IN FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES
This mom shares with you 12 Important Things to Remember About Adaptive Sports for Children with Disabilities, based on her experiences in finding an adaptive sports team for her son with disabilities.
Digital tools for kids with special needs.
Children can benefit enormously from the types of learning experiences that engage them on a variety of levels such as seeing, hearing, speaking, singing, and movement. Reading Rockets shares best practices in using educational technology and media in the classroom and at home.
Travel and recreation for people with disabilities.
If you’d like to travel this summer and disability is a consideration, check out this website of useful resources for travel planning, destinations, transportation, air travel, travel books, and travel companions.
THE LITTLE ONES: EARLY INTERVENTION/EARLY CHILDHOOD
Brain science of early childhood.
The neuroscientific research on the early brain is one of the most compelling bodies of evidence for investing in young children. Here’s a range of tools (PowerPoint, videos, and one-page information briefs) to help non-scientists present information on early brain development and the importance of investing in early childhood programs.
Early literacy activities—in multiple languages!
Washington Learning Systems’ On the Go early literacy sheets are available at no cost in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Somali, Burmese, and Russian. The materials give parents ideas for activities to promote early language and literacy development in children with and without disabilities. Free registration is required to download the materials.
Staff training and development.
Looking for resources you can use for professional development in early childhood and early intervention? Here they are!
Top 10 resources on speech, language, and hearing.
Early language, listening, and speaking are very important to literacy development. If you suspect that your child or a student is struggling with speech, language, and/or hearing problems, learn more about testing and assessment, accommodations, and additional professional help. You’ll also find tips on reading aloud with children who have speech and language problems or who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Federal programs for transition-age youth with serious mental health conditions.
Moving On is an analysis of 57 federal programs offering resources to assist youth with serious mental health conditions in making the transition from childhood—and often, foster care—to independence. From the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.
Caring for children with special healthcare needs in the school setting.
Caring for children with special healthcare needs in the school setting can be challenging. This brief provides guidance on how to address the needs of students with special healthcare needs.
Reading: 50 useful apps for students with reading disabilities.
Teachers—the 25 best Pinterest boards in EdTech.
Pinterest is rapidly becoming a favorite tool of educators all over the nation, and many have amassed great collections of edtech-related pins that teachers and students alike can use to explore new ways to learn, share, teach, and grow.
Video in Spanish on assistive technology.
The Family Center on Technology and Disability has released its first Spanish language video in the series AT in Action. Meet Marta, the mother of Isabel, a young girl with fine motor and learning disabilities. The video introduces viewers to assistive technologyand takes them through an IEP meeting during which AT is considered. The video is captioned in both Spanish and English and is “described” as well.
Work experiences and internships for youth.
Teens with disabilities—do you want to build work experience while learning about careers you’re interested in? Expand and explore your professional network? Earn money or school credit while you work? If so, Participating in Internships and Work-Based Experiences is a tipsheet that’ll help.
STATE & SYSTEM TOOLS
Social and emotional learning programs: Which work?
The 2013 publication of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning identifies well-designed, evidence-based social and emotional learning programs for the pre-K and elementary grades.
Recruiting and retaining special educators.
The summer months may be a good time to peruse the latest and greatest resources on how to hire and keep qualified special educators (and general educators, too).
Planning for effective staff development.
Connect with research-based guidance on effective staff development practices, coaching and mentoring, professional learning communities, training for paraprofessionals, and professional development resources on specific topics such as autism, assistive technology, reading, and technology in the classroom.
Professional development to improve accommodations decisions.
This resource from the National Center on Educational Outcomes reviews the characteristics of high-quality online accommodations training and summarizes the research literature for both professional development on accommodations decision-making and traditional and high-quality online teacher professional development.
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