Resources for Special Education

Special Education Supports During Coronavirus

We are in unprecedented times. Never in our history have we closed school buildings and needed to rethink school in such a short amount of time.

As a special educator you have IEPs, legally binding documents to consider when you are redesigning all of your lessons.

Parents will be reaching out to you for support with their children. You have the opportunity to build relationships with parents and give them resources to make their relationship with their child stronger.

This guide is designed to help you seize this opportunity. When things return to “normal,” knowing our “normal” may never be the same, we will have a new mindset and new skills to create better lives for our students and their families.

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Special Education Support – Guide Highlights

Where to Start

Teachers, we understand you are overwhelmed and are doing things that have never been done before. You are probably looking for a place to begin. Here are some basic tips and links to websites for more information – take as much or as little information that you need.

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How to Help Parents

You are in a unique position in developing a relationship with your students’ parents. It is essential that you establish yourself as a resource to support them. There is no right or wrong way to approach this except for with grace and compassion. Communicate, collaborate and provide support the best you are able.

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How to Support Students

Use the Family Discussion Guide along with using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to help your team assess and then problem solve how to pull resources and services together to better serve your students during this time of angst and uncertainty.

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Institute for Social and Emotional Learning:
Tips for Distance Learning

For our most vulnerable and disadvantaged, school closures pose many critical risks to the physical, social, and emotional health of our whole community. These Institute for Social and Emotional Learning (IFSEL) resources can be easily incorporated in continuous learning lesson plans.

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