Florence Simmons

5 pillars help paraprofessionals take action on equity

Equity means every student should have access and opportunity at the right moment in their education to a physically, societally, socially, and emotionally safe environment.

3 considerations before green-lighting long-term remote learning

In a situation without a medical need, administrators must explore least restrictive environment issues, transition skills and social-emotional learning.

6 ways to tailor mask lessons for students with emotional disturbance

Many students need additional support and instruction on how to wear their masks appropriately throughout the school year.

3 ways teams can meet students’ assistive technology needs

IEP team may need to work with other departments to ensure that students have the technology they need to receive free appropriate public education.

4 important transition topics for students graduating this year

IDEA requires that IEPs for older students include services designed to move special education students successfully to post-school settings.

4 easy tips to engage students in virtual special education

Students have had to get used to seeing someone's face in front of them on a screen, as well as seeing their own faces, says one special education teacher.

6 ways to keep students in least restrictive environments while online

If a student with a disability was receiving general education instruction for 50% of the day prior to the pandemic, they should still get general education instruction for 50% of the day.

4 top remote learning strategies for students with disabilities

Engagement increased in classes where general education and special education teachers planned together and taught together.

4 ways to maintain special education teachers’ morale during COVID

2020 was a challenging year for everyone, but teachers have widely been acknowledged for their creativity and commitment to students amidst all the sudden changes.

Keep students with Down syndrome safe during in-person learning

Students with Down syndrome who contract COVID-19 are more susceptible to severe illness. Learn how to protect them during in-person schooling.

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