Serving Students with Special Needs


Last Updated December 9, 2020

How can staff effectively address student needs?

This guide outlines strategies to target specific skills in virtual settings, offering options for high- and low-technology scenarios.

This infographic covers alternative roles paraprofessional staff can take on during remote and hybrid learning scenarios.

The National Association of State Directors of Special Education compiled reports about online learning, featuring topics such as online teaching standards, stakeholder forums, SEA policies and procedures, and recommendations for parent engagement.

School leaders can go through a Course Enhancement Module to learn about school leadership that supports the learning needs of students with disabilities.

The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence composed social-emotional learning strategies for teachers and parents of students with disabilities during COVID-19.

How can schools keep IEPs alive and relevant?

The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition has curated several transition-focused distance learning resources, including guides on instruction, assessment, community engagement, and more.

Marshall Street created a guide discussing virtual progress monitoring of IEP goals and includes strategies for collecting this data in remote learning environments.

A group of organizations backed by the Department of Education developed a six-step guide on virtual IEP meetings, offering educators guidance on how to keep meetings on task.

What are the legal implications of special education services during a pandemic? This FAQ provides answers to basic questions around special education, evaluations, and IEPs during this time.

Developed in accordance with the Texas Education Agency’s special education service requirements, this resource contains guiding questions and considerations for schools around compensatory services.

What frameworks exist to support and measure student success?

Universal Design for Learning can be a useful framework to follow in order to ensure the needs of all learners are met. Read this blog post to understand the framework, or review this resource for professional development opportunities on inclusive learning.

Leading by Convening frameworks are used to engage community stakeholders in improving outcomes for students with disabilities. See this page to learn more through modules, tools, rubrics, and blueprints.

This practice brief on the PBIS framework can help school leaders create more effective virtual learning experiences.