Week 1 – September 3rd, 2020 Theme: How Accommodations and Modifications Affect FAPE

Even though many students are learning at a distance during COVID-19, Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) still needs to be offered. Here’s a quick reminder on how accommodations and modifications affect FAPE: https://www.understood.org/en/learning-thinking-differences/treatments-approaches/educational-strategies/the-difference-between-accommodations-and-modifications

Week 2 – September 10th, 2020 Theme: Accommodations, Modifications, and Interventions at a Distance

It’s helpful for families to know the best practice for successful distance learning starts with engaging with… Do you know the answer? FAMILIES, of course! What else needs to be considered when developing an appropriate distance learning plan? See more here: https://www.ascd.org/el/articles/accommodations-modifications-and-intervention-at-a-distance

Week 3 – September 17th, 2020 Theme: How to Improve Distance Learning Students’ IEPs

Families may find themselves in a position during COVID-19 where they would like to improve the quality of distance learning their child is receiving. Increasing real-time or synchronous learning activities, taking scheduled movement breaks, and weekly parent check-ins are a good start. More at: https://www.edutopia.org/article/how-improve-distance-learning-students-ieps

Week 4 – September 24th, 2020 Theme: IEP Accommodations During Distance Learning

Navigating assistive technology for distance learning just got easier. This well-organized resource from Understood.org provides suggestions for how to match in-person accommodations with their distance learning equivalent: https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/for-educators/learning-and-thinking-differences-basics/iep-accommodations-during-distance-learning

Week 5 – October 1st, 2020 Theme: Successful Online Learning Tips

Successful online learning through regular brain breaks, time management, and positive feedback. See more online learning tips for families: https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/2020/08/06/covid-19-tips-parents-successful-online-learning-virtual-classes-zoom/3303918001/