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Virtual Teaching Tips for Educators

Virtual Teaching Tips! Wow! 2020 has been quite a year so far! Classroom teachers were suddenly thrust out of their brick and mortar buildings and into the virtual teaching world. Talk about a shock to the system! As we conquer the hurdles and reframe our thinking during this time, I have eight helpful virtual teaching tips and practices that you can implement immediately for your 2020-2021 school year. These virtual teaching tips will help you get started. Tip #1: Get Organized Buy a planner. Teachers LOVE a good planner. I would recommend a planner that has lots of space for [...]

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Do you struggle to engage students with complex disabilities in your classroom? Parity expert Phyllis Jones, Ph.D. shares a valuable tool for maximizing engagement based on her collaboration with the UK Complex Disabilities (CLDD) Research Project.

Book Cover - Engaging Learners with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Engagement is Key It is well-known that students need to be engaged in order for them to actively and successfully learn. As teachers, we have become very adept at recognizing student engagement, but for some of the students in our schools this is a more challenging endeavor. For students with severe disabilities, their engagement in learning may look different. As teachers, it is appropriate for us to recognize how engagement may look differently across individual students and how this influences the planning of specially-designed instruction (SD). [...]

Educators: Feeling alarmed about recent policy decisions in Florida? Want to share your perspective about issues of equity and inclusion for marginalized and under-served populations? Parity received a small COVID-19 grant from Polk-Cares Act and we want to give it you. Earn cash this summer as guest blogger!

We invite you to contribute a blog or vlog on a topic of your choosing. We are particularly interested in proposals related to: inclusion, equity issues (particularly race and classroom management or service provision challenges related to Covid-19 considerations), teacher collaboration, engaging instructional approaches, universal design for learning, working with families, and special education reform. Proposal Requirements: Send an email to [info.parity @] with subject line: Guest Blog: [Proposed Post Title] and the following information: A few sentences describing your proposed post and a high-level outline (keep in mind that finished blog posts should be around 750–850 words) [...]

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Teaching K-5 Online? Gretchen Recommends… Toy Theater!

According to Coach Gretchen, making learning fun can be a challenge when you are not face-to-face with your students. Here is one mega resource and Gretchen's top five suggestions for ramping up engagement during your live lessons. Coming soon: Recorded coaching session using Toy Theater while conducting a live lesson! The amazing, TOY THEATER at is a live lesson teachers' dream come true for many reasons, including that you don't have to sign in, sign up, or download anything! There are so many great ways to use this resource and everything on Toy Theater is educational and safe for kids. Super [...]

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