Remote Learning Resources During COVID-19

The current public health situation has raised many questions about best instructional practices for remote learning. Although we do not have state or citywide guidelines for what distance learning should look like, especially with respect to students with IEPs, we have created a webpage with resources that schools and educators might find helpful.

Our COVID-19 Resource Center provides up-to-date communications and important documents, including educational resources and information related to multilingual learners/English language learners and students with disabilities, that may be beneficial to schools in order to best serve students.

Even those schools with extensive plans remind us that those plans are merely a starting point. They all intend to monitor every aspect of their distance learning programs looking for ways to make them more robust, more engaging, more readily accessible to all families, and more community-oriented. We are continuously updating these resources and are committed to keeping our school partners informed about the latest innovations for remote learning.

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New Podcast Episode with Inclusion U Founder Christi Kasa!

In this episode, we speak to Christi Kasa, Department chair for the Department of Special Education at the University of Colorado and founder of Inclusion U. If you’re looking for ideas on how to create inclusive environments for students with disabilities, it’s a must-hear. Enjoy!

Listen to Our Latest Podcast Episode!

In this episode, we chat with Vanessa Luna, Co-Founder and Chief Program Officer of ImmSchools, about how educators can best support undocumented and DACAmented students and families. She mentions lots of great resources for educators, especially for helping these students with college access. Make sure to check them out after listening!

The Collaborative’s New Podcast is Live!

In the inaugural episode of our podcast, we sit down with Anna Reeve, literacy specialist extraordinaire. She provides plenty of practical tips for co-teachers to help differentiate supports for their struggling readers.

Listen to the full episode here:

Love what you hear? Anna will be back on May 20, so make sure to sign up to the upcoming Making Student Growth Visible: Portfolio Presentations workshop!

Three Things You Need to Know about MLL/ELL Testing Accommodations

With Regents and state exams on the horizon, this is the time of year that we encourage schools to make sure that they have all their testing accommodations “ducks” in a row. Here are three things you need to know about MLL/ELL testing accommodations:

  1. All MLLs/ELLs, regardless of proficiency level, are entitled to testing accommodations on state exams, including extended time, separate location, bilingual glossaries, and translations of content area exams
  2. Former MLLs/ELLs within two years of exiting status are also entitled to the above testing accommodations
  3. Unlike students with IEPs or 504s, MLLs/ELLs do not need a separate document to receive the above testing accommodations

Interested in finding out more? Download our MLL/ELL testing accommodations planning document and tune into our MLL/ELL Testing Accommodations webinar.