As COVID-19 ravaged the world, teachers and parents have turned on a dime to maintain their students’ learning journey. It hasn’t been easy. Challenges have particularly presented themselves in the special education community. How can we do IEPs online? Can teletherapy really work? What happens when a student loses their classroom aide and parents are essential workers so not available to support their children during the school day? Where are the programs to help students, parents, and teachers manage stress and grief? What will re-entry look like for the complex learners as schools begin to re-open, with the potential for more closings in the fall and winter?
In this edWebinar, we will discuss the new realities of online learning for broad groups of students in special education. We will outline the challenges, the bright spots where new ways of teaching and learning have been effective, and ways to build bridges to the future of special education.
During this edWebinar, we will: Discuss ways teachers and administrators are tackling online learning, including fulfilling IEP mandates for students. Present the many bright spots of the current home-based learning. For example, the increased partnerships being formed between parent and teacher. Explore how lessons learned can help reimagine education as students reenter the schoolhouse. Showcase some of the free resources available for families and teachers to use to advance home-based learning for students in special education. Provide information on a new coalition, the Educate All Learners Alliance (EALA), that curates and shares special education resources and builds community.
This edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders of all grade levels. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.