Resources for Special Educators

About these resources

We've compiled the resources here to support the needs of our students with disabilities and their families during COVID-19. For more information, please contact David Luhman, Director of School Partnerships and Innovative Practices, at dluhman@swboces.org.

Instructional Resources

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Carol Ann Tomlinson10 Tips for Honoring Students in the Distance Learning Environment Suggestions provided to us by leading expert Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia.


Upcoming Opportunities in Virtual Learning

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The PD Center sponsors drop-in Webinars, ongoing online meetups of teachers and leaders, and virtual workshops, all related to Special Education.

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For information about these and other PD Center offerings, see the calendar at the center's home page at pd.swboces.org.


Curated Database of Resources Across Grade Levels and Content Areas 

Resources from LHRIC & Model Schools Many resources here support Instruction, Accessibility and Collaboration. Webinars on using free Google and Microsoft Accessibility tools (i.e. text-to-speech, etc.) will be of interest to special education teachers seeking to meet student IEP accommodations via distance learning platforms.

Mental Health Resources

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New York State Office of Mental Health Updated with recently released coronavirus information 

Westchester Department of Community Mental Health Find information and access to an array of services for educators and families trying to meet the needs of children with disabilities under uniquely challenging circumstances. These resources are intended for sharing in your communities. For DCMH services, call (914) 995-1900.

Government Guidance

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NYCASE Find the most recent memoranda from federal and state education departments. and webinars (live and recorded) on the impact of COVID-19 on SWDs.

NYSED Regional Associate KimLori Devine has shared updated information and memos to all PPS Directors and provides these emails for addressing questions to the state: speced@nysed.gov or seqa@nysed.gov.