Special Education Resources for Teachers

These are unprecedented times when everything is changing rapidly. I wanted to create a guide where we can all share different resources to support Special Education Teachers. These may be online resources for you as a teacher, or possibly resources for your students if they have access to online learning/enrichment. While these supplemental resources are intended to provide guidance and support, users should first follow the guidance of their local school or district. All instructional decisions are locally determined, and the options and examples included in this resource are not required, nor does School Improvement endorse or recommend any specific program or product included herein. The resources and tools are provided as an option for users to explore in order to supplement or enhance learning activities prescribed at the local level. If you have any questions, PLEASE reach out as I will be checking my email (sburns@gvboces.org) and Twitter (@stephburns410) on a regular basis. I am thinking of you all and your students during this time.
~Stephanie Burns, Director of School Improvement at Genesee Valley Educational Partnership


NYSED Emergency Regulations

April 2020: Emergency Regulations for the Provision of Special Education Programs and Services and Due Process Procedures in Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in New York State

Supplement 1 from NYSED - April 27th

Supplement #1 - Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities During Statewide School Closures Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in New York State – Additional Questions and Answers (April 27, 2020)

NYSED Guidance and Q&A

Guidance document with questions and answers from NYSED

Federal Guidance on School Closure

Guidance from US Department of Education as reported by Disability Scoop

DoE Clarification on School Closures

Education Department said it is seeking to address a “serious misunderstanding.”

Articles and Webinars

Accommodations, Modifications, and Intervention at a Distance

To support students with IEPs during school shutdowns, educators need careful coordination and a focus on what matters most.

Grading: Advice from the Experts

A panel discussion with Thomas Guskey, Lee Ann Jung, Ken O'Connor, and Rick Wormeli about assessment in the time of compulsory distance learning.

Transition Webinars

3 webinars on Tuesdays in April to assist districts in supporting students with disabilities engaged in post-secondary transition during this period of school closure due to the COVID-19 outbreak


Chrome Extensions for Students with Special Needs

In this blog post we will take a look at over 30 Chrome web extensions that can assist students in five main categories: Text to Speech, Readability, Reading Comprehension, Focus, Navigation. The extensions mentioned in this blog could support students and teachers in providing access to learning and content.

CEC Best Practices for Educating Online

Council for Exceptional Children has issued a webinar and guide for educating Students with Disabilities On-line.

Study Stack

StudyStack's community of students and teachers have shared millions of flashcards. For each set of flashcards entered, the StudyStack website generates over a dozen ways for users to study the information they need to learn. The variety of study activities enables users to memorize data quickly without getting bored from using a single method of study. Studystack enables the teacher to quickly enter data once and have a dozen different activities created for their students to memorize facts.


Rewordify.com simplifies difficult English. Learn more words faster. Our exclusive Learning Sessions actively teach you words so you learn them. You can change the way the site works to fit your learning style as you read and learn from almost any text passage or web page.

Homework Help Pro

Take a picture of any text, and the app will read it to you! It can also change the language. This app could support students and teachers in providing access to learning and content.

Lucidchart Diagrams

Lucidchart is a visual workspace that combines diagramming, data visualization, and collaboration to accelerate understanding and drive innovation. Sign up for a free trial today. This website allows teachers and students the capability to create graphic organizers, mind-mapping, and other ways to think visually. This website could support students and teachers in providing access to learning and content.