Distance Learning with Common Sense: Supporting Students Receiving Special Education Services

How are educators supporting special education in a time of distance learning? Join us for a conversation as we learn about some options for meeting the needs of families and students in your communities. Leave with tips on how to support students with learning and attention issues.

As schools across the country remain closed due to the coronavirus, we’re all doing our best to navigate teaching and learning from home. But let’s be honest: It’s not easy! In this weekly video series from Common Sense, we sit down for short discussions with educators from all over the country to learn how they’re coping with school closures, putting together distance-learning plans, and addressing some of the challenges that come with teaching remotely.

Recorded on 05/29/2020.

Amanda Morin
Writer and expert for Understood: https://www.understood.org/

Tory Wadlington
Teacher, Murrieta Valley USD in California

Sue Thotz
Senior program manager, Common Sense Education


Maslow before Bloom: Keep SEL in focus.
— 5 Tips for Supporting Students Socially and Emotionally During Distance Learning: https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/for-educators/empathy/5-tips-for-supporting-students-socially-and-emotionally-during-distance
— Tory’s class website: https://twadlington9.wixsite.com/wclass
— PBIS World: https://www.pbisworld.com/
— A Letter to My Students: Let’s Celebrate Your Growth: https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/for-educators/empathy/a-letter-to-my-students-lets-celebrate-your-growth

Now more than ever, parent-teacher relationships are so important.
— 7 Examples of Focus “Wins” When Your Child Is Learning at Home: https://www.understood.org/en/learning-thinking-differences/child-learning-disabilities/distractibility-inattention/focus-wins-when-distance-learning
— This Is How We Make It Through (episode of “In It”) (finding joy in the challenges of raising kids who learn and think differently): https://www.understood.org/en/family/podcast-make-it-through-parenting

Think about accessibility and UDL for distance learning.
— Online Assignments: Best Practices for Teachers to Use With Students: https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/for-educators/partnering-with-families/online-assignments-best-practices
— Distance Learning: 6 UDL Best Practices for Online Learning: https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/for-educators/universal-design-for-learning/video-distance-learning-udl-best-practices

Are you looking for resources to help during the school closures? We’ve got you. Common Sense has free tips and tools for educators and families to support the transition to at-home learning. Get remote teaching resources, family education materials, and research-backed strategies to ease stress and encourage learning:

Join the conversation in our Facebook group, Common Sense Educators: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CommonSenseEducators/.

See more videos from the series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8TjVyuBdsCm83SWlcCqv3yfnORe0g7_q

Common Sense Education supports K–12 schools with everything educators need to empower the next generation of digital citizens. Our innovative, award-winning Digital Citizenship Curriculum prepares students with lifelong habits and skills, supports teachers with training and recognition, and engages families and communities with helpful tips and tools. ​Schools everywhere rely on our free curriculum, expert advice, and edtech ratings to help kids thrive. Visit us at https://www.commonsense.org/education/.

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