Adapting Your Instruction for the Virtual Classroom
The Special Educator’s Guide to Distance Education
Special Education

Distance education services are an effective way to meet the needs of students with disabilities, but few special educators get the preparation they need to conduct high-quality instruction remotely. All the fundamentals are in this one-of-a-kind guide, the first dedicated book on distance learning for special educators.

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Distance education services are an effective way to meet the needs of students with disabilities, but few special educators get the preparation they need to conduct high-quality instruction remotely. All the fundamentals are in this one-of-a-kind guide, the first dedicated book on distance learning for special educators.

With contributions from more than 35 experienced educators, this guide covers all types of distance learning from Grades PreK through 12—both real-time and asynchronous, from higher-tech online teaching to instruction with prepared materials. Special educators will get foundational knowledge on the principles and recommended practices of virtual learning, and then discover specific strategies for delivering behavioral, academic, and social supports at a distance. Up-to-date research blends seamlessly with practical action steps, giving educators a reliable and immediately useful guide to the most successful virtual learning practices.  

Required reading for both pre- and in-service special education teachers, this timely book clarifies what effective and engaging distance education looks like from preschool through high school—and how to maximize its benefits for students with a wide range of disabilities.

 LEARN HOW TO:

  • adapt your curriculum and instruction for virtual learning
  • select and use technology to support learners and families
  • make skillful adaptations for students with physical, sensory, and communication challenges
  • teach both reading and STEM skills at a distance
  • respond to challenging behavior and mental health needs in a virtual environment
  • collect student data and monitor IEP objectives
  • meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students
  • plan smooth student transitions at a distance

SPECIAL FEATURES: Reinforce and enhance your learning with chapter objectives, case studies, reflection questions, and lists of helpful tools, apps, and resources to explore.

About the Downloads

About the Editor

About the Contributors

Author’s Note

Acknowledgements

Dedication

 

SECTION I: ESSENTIAL PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES

Chapter 1: We Do What We Have to Do! How and Why Distance Education in Special

Education Is Evolving

Chapter 2: What Does Online Instruction Look Like? Preparation for Distance Education

Appendix 2.1

Appendix 2.2

Chapter 3: How Do I Keep My Students Interested Online? How to Conduct Engaging

Instruction in an Online Environment

Chapter 4: How Is My Student Going to Learn If They Aren’t in School? How to

Conduct and Coach Direct Instruction at a Distance

Chapter 5: How Can I Track My Student’s Progress If They Aren’t in the Classroom?

How to Assess Learning and Collect Student Data at a Distance

Chapter 5 Appendix

Chapter 6: Which Tools Are Right for Me? How to Select and Use Technology

 

SECTION II: PROVIDING BEHAVIORAL, ACADEMIC, AND SOCIAL SUPPORTS

Chapter 7: How Do I Apply Classroom Rules in a Virtual Classroom? The ABCs of

Providing Behavioral Support in a Virtual Environment

Chapter 8: How Do I Assist My Students at a Distance? How to Use Assistive

Technology to Support Learners

Chapter 9: How Do I Collaborate on Instruction at a Distance? Using High-Leverage

Practices in Special Education to Teach Reading at a Distance

Chapter 10: All SySTEMs Go: Teaching STEM Through Nontraditional Instruction

Chapter 11: How Does Distance Education Impact Young Learners? How to Work With

Young Children at a Distance

Chapter 12: We’re All in This Together: Meeting the Needs of Culturally and

Linguistically Diverse Learners

Chapter 13: How Do We Reach Struggling Students? How Teachers and Counselors Can

Respond to Student Mental Health Needs

Chapter 14: So, What Comes Next? How to Address Planning Student Transitions at a

Distance

 

SECTION III: TEACHER LEADERSHIP

Chapter 15: Where Will We Go From Here? Building a Case for Special Education

Teacher Leadership in Distance Education

 

Index

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  • Focused on distance education for students with disabilities
  • Can be used in pre- and in-service settings
  • Addresses issues special education teachers are likely to encounter when engaging in distance education
  • Provides guidance on a variety of subjects vital to special educators
  • Covers all types of distance education, not just online learning (e.g., cell phones, portable electronic devices, prepared videos, and packaged materials that may or may not be online), as well as various types of nontraditional instruction.
  • All contributors are distance educators with expertise in best practices in special education
  • Includes special features such as: chapter objectives, reflection questions, a meet the authors chapter closer, and additional resources for further learning