5 ways to help students with disabilities who struggle with online learning

Interventions may include meeting with the student and parent, letting the student fidget, asking the student for help, offering incentives, and helping find an outside therapist if needed.

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The change from learning in person to learning remotely has had an impact on all students, but that impact may be greater for students with disabilities.

Educators to consider taking the following steps if they notice a student struggling with remote instruction.

1. Meet with the student and parent. Ask the student what his biggest challenge is and where he’s getting stuck, says Christina Reese, a licensed clinical professional counselor who trains school therapists who work with students with mental health disorders in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Then together with the parents, try to problem-solve it.

2. Let the student fidget. Once you have identified the challenge, determine what supports the student might need to have around his device

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Teachers Struggle To Recreate Language-Rich Classes For English Learners Online

When schools across California canceled in-person classes in the spring, some students lost crucial opportunities to learn and practice their new language – English.

About one-fifth of students in California are learning English as a second language, and most of their classes are only in English. In order to learn to speak, read and write fluently, they need additional language classes and many opportunities to practice speaking and interacting with peers and teachers, which can be difficult remotely.

Researchers and advocates for English learners say during distance learning, schools need to prioritize live instruction and small groups. They also need to work with families in their native languages to support learning at home and provide social-emotional support to ease anxiety and stress caused by the pandemic.

But many researchers, parents and teachers are worried that students learning English are not getting the help or the language instruction they need.


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In Garland ISD, some families struggle with internet connections for online classes

Something strange is happening with the hot spot that Garland ISD’s Shorehaven Elementary loaned 11-year-old Miranda.

When she connects to Zoom for live classes, the internet signal is turned off. But when Zoom turns off, the Wi-Fi comes back and she can do her homework without any problem, said Karina Cossío, the mother of Miranda and 16-month-old twins.

This case illustrates the difficulties many North Texas families face in connecting to virtual classes.

“We have already asked the teachers and they say that other hot spots are fine, that they don’t know what’s going on. They just tell me: turn it on and off, and we already did it but it doesn’t work,“ Cossío said.

Her voice sounded agitated. The breadwinner of the house, she was leaving home and about to drive to work. Miranda goes with her because otherwise she isn’t able to enter her classes. Cossío isn’t sending

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Texas families struggle with digital divide for virtual learning

The TEA said it is working to address the problem. Part of its Operation Connectivity is to map the dead zones and bring affordable internet to students who need it.

HOUSTON — Every day, a million times over, Jamie Gould pleads for her kids’ patience, pushes them to keep studying as they repeatedly lose internet connection and provides tech support to the best of her non-technologically-inclined ability. 

“We have a lot of horrible internet connection issues out here,” Gould said.

The mom of three living south of San Antonio in Bexar County said she lives in a dead zone where multiple hotspots provided by the school district are not working.

“I feel like I’m failing as a mom, because I’m not able to give them the Internet like we need at the moment,” Gould said.

It’s week six of virtual learning for Gould’s two middle schoolers and a high schooler.

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Arizona parents struggle with decision between online and in-person learning | Coronavirus in Arizona

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Today is the deadline for Washington Elementary School District parents to change their minds if they want their child in full-time in person learning, hybrid learning, or full-time online for the fall semester.

District spokesperson Pam Horton explained in an e-mail “we need to know parents’ selections for staffing and scheduling to start the second quarter.”

It’s a tough decision that thousands of parents across the state have had to do or may be asked to do this year. Some may be feeling frustrated after finding out they can’t change their decisions or there’s no flexibility as metrics fluctuate or trend up or down.

Mom Brittney Kuhn regrets choosing virtual learning in a survey sent to her back in August for her 8-year-old daughter Loveah.

“A little stressful. In August, they did a survey, they didn’t say anything about it being a permanent decision and it

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75,000 new grads will struggle to find jobs, says minister

Noraini Ahmad in a blue shirt: Higher Education Minister Noraini Ahmad says about 116,000 graduates need to be given attention.

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Higher Education Minister Noraini Ahmad says about 116,000 graduates need to be given attention.

BANGI: About 75,000 out of 300,000 fresh graduates are projected to encounter some challenges in finding jobs within six months after graduation following the impact of Covid-19, said Higher Education Minister Noraini Ahmad.

She said the ministry’s Graduate Tracer Study for 2019 showed that 41,161 graduates remained unemployed. With an additional 75,000 to graduate this year it is estimated that 116,161 graduates need to be given attention to further increase their marketability.

Noraini said that several steps had been implemented by the ministry to help affected graduates by providing funding assistance to those who want to pursue a tertiary education.

The funding assistance includes MyBrain Science, Higher Education Minister scholarships and financial assistance for students with disabilities, she said.

Job matching process for unemployed graduates, in collaboration with the Social

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Parents Struggle with Students’ Online Learning

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ResearchAndMarkets.com published a new article on the remote learning industry “Parents Struggle with Students’ Online Learning”

Most students are back to school at this point, but school often means something different this year, depending on your school or area. Many children are learning from home, and nearly half of all parents struggled to keep their child engaged in remote schoolwork, according to a Canvas survey. Thirty percent of parents said school instructions were unclear, according to an EdTech article offering best practices for educators to support parents during remote learning.

Remote learning systems, IT support and consistent telecom access are becoming vital to students – children and adults alike – who are learning online, with teachers, parents and students all learning to navigate new protocols for

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Congressional parents mostly silent on child care struggle amid Covid

When the coronavirus pandemic hit in mid March, schools and day cares across the nation were forced to temporarily close. Next, summer camps were impacted, with nearly two-thirds opting not to open their doors over the summer. And now about 60% of school-aged children are settling into the new academic year virtually. Meanwhile, working parents are struggling to keep pace and juggle all their conflicting responsibilities.  

Nearly six out of 10 American households say they’ve had serious problems caring for their children since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Of those, over a third report experiencing serious challenges keeping up with their children’s educational needs, according to recent polling conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. They surveyed 1,000 U.S. adults with at least one child living in the household in July and August. 

And it doesn’t look like there’s any support

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Toronto school board teachers, parents struggle with online learning

Teacher and parents of students in the Toronto District School Board were left wondering Monday night what class on Tuesday would look like, and how they'd connect. (Getty)
Teacher and parents of students in the Toronto District School Board were left wondering Monday night what class on Tuesday would look like, and how they’d connect. (Getty)

Less than a day before the first day of virtual school is supposed to begin at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), teachers and families are concerned about the lack of communication, information, and guidance from the board.

Given the months to prepare for virtual school, parents and teachers are questioning the lack of preparation and whether virtual school is evening starting tomorrow.

Karen Jutzi, a TDSB teacher who requested half-day virtual teaching due to family considerations, received a Grade 2 home room for the first time ever in her twenty-year teaching career.

Jutzi is confused about the mix ups. She says she would be more confident teaching a French class considering she has more experience in that.

“It’s definitely been very

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Special needs students struggle to adapt to on-screen, hands-off learning amid pandemic

For sixth-grader Santiago Casas, who has autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, going to school means staying home and staring at a computer for six hours.

The screen, like a drawbridge stuck in the up position, has left him stranded, cut off from the cognitive and social nurturing he received in the classroom.

He has trouble with organization, so clicking between online calendars, messages, documents and assignments for six advanced classes is “like negotiating a maze,” said his mother. He has trouble concentrating, so sitting still through the 115-minute periods of his new online block schedule at Glades Middle School on two-dimensional Zoom and Teams meeting platforms is “like torture,” she said.

Santiago used to love school. Now he hates it. So do his parents and teachers. Remote learning, a disruption to everyone’s education during the coronavirus pandemic, creates an even higher barrier for students with special physical, emotional

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