How to Serve Students With Special Needs From Afar [video]

About 14 percent of all public school students receive special education services, and for many of them the switch to remote learning has been difficult on families and the schools that teach them every day. How are schools adjusting? What resources are they turning to? And what’s most important to focus on?

Sean Arnold, a STEM coach and special educator for the New York City Department of Education, has a suggestion.

“Find some way, some moment to connect—especially with elementary students, but all your students really—because they’re challenged,” he says. “They see all this craziness going on around them. They don’t know what tomorrow holds. Why are things so strange? They just want to know at the end of the day that there are people to connect with.”

Arnold recently joined Luis Perez, a technical assistance specialist for the National Center on Accessible Education Materials, which is affiliated with the nonprofit CAST, on an interactive webinar, Understanding the Impact of Coronavirus on K-12 Education, hosted by EdSurge and ISTE.

Among the topics covered are Universal Design for Learning, synchronous vs. asynchronous learning, how to vet resources for special education, and what paraprofessionals, assistant teachers and other support staff can work on these days.

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Introduction excerpted from “How to Serve Students With Special Needs From Afar” in EdSurge. Read the full article for a short synopsis of the interview.

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