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The 2011 revision of Speech-Language Pathology Services in Schools: Guidelines for Best Practices is now available. Topics addressed included evidence-based practices, assessment and evaluation, and special topics such as literacy development, autism spectrum disorder, and language diversity.
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High-Quality Intensive Instruction: What All Students Need
By Sue Land, M.Ed.  

McLeskey and Waldron (2011) found that the components of "high-quality, intensive instruction" provide

  • small group instruction based on similar instructional needs,
  • well-structured and explicit instruction with clearly defined skills or concepts,
  • appropriate delivery pace,
  • time for student mastery through practice, and
  • progress monitoring (p. 50).

This issue of Link Lines offers articles to assist you in providing high-quality, intensive instruction and to inspire and motivate you to do so.  Read more 

Moving Beyond One Teaching, One Assisting

 By Tina Spencer, M.S.

In co-taught classrooms, both teachers are equally responsible for delivering the content to all students. As increasing numbers of educators co-teach in classrooms, they are looking for the best way to do so. More specifically, they are looking for ways to move beyond the co-teaching approach of one teaching, one assisting. Find out how to move your own team forward. Read more 

 Writing Your Own Data-Driven Instructional Story

By Cathy Buyrn, M.Ed.

"Writing Your Own Data-Driven Instructional Story" gives teachers the chance to become the authors of their own instructional stories by unpacking standards and thoughtfully considering data trends across small groups of students, classrooms, and entire grade levels to guide instruction. Read more   

Cross-Content Standards of Learning:

Value-Added Collaboration, Practice, and Instruction

By Mary Murray Stowe, M.Ed.

Identifying cross-content skills throughout the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) and providing learning experiences that require integration across content areas replicates the application of knowledge and skills required in the workplace and life. Recognizing significant connections between and among content areas is a first step in providing instructional experiences that prepare students for success. Read more

Featured Apps:

Applications Across Math Reporting Categories 

By Tina Spencer, M.S. 

Applications aligned with the math reporting categories provide a way to motivate students and enliven practice. Introduce your students to fun and engaging math apps. iPod Touches, iPads, and iPhones offer such apps, and best of all, they are FREE! Read more

How Technology Saved My Life

By Debbie Grosser, M.Ed. 

This article is the third in a series related to assistive technology that supports students with disabilities in their least restrictive environment. In this article, a college student with a learning disability shares his journey from elementary school to the present, focusing on how assistive technology supported him in achieving academic success.  Read More 

Making the Most of Your Team Meeting:
An Excerpt From the Considerations Packet
Strategies for Creating Effective School Leadership Teams 

By Lee Anne Sulzberger, M.Ed. 

How often do you attend a team meeting and wonder why the group is even meeting considering that nothing worthwhile seems to get accomplished? Click here to learn how to turn your team meetings into a powerful problem-solving event that supports school improvement efforts. This article provides an excerpt from the Considerations Packet entitled Strategies for Creating Effective School Leadership Teams addressing strategies for conducting productive meetings. Read more 

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