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Access for All: A Guide for Serving Students with Disabilities in Online and Blended Learning Environments

Access for All is designed to provide an overview of different disability groups in order to better understand the needs of each group, some common accommodations for students in each group, and considerations for each group related to online and blended learning environments. Also provided are the terminology and acronyms commonly associated with disabilities and special education, a synopsis of disability law, and a thorough description of individualized education plans and 504 plans. In better understanding the needs of students with disabilities, it is hoped that virtual school educators will be better prepared to help all their students reach optimum success.

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Supporting Students with Disabilities in K-12 Online and Blended Learning

Appropriately supporting students in online and blended learning environments requires a great deal of instructional planning and preparation. The intent of this document is to supply educational teams content that will provide support for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs and services for students with disabilities enrolled in online and blended learning environments.

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Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities in K-12 Online Learning: An Analysis of the iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Programs

Report #2: Programs The purpose of this report is to share findings from an expert panel about improving the program standards’ applicability to online learning.

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Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities in K-12 Online Learning: An Analysis of the iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Courses

Report #3: Courses The purpose of this report is to describe the findings of an expert panel aiming to offer improvement suggestions for the online course standards.

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Virtual School Course Design: Accommodating Students With Disabilities

An adequate, sustainable force of educators with strong preparation for working with students with disabilities has been difficult to secure in traditional settings; that shortage exists in online settings as well. While there are nascent understandings about instructor work with students with disabilities in K-12 online settings, understanding about course design for diverse learners, including those with disabilities, is lacking.

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Fellows

MVLRI’s Fellows help shape the platform for online learning research and development that exists today. The accomplishments of these individuals have paved the way for our ongoing directives and define the path we will take to better understand learning.

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Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities in K-12 Online Learning: An Analysis of the iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Teaching

Report #4: Teaching This report includes a summary of the need for this research and a summary of the methodology but focuses primarily on the findings specific to the iNACOL Teaching Standards.

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Empowering Students With Disabilities

Reaching and empowering every student is the goal of teaching, but requires differentiated approaches. This real-world based course will show you practical tools and solutions for providing effective support to students with physical or learning disabilities and how to support those students in succeeding in their learning journeys. You will see through simulations and first-hand… Read more

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Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities in K-12 Online Learning: An Introduction to the Analysis of the iNACOL Program, Course, and Teacher Standards

Report #1: Overview This report is part of a series of four reports and includes the introductory information and methodology for the review process. The other three reports in the series are the reviews of the iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Teaching, iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses, and iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Programs as well as implications, conclusion, and suggestions for further research for each specific set of standards.

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Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities in K-12 Online Learning

This report, Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities in K-12 Online Learning: An Introduction to the Analysis of the iNACOL Program, Course, and Teacher Standards, is part of a series of four reports and includes the introductory information and methodology for the review process. The other three reports in the series are the reviews of the iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Teaching, iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses, and iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Programs as well as implications, conclusion, and suggestions for further research for each specific set of standards.

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Special Education Resources

Meeting the needs of students with disabilities Michigan schools are obligated to address the learning needs of students of all abilities, so everyone has equitable access to education. When students have the tools to learn according to their abilities, everyone wins. By learning more about accommodations, accessibility, and inclusive pedagogy, educators can apply best practices… Read more

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Online Educators’ Roles in Supporting Students With Disabilities

This webinar highlights recent scholarly inquiry into the experiences of educators in fully online schools as they work to serve students with disabilities; issues in instruction, supervision, relationship building/collaboration, and IEP compliance will be major topics.

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Supporting Students with Disabilities in Remote Learning Environments

In this conversation with Dr. Mark Deschaine, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Mississippi, we discuss what educators need to know when supporting students with disabilities in online learning environments. Brought to you in part by Meemic Insurance Company, Insurance for Educators.

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Consumer Awareness

This Consumer Awareness resource is provided for schools and parents and reports on effective online education providers and education delivery models, performance data, cost structures, and research trends.

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Learning Continuity Resources

Are you looking for ways to keep your students engaged during the extended school closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak? Below you’ll find a variety of free resources designed to help schools evaluate and prepare for providing students with learning continuity. Subscribe for Updates Free mental health resources for students During times of crisis, our… Read more

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More studies needed on blended learning for students with disabilities

Today’s guest bloggers are Mary Rice and Bryan Dykman from the Center for Online Learning and Students with Disabilities. Students with disabilities and their families have a history of struggling for educational services that enable them to participate with their peers and access the curriculum. These gaps in participation and access have traveled with the… Read more

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SLP: Disable Pop-Up Blocking

Introduction: Students may notice that when selecting the course name from the Active Courses widget on their Student Learning Portal dashboard, the course does not launch. To correct the issue, pop-up blocking must be disabled. This article describes how to  disable the pop-up blocking feature within your Chrome browser. Details: First, copy and then paste… Read more

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Discrimination in the Workplace

Hiring and firing school employees based on protected categories such as religion, race, sex, or disability is illegal like in any workplace. This awareness-level course will help you determine how to avoid discrimination in your employment practices, help you protect yourself from becoming a victim of discrimination, and help foster a healthy and safe work… Read more

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MVLRI Research in Review: K-12 Online Special Learner Populations

Research suggests that online learners with disabilities, those at risk of dropping out, and those taking courses for credit recovery benefit from additional assistance and instructional support. These learners can benefit from online courses however those courses and the accompanying instruction need to be responsive to the unique needs of these learners.

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Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.