Special Education Tool Kit
Rethink Ed is Committed to Supporting Special Education and Social-Emotional Wellness During School Closures
Fear and anxiety about the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has led to increased stress levels in both children and adults. School closures, abrupt changes in routine and a heightened sense of uncertainty can also have a detrimental effect on the academic skills as well as social, emotional and mental well-being of students, educators and school staff. As educators work diligently to prepare and implement virtual academic learning plans, it is equally important to have a contingency plan and resources in place for social emotional learning as well. As our nation faces unprecedented school closings due to COVID-19, Rethink Ed is committed to keeping our students learning and providing schools with resources and tools that extend beyond the classroom.
This transitional period can be particularly challenging for special education students and their families. Communication, consistency, and continuation of learning is essential to keep these students on track with their individual education goals and needs.
While this is a difficult time, it is important to continue working on strategies for behavior, academics, independence, and life skills for these students.
Rethink Ed provides a large library of lessons for students that are easily adaptable for 1:1 lesson’s in the home. In addition, a wide range of resources are available on our platform to help with managing behavior and building independence such as token systems, schedules, and self-management tools.
Many students may need IEP’s customized for this unique situation and the Rethink Ed platform makes it easy to modify or write IEP’s that can be implemented in the home environment. Behavioral challenges may be escalated or different during this time. Our platform can be utilized to create behavior plans that families can implement in the home to help with behavior problems. In addition, our data tracking system makes it easy for families to track data on their computer, tablet, or mobile phone so that schools can still monitor and assist with a student’s behavior remotely.
On-demand training videos are also available for teachers and parents that show how to implement many of the lessons in our system. It may also be helpful to browse through our extensive history of webinars and white papers that provide additional information on many topics that are relevant to special education students.
While this is a difficult time, it is important for us all to continue to focus on our physical, mental, and social emotional health and to work on strategies for helping ourselves and others build resilience and community support.
Our Social and Emotional Learning lessons and professional development provides many opportunities for students of all ages and abilities, teachers, administrative staff, and parents to develop their social emotional skills. We provide on-demand professional development videos, grade level videos and curriculum that promotes well-being, connectedness and success for all students and adults.
We are committed to supporting you as you navigate through this difficult time.
Rethink Ed helps school districts to create healthy, positive cultures of learning and brings out the best in administrators, teachers, students, and parents. With evidence-based learning solutions, technology-based tools and resources, and on-demand video instruction created by a team of educational and clinical experts, Rethink Ed’s four platforms (social and emotional learning curriculum for all learners; training and professional development for all staff; behavior management suite; and skills suite for the most developmentally challenged students connected with data collection and progress monitoring tools) are changing the world one student, one teacher, one classroom at a time. Rethink Ed’s special education platform provides a comprehensive online platform to support educators and school administrators in addressing the unique needs of students with cognitive disabilities to help them grow and move toward proficiency on alternate academic standards.
Our Special Education Platform Features:
• A Comprehensive evidenced-based curriculum library focused on developing social/life skills, inclusion skills, and transition skills
• Lesson plans include job-embedded videos that model instruction of key skills.
• Behavior Success tool to support educators in building function-based interventions.
• Robust data collection tools—including an app—for uniform, timely and ongoing monitoring of progress.
• Defensible data through self-graphing progress reports for IEP and parent meetings
• Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis training (counts towards RBT certification coursework)
• On-demand professional development suites that introduce best practices in special education, promote diversity and inclusion and give the adults in your learning community the tools they need to ensure all students thrive.
Because the best educators are learners first, Rethink SEL features a course of 38+ on-demand Professional Learning modules that prepare adults to act as role models for the SEL skills they want to see in their students. With the addition of our NEW Mental Health and SEL & Equity strands, Rethink SEL is the flexible and scalable solution to building healthy school climates and environments that support the well-being of all.
View our Professional Learning Sample Video Playlist
Rethink SEL features a comprehensive K-12 student curriculum mapped to CASEL’s core competencies and includes lessons in 5 categories that promote awareness of self and others, self-management, social skills, social awareness, and self-care. Our curriculum offers individualized lesson plans for all tiers of learners.
View our Student Lesson Video Playlist
With 50% of all mental illnesses starting before age 14, mental health issues affect the entire community. To effectively support the whole child, we need to address the needs of both adults and students. The Rethink Mental Health Suite will provide a comprehensive solution that provides a framework for schools' mental health and wellness instruction and knowledge.
Topics covered will include:
- Substance Abuse
- Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships
- Bullying and Violence Prevention
- Anxiety, Depression and Suicide Prevention
- Coping with and Overcoming Trauma
- How Technology Can Change Your Life