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Supports for Specific Student Groups
Specific Populations: Wellbeing and Connectedness
In addition to the recommendations and resources listed above that are inclusive of every student, the following resources are specific to students at particular risk of feeling disconnected. Students with disabilities or exceptional learning needs, students learning English (EL), students who are without homes or who are in foster care, students who migrate and others.
While the Colorado Department of Education does not endorse the external resources linked on this page, links are provided to help school and district leaders identify and evaluate resources.
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Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities may experience difficulties with establishing and maintaining relationships with teachers and peers. They may be disproportionately affected by the effects of the pandemic. Educators need to emphasize and assure accessibility to instruction and socialization.
- CDE - COVID-19 and Special Education
- CDE - Serious Emotional Disability/Social Emotional Learning/Affective Needs Resources
- CDE – The Exceptional Student Services Unit offers numerous resources for students with:
- Serving Students with Disabilities during the COVID-19 Crisis
- Supporting Students with Disabilities at School and Home
Students Who Are English Learners
English Learners (ELs), immigrant students, and students who are migrating may experience equity gaps due to language and income.
- CDE – Resources for English Learners
- Coping with Stress is a special addition to Staying Healthy: An English Learner’s Guide to Health Care and Healthy Living
Students Who Are Gifted
Without proper support and targeted interventions, gifted learners are at risk of underachievement, disillusionment, and disengagement.
- CDE - The Office of Gifted Education offers resources for students who are gifted or twice-exceptional.
- Is Executive Functioning the Missing Link for Gifted Students?
- Myths About Gifted Students
- NAGC COVID-19 and Anxiety in Gifted Children
- Social and Emotional Issues/Gifted Children
Students Who Are Experiencing Homelessness, in Foster Care, or Are At Risk of Dropping Out
Children experiencing homelessness and those in foster care may have a difficult time with social skills due to lack of experience, personal trauma, or other factors. They may be reluctant to form relationships with peers and teachers.
- CDE - McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program
- CDE - Student Engagement, Mobility, Dropout Prevention, and Transitions
- CDE - Supporting Students in Foster Care
- Child Welfare Network provides resources focused on wellbeing for children in foster care, and children and families in the Child Welfare system
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