Link Lines-September 2019 Issue

Link Lines – Profile of a Graduate (September, 2019 Issue)


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Strategic Instruction Model™ (SIM™) Webcast Highlight

The Strategic Instruction Model™ (SIM™) is an integrated model of research-validated practices that addresses the needs of diverse SIMlogolearners, primarily adolescents. SIM™ has been developed through rigorous, on-going research at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning (KU-CRL). SIM™ consists of learning strategies and routines.  The Learning Strategies (student-centered) are used with students to help in the mastery of basic skills, while the Content Enhancement Routines (teacher-centered) are used with whole class instruction to help teachers make content meaningful and memorable for students. More detailed information is provided on the Strategic Instruction Model™ website and on this webcast. [Read more…]

Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative

You Are Cordially Invited to Meet Real Co-Teachers of Virginia

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Library Books – March 2019

The following books  are available to check out from the T/TAC William & Mary Library. [Read more…]

I’m Determined Youth and Parent Summit and MOVE Youth and Parent Conference


I’m Determined Youth and Parent Summit

June 12-14, 2019

 What:   The Youth and Parent Summit is a two-day event held each June and sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the Partnership for People with Disabilities. Youth with disabilities from across the Commonwealth meet to network and discuss issues of importance to youth and young adults with disabilities. [Read more…]

New Library Books – January 2019

The following new books on testing and assessment are available to check out from the T/TAC William & Mary Library. [Read more…]

Inclusion Project Event Mini-Grants – Application Due November 15, 2018

The Virginia Department of Education, in collaboration with the Partnership for People with Disabilities, supports the Inclusion Project, a youth-led initiative to increase disability awareness in schools. More information about the Inclusion Project can be found here.

This year, the Inclusion Project is pleased to announce it is offering up to 10 mini-grants (max: $2,000) to support schools interested in planning an Inclusion Project event. If you are interested in promoting inclusion in your schools, please apply for a mini-grant here.

Applications due November 15, 2018


Co-Teacher Leaders – Livingston Elementary School

By Donni Davis-Perry, M.Ed. and Shelley Littleton, M.Ed.

Are you interested in learning ways to provide specially designed instruction within the co-taught classroom? Watch as co-teacher leaders Michael Hurley and Carolyn Laudicina describe in the video below how they co-teach and monitor the progress of students with disabilities within the general education setting. [Read more…]

Co-Teaching Demonstration Sites in Regions 2 and 3

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has identified co-teaching demonstration sites throughout the commonwealth in the Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative. There are six demonstration sites locally in Superintendents Regions 2 and 3 (see Table 1).  These model sites provide opportunities for co-teaching partners across the state to observe effective co-teaching. The sites highlight research-based inclusive practices to meet the needs of all students within the general education classroom. At each model site, the co-teaching teams share with visitors co-planning, co-instructing, and co-assessing practices that have helped their students succeed. [Read more…]

Virginia’s Revised Standards of Accreditation

The new Regulations Establishing the Standards of Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia, approved by the Board of Education in November, 2017, are effective this academic year.  The Virginia Department of Education website has important information that will assist school personnel in understanding these changes and their impact on both schools and students. Information on the website includes videos, fact sheets, guidance documents, and other resources. Questions about the regulations or guidance documents should be submitted to the Office of Policy by phone 804-225-2092 or by email at