From Seatwork to Feetwork – Engaging Students in Their Own Learning

In this podcast Ron Nash, Keynote Speaker at the College of William and Mary Symposium on Professional Collaboration and Inclusive Education (2011), shares how teachers can employ active learning strategies in the classroom to enhance student learning. He provides suggestions for how to develop relationships with students; build learning communities in the classroom; and get students up and moving, talking to each other, and interacting with the critical content.

Apply Now: I’m Determined Youth and Parent Summit

The Virginia Department of Education’s I’m Determined project, in conjunction with the Partnership for People with
imdeterminedDisabilities, invites applications for sponsorship to the 11th Annual I’m Determined Youth and Parent Summit at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Youth with disabilities from across the Commonwealth will meet to identify ways to become better advocates and lead more self-determined lives. The selected individuals and a parent/guardian will receive paid registration, dormitory accommodations, travel expenses and meals for the three-day event. A concurrent Parent Summit for the selected participant’s parent/guardian will be held at the university. Application deadline March 9, 2017.  Read more

Library Book Suggestions – January 2017

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

Library Book Suggestions – December 2016

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

A Mother and Daughter Co-Teaching Team’s Story: A Unique Partnership at Lee Jackson Elementary School in Mathews County, VA

In this podcast, you will meet a mother and daughter co-teaching team from Lee Jackson Elementary school in Mathews County, VA. Kris Long, her school’s Teacher of the Year, and Chandler Rogers discuss their unique co-teaching relationship and provides co-teaching tips for new teams as well as insights for veteran partners. Listen to the podcast. [Read more…]

Strategies for Creating Inclusive Schools

This Considerations Packet provides educators with information, recommendations, and tools to expand inclusive practices within their schools. The recommendations outlined in this packet, and described in the IRIS online learning module referenced therein, equip school leaders to create concrete plans for leading the implementation and sustaining an inclusive school.

The Power of Leadership Teams: Collaborating to Improve Student Outcomes

Serving on leadership teams can be both a rewarding and challenging endeavor. Meeting structures that support productivity and collaboration can improve the teaming process.  The Power of Leadership Teams: Collaborating to Improve Student Outcomes is an interactive webinar that provides specific strategies to make team meetings more effective and efficient.  Participants will learn and practice techniques for establishing group norms, effective communication skills, and problem-solving protocols.

Co-Teaching Demonstration Sites in Regions 2 and 3

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has identified 35 co-teaching demonstration sites throughout the commonwealth in the Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative. There are eight 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.

For more information about the Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative, or to arrange a visit to a model site near you, please contact Donni Perry or Shelley Littleton, at T/TAC, College of William & Mary. Co-Teaching and Inclusive Practices materials are available on the VDOE website and at Real Co-Teachers of Virginia at T/TAC Online.

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Library Book Suggestions – October 2016

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

Co-Teaching Considerations Packet

Co-teaching is a special education service delivery model.   This Considerations Packet provides basic information for professionals currently engaged in or considering co-teaching to support students with disabilities in general education classrooms. Topics include defining characteristics of co-teaching, advantages of co-teaching, characteristics of effective co-teachers, getting acquainted with a co-teaching partner, roles and responsibilities, co-teaching variations, effective co-planning, communication issues, and administrative issues.