Virginia Department of Education Instructional Resources

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) website includes a vast array of resources available to teachers.  It can be overwhelming to review and find the resources that are most beneficial to you as a teacher.  To make this process easier, this article provides direct links to instructional resources for English and mathematics at all grade levels.

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Resource Highlight – Center for Family Involvement

The Center for Family Involvement at the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University partners with the Virginia Departments of Education and Health, the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and others in supporting a variety of activities to strengthen family involvement.

The Center for Family Involvement works with families to increase their skills as advocates, mentors, and leaders so that families, children, and young adults with disabilities can lead the lives they want.

Through the Family to Family Network of Virginia program, the center provides emotional, informational and systems navigational support to families.  A Family Navigator can provide:

  • One-to-one emotional support
  • Information, referral, and linkages to services for the child with a disability
  • Enhanced support and tools to help plan for service meetings (i.e., Individual Family Service Plan, Individual Education Program, Individual Service Plan)
  • Culturally sensitive and unbiased information to assist families in making the best choices for their child and family
  • Workshops and educational opportunities

There are six offices across Virginia staffed by parents of children and adults with disabilities. To receive support, families can call the toll-free line, 877-567-1122 or visit the website and click on the Family to Family Network tab.

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-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 policy@doe.virginia.gov.

AIM-VA’s New Requirements for Eligibility

AIM-VA provides accessible instructional materials to eligible Virginia K-12 students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and are unable to access traditional print.   Learn more about eligibility requirements.

Classroom Referral Survey

Have you been able to reduce the number of referrals for defiance, disrespect, or classroom disruption in your classroom or school? We want to hear from you! How did you do it? Share your success stories and tips with us by clicking the link below.

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Inclusion Project: Mini-Grant Application NOW LIVE!

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. Find out more information about the Inclusion Project.

Beginning January 2018, the Inclusion Project is pleased to announce it is offering up to 6 mini grants (max: $2,000) to support schools interested in planning an Inclusion Project event.  Application deadline is January 29, 2018.

Application:  https://goo.gl/forms/lO5xPT4uWLQeppvf1

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 ten 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.

Co-Teaching Excellence Demonstration Sites regions 2 & 3 (2017-2018)

Co-Teaching Excellence Demonstration Sites in Region 2
Division School Subject/Grade T/TAC Liaison
Chesapeake City Greenbrier Middle School Math 8 ODU
Chesapeake City Western Branch Middle School Science 8 ODU
Isle of Wight County Westside Elementary School 5th grade Language Arts and History W&M
Suffolk John Yeats Middle School Math 8 ODU
Virginia Beach City Three Oaks Elementary School Math 4 ODU
Virginia Beach City Three Oaks Elementary School Math 5 ODU
Co-Teaching Excellence Demonstration Sites in Region 3
Division School Subject/Grade T/TAC Liaison
King William Cool Springs Primary 2nd Grade All Subjects ODU
Gloucester County Page Middle School 8th Grade Civics W&M
Spotsylvania County Livingston Elementary School Math 5 W&M
Gloucester County Gloucester High School English 10 W&M

Library Announcement

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