2016-2017 Application for Co-Teaching Demonstration Sites

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

March 18, 2016

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: 2016-2017 Application for Co-Teaching Demonstration Sites [Read more…]

Ruth Tobey’s Story: A Special Educator Reflects on Student Success

Ruth Tobey’s Story: A Special Educator Reflects on Student Success, features an interview with special educator, Ruth Tobey. Hear how she supports students with disabilities and learn how she encouraged Ronnie Sidney, featured in the podcast Ronnie Sidney’s Story: My Experience with Champions in Education.

 

2016 Youth Summit Application is available

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.

During the Summit, participants work in groups facilitated by I’m Determined Youth Leaders to discover how the core components of self-determination can be applied to their lives. Summit attendees are expected to return to their home schools and communities to share the self-determination message.

Date:  June 15-17, 2016

Location:  James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia

Learn more about the Youth Summit and access the Youth Summit Application.

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TechKnowledgy – Save The Date

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April 12, 2016
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November is Family Involvement In Education Month

Governor Terrance R. McAuliffe, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Steven R. Staples and the Virginia Department of Education recognize November 2015 as Family Involvement Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The importance of parental involvement in schools is well documented. Over 30 years of research shows that one of the most effective ways to increase student achievement is for parents to be actively involved in the education of their children.

The Virginia Department of Education is committed to improving parent and family involvement for all students including students with disabilities.  Click here to find resources on family involvement in education.

“Families and Schools – Perfect Partners for Student Success”

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T/TAC William and Mary Welcomes Susan Jones

sjones5T/TAC W&M is pleased to welcome Susan Jones, our newest Project Specialist team member. Susan brings broad expertise and experience as an elementary special education teacher and as a special education instructional leader. Susan has  provided instructional coaching and leadership support to general and special education teachers implementing inclusive practices for students with disabilities in general education. Susan earned her Bachelor’s degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Virginia and her Master’s degrees in Special Education and Educational Leadership from Old Dominion University.

We are happy to welcome Susan Jones to T/TAC W&M, where she will be working with other Specialists, Co-Directors, and administrative team members to provide quality services to educational professionals serving students with disabilities in Superintendents Regions 2 and 3.

T/TAC William and Mary Welcomes Nick Kier

T/TAC W&M is pleased to announce Mr. Nick Kier as the newest Project Specialist team member. Nick brings expertise and experience from 8 years of teaching secondary social studies in Virginia and North Carolina schools where he successfully supported improved academic and behavioral outcomes for students with disabilities. In addition, Nick has held multiple leadership roles both at the school and division levels in curriculum writing, professional learning communities, peer coaching, and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). [Read more…]

Multi-Sensory Language Instruction Pilot Project

The Virginia Department of Education Offices of Special Education Instructional Services and Humanities and Early Childhood are seeking K-6 teachers to participate in a multi-sensory structured language instruction pilot project during the 2015-2016 school year.  Approximately 80 teachers will be selected through a competitive application process to participate in the August 3-7, 2015, regionally-based pilot project.  The participants will receive professional development in the Orton-Gillingham instructional approach.  This instructional approach is a direct, systematic approach to teaching language structure for reading remediation.  It is designed to address the needs of struggling readers who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing including those with a specific learning disability such as dyslexia.

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Math Co-teaching Academies: Algebraic Thinking and Reasoning in the Co-taught Secondary Mathematics Class

The Virginia Department of Education Office of Special Education Instructional Services in consultation with the Office of Mathematics and Governor’s Schools is sponsoring two Math Co-teaching Academies.  The academies are designed for school teams of mathematics and special education teachers working together to enhance all student outcomes, especially students with disabilities.  The focus will be utilizing co-teaching approaches to deliver specially designed instruction that includes the evidence-based practices of vocabulary instruction and the Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA) sequence.  Participants will also learn how to integrate formative assessment in their classrooms to develop data-driven tiered systems of support and design instruction to meet individual student needs.  The Academies will be held: [Read more…]

English Co-teaching Academy: Addressing Non-fiction and Writing in the Co-taught Classroom

The Virginia Department of Education’s Offices of Special Education Instructional Services and Humanities and Early Childhood are sponsoring an English Co-teaching Academy: Addressing Non-fiction and Writing in the Co-taught Classroom.  The Academy is designed for school teams of English and special education teachers working together to enhance all student outcomes, especially students with disabilities.  The focus will be on improving content understanding, pedagogical strategies, collaboration/co-teaching strategies, and networking.  The Academy will be held July 14-15, 2015, at Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center, 1000 Virginia Center Pkwy., Glen Allen, Virginia 23059. [Read more…]