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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T/TAC W&M New Project Specialists

T/TAC W&M is pleased to welcome three new Project Specialists to T/TAC W&M—LaShauna Britt, Shelley Littleton, and Daria Lorio-Barsten. [Read more…]

T/TAC W&M Resources

T/TAC W&M provides a variety of support services, resources, and assistance to educational professionals serving school-age students with mild to moderate disabilities in Eastern Virginia. Services include a lending library, podcasts, online learning modules, considerations packets on a variety of topics including co-teaching and instructional strategies, and a quarterly newsletter. Visit our website.

Especially for New Special Education Teachers!

The Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC) at the College of William and Mary welcomes you to your new position as a special educator! [Read more…]

MOVE 2016 Application

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Multi-Sensory Structured Language Instruction Pilot Project II

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

March 18, 2016

TO:  Division Superintendents
FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Multi-Sensory Structured Language Instruction Pilot Project II

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Office of Special Education Instructional Services in consultation with the Office of Humanities and Early Childhood are seeking K-6 teachers to participate in the Multi-Sensory Structured Language Instruction Pilot Project II during the 2016-2017 school year.  Again this year, approximately 80 teachers will be selected through a competitive application process to participate in the August 1-5, 2016, 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. [Read more…]

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
Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown [Read more…]