Making the Most of Your Time: Teacher Tips for Reducing Minor Infractions and Maximizing Instruction

By LaShauna Britt, M.Ed., Daria Lorio-Barsten, M.Ed., and Kara McCulloch, M.S.

Educators are focused on meeting the individual needs of each student. With classrooms filled to capacity and the pace of instruction continuing to quicken, every minute counts. The emphasis on maximizing instruction leaves no time for even minor infractions that may take away from student learning. [Read more…]

Backward Design: An Alternative to Grade-Level Retention for Students With Disabilities and Other Struggling Learners

Adam is six years old. Six months into his kindergarten year, Adam’s teachers and administrators are concerned. He is not demonstrating growth toward meeting the state and national benchmarks for kindergarten, and he struggles with even the most basic reading, math, expressive language, and social skills. He also appears not to have the basic prerequisite skills for kindergarten, such as attending, following simple directions, and getting along with peers. He cries frequently and states, “I hate school! I am STUPID!” [Read more…]

Co-Teacher Leaders

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

T/TAC William & Mary is highlighting a team of co-teacher leaders from Page Middle School in Gloucester County, Virginia.  Dana Cooper and Brian Teuke are part of the Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). [Read more…]

A Conversation: Family Engagement and Student Success

In this podcast Michael Andrews, father, educator, and Director for Leadership Development at Flamboyan Foundation in Washington, DC, addresses the following crucial guideposts for building family engagement within schools.

  • Why family engagement is essential to student success in school
  • What effective family engagement looks like when practiced
  • How administrators, parents and educators can work together to build effective relationships.

Listen and learn about what action each stakeholder (parent, educator, administrator) can take to build authentic relationships that positively affect students’ academic success.

To support you on your journey toward cultivating a family-inclusive learning environment please check out the following resources provided by the Virginia Department of Education:

Tips and Strategies for Increasing Parent and Family Involvement in Virginia Schools

Collaborative Family-School Relationships for Children’s Learning

National PTA Standards for Family-School Partnerships: Potential Resources for Standard 6 – Collaborating with Community

Do You Provide Visual Supports in Your Classroom?

By LaShauna Britt, M.Ed., Daria Lorio-Barsten, M.Ed, BCBA, and Kara McCulloch, M.S.

Happy New Year! Now is that time of the school year when teachers start to rethink their classroom behavior management systems. We wonder, “How effective is our current classroom management system and does it address the needs of all of our students?” We might also ask ourselves, “Have I provided visual supports within my behavior system?” These questions are helpful to consider before assessing or implementing your need for visual supports within your class.

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From Disjointed to Aligned, Targeted, and Intensive Intervention

Many students with disabilities (SWD) and other struggling students receive intervention support from multiple service providers (e.g., general education teacher, special education teacher, speech teacher, Title I teacher, ELL teacher).  While these layers of service may seem to provide a more intensive level of support, multiple layers of support provided by different practitioners may result in a “disjointed” or “piecemeal” (Pearson, 2013, p. 287) experience for students that falls short of the intent of intensive intervention.

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Standards-Based Individualized Education Program (SBIEP) Resource Brief

According to guidance provided by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) on November 16, 2015, in the form of a “Dear Colleagues” letter, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) must be aligned with state standards to ensure that high expectations and rigorous academic standards are maintained for all students with disabilities (OSERS, 2015).  In support of this guidance, the Virginia Department of Education has revised its document around SBIEPs (March, 2016), as provided on its website.

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Classroom Management & Behavior Management Resource Guide

T/TAC W&M has a new resource guide to help newsletter readers find valuable educational resources related to the topic of classroom management and behavior management. We have compiled current online resources, arranged them by media type, highlighted the top picks we found most helpful to practitioners, and identified those that are most family-friendly. View the Classroom Management and Behavior Management Resource Guide, compiled by Nick Kier. We will share additional guides in the upcoming 2017-18 editions of Link Lines.

I’m Determined Youth Summit Application

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.

When: June 13-15, 2018

Where: James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Who: Virginia youth with disabilities ages 13-21 and parent(s)

Application Due Date: 5:00 pm on March 9th, 2018

Reference Due Date: 5:00 pm on March 12th, 2018

Applications will be reviewed and acceptance letters will be emailed by March 31st.

Complete Application

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